Football Association of Maldives
The Football Association of Maldives (FAM) was founded in 1982 as the governing body of football in the Republic of Maldives. The association under the guidance of the Ministry of Youth & Sports is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the sport in the Maldives. In 1986, FAM became a member of AFC and FIFA respectively.
For the full history, statistics and records of the senior team, see Maldives national football team.
The FAI has an Executive Committee of five members under the President, in addition to a Vice President and General Secretary. FAM is governed directly through the Ministry of Youth & Sports. FAM is housed in FAM House in Malé, which was constructed with funding from FIFA.
While FIFA and AFC required their members to constitute elected governance, FAM first had an appointed governance by the government of Maldives, which was reshuffled by the Ministry of Youth in the last quarter of 2006, in association with the political changes President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom brought about. FAM was audited by the Audit Office (during the same period, i.e. late 2006) of the Republic of Maldives and the association was accused with embezzlement of funds. However, the Chairman Mr. Abdul Shukoor was not dismissed and the General Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Ismail Ali was transferred to a post in the Olympic Committee of the Maldives.
In July 2008, elective governance was introduced to FAM and Mr. Ali Azim was elected President of the association. On 26 January 2013, FAM held its second election according to FIFA and AFC Statutes and Mr. Ilham Ahmed was elected as the President, and Mr. Mohamed Hanim as the General Secretary of FAM. Current FAM General Secretary Mr. Hussain Jawaz was appointed on 4 June 2014.
Role & events
FAM is the governing body for football in the Maldives. It organizes the zone tournaments and the Dhivehi League, FA cup Maldives, Cup Winners Cup. Maldivian football is divided by FAM into a 3 tier entity, in which the 1st Division consists of 6 clubs. The number of clubs in the 2nd and 3rd division has been quite inconsistent. So has been the method and relegation rules so far. FAM is directly responsible for the organization of the individual matches, in which the referees come directly under the association and is not a separate entity, but rather as a referee's committee. It has been noted even in the season of 2007, many officials directly involved with clubs have been appointed as match commissioners in certain divisions.
- http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=mdv/news/index.html, FIFA.com home page for Republic of Maldives