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FIFA Approves YFD for Liberia

first_imgThe world football controlling body, FIFA, has approved a youth football development league for Liberia to support domestic youth football in the country.According to a letter sent to the Liberia Football Association by FIFA acting general secretary Marcus Kattner, a copy of which was sent to its development office in neighboring Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, FIFA will provide support for the hosting of 16 teams of 20 players (per team, including two goalkeepers).LFA technical director Henry Browne said FIFA will also provide bibs, shirts, shorts, shin guards, socks, boots and goalkeeping equipment, balls and cones.He said a FIFA development officer will visit Liberia to help the LFA prepare the project and relevant timetable for the various activities.Browne said the success of the youth tournament, which will benefit U-14 male and female teams, will lead to the hosting of another tournament.“We are targeting Monsterrado County for the first tournament,” Browne said, “and once we are successful in hosting it, the next one could be held in another county.”Quoting FIFA’s release, Browne said the Liberia Football Association is responsible to propose dates to host one-month coaching course before the tournament.“We also must have a referees’ course one week before the start of the league,” Browne said.“We will have to submit an activity plan for the planning of the two courses and also to provide FIFA with a league schedule for the competition.”Browne said FIFA will support the youth domestic league with US$50,000 and is hoping that the Liberian government can match FIFA’s donation to make the program a remarkable success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Reading confirm Clarke as new manager

first_img1 Steve Clarke Reading have appointed Steve Clarke as their new manager – as talkSPORT told you earlier today.The former West Bromwich Albion boss, who has also coached at Chelsea and Liverpool, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to succeed Nigel Adkins, who was sacked on Monday.Clarke said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction. A big part of the work ahead is on the training ground and I look forward to meeting the players and getting onto the grass with them. There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters.” Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski said, “I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Steve to Reading Football Club and wish him every success here. He comes with a CV of the very highest order and I look forward to moving back up the table with him in charge. “It has been a difficult period for all concerned, but now we can look forwards. Nigel Adkins worked tirelessly to achieve success, sadly it did not work out for him but we wish him, his family and staff well for the future. Now we look forward to a new era under Steve’s stewardship and I for one am excited about this new beginning.”last_img read more