Chinese football has turned to David Beckham as a global ambassador to help the image of the country's game. The 37 year old will combine the role with playing for Paris St-Germain.
"I am honoured to have been asked to play such an important role at this special time in Chinese football history," he said in a statement.
His role will involve attending league matches in China and visiting clubs to help promote the game to children.
"I'm excited by the prospect of promoting the world's greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I've seen firsthand the growing interest in football there," added Beckham.
"This is a wonderful sport that inspires people across the world and brings families together, so I'm relishing the opportunity of introducing more fans to the game."