Football governing bodies in Africa (CAF) and Europe (UEFA) have a set out a project to develop domestic competitions.
The project has been dubbed ‘CAF & UEFA Assist League Development Program.’
It is part of the UEFA Assist Program that was launched in 2017 as UEFA seek to provide assistance to other Confederations.
“The domestic leagues represent the most visible image of football in a member association and the success of clubs is directly linked to the strength of the league. It is therefore imperative to have standards in all aspects of the league in key areas such as Competitions, Governance, Operations, Communications and Income Generation,” said CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, as quoted by CAF website.
The project includes an in-depth operational review of the competition structure of Member Associations, as well as the commercial, financial and governance aspects of the domestic league in order to strengthen the existing league system.
In addition, a team of experts will carry out an operational review of the competition structure, branding, commercialisation, financial and governance aspects of the domestic league, to culminate in recommendations to guide the league through the support of a mentoring programme.
Set to kick-off in September 2020, Ghana and Rwanda have been selected for the pilot project of the CAF & UEFA Assist League Development Programme, which includes eight training modules on key topics related to the development of leagues and operational planning leading to best practices.
“We are delighted to be offering our knowledge, assistance and expertise to CAF in order to help them develop and reinforce domestic leagues across the continent,” said Zoran Laković, National Associations Director at UEFA.
“We have developed many fantastic initiatives with CAF over the past few years, and this latest project will strengthen the close collaboration between our confederations even more.”
(Additional Reporting From CAF)