The Football Association has told Sky Sports that the key to developing Asian players is more Asian coaches. Kevin Coleman, FA inclusion projects co-ordinator, said: "Asian coaches come from Asian communities and live in Asian areas.
"So if you have more Asian coaches they're more likely to bring more Asian kids and families from their local areas into football.
"If those coaches are licensed and linked to county FAs they may be linked to professional clubs, academies, centres of excellence. So those kids have then got an exit route if they are talented."
Coach Imrul Gazi feels persuading the parents to get involved is a major hurdle for them.
"It isn't just kids, it's parents and historically was a major problem for us, not getting the kids but the parents to these venues and dedicating their time to us and that is the biggest challenge for us," Gazi admitted.
His colleague Abdal Ahmed added: "We have players playing non-league and a handful playing at a good level in this country and abroad but it is getting form that handful to the next the next handful which is a problem for the Asian community."
Of 5,000,000 Asian living in Britain, there are just nine Asian registered professional footballers.
Currently according to FA stats, there are just 500 Asian or black coaches from 20,000 registered with the association. Of 28,000 referee, just 1,000 are black or Asian.
The FA wants 10 per cent of players and referees to be black or Asian by 2015.
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