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How to develop SA football

2013-10-17 09:55
SAFA
Soccer needs to be developed more professionally, more systematically and be organized much more efficiently by generating interest in it among the youth. There does not seem to be any coherent national plan to achieve this and one should not expect the country to excel if there is no programme to stir interest in it among the youth in a more dedicated, robust, and systematic manner.  The following guidelines are suggested for consideration                                                                                                                                    

1.  Establish a national fund for soccer development with realistically determined budgets for every single province.                             
2.  Appoint a body of genuinely altruistic volunteer-officials who will locally direct, control and oversee the programme with a basic monthly stipend, but without any opportunity for additional income or compensatory reimbursements from the budget to prevent self-enrichment or personal gain. Compensatory reimbursements can be expected to be abused. These officials should not have any control over finances, expenditure or the budget in any way, but will have to approach the provincial government for it.                      
3.  Junior teams, according to a determined category, e.g. Under 15, Under 18, and Under 21, should be selected in every area to compete against teams of other areas in a set itinerary.                                                                                                                               
4.  The programme and competition should be smartly branded and publicly marketed to solicit sponsorship and public interest in it.
3.  Sponsors should have no personal dealings with officials, but with appointed officials at the provincial government only in order to preclude corruption.

There are many more things to be said, but this is not the medium nor the time for it. The idea, however, should now already be mooted.
BJ Dippenaar
 

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