The world football controlling body, FIFA, has approved a youth football development league for Liberia to support domestic youth football in the country.
According to a letter sent to the Liberia Football Association by FIFA acting general secretary Marcus Kattner, a copy of which was sent to its development office in neighboring Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, FIFA will provide support for the hosting of 16 teams of 20 players (per team, including two goalkeepers).
LFA technical director Henry Browne said FIFA will also provide bibs, shirts, shorts, shin guards, socks, boots and goalkeeping equipment, balls and cones.
He said a FIFA development officer will visit Liberia to help the LFA prepare the project and relevant timetable for the various activities.
Browne said the success of the youth tournament, which will benefit U-14 male and female teams, will lead to the hosting of another tournament.
“We are targeting Monsterrado County for the first tournament,” Browne said, “and once we are successful in hosting it, the next one could be held in another county.”
Quoting FIFA’s release, Browne said the Liberia Football Association is responsible to propose dates to host one-month coaching course before the tournament.
“We also must have a referees’ course one week before the start of the league,” Browne said.
“We will have to submit an activity plan for the planning of the two courses and also to provide FIFA with a league schedule for the competition.”
Browne said FIFA will support the youth domestic league with US$50,000 and is hoping that the Liberian government can match FIFA’s donation to make the program a remarkable success.