MFA invests in young women's football
The Malta Football Association is investing in women’s football by promoting the female game in the girls’ primary schools sector, rebranding women’s football, introducing the BOV Player of the Month awards, and by direct financial injection in the clubs when absorbing the Match Officials and pitch costs for all teams,an MFA statement read, urging clubs to understand that now is the ideal time to properly organise female teams.
A number of clubs have had a positive response to these initiatives and have worked to attain a professionally organised team with a substantial amount of upcoming young female footballers, however, other clubs are still finding organisational difficulties.
Speaking at a press conference at the Centenary Hall last Saturday, MFA’s CEO Bjorn Vassallo said; “I truly admire the passion and enthusiasm of all those somehow involved women's football, whether these being football players, administrators etc. In this regard the Malta Football Association is committed to maintain its support in favour of the further development of women's football in the Maltese islands”. Over the past two years, the MFA has secured a sponsorship for the national women's league, to the extent that the MFA is today in a position to cover all the expenses related to match officials and the venues where league matches are held. “It is also our intention that with effect from the coming season all such expenses related to the girls' Under 16, will also be covered by MFA," Bjorn Vassallo said.
MFA’s Technical Director Robert Gatt added that the Technical Centre (TC) gives its full support to women and girls football to see its continuous improvement and to keep in line with the growing development of women's football throughout the world. The TC sees 80 women and girls attending weekly training at Ta Qali with the National Teams and the girls academy. This year for the first time Under 16 and under 19 National Teams will take part in UEFA International tournaments.
Deputy Secretary General Maria Mifsud, responsible for women’s football said; “The Women's football department is working incessantly for the good of the women's game. We appeal to the Clubs to work hand in hand with us in this sector as we can only be successful if we all work together towards the same goal”.
The Association is confident that its pre-set objectives to put female football on a firmer footing will be reached with the co-operation of all.