MFA to celebrate 100 years from first League next week

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 16:41

The Malta Football Association is very proud of its chequered history and the contribution which its past and present officials gave to the Game throughout the years. A landmark season such as the current one, during which the association is celebrating 100 years of national competition, should be etched in history as an important one, and this through celebrations marking this milestone anniversary.

Not only, but such a commemorative panorama of activities spread over several sporting, administrative, educational and cultural events, should serve as a reminder that the Maltese Association has worked indefatigably towards the promotion of the game in our islands. The public should be aware of this and the younger generation be inculcated with a love for this popular game which has caught the imagination of millions throughout the world.

These activities organised by the MFA started some months ago and are due to reach a climax in the next weeks, with the participation of the island’s highest authorities and a host of distinguished UEFA and FIFA representatives, among whom Michel Platini, President of the European Football Confederation.  

The 100 Anniversary MFA League logo

The 100 Anniversary MFA League logo

The first events of the season marking the centenary since the start of the National League and the 50th anniversary of the MFA’s membership of UEFA and FIFA, were a KISS (Knowledge & Informational Sharing Scenario) UEFA Seminar held in Malta early in the season and the National League 100 Anniversary Cup which kicked off in the first week of October and will reach a climax with the final on the 14th April.

On the initiative of the MFA and also to coincide with the anniversary activities, UEFA agreed to select Malta as one of its venues for a series of seminars as part of its Development Programme in various fields. The first was a KISS Seminar which involved a two-day workshop dealing with marketing. Three MFA representatives, treasurer Alex Manfre, Ivan Vella and Tanya Gravina, were among several participants from other associations who gave a valid contribution. The activity dealt with promotion, merchandising and e-marketing so that associations could improve their working strategies in middle-management operations.
These UEFA seminars and programmes, from which the MFA is a beneficiary, are still ongoing as part of other projects such as the Hat-Trick and Goal Projects

The other more eye-catching event was on the field of play. This was the Anniversary Cup in which all the 52 member-clubs making up all the four MFA divisions participated. The three rounds played so far produced some interesting duels, primarily the ties where Hibernians defeated Qormi and then Marsaxlokk, who had earlier toppled Birkirkara, to book a place in the last eight. 

The line-up for the quarter-finals, should see some of the top teams squaring up to one another as there are six Premier Division sides, namely Hamrun Spartans, Hibernians, Floriana, Sliema Wanderers, Tarxien Rainbows and Valletta in the hat together with Mosta and Lija Atletic from the First and Second Divisions respectively. The draws will be made on Thursday on the TV Programme ‘MFA Magazine’ with the matches scheduled for the 10th February 2010.

It is anticipated that the competition will build up to a crescendo and so be one of the highlights of the anniversary celebrations.

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