Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:22 Kuala Lumpur: The Football Federation of Timor Leste is hoping to launch its National League in April next year.
Teams from Dili and other districts may compete in the league, which will be the FFTL's first step towards lifting the game in the country.
The development of football in Timor Leste is being steered by a joint venture between the AFC Vision Asia team and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA).
It is part of the Memorandum of Understanding between FFA and AFC in which Vision Asia provides assistance to FFA's projects.
Vision Asia representative Kaita Sugihara joined an FFA delegation on a visit to Timor Leste in late March. The FFA team was made up of John Boulbee (Head of National Team, Development), Sam Hemphill (Manager, Legal and Planning - Bid Operations), Alistair Edwards (Assistant National Technical Director) and John Boulous (National Participation Manager).
After meeting with the representatives of FFTL, Timor Leste District FAs and Ministry of Youth and Sport, key events in the development plan in 2010 and 2011 for Timor Leste was finalised. It included Football Administration, Clubs and Competitions, Coach Education, Referees and AID 27.
Officials from FFTL or its District FAs will be sent for training to Darwin in 2010 while the AFC Education Department has approved 'C' licence coaching courses to be held in the country.
Development of Club Regulation and League Regulation in Timor Leste, will be based on Vision Asia standards.