TOP districts Ba and Lautoka have welcomed Fiji Football Association's decision to shift the start of the 2013-2014 Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League to next month.
The new National Football League season was initially scheduled to start this weekend.
The parent body has cited the upcoming busy schedule for the deferment.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said the FIFA World Cup trophy would be arriving in the country next week.
He said there would be a clash between the Southern and Western Selection teams during the showcasing of the golden trophy which is worth more than $18 million in Lautoka next Saturday.
"After that the teams would begin preparations for the Courts Inter District Competition scheduled for the second week of October," Kumar said.
"The IDC will coincide with our 75th anniversary celebrations. So the new dates for the National Football League will be announced soon."
Ba team manager Arvind Singh said the decision to shift the opening of the National League would benefit all the teams.
He said this would allow the districts better preparation for the IDC.
"We will be travelling to New Zealand on September 19 for a short tour," Singh said.
"So it would have been a very tight schedule for us if the league local competition would have started."
Lautoka Football Association president Shalendra Prasad the deferment would allow them to host the club games.
"We resumed with our club games last week after a lengthy break," Prasad said.
"The club games will continue this Sunday and we are looking at increasing the number of games for the clubs."