David Beckham will begin his highly-anticipated role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League next week, and he will visit three cities on a five-day trip.
The 37-year-old will arrive in Beijing on March 20 to take up a role which officials hope will help repair the sport’s battered image.
Beckham will also visit the eastern city of Qingdao, and Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province.
He will also visit sport schools and youth football projects which is taking place while his current club Paris Saint-Germain are not playing due to a break in the French league for international fixtures.
Football in China is battling to rebuild an image shattered by a history of corruption involving players, referees and officials. A three-year inquiry resulted last month in 33 people being banned for life and saw a number of clubs fined and docked points.