25 July, 2017, 12:00 am
FOOTBALL fans could see changes in the format of future Fiji Football Association sanctioned tournaments with pool matches being held at various venues.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said football needed to roll with time and changes needed to take place for the betterment of the sport.
“Our philosophy going forward is that in all our future tournaments we want to have the best facilities for the players to excel so the teams can play towards the new philosophy of football which is possession based football,” he said.
“We need to create that atmosphere for them to play that kind of football.
“Secondly, we want to take the matches to the people and going forward our pool matches could also split for example if Suva is heading a pool so the other three teams drawn with Suva will see them play at the ANZ Stadium. After the pool matches then we will decide where the semi-finals will be played.”
Yusuf said they were targeting the youths who would be the future football players in the country.
“The semi-final venues are decided based on a lot of things which includes the time for the players to recover and work out strategies. The semi-finals and final are a very different level of football which involve high-intensity football and players look at the $15,000 cheque to get in the two days and the teams also need to redevelop their strategies and they have a week to prepare for the semi-final.
“We also want to give teams an ample time for their preparation. It is not necessary the pool matches, semi-finals and final will be played at the same venue and in an extreme possibility it could be the same venue.
“We need to go forward and get out of our comfort zone and go into the future of football.”
The 2017 Courts Inter-District Championship will be held at Churchill Park in Lautoka in October.