At an elementary school outside the Chinese capital, Beijing, first-graders practice controlling soccer balls under the instruction of American coach Tom Byer.
"When I clap, everybody's going to dribble to the circle, pull it back and go to the right. Go!" he says.
Regular soccer balls would practically come up to the kids' knees, so they practice with miniature ones instead.
But Byer, a native of New York, argues that even at age 6 or 7, the children are already late to the game.