Panaji: The Goa Football Association (GFA), Competition Committee (CC) has decided to start the Professional League on September 28, the Taca Goa U-20 on September 10 and the U-16 from September 15, during its meeting held at the GFA headquarters on Monday.
The GFA had in its last Executive Committee meeting decided to postpone the first round of the Goa Professional League which was supposed to kick off on August 23 with a match between Vasco Sports Club and Calangute Association.
“I do not know how they are going to select the probables for the Santosh Trophy without any Professional League match. The idea of hosting the first two rounds was to enable the selectors to get to see players before they are picked up,” GFA Competition Committee chairman Domnic Fernandes told The Navhind Times.
“It is strange that the Executive Committee decided to postpone the Professional League games without keeping in mind that players should be selected to represent Goa based on their performance. Sometimes, one has to keep quiet and follow the flow,” added Dominic.
The West Zone Qualification round is to be hosted by GFA from September 20 to 26.
The issue of Central Registration System of players was discussed by the Competition Committee in lieu of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) directive that the system be employed in all the leagues conducted by GFA.
“There were divergent opinions on this matter. Basically most clubs do not want to get into the CRS system for lack of proper knowledge on the benefits of CRS. The level of ignorance on CRS is very high amongst clubs in the other division and there are bound to be clubs who are against the system. Since no decision could be taken during the meeting, it will be left to the Executive Committee to decide about the CRS,” a member of the competition committee told The Navhind Times.
“CRS is the step forward. It is the way forward for football. By trying to reject the system, GFA will be taking steps backward. The clubs should understand this or at least they should be made to understand this. Somebody has to properly explain what CRS actually is,” stated another member of the CC who attended the meeting.