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Football in China consists of Association football as well as the China national football team. Football has been one of the most well supported sports in China, since it was introduced in the early 1900s. Ancient Chinese football was called "Cuju". The national governing body is the Chinese Football Association (CFA). Hong Kong and Macau have separate leagues. The professional league is marred by match-fixing, illegal betting, and violence on and off the pitch, which the Chinese government has said would take a long time to fix. In fact, many insiders including the two former CEO of the Football Association of China were arrested and prosecuted for taking bribes, gambling and fixing games. On December 21, 2009, China was awarded FIFA's Development Award after successfully implementing a new nationwide grassroots football program. According to FIFA ranking on 14th Feb. , 2013,the Men's National Team is ranked 96 in the world, and Women's National Team is ranked 17th. (via DBpedia)