The world soccer governing body’s new regulations released recently are part of Forward 2.0 program seeking to ensure that member associations do not concentrate on senior national teams at the expense of youths.
In a bid to curb the problem of overlooking youth football, FIFA has introduced tough funding regulations in which member associations will be forfeiting a good chunk of funding if they do not participate in junior competitions.
The FIFA funding for each member associations is at $1 million per year with $500 000 allocated to administration while another $500 000 is for specific activities.
“Such activities include organizing men’s, women’s and youth competitions (two age groups for both girls and boys),’’ FIFA noted in its communique to member associations.
‘’Each competition should involve at least 10 clubs for at least 90 matches and for at least six months each year and having active junior men’s and women national teams, each one participating in at least four matches per year.”
Failure to fulfil the activities will lead to FIFA deducting $50 000 from the special activities funding.
There was no immediate comments from either Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Secretary General, Wilfred Kidao, or the federation’s information officer, Clifford Ndimbo, on the federation’s readiness to implement the FIFA regulations as the officials’ phones went unanswered.
However, the TFF current leadership seems to have put much emphasis on beach football and youth football for both men and women as there are sound and active junior national teams.
Almost all elite clubs in the country as well have female teams, which are participating in the Women Premier Lea.
The country’s junior national teams, Serengeti Boys and Ngorongoro Heroes, as well as women teams of all age groups, were all active last year competing at different continental events.