Pro Men’s Competition Here In 2021

Businesses can take ownership of the six clubs playing in a franchise competition which has the full backing of FIFA and Australia
23 Jan 2020 11:11
Pro Men’s Competition Here In 2021
Roy Krishna is the only Fijian- born player who is playing professional football with ATK in the Indian Super League. The local professional football league competition is set to start in November, 2021. Photo: ATK

The country’s first professional men’s football league is on track to start next year, says Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Yusuf confirmed that an expert in the setting up of such franchise football league competition is arriving in April to put all the mechanisms together.

“We’re getting help from experts running the A-League (Australia’s highest level of professional football league) and also FIFA is backing us on this,” he said.

Yusuf said they are looking to start the competition in November 2021 and the Vodafone Premier League follows after the franchise competition is completed.

Yusuf said there are going to be six clubs playing in the franchise competition- three clubs from the West, two clubs from the South and a club from the North.

He indicated that later in the year there’s going to be a tender for business companies around the country who are interested to own one of the teams.

The companies, Yusuf says, are going to take total ownership of their clubs. The company can put their logos on the jersey and other sporting kits as they are the owners.”

Yusuf highlighted that the club owners would recruit their players, coaching and medical staff.

He said so far, some major business companies have already expressed their interest.

“As club owners, they can take it to the stock market for people or other companies to buy shares in the club or they can sell it to another company.

“Once this expert arrives in April, we’ll work on the best ratio format on the number of overseas and local players in a team- for example about five overseas players to six locals.

“We’ll decide on that later. For the coaching staff, it’s all up to the owner of the clubs on who they want to get.”

Yusuf said the players are going to be contracted and paid by the club owners.

“All the 33 matches will be televised live as it will be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays,” he added.

He added the top two clubs are going to represent Fiji at the Oceania Football Confederation’s Champions League.

Edited by Osea Bola


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