Successful MFA Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 16:03

1. The new bonuses for national team players were announced. The new system replaces the previous one which consisted of training allowances and bonuses for appearances and points obtained.

MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo said this was the final offer to the players which follows their counter proposal. The association has decided to increase further the amounts it had offered.

The Line-Up Bonus for the eighteen players who will be selected for a particular match will be as follows: €300 for a friendly match and €700 for a competitive match.

Over and above the Line-Up Bonus will be the bonuses for points obtained. In case of a draw in a friendly match, players will be getting €250 each while in case of a draw in a competitive match, they will be getting €1,750. In case of a win in a friendly match, players will be rewarded with €500 while a win in a competitive match would mean a bonus of €3,500.

Darmanin Demajo stressed that this was never a financial issue but a matter of motivating the players to do better. He said he believes that on the day, Malta can win points and that in a particular qualifying campaign, Malta could win three to five points.

MFA Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Vassallo said that the association will be paying a minimum of €160,000 to players for a qualifying campaign consisting of ten matches, if no points were obtained.

The MFA president said that at first the national team coaches had expressed their concern but later agreed with the concept. He said this new system would make it easier for them to draft in new players in the squad according to their current form.

2. MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo announced the association had received a letter from the General Workers Union, requesting a meeting following the recent set-up of a section for football players within the union. He said the association had no objection to meeting the GWU as it had no objection to players wanting to organise themselves.

3. MFA Vice-President Ludovico Micallef gave the latest details regarding the project involving the building of the new Sports Science and Medical Centre which will be built within the MFA Training Grounds.

4. The Competitions Committee discussed the formats for the Youth and Women’s competitions for next season. It was agreed that as from next season, Sections B, C and D will be played on Mondays rather than weekends. It is envisaged that between twelve to sixteen matches will be played every Monday. Section A football will continue to be played on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

As regards the Women’s League, matches will be played on Tuesday, mainly due to the fact that more venues are available for hosting these matches. In order to increase the number of teams in the First Division to eight teams in two years’ time, two teams from the Second Division will be promoted rather than one. Up to last season, one team was promoted and the runner-up played a decider against the team ending second from bottom in Division 1.

As from 2012/13, eight teams will be playing in the First Division. At the end of the first phase, teams will be divided into a Championship Pool and a Relegation Pool, based on one round.

5. The Malta Football Association announced the changes in fixtures for the BOV Premier League and the Quick-Keno Second & Third Division Knock-Out semi-finals and final.

The last round of matches from the BOV Premier League had to be anticipated by one day following a request by the Police. The two matches Marsaxlokk vs Hamrun Spartans and Floriana vs Birkirkara will now be played on Friday, May 6th whilst the last game of the Championship Pool between Valletta and Tarxien Rainbows will be played on Saturday, May 7th, kick-off at 16:00.

The Quick-Keno Second & Third Division Knock-Out semi-finals will now be played on April 26 and 27 rather than on May 13 and 14. KOT 18:30 hrs

The two semi-finals are Zejtun Corinthians vs Naxxar Lions and Sta. Venera Lightnings vs Rabat Ajax. The proper fixtures will be announced in the coming days.

The final will be played on May 8th.

6. MFA CEO Bjorn Vassallo announced the schedule of international encounters and events for the coming weeks.

The Under-19 side will be playing two friendly matches against Hungary on April 4th and 6th at the MFA Training Grounds and at the Gozo Stadium respectively.

During the Easter Holidays, the Malta Under-17 side will be hosting Macedonia and Albania in a tournament at the MFA Training Grounds.

The Malta Futsal national team will be playing two friendly matches against the Belgium Under-21 Futsal national team in mid April.

On April 18th and 19th the MFA in conjunction with UEFA, will organise a seminar concerning the maintenance of both natural turf pitches and artificial grass pitches. The seminar will be open for grounds-men and stadium managers.

During the months of April and May the MFA will host the second edition of Physical Preparator course, with the participation of foreign lecturers.

In May, the Under-19 team will be taking part in a tournament in Italy.

MFA President Norman Darman Demajo

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