Deadline for Clubs to Uphold Membership with LFA Ends Today

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Member teams of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in the 1st and 2nd divisions have up to 6p.m today to show their intent to recommit to Liberia Football Association (LFA).

Today’s deadline marked the end of the 60 days’ ultimatum of the football house, urging the member teams divisions to write “Letter of Intent” to the LFA committing to CAF’s Club Licensing System (CLS) for the 2014/2014 League.

July 17’s deadline is in consonance with the warning of the LFA to spontaneously drop any team which fails or deliberately refuse to write the LFA.

“The LFA would declare the position of any club that doesn’t write and subsequently filled in its space,” LFA boss Musa Bility said on Saturday on local radio.

He argued that the compulsory fill-in of spaces in the 1st and 2nd division is to uphold the revised statues of the LFA.

Reports say up to press time yesterday, about 12 out of the 26 1st and 2nd division clubs have already sent their letters of intent to LFA, including Invincible Eleven, Barrolle, Watanga FC, Aries, LPRC, NPA, Fatu FC, and Fassell.

LFA chief scribe Alphonso Armah said the implementation of the CAF’s CLS is to meet up with CAF/FIFA’s November 30, 2014 deadline.

According to Armah, key among the requirements are: Youth team (ages 10-14 years), affidavit of ownership of club, stadium, practice pitch (at least up to three clubs could join), office space, prove of financial capacity to bankroll salaries, coach and a technical director (minimum B Certificate in Coaching).

Armah noted that the LFA has agreed to make the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) the stadium for all applied teams and stressed that the requirements cover at least 50% and 30% of CAF/FIFA’s requirements for the 1st and 2nd division teams respectively.

“These registration requirements serve as a prelude to the implementation of the LFA Club Licensing System, which compliance is a pre-requisite for participation of LFA 2014/2015 League,” Mr. Armah said.

He intoned that FIFA seeks to ensure that clubs participating in any competition fulfill minimum standard requirements and the regulations set forth by FIFA took effect from January 1, 2008.

“For CAF, the 2012/13 season was slated as the take-off date but in a recent circular, it granted a grace period and set a new date of November 30, 2014 as the deadline for full compliance,” Mr. Armah said.

He noted: “According to the circular, CAF mandated all its national affiliates, including the LFA to confirm in writing by January 30, 2013 that the licensing regulation has been adopted by its congress which we did and subsequently adopted in our statute on January 18, 2014.”

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