New professional football league by 2020

Australian high commisioner to Fiji John Feakes (left) and Third Secretary Mark Tamsitt at the Fiji FA academy in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED/Australian High Commission, Suva

THE Fiji Football Association plans to introduce a professional league to be played in 2020, according to chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf.

Yusuf said it was the association’s dream to set up the franchise for a six-team concept and he had asked the Australian High Commissioner John Feakes if an expert from the Australian Football Federation could be sent to help with the setup.

“We want this competition to run from November to January every year. It will have fully televised matches and with professional players from overseas to come and compete,” he said.

“This will excite people to watch good quality football played by our local and overseas teams for three months. We have asked the Australian High Commissioner if it is possible for an expert to come and help us set up this franchise.”

Mr Feakes in return said he would get in touch with Australia Football Federation to see what could be done in terms of setting up the franchise.

The high commissioner also donated five bags of training kits for referees given by the Sydney Catholic Business Association. The kits consist of uniforms and flags that will be given to cadet referees during training.