THE Fiji Football Association has given the Fiji Primary School Football Association an ultimatum to hold an urgent meeting during its Inter District Competition in Lautoka this week in a bid to sort out its financial status.
This is after the auditors of the parent body found discrepancies in the financial accounts of the associate member.
Fiji FA had earlier announced it's decision to pull the plug on its sponsorship of $6000 for the IDC but changed the decision citing the development at the grassroots level.
Fiji FA vice president Tarunesh Reddy said world governing body FIFA had recently placed strict guidelines in regards to grant allocations.
Reddy said they had given $8000 to Fiji Primary School Football Association for the hosting of the IDC at Subrail Park in Labasa last year.
He said they did not want to stop the development of grassroots football but the members had to follow the regulations set by FIFA.
"Fiji FA has been giving a grant of $6000 for the primary schools IDC when it is held in Viti Levu," Reddy said.
"The IDC is scheduled to be held in Lautoka. But there are a few issues that need to be sorted out.
"Their financial accounts are not proper. We gave their accounts to our auditors and they have picked up a few things that need clarification.
"We have written back to FPSFA seeking clarifications.
Reddy said they understood FPSFA was dependent on Fiji FA for the IDC and its budget to hold the tournament was around $9000.
"But we need accountability. The rules and regulation of FIFA applies to every member," he said.
"Even for the district associations they have to submit a quarterly report and then their shares for the tournaments are released.
"We are not trying to stop the development of soccer at the grassroots level.
"We want to develop the sport but there needs to be transparency when money is involved. Fiji FA is aware of the great interest at the primary school level.
"But the FPSFA needs to get its house into order.
"They need to call a meeting to sort things out."
FPSFA vice president and interim treasurer Venaigam Pillay said they had suspended the people who were part of the previous committee who had misused the funds.
He said the matter had been reported to the Ministry of Education as they were school teachers.
"We do not want the children to suffer," Pillay said.
"We had planned to host the tournament at Churchill Park but have been forced to hold it at the Central School grounds because of the high charges.
"We need $4000 to pay for Churchill Park. This is our 38th IDC."
The annual event will be played in Lautoka after 11 years.