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BFF prepares 'master plan' to improve fortunes

  • Published at 11:56 pm December 3rd, 2016
BFF prepares 'master plan' to improve fortunes
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is yet to sit for a dialogue with the two professional clubs, premier league champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and second-tier outfit Fakirapool Young Men's Club in a bid to settle for a new structure for domestic football. With co-ordination from BFF's new technical director Paul Smalley, the country's football governing body is preparing a “master plan”, which they are planning to reveal by next week. From the final quarter of last month, the federation started sitting with the club officials to discuss their ideas regarding the proposed master plan for four years. Starting from November 23, BFF and Smalley talked with 18 club officials so far out of the total of 20 clubs from both the Bangladesh Premier League and the Bangladesh Championship League. Among the remaining two clubs, they are expected to sit with Sheikh Jamal officials this Tuesday and Fakirapool by the end of this week. The BFF shared its ideas with the clubs regarding the changes they will bring in the domestic structure as part of its master plan. And its main discussion was focused mainly on two issues – changes in the annual calender and the club coaches' licensing. The master plan contains proposal of including youth club (under-18) football league in the annual calender for the next four years and, fixed and simultaneous fixtures for the top-flight and the second-tier football so that the tournaments take place at the same time of a year. In order to implement its new structure, the federation has to deal with two common objections by the clubs – one is financial instability of the sides and other one is the unavailability of enough young players. That's why they claim different youth football tournaments across the country are mandatory in the annual calender year. The proposed plan also includes the requirement of B-license for head coach and C-license for assistant coach for every premier league and second-tier clubs. Currently there is no requirement of assistant coaches in the second-tier. The BFF is also planning to announce its detailed plan this Saturday and implementing the new plan from the 2017-18 season onward till 2020. Through a press release on Saturday, Smalley was quoted as saying, “They were all very positive and open.” He also added that after meeting the remaining two clubs, the process will begin officially to make sure there is integrated partnership in order to fulfil the minimum requirements as required by the Asian Football Confederation.