MFA holds first coun­cil meet­ing for 2019

Foot­ball

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Mal­tese play­ers un­der the age of 21 have amassed a to­tal of 223 ap­pear­ances (min­i­mum play­ing time of 30 min­utes) in the first round of the 2018-19 BOV Premier League.

Sta­tis­tics on the ap­pear­ances made by young Mal­tese play­ers in all di­vi­sions in the first half of this sea­son were given by Dr An­gelo Chet­cuti, the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Malta FA, dur­ing the first meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Coun­cil for 2019, held on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

From this sea­son, clubs are be­ing fi­nan­cially re­warded for ev­ery Mal­tese player un­der the age of 21 who plays for a min­i­mum of 30 min­utes dur­ing a com­pet­i­tive match.

In the first half of sea­son 201819, clubs stand to ben­e­fit from an ag­gre­gate sum of €81,555 un­der the Young Play­ers De­vel­op­ment Fund, launched at the last Malta FA An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in July to en­cour­age clubs to give up­com­ing Mal­tese prospects more first-team op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The 223 ap­pear­ances by un­der21 play­ers will yield €27,875 in fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to BOV Premier League clubs with Qormi FC lead­ing the way with a to­tal of 42 ap­pear­ances. Mosta are sec­ond on the list with 33 ap­pear­ances.

St An­drews have used six un­der-21 play­ers (30 min­utes or more) so far this sea­son fol­lowed by Mosta, Pi­età Hot­spurs and Qormi with four play­ers each.

In the BOV First Divi­sion, young Mal­tese play­ers (born on 01/01/1997 or af­ter) have made a to­tal of 271 ap­pear­ances – €18,970 in fi­nan­cial pay­ments to clubs.

San Ġwann top the chart with 56 ap­pear­ances fol­lowed by Vit­to­riosa Stars (39).

In the BOV Sec­ond Divi­sion cham­pi­onship, the num­ber of ap­pear­ances (30 min­utes or more) by un­der-21 Mal­tese play­ers has reached 416 in the first four months of the sea­son with the clubs set to share €24,960 in fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

In this cat­e­gory, Melita boast the best to­tal – 76 ap­pear­ances, fol­lowed by Luqa St An­drews with 51.

Ap­pear­ances by young Mal­tese play­ers in the 2018-19 BOV Third Divi­sion so far is 195 for a to­tal of €9,750 in fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits for clubs. At­tard top the list with 43 ap­pear­ances, five more than Msida St Joseph.

At Thurs­day’s meet­ing, Dr Chet­cuti ex­plained the Malta FA’s course of ac­tion fol­low­ing the law­suit filed by for­mer Naxxar Lions pres­i­dent Yahya Kirdi in Canada. Kirdi is su­ing Naxxar Lions, the Malta FA and other per­sons for dam­ages.

Dr Chet­cuti said that the Malta FA have de­clared their in­ten­tion to con­test Kirdi’s claims. The doc­u­ments were sub­mit­ted by a Cana­dian law firm on be­half of all de­fen­dants in ac­cor­dance with Cana­dian laws.

Kirdi has been re­moved from the Malta FA for ini­ti­at­ing civil le­gal pro­ceed­ings against the As­so­ci­a­tion with­out the writ­ten per­mis­sion of the Coun­cil in breach of Ar­ti­cle 155 of the As­so­ci­a­tion’s statute.

Naxxar Lions have been given per­mis­sion to take le­gal ac­tion against Kirdi to de­fend their in­ter­ests.

ED­U­CA­TIONAL INI­TIA­TIVES

Malta FA Vice-Pres­i­dent Dr Matthew Paris gave an up­date on the ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by the As­so­ci­a­tion with the aim of en­hanc­ing the knowl­edge and skills of per­sons in­volved in lo­cal foot­ball.

The fi­nal ses­sion of the sec­ond edi­tion of the Malta FA Course in Foot­ball Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CFA) was held a few weeks ago with a pre­sen­ta­tion from Thierry Favre, Head of Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tions De­vel­op­ment at UEFA.

Dr Paris said the Malta FA has con­cluded dis­cus­sions with the In­sti­tute for Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Sport (IPES) at the Univer­sity of Malta over the in­tro­duc­tion of a more ad­vanced course in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion which will also en­com­pass other sport­ing dis­ci­plines apart from foot­ball.

Fur­ther­more, the Malta FA has in­di­cated its in­ter­est to host one of the edi­tions of the UEFA Cer­tifi­cate in Foot­ball Man­age­ment course.

The Malta FA is also fund­ing a se­ries of first-aid cour­ses to train more per­sons in­volved in foot­ball, es­pe­cially at club level, in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of first-aid pro­ce­dures.

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