The effective implementation of the inaugural youthful male and female football tournaments across the most populated county, Montserrado inarguably needs accurate planning and money.
Basically, to make youthful tournaments objectively pleasing, everyone should be involved – players, officials and spectators and embrace the concept.
Howbeit, many are wondering if the newly introduced football leagues, styled the “U-17 District League” of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) would really promote the development and improvement of their talents.
There are already in-play third and fourth division leagues which need to be well funded for teams to be given jerseys, training bibs, balls and boots to promote and identify talents.
Furthermore, the first and second division leagues as well as the two kinds of female leagues have created many doubts amidst so-called financial constrains.
Accordingly, the recruitment of 32 players, excluding the technical team, out of an over 40,000 people to represent a district; arrangement of practice sessions, jerseys, boots (only if they don’t have them) and transportation are amongst some of the challenges.
Clerical works, hiring of match officials and medics amongst others are things that need to be put in this pilot program and will need about US$80,000, according an estimate from the LFA.
Besides the proposed district football league, there is the County Sports Meet which is hugely supported by the National Government with at least US$300,000.
Another area to consider is publicity, which should at least be carried about two weeks primarily on the 17 teams, comprising about 15 games.
However, according to LFA boss, Musa Bility, last Tuesday the ‘District League’ is intended to give players under age 17 years the opportunity to play football.
“We want to create the chance for the younger ones to play football, because we still have 25-30 year-old players in the fourth and third divisions,” Mr. Bility said.
“We want our communities and districts to own their own teams,“ he said, “I live on Duport Road which is District #4, so if there is a district team in my area I will no doubt be a strong supporter.”
The LFA President said the individual ownership of football clubs in Liberia has not positively impacted the sport and as such a plan should be drafted to institutionalize clubs.
“Today we have one politician owning a team, as soon he is dismissed, then the club dies. Example is our two traditional clubs. Today the speed of IE and Barrolle has died, we want to change the trend of football in Liberia,” the LFA President added.