Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's national football teams will soon have a fixed field to train on, hopefully ending what the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) described as the teams' "nomadic life" of constantly switching training grounds.
The CTFA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU) on Wednesday to have the university serve as the regular training ground for national sides and the CTFA to help maintain the field and its lighting for three years until 2022.
CTFA General Secretary Fang Ching-Jen (方靖仁) said the country's men and women's national teams will be given priority to use the NTSU natural turfgrass field, and national youth sides will also be able to use it if available.
"Our players were like a group of vagabonds that did not have a fixed training ground and had to travel around Taiwan to train, sometimes going to Kaohsiung or Chiayi," CTFA president Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) said Wednesday at the signing ceremony in Taipei.
"Our cooperation with the university will end the nomadic life of Taiwan's national football team," Chiu said, referring mainly to the men's team.
The women's national side has usually trained at Chiayi's Wu Feng University, according to Fang.
NTSU's sports science experts will also take good care of the national team players and the university's Pu Yuan Education and Training Center will provide accommodation when the players train there, Fang said.
The partnership will not begin immediately, however.
NTSU's field is still under maintenance and will not be available for the men's team's scheduled training session in late August, when it will prepare for its first 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Jordan and Nepal in September, Fang said.
Instead, Taiwan's national team will work out at Kaohsiung's National Sports Training Center, Fang said.