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Board Lifts Ban On Foreign Players

Districts will be allowed to field three foreign players in the 2017/18 domestic football league season. This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association’s vice-president and National League Board chairman Yogeshwar
23 Jan 2017 10:50
Board Lifts Ban On Foreign Players
National League Board Chairman Yogeshwar Singh in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Districts will be allowed to field three foreign players in the 2017/18 domestic football league season. This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association’s vice-president and National League Board chairman Yogeshwar Singh.

Singh told SUNsports that the decision was made during the board meeting in Nadi yesterday.

“This year we are not allowing it but only for 2017/18 since the Fiji Football season starts with the IDC,” he said.

“We will have three foreign players but the players should be here for the entire season.”

Fiji FA had earlier put a stop on the import of foreign players for the domestic competition citing that the move was to boost the development of local players.

Singh said the meeting went well as they looked at issues on how the league competitions would be run this year.

 

New Format

For this season, the Board has abrogated the zonal league format.

Singh said instead they are going to have a Viti Levu League for teams in Viti Levu and one for teams in Vanua Levu.

“For the premier league it will be eight teams and even the youths (Under-16 and U18) and the senior division league will also be in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu format. There will be no zonal system, it will be different.

“This year we have introduced the Viti Levu League and everybody will be travelling like Nadroga going to Vatukoula and Vatukoula coming down to play in Nadroga or Navua,” he said.

 

Vodafone Premier League

The 2017 Vodafone Premier League will start next weekend but this will depend on the availability of the ground.

“We are just waiting for the confirmation of ground availability.”

Singh said they have informed each association on how their teams should prepare for the season.

“District should have their own accounting system and monitor their red and yellow cards rather than waiting for Fiji FA to tell them and get an unnecessary protest.

“We do not want to have protests this year and we are having a clean league but we intend to finish by the end of August and it is a two round competition.”

 

Top 8

Singh said only eight senior teams would be playing the IDC in the new season.

“We are also advising senior division teams that they need to play well because only eight teams will play in the premier division.”

The IDC will only have eight senior divisions playing- three from Vanua Levu and five from Viti Levu.

“This means five teams will drop out so they need to play well in the league and this is something we have highlighted and we are expecting to have a healthy competition.”

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