Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Fully professional leagues
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This page is part of the WikiProject on Football and provides a list of known fully professional leagues, and also those that are known to not be fully professional. As such, this list can be used as an aid in considering the WP:NFOOTBALL guideline, which states that "Players who have played, and managers who have managed in a competitive game between two teams from fully-professional leagues, will generally be regarded as notable."
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Of FIFA's 211 current member associations, 210 have men's leagues which are currently included in this list. Liechtenstein does not have its own national league, while four countries have leagues which appear in both sections (Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States).
What is a "fully professional" league?
A fully professional league is one in which virtually all[quantify] adult players are paid a salary that they can live on and do not need additional sources of income. This salary should be a living wage in the nation where the league is based, and preferably around or above the average or median national wage. The professionalism of the league should also extend to sufficient contact hours, and facilities, equipment, expenses and other support as necessary to allow full-time pursuit of the sport.
List of fully professional leagues
- Albania – Albanian Superliga, Albanian First Division
- Algeria – Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1, Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 2
- Argentina – Argentine Primera División (since 1931), Primera B Nacional, Primera B Metropolitana
- Australia – A-League
- Austria – Austrian Football Bundesliga, Austrian Football Second League
- Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan Premier League (from ~2013)[dubious ]
- Belarus – Belarusian Premier League,
- Belgium – Belgian First Division A (also know as Belgian Pro League) (from ~1960)[dubious ], Belgian First Division B (from 2016–17)
- Bolivia – Bolivian Primera División
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina (from the 2016–17 season)
- Brazil – Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, Campeonato Paulista, Campeonato Mineiro, Campeonato Carioca, Campeonato Gaúcho, Campeonato Paraibano, Campeonato Pernambucano, Campeonato Paranaense
- Bulgaria – First Professional Football League
- Canada – Canadian Premier League, Major League Soccer, USL Championship (formerly United Soccer League, USL Pro), USL League One, North American Soccer League (2011–2017)
- Chile – Chilean Primera División
- China PR – Chinese Super League, China League One, China League Two (2004–2010, 2014–present)
- Colombia – Categoría Primera A
- Costa Rica – Liga FPD
- Croatia – Croatian First Football League
- Cyprus – Cypriot First Division[timeframe?]
- Czech Republic – Czech First League, Czech National Football League
- Denmark – Danish Superliga[timeframe?]
- Dominican Republic – Liga Dominicana de Fútbol
- Ecuador – Ecuadorian Serie A
- Egypt – Egyptian Premier League (since 1990)
- England – Premier League, English Football League
- Finland – Veikkausliiga[timeframe?]
- France – Ligue 1, Ligue 2 (from 1993–94 season)
- Germany – Bundesliga,[timeframe?] 2. Bundesliga, 3. Liga
- Greece – Super League Greece, Super League Greece 2, Football League (until 2019), Gamma Ethniki (formerly Football League 2, only from 1983 to 2013)
- Hong Kong – Hong Kong Premier League, Hong Kong First Division League (until 2014)
- Hungary – Nemzeti Bajnokság I
- India – Indian Super League, I-League
- Indonesia – Liga 1 (from 2008)
- Iran – Persian Gulf Pro League (formerly Iran Pro League)
- Israel – Israeli Premier League, Liga Leumit (only until 2008–09 season)
- Italy – Serie A, Serie B, Serie C
- Japan – J1 League, J2 League, J3 League
- Jordan – Jordanian Pro League
- Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan Premier League
- Malaysia – Malaysia Super League
- Mexico – Liga MX, Ascenso MX (until 2020) 
- Moldova – Moldovan National Division
- Morocco – Botola (from 2011–12)
- Myanmar – Myanmar National League
- Netherlands – Eredivisie (at some point after 1980),[unreliable source?] Eerste Divisie
- New Zealand – A-League
- Nigeria – Nigerian Professional Football League (formerly Nigerian Premier League)
- Norway – Eliteserien (formerly Tippeligaen) (from 2001)[disputed ]
- Paraguay – Paraguayan Primera División, Paraguayan División Intermedia
- Peru – Peruvian Primera División, Peruvian Segunda División
- Philippines – Philippine Premier League (2019), Philippines Football League 
- Poland – Ekstraklasa, I liga
- Portugal – Primeira Liga, LigaPro
- Qatar – Qatar Stars League
- Romania – Liga I
- Russia – Russian Premier League, Russian Football National League
- Saudi Arabia – Saudi Professional League (since 2007)
- Scotland – Scottish Premiership,[timeframe?] Scottish Championship[timeframe?][failed verification] (until 2019–20 season)
- Serbia – Serbian SuperLiga, Serbian First League (since 2016)
- Singapore – Singapore Premier League (formerly S.League)
- Slovakia – Slovak Super Liga (since 2009)
- Slovenia – Slovenian PrvaLiga
- South Africa – South African Premier Division (also known as Premier Soccer League, since 1996–97), National First Division
- South Korea – K League 1, K League 2
- Spain – La Liga, Segunda División
- Sweden – Allsvenskan[timeframe?][failed verification][dead link]
- Switzerland – Swiss Super League[timeframe?]
- Syria – Syrian Premier League (approximately 2003–2011 only)
- Thailand – Thai League 1
- Tunisia – Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1
- Turkey – Süper Lig
- Ukraine – Ukrainian Premier League, Ukrainian First League, Ukrainian Second League
- United Arab Emirates – UAE Pro-League
- United States – Major League Soccer, USL Championship (formerly United Soccer League, USL Pro), USL League One
- Defunct leagues that were fully professional in the United States – USSF Division 2 Professional League, USL First Division, North American Soccer League (1968–84), North American Soccer League (2011–2017), American Soccer League (1921–33), American Soccer League (1988–89), Eastern Professional Soccer League (1928–29), United Soccer League (1984–85), National Professional Soccer League (1967), United Soccer Association, American Professional Soccer League, A-League (1995–2004), 1995 USISL Professional League, 1996 USISL Professional League, 1996 USISL Select League
- Uruguay – Uruguayan Primera División, Uruguayan Segunda División
- Venezuela – Venezuelan Primera División, Venezuelan Segunda División
- Vietnam – V.League 1 (from 2015)
- Serbia and Montenegro – First League of Serbia and Montenegro (formerly First League of FR Yugoslavia, 1992–2006)
- Yugoslavia – Yugoslav First League (1967–1992)
- Brazil – Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino Série A1 (from the 2019 season)
- England – FA Women's Super League (from the 2018–19 season)
- Italy – Serie A (from the 2022–23 season)
- Japan – WE League
- Spain – Primera División (from the 2021–22 season)
- United States – National Women's Soccer League, USL Super League
Top level leagues which are not fully professional
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- Afghanistan – Afghan Premier League
- American Samoa – FFAS Senior League
- Andorra – Primera Divisió
- Angola – Girabola
- Anguilla – AFA Senior Male League
- Antigua and Barbuda – Antigua and Barbuda Premier Division
- Armenia – Armenian Premier League
- Aruba – Aruban Division di Honor
- Australia – National Soccer League (1977–2004)
- Bahamas – BFA Senior League
- Bahrain – Bahraini Premier League
- Bangladesh – Bangladesh Premier League
- Barbados – Barbados Premier League (planning to be semi-professional and professional in future)
- Belize – Premier League of Belize
- Benin – Benin Premier League
- Bermuda – Bermudian Premier Division
- Bhutan – Bhutan Premier League
- Botswana – Botswana Premier League
- British Virgin Islands – BVIFA National Football League
- Brunei – Brunei Super League (planned to be semi-pro)
- Burkina Faso – Burkinabé Premier League (transitioning into professionalism)
- Burundi – Burundi Premier League
- Cambodia – C-League
- Cameroon – Elite One (planned to be professional in future)
- Canada - Canadian Soccer League (1987–1992)
- Cape Verde – Cape Verdean Football Championship
- Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands Premier League
- Central African Republic – Central African Republic League
- Chad – Chad Premier League
- Chinese Taipei – Taiwan Football Premier League, Intercity Football League (2007–2016)
- Comoros – Comoros Premier League
- Congo – Congo Premier League
- Cook Islands – Cook Islands Round Cup
- Cuba – Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba
- Curaçao – Curaçao Promé Divishon
- Djibouti – Djibouti Premier League
- Dominica – Dominica Premier League
- DR Congo – Linafoot
- El Salvador – Primera División de Fútbol de El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea – Equatoguinean Primera División (planning to be professional)
- Eritrea – Eritrean Premier League
- Estonia – Meistriliiga
- Eswatini – Premier League of Eswatini (planned to be fully professional by 2022)
- Ethiopia – Ethiopian Premier League
- Faroe Islands – Faroe Islands Premier League
- Fiji – Fiji Premier League (planned to be fully professional by 2020)
- Gabon – Gabon Championnat National D1
- Gambia – GFA League First Division
- Georgia – Erovnuli Liga
- Ghana – Ghana Premier League
- Gibraltar – Gibraltar National League
- Grenada – GFA Premier League
- Guam – Guam Soccer League
- Guatemala – Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
- Guinea – Guinée Championnat National (planning to be professional in future)
- Guinea-Bissau – Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau
- Guyana – GFF Elite League
- Haiti – Ligue Haïtienne
- Iceland – Úrvalsdeild karla
- Iraq – Iraqi Premier League
- Ivory Coast – Ligue 1
- Jamaica – National Premier League (planned to be fully professional in future)
- Kenya – Kenyan Premier League
- Kosovo – Football Superleague of Kosovo
- Kuwait – Kuwait Premier League
- Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan Top League
- Laos – Lao Premier League
- Latvia – Latvian Higher League
- Lebanon – Lebanese Premier League
- Lesotho – Lesotho Premier League
- Liberia – Liberian Premier League
- Libya – Libyan Premier League (planned to be fully professional)
- Lithuania – A Lyga
- Luxembourg – Luxembourg National Division
- Macau – Liga de Elite
- Madagascar – THB Champions League
- Malawi – Malawi Premier Division (also known as Super League)
- Maldives – Dhivehi Premier League
- Mali – Malian Première Division
- Malta – Maltese Premier League
- Mauritania – Ligue 1 Mauritania
- Mauritius – Mauritian League
- Mongolia – Mongolian National Premier League
- Montenegro – Montenegrin First League
- Montserrat – Montserrat Championship
- Mozambique – Moçambola
- Namibia – Namibia Premier League
- Nepal – Nepal National League, Martyr's Memorial A-Division League
- New Caledonia – New Caledonia Super Ligue
- New Zealand – New Zealand Football Championship
- Nicaragua – Liga Primera de Nicaragua
- Niger – Niger Premier League
- North Korea – DPR Korea Premier Football League
- North Macedonia – Macedonian First Football League
- Northern Ireland – NIFL Premiership
- Oman – Oman Professional League
- Pakistan – Pakistan Premier League
- Palestine – Gaza Strip Premier League, West Bank Premier League
- Panama – Liga Panameña de Fútbol (in the process of becoming fully professional)
- Papua New Guinea – Papua New Guinea National Soccer League
- Philippines – United Football League (defunct), Filipino Premier League (defunct)
- Puerto Rico – Liga Puerto Rico
- Republic of Ireland – League of Ireland Premier Division
- Rwanda – Rwanda Premier League
- Saint Kitts and Nevis – SKNFA Premier League, N1 League
- Saint Lucia – SLFA First Division
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – SVGFF Premier Division
- Samoa – Samoa National League
- San Marino – Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio
- São Tomé and Príncipe – São Tomé and Príncipe Championship
- Senegal – Senegal Premier League
- Seychelles – Seychelles First Division
- Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone National Premier League
- Solomon Islands – Telekom S-League
- Somalia – Somali First Division
- South Sudan – South Sudan Football Championship (also known as South Sudan Champions League or South Sudan Premier League)
- Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Champions League
- Sudan – Sudan Premier League
- Suriname – SVB Eerste Divisie (formerly SVB Hoofdklasse and SVB Topklasse, planned to be fully professional in future)
- Tahiti – Tahiti Ligue 1
- Tajikistan – Tajikistan Higher League
- Tanzania – Tanzanian Premier League
- Timor-Leste – Liga Futebol Amadora Primeira Divisão
- Togo – Togolese Championnat National (plans for a professional league)
- Tonga – Tonga Major League
- Trinidad and Tobago – TT Pro League
- Turkmenistan – Ýokary Liga
- Turks and Caicos Islands – Provo Premier League
- Uganda – Uganda Premier League (formerly known as Uganda Super League)
- United States – National Association Football League, American Soccer League (1933–83)
- U.S. Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islands Premier League
- Uzbekistan – Uzbekistan Super League
- Vanuatu – Port Vila Football League, VFF National Super League
- Wales – Cymru Premier
- Yemen – Yemeni League
- Zambia – Zambia Super League
- Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
Associated to FIFA confederations
- Bonaire – Bonaire League
- French Guiana – French Guiana Honor Division
- Guadeloupe – Guadeloupe Division of Honor
- Kiribati – Kiribati National Championship
- Martinique – Martinique Championnat National
- Niue – Niue Soccer Tournament
- Northern Mariana Islands – M*League Division 1
- Réunion – Réunion Premier League
- Saint Martin – Saint-Martin Senior League
- Sint Maarten – Sint Maarten Senior League
- Tuvalu – Tuvalu A-Division
- Zanzibar – Zanzibar Premier League
- Ascension – Ascension Island Football League
- Crimea – Crimean Premier League
- Donetsk People's Republic – Football Championship
- Falkland Islands – Falkland Islands Football League
- Federated States of Micronesia – Football Championship
- Greenland – Greenlandic Football Championship
- Isle of Man – Isle of Man Football League
- Luhansk People's Republic – Football Championship
- Mayotte – Mayotte Division Honneur
- Nauru – Nauru Soccer Association
- Norfolk Island – Soccer League
- Northern Cyprus – KTFF Süper Lig
- Palau – Palau Soccer League
- Puntland – Puntland State Regional League
- Saint Helena – Saint Helen Football League
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon – Saint Pierre and Miquelon Football League
- South Ossetia – North Ossetia-Alania Football Championship
- Tokelau – Soccer League
- Wallis and Futuna – Première Division
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- Albania – Albanian Women's National Championship
- Australia – W-League
- Austria – ÖFB-Frauenliga
- Azerbaijan – Azerbaijani women's football championship
- Belarus – Belarusian Premier League
- Belgium – Belgian Women's Super League
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia and Herzegovina Women's Premier League
- Brazil – Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino Série A1 (until the 2018 season)
- Bulgaria – Bulgarian women's football championship
- China – Chinese Women's Super League
- Chinese Taipei – Taiwan Mulan Football League
- Croatia – Croatian Women's First Football League
- Cyprus – Cypriot First Division
- Czech Republic – Czech First Division
- Denmark – Elitedivisionen
- England – FA Women's Super League (before the 2018–19 season), FA Women's Premier League National Division (1992–2010)
- Estonia – Naiste Meistriliiga
- Faroe Islands – 1. deild kvinnur
- Finland – Kansallinen Liiga
- France – Division 1 Féminine
- Georgia – Georgia women's football championship
- Germany – Frauen-Bundesliga
- Gibraltar – Gibraltar Women's Football League
- Greece – Greek A Division
- Hong Kong – Hong Kong Women League
- Hungary – Női NB I
- Iceland – Úrvalsdeild kvenna
- India – Indian Women's League
- Indonesia – Indian Women's League
- Iran – Kowsar Women Football League
- Iraq – Iraqi Women's Premier League
- Israel – Ligat Nashim
- Italy – Serie A (before the 2022–23 season)
- Japan – Nadeshiko League (until the 2021 season)
- Jordan – Jordan Women's Football League
- Kazakhstan – Kazakhstani women's football championship
- Kosovo – Kosovo Women's Football League
- Kuwait – Kuwaiti Women's League
- Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan Women's Championship
- Latvia – Latvian Women's League
- Lebanon – Lebanese Women's Football League
- Lithuania – A Lyga
- Luxembourg – Dames Ligue 1
- Malta – Maltese First Division
- Mexico – Liga MX Femenil
- Moldova – Moldovan women's football championship
- Mongolia – Women's National Football League
- Montenegro – Montenegrin Women's League
- Netherlands – Eredivisie
- North Macedonia – Macedonian women's football championship
- Northern Ireland – Women's Premiership
- Norway – Toppserien
- Pakistan – National Women Football Championship
- Philippines – PFF Women's League
- Poland – Ekstraliga
- Portugal – Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino
- Republic of Ireland – Women's National League
- Romania – Liga I
- Russia – Russian Women's Football Championship
- Scotland – Scottish Women's Premier League
- Serbia – Serbian SuperLiga
- Slovakia – Slovak Women's First League
- Slovenia – Slovenian Women's League
- South Korea – WK League
- Spain – Primera División (before the 2021–22 season)
- Sweden – Damallsvenskan
- Switzerland – Nationalliga A
- Thailand – Thai Women's League
- Turkey – Turkish Women's First Football League
- Ukraine – Ukrainian Women's League
- Uzbekistan – Uzbek women's football championship
- Vietnam – Vietnam Women's Football League
- Wales – Welsh Premier Women's Football League
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A substantial proportion of the best players from all over the world will migrate from poor countries, from rich countries with no football tradition (like the USA and Japan) or from the less lucrative professional leagues like Belgium and Holland to the rich European competitions of Spain, Italy, England, Germany and to a lesser degree France.
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Sa aplikantom za licencu upravlja na profesionalan način (English: The applicant for a license to run in a professional manner)
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For the first time in the Premier League, from tomorrow July 23, 12 clubs, and 304 professional footballers, on the start of the 2016/2017 season
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The league has not put out an official word on salary figures, other than to say that the league will be fully professional.
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They will be joined by the six eligible members of the newly-sanctioned Division III professional circuit, USL League One.
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We're a fully professional league," Short said. "This is not an amateur league. And it's important to note the USL platform is a proven professional model. We're not a league devised overnight. We've been in operation since the late '80s. As we've developed professional soccer in the United States, we've learned a lot and had a lot of success.
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USL League One was originally called USL Division III, representing its position as the third tier of the professional soccer pyramid in the United States. Major League Soccer sits atop the US structure at the division 1 level, just as the Premier League does in England or La Liga in Spain.
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In fact, our semi-professional team playing in the National Soccer League are a poor excuse for a sporting outfit.
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He will arrive in Australia in November for the summer tennis tournaments during the NSL season, with the semi-professional league offering Ivanisevic an ideal testing ground for his soccer ability.
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While some of the old NSL's big names might have been pulling in more than that, $85,0000 (sic) would be double the average salary picked up by most part-time and semi-professional players in the old league.
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A professional soccer team based here would have the potential to fuel millions of dollars into our economy. This would be through accommodations for visiting teams and the other financial-driven elements that surround a home-based professional team.
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কিন্তু পেশাদারির উন্নতি হলো কতটা? মোটা দাগে বললে কিছুই হয়নি। ক্লাবগুলো পেশাদার হওয়ার আশপাশ দিয়েই হাঁটেনি। অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নের নামগন্ধ নেই। একটা জিম পর্যন্ত বড় দলগুলো করেনি। মাঠবিহীন অবস্থাতেই রয়ে গেছে মোহামেডানের মতো দল। (English: But how much is the professional improvement? There is little to talk about. The clubs walk around the outskirts of becoming professional. There is no trace of infrastructure development. The big teams do not have a gym. Mohammedan remained without a ground as a team.)
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"Last year at the annual Congress meeting we discussed the challenges we were having with night venues and shortage of referees and the competitions committee came up with a plan to implement Saturday afternoon matches to alleviate the stresses on infrastructure and administration of matches," Burgess told The Royal Gazette. A team will play one Saturday [afternoon] during the season, maybe two, but the only pushback we may see is from players who work on Saturdays. However, the schedule has been released far enough in advance for them to make consideration for that one Saturday.
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The last time the National League took place was three years ago when Old Madrid won the championship contested as division one.
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Il y en aura. Nous allons travailler à l'avènement du football professionnel. Nous n'avons pas encore atteint le football professionnel. C'est certain que quand nous allons amorcer ce football professionnel il y aura forcement un cahier des charges parce que n'importe qui ne viendra pas exercer dans cette catégorie. (English: There will be some. We will work towards the advent of professional football. We have not yet reached professional football. It is certain that when we are going to start this professional football there will necessarily be a specification because anyone will not come to practice in this category.)
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There is no serious league. The FA just organises a tournament for a few teams in order to get representatives into international club competitions.
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Ce championnat amateur avec 12 équipes s'est terminé péniblement depuis plus de six mois et le leader, As Tempête Mocaf, n'a pu participer à la Ligue africaine des champions organisée par la Confédération africaine de Football, faute de moyens financiers. En manque de sponsors, la compétition ne subsiste que grâce aux subventions de l'Etat et de la Fédération centrafricaine de Football. Aucune grande entreprise de la place ne finance un club du championnat. (English: This amateur championship with 12 teams ended painfully for more than six months and the leader, As Tempête Mocaf, could not participate in the African Champions League organized by the African Football Confederation, for lack of financial means. In lack of sponsors, the competition remains only thanks to the subsidies of the State and the Central African Federation of Football. No big company in the place funds a championship club.)
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Notre problème majeur est financier. Nous n'avons pas de moyens, pas de subventions, pas de sponsors et du coup rien n'est fait pour la formation. Le championnat se joue en deux étapes. La première est le championnat régional qui regroupe les équipes de la même préfecture. Et puis, il y a le championnat national. Une sorte de tournoi entre les 14 champions des 14 préfectures. Sur un plan individuel, le footballeur tchadien est paresseux, physiquement très limité. Il tient difficilement les 90 minutes de jeu mais par contre il est discipliné et persévérant. (English: Our major problem is financial. We have no means, no subsidies, no sponsors and suddenly nothing is done for training. The championship is played in two stages. The first is the regional championship which brings together teams from the same prefecture. And then there is the national championship. A kind of tournament between the 14 champions of 14 prefectures. On an individual level, the Chadian footballer is lazy, physically very limited. He has difficulty 90 minutes of play but he is disciplined and persevering.)
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The top level of men's soccer here was rebranded as the Taiwan Premier League at the start of 2017. But it is still made up of just two semi-professional sides and amateur outfits.
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It's at this point that I must give a salient piece of information, namely that Taiwan has no professional football league! Of the 39 players that have represented the national team in the last twelve months, just 9 play professional football for their club teams (1 in Belgium and 8 in China). The rest play in the half semi-professional, half amateur Taiwanese InterCity League.
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"C'est un instrument essentiel pour une gestion professionnelle du championnat comorien", estime Mshangama Monaward, chargé de l'administration de ce système pour la FCF. "Jusqu'à maintenant, toutes les équipes pouvaient présenter n'importe quel joueur, personne ne pouvait vérifier s'il faisait partie du club ou non. Désormais, avec les licences qu'on ne peut falsifier, les arbitres peuvent refuser les joueurs non inscrits".Plus de 700 joueurs de première division ont déjà reçu leur licence, en attendant d'étendre le programme aux divisions inférieures. Pour cette première année de mise en place, la licence est fournie gratuitement par la fédération, "pour que les joueurs adoptent le système" explique Msahazi Soilihi, administrateur de la FCF. "Mais l'an prochain, la licence sera payante et on peut également imaginer un contrat de sponsoring sur la carte, ce qui en fera une double source de revenus pour la fédération". (English: "It is an essential instrument for the professional management of the Comorian Championship," said Mshangama Monaward, who is in charge of the administration of this system for the FCF. "Until now, all the teams could present any player, no one could check if he was part of the club or not. For now, with the licenses that can not be falsified, the referees can refuse the players not registered." More than 700 first-division players have already received their license, while waiting to extend the program to the lower divisions. For this first year of implementation, the license is provided free by the federation, "for players to adopt the system," says Msahazi Soilihi, administrator of the FCF. "But next year, the license will pay off and we can also imagine a sponsorship deal on the card, which will make it a dual source of revenue for the federation.")
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"Le contrat est une convention qui lie les deux parties: l'une appelée employeur et l'autre employée. C'est vrai que nous avons un petit problème concernant notre football. C'est un football amateur. Etant donné que nous avons certaines équipes qui ont des joueurs professionnels, donc nous sommes dans le semi professionnalisme. Le contrat permet, non seulement de protéger le joueur, mais aussi le club qui dépense beaucoup d'argent pour ce dernier", a ajouté Jean Didier Elongo. (English: The contract is an agreement that binds both parties: one called the employer and the other employee. It is true that we have a small problem concerning our football. It's an amateur football. Since we have some teams that have professional players, so we are in semi professionalism. The contract not only protects the player, but also the club that spends a lot of money for the latter," added Jean Didier Elongo.)
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Most of the Cook Islands selection players play in the local amateur league here on Rarotonga, however, the team will include three to four players currently playing in New Zealand and Australia.
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[Cuban players] are a little different; they have a little flair but they also have a work rate. They all have an ability to play but they're changing styles. One thing they've got to get used to is training. Down there it is not a professional league. The level of commitment is there for the national team but not necessarily for the league because it's still amateur and they don't push every day.
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Djibouti's football clubs generally perform very poorly in continental competitions, as well as its national side. Main reason for this is not only because of poor financial conditions in the country which led to the withdrawal of 2008 league champions, Socialite Immobiliere de Djibouti (SID) from the CECAFA Club Championship in the same year. The country has a huge shortage of quality sports infrastructure with only one recognized, international standard football stadium in the Stade du Vile located in the capital, Djibouti, which can seat around 10,000 spectators.
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La calidad del jugador salvadoreño y lo profesional que es. Es muy profesional. Te tenés que bancar, estar en un equipo que pasan dos meses y no te pagan, que las infraestructuras para entrenar son muy malas. Entonces, lo que más rescato de este fútbol es al jugador salvadoreño. Lo bueno que son técnicamente y les falta potenciar más.Habría que mejorar en las infraestructuras de los equipos, los estadios, jugar en un horario adecuado. En el fútbol no se saca ventaja jugando a las 3:00 de la tarde o con el pasto alto ... son cositas para ir mejorando.Aquí si tenés que viajar, en general en todos los equipos, y a veces pedís un bus de mejor calidad, te dicen: 'Y para qué'. Todo 'para qué y por qué'. Uno dice: "Vamos a concentrar". Y te responden: 'Y para qué'. Y no es así. Si queremos que el fútbol salvadoreño crezca hay que empezar a hacer esas cosas. (English: The quality of the Salvadoran player and how professional he is. It is very professional. You have to bank, be in a team that spend two months and do not pay you, that the infrastructures to train are very bad. So, what I rescue most from this football is the Salvadoran player. The good that they are technically and they lack to harness more. It would have to improve in the infrastructures of the equipment, the stadiums, to play in a suitable schedule. In football you do not take advantage playing at 3:00 in the afternoon or with high grass ... they are things to improve. Here you have to travel, in general in all teams, and sometimes you ask for a better bus quality, they tell you: 'And for what?' All 'for what and why'. One says: "Let's concentrate." And they answer: 'And for what?' And it is not like that. If we want Salvadoran football to grow, we have to start doing those things.)
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Then spoke the Minister of Youth and Sports, who explained the Government's desire to professionalize our football.
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But the trophy lifting Eritrean footballers couldn't be as successful as they deserved in pursuing professional football careers for different reasons. Eritrea's expectation from the players, and specifically from Maitemenay star player Filmon Tsegay, who was a wonder kid in Europe, was very high. Lack of necessary facilities, infrastructures, encouragement, training, nutrition and largely the sports administration are some of the main cause for the weaknesses that followed.
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The violence that was unleashed across the country in the early 1990s, and more than a decade of severe economic hardship that followed, had a devastating effect on domestic football. With certain few exceptions, the professional game disappeared from provincial Georgia for a lengthy spell. The stadia, far from seeing any sporting action or a caring hand, were looted of everything of any value, including wood, metal and glass. Whole stands disappeared. With this in mind, the pitiful state in which the vast majority of the provincial stadia appear today – the grandstands no longer able to provide any safe seating; the lounges from which the ComParty VIPs once followed the games, now lying in ruins; the pitches barely suitable for grazing cattle – might appear understandable at first glance. Yet the horrors of the not-too-distant past only tell half of the story. Better times and relative stability returned to Georgia following the 2003 'Rose Revolution'. Very gradually, people were able to turn some of their attention back to sports. Many provincial football clubs of old were reactivated, albeit mostly at an amateur level. Yet the condition of the majority of the venues continued to deteriorate, reaching a point where some of them, such as the once impressive central stadium of Chiatura (below), a mining town in northern Imereti region, have now been condemned to demolition as they were declared unsafe. All of this points towards problems that are rooted in the present, as much as they are in the past.
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If a player is receiving GHC 500 or 1000 and that person has rent to pay and has a girlfriend or wife with kids its a difficult situation to combine. [...] If there can be sponsors that can help to introduce a base salary to cushion them to carry on their job without stressing the Ghanaian league will be one of the best.
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La Asociación de Futbolistas Guatemaltecos velará por el bienestar de todos los futbolistas profesionales guatemaltecos, respetando las vías del diálogo y la comunicación eficaz con las autoridades, así como las vías legales que la legislación nacional establece. Reiteramos nuestro compromiso por aportar al desarrollo del verdadero profesionalismo de nuestro fútbol. (English: The Association of Guatemalan Soccer Players will ensure the welfare of all professional Guatemalan footballers, respecting the channels of dialogue and effective communication with the authorities, as well as the legal avenues established by national legislation. We reiterate our commitment to contribute to the development of the true professionalism of our football.)
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وتأثرت بطولة الكأس جراء ذلك بعاملين مهمين، هما: رحيل أغلب اللاعبين المحترفين، ما أثر بشكل واضح على المستوى الفني للبطولة، وكذلك رحيل بعض نجوم الدوري للاحتراف الخارجي، ناهيك عن الإصابات التي بدأت تظهر على بعض اللاعبين بعد موسم ماراثوني. (English: The cup was affected by two important factors: the departure of most professional players, which clearly affected the technical level of the league, as well as the departure of some of the stars of the league for external professionalism, not to mention the injuries that began to appear on some players after the Marathon.)
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وسعت تلك الأندية إلى تعزيز قوائمها بلاعبين محترفين ونجوم المنتخبات الوطنية فضلا على العناصر المحلية وفق طموحات مشروعة ومتعددة الأهداف لاسيما للفرق التي دخلت المنطقة الحمراء التي تنذر بمغادرة الأضواء والعودة إلى منافسات الممتاز. (English: These clubs sought to strengthen their lists of professional players and national team stars as well as local players according to legitimate and multi-goal ambitions, especially for the teams that entered the red zone, which threatens to leave the spotlight and return to the Premier League.)
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Despite the improvements, the Iraqi Premier League is still considered a rather weak league with its clubs still underperforming in continental competitions, its last major achievement reaching the final of the Asian Champions Cup (now called the Asian Champions League) via Al Rasheed in the 1988/89 season, largely due to Uday's influence as owner/founder of the club. Some clubs still struggle financially and have inadequate equipment and facilities, which haven’t been renovated since the Hussain regime
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Not once have I argued that for the Kenyan Premier League to make a leap from its semi-professional status to a fully-fledged professional league, operations must be streamlined and structures set in place that will work independently and devoid of influence of the 'big man' or from whichever quarter.
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In other words, in a Kenyan football Premiership that is almost fully professional, KDF footballing soldiers – in Ulinzi Stars – are actually amateur players; their business purely that of being soldiers.
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Under this limit the players have amateur status. There are no professional or amateur clubs but clubs with professional and/or amateur players.
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Clubs executives, who were already suffering under a semi-professional league system, had their say on the day. Youssef Abu Iskandar, the secretary of Kazma SC, expressed his grief for Kuwaiti Football by saying that it was a "sad decision". Kuwait Club, who alongside Qadsia, were thrown out of the AFC Cup semi-finals as a result of the ban, held the FA solely responsible too. Qadsia's manager at the time, Rashed Badeh called for everyone to "work to help save Kuwaiti Football".
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Runājot par sastāvu, Kolidzejs atklāja, ka komanda būs pusprofesionāla, proti, daļai futbolistu būs kontrakti. (English: In terms of composition, Kolidzejs revealed that the team will be semi-professional, that is, some of the footballers will have contracts.)
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Out of 100 players, about 57 players receive salaries between 500 and 1,000 dollars, 36 players between 1,000 and 1,500 dollars, and only seven players 1,500 dollars and above. [...] Many players resort to taking a second job besides football that supports their families and helps them to secure the living necessities for the whole month.
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Still semi-professional with salaries of $1,500 per month, Lebanese domestic football has a more fragmented history than any of its Middle-East counterparts.
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Liberia Football Association has finally demoted six teams from the amateur premiership to the 1st Division. The six teams, placed at the bottom of the league table, will compete in the LFA first division.According to the development plan of FIFA, all clubs participating in the local top flight must meet a number of requirements, including Club Office, training facilities, as well as salary structure, among others, something most of the Liberian premiership clubs lack.
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The new president of the LFF vowed in his first statement to make sure the new league is very professional and of high competetion so that Libyan national team becomes more qualified and to make sure the ban on Libyan stadiums is lifted.
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The football league in this country of 480,000 people is also semi-professional.
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Due to the league's amateur status, it has never been easy for clubs to secure substantial sponsorship deals, mostly depending on the generosity of one single source. Last year, Ka I was in a similar situation, but eventually ended up with a new partner.
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It's really difficult to get by when you play sport in general and football in particular," said Nomenjanahary. "It's an amateur game here. There's no exposure and no one comes to see the players. It's a tough situation and you have to fight to make a living from your sport and embark on a professional career. For a Malagasy person it's impossible to do that if you stay in Madagascar.
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Among the population of 320,000, there are 2,000 registered footballers and more than 100 teams. Players and coaches, recruited from around the world, receive a competitive wage from clubs in the three-division semi-professional league – the envy of the region.
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Mais plus proche de nous, les conditions dans lesquelles évoluent les joueurs du championnat nationale restent misérables. Le constat est sans appel au niveau des clubs où les jeunes pousses progressent sans rien attendre en retour. Selon Baba Cissouma, président de l'Union des journalistes sportifs du Mali (UJSMA), les salaires sont aléatoires dans les clubs de première division car ils dépendent de plusieurs facteurs. Seydou Sow, premier vice-président de l'AS Réal, explique que le terme salaire n'est pas approprié pour le football amateur au Mali. Les joueurs perçoivent plutôt des indemnités de déplacement et des primes de match, qui varient selon le nombre de matchs remportés. Au FC Bakaridjan et à l'AS Réal, ces primes varient entre 20 000 et 30 000 francs CFA par joueur. (English: But closer to us, the conditions under which the players of the national championship are still miserable. The report is without appeal at the club level where the young shoots progress without expecting anything in return. According to Baba Cissouma, president of the Union of Sports Journalists of Mali (UJSMA), salaries are random in first division clubs because they depend on several factors. Seydou Sow, Senior Vice President of AS Réal, explains that the term salary is not appropriate for amateur football in Mali. Instead, players receive travel allowances and match bonuses, which vary according to the number of matches won. At FC Bakaridjan and AS Real, these bonuses vary between 20,000 and 30,000 CFA francs per player.)
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Il faut dire cependant que le premier défi de l'équipe qui a pris le destin du football national est de réussir un championnat à quatorze équipes avec les exigences nouvelles, aussi bien la règlementation nationale que le standard Fifa de la licence professionnelle. (English: It must be said however that the first challenge of the team that took the destiny of national football is to succeed a championship with fourteen teams with the new requirements, both the national regulations and the standard Fifa professional license.)
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La saison 2016–2017 de la Mauritius Professional Football League a été calamiteuse. Beaucoup de problèmes sont survenus durant cette saison au niveau des finances de cette organisation. Durant les derniers mois du championnat, le MPFL avait eu de gros soucis pour pouvoir payer les salaires des joueurs. Certains ont dû attendre presque un mois pour percevoir leur salaire du mois de mai. L'ex-entraîneur de La Cure Sylvester SC, du Curepipe Starlight et du Club M, Sarjoo Gowreesunkur, est d'avis que les organisateurs de la ligue professionnelle se sont mis en position délicate. « Ce qui se passe aujourd'hui est le résultat d'une mauvaise gestion et de favoritisme. La MPFL a voulu tout géré. Au début, j'étais à 200 % pour la mise sur pied de la ligue professionnelle. Toutefois, certains dirigeants n'ont pas tenu leur parole et les choses ne se sont pas déroulées comme prévu. Il faut désormais trouver une nouvelle formule et inciter les compagnies privées à s'intéresser au football, comme c'est le cas avec la ligue de la FMSC. Le football deviendrait ainsi semi-professionnel pour éviter de tomber dans l'amateurisme », souligne Sarjoo Gowreesunkur. (English: The 2016–2017 season of the Mauritius Professional Football League has been calamitous. Many problems occurred during this season in the finances of this organization. During the last months of the championship, the MPFL had big problems to be able to pay the salaries of the players. Some had to wait almost a month to receive their salary in May. The former coach of Cure Sylvester SC, Curepipe Starlight and Club M, Sarjoo Gowreesunkur, believes that the professional league organizers have put themselves in a delicate position. "What is happening today is the result of mismanagement and favoritism. The MPFL wanted everything managed. At first, I was 200% to set up the professional league. However, some leaders did not keep their word and things did not go according to plan. We must now find a new formula and encourage private companies to take an interest in football, as is the case with the league of the FMSC. Football would become semi-professional to avoid falling into amateurism," says Sarjoo Gowreesunkur.)
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Other handicaps are the lack of facilities, the high cost of training instructors and the predominantly amateur status of the clubs that make up the national football league.
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"We need to put some more emphasis on the development of facilities, we should design and implement school and community based youth programmes, develop a culture of professional coaching, work on our referees and officials and it is absolutely important that we bring women into the game," Riley suggested.
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No club in Namibia has a professional set-up.
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We have about 400 teams, 125 amateur clubs, and 8,200 players, all of whom are amateur, of course.
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Malgré le statut d'amateur de ses footballeurs, depuis 1976, le Niger a réussi quelques exploits internationaux, entre autres, lors des éliminatoires de la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA en 1982 où il s'est fait éliminer seulement en quarts de finale par l'Algérie qui allait ensuite se qualifier pour la Coupe du Monde. (English: Despite the amateur status of its footballers since 1976, Niger has achieved some international achievements, among others, during the qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup in 1982 where he was eliminated only in the quarterfinals by Algeria who would then qualify for the World Cup.)
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North Korea has no professional league – all players are amateur
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But given that everyone else in the squad remains isolated in the local, amateur league, their inclusion has been controversial in North Korea and Japan.
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There is a semi-professional soccer league in Northern Ireland but the standard compared to the English and Scottish professional leagues is very poor and this is reflected in the atmosphere and attendance at local games.
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There’s a semi-professional football league in Oman that teams such as the Oman Club, Sidab and Quriyat participate in.
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Sayyid Khalid has since tried to boost the game by launching the semi-professional Oman Mobile League, with a three-year deal signed with Oman Mobile.
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The other 17 play in the semi-pro West Bank Premier League.
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Pero las proyecciones hacia una completa estructura profesional de nuestro futbol la estamos observando poco a poco. No solamente son los ingresos por parte de los clubes los cuales marcan una nueva era en nuestro futbol. El profesionalismo de nuestras ligas esta siendo mejorado con el gran apoyo de la Fepafut y FIFA con los diferentes proyectos de GOAL y PERFORMANCE los cuales están destinados a desarrollar plenamente su potencial en todas las áreas en las que se requiere rendir a un nivel óptimo en la gestión del fútbol del país. (English: But the projections towards a complete professional structure of our football we are watching little by little. Not only are the revenues from the clubs which mark a new era in our football. The professionalism of our leagues is being improved with the great support of Fepafut and FIFA with the different projects of GOAL and PERFORMANCE which are destined to fully develop their potential in all the areas in which it is required to perform at an optimum level in the management of the country's soccer.)
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The semi professional soccer competition, the National Soccer League (NSL) has jumped leap and bound in the last four seasons.
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The Papua New Guinea's semi-professional competition the National Soccer League is set to kick-off its 2015–2016 season on 14 November.
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Despite inking a television deal, however, the UFL remains to be of semi-professional status. Olivares says, "Everyone in the UFL has [day] jobs, except the national players. It's not at a point where people are paid really well yet."
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The league started as semi-professional tournament in 2009.
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In the past, leagues such as the Philippine Football Federation Open Championship, the Filipino Premier League and La Liga have attempted to reach professional status.
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After several years of severe instability which saw six clubs go to the wall, things have settled down. It is still a month-to-month struggle to make ends meet, even the more successful teams must make do with ten-month contracts, and the second tier is now a truncated eight-team league but clubs are staying afloat.
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In truth, Bohemians and Bray are the only resolutely part-time operations with Limerick's status scaled back.
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In developing countries like Rwanda what matters most is not the amateur football league status but the structure of youth soccer development.
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Also in this season teams will play to qualify for the semi-pro football league that is currently being developed to start in 2006. Amory said the top five teams in the premier division will qualify automatically and playoff type of format will decide the last two spots.
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In the early 2000's the SLFA had discussions with St. Lucian Premiere League Clubs and district teams about getting sponsors to finance an eight team semi-professional football league on the island. Initial talks were held but nothing materialized.
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Yes, there are mitigating factors, such the unavailability of venues, the lack of a professional league, among others, but at least, there must be some structures in place to provide for the upward movement of the sport.
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Segundo a nossa fonte, a Federação Santomense de Futebol, não cumpriu a formalidade para exigida pela CAF para a participação nas competições africanas, nomeadamente as condições internas para receber as equipas adversárias. (English: According to our source, the Football Federation Santomense, did not fulfill the formality required by the CAF for participation in African competitions, namely the internal conditions to receive the opposing teams.)
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Si à la modestie des ressources financières allouées par l'Etat au ministère des sports (moins de 1% du budget national) s'ajoute la précarité des clubs sénégalais qui vivent encore dans l'amateurisme, en dépit des prétentions sur lesquelles surfent les responsables du football national qui prétendent avoir placé le Sénégal sur les rampes du semi-professionnalisme, les faits sont têtus et constants. La réalité dure et implacable. Le football sénégalais est à des années-lumière du football professionnel et même semi-professionnel. Ce ne sont pas les soupçons de salaire des joueurs et du staff technique, au demeurant très maigres, qui plus est irrégulièrement payés, qui doivent faire illusion. (English: If the modest financial resources allocated by the State to the Ministry of Sports (less than 1% of the national budget) is added the precariousness of Senegalese clubs still living in amateurism, despite the claims on which surfers national football who claim to have placed Senegal on the ramps of semi-professionalism, the facts are stubborn and constant. The reality is hard and relentless. Senegalese football is light years away from professional and even semi-professional football. It is not the suspicions of salary of the players and the technical staff, besides very meager, which is more irregularly paid, which must be illusion.)
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Leslie Mathiot, representing his club, Foresters, as well as the other club members, said such gifts will greatly help them head in the right direction towards highest professionalism.
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He went further to say that he is not challenging the authority of these clubs but they want to help them improve on their status, become efficient and professional football clubs in future. He also revealed to Awoko that players playing in the Premier League in this country still receive as little as one hundred twenty thousand Leones as monthly wage, and that 60% of the players don't even have any professional contract with their clubs, especially those in the provinces.
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All TSL players are amateurs and their amateur contracts last only the season
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Currently the clubs Somalia's eight-team top division are unable to pay their players mainly due to the civil strife that has beset the country for more than a decade.
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Sadly however, no other club playing in the SPL boasts of any corporate deal. Perhaps this trend has a lot to do with the team spirit and performance. The two clubs with corporate sponsorship lead the table standings in the 2015/2016 season.
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In a few words, there is an urgent need to re-organise the way football is run in Sudan. All the stakeholders – from officials to players – have to be a lot more professional, devoid of bias and sentiments, so the game in this country can again reach the dizzying heights of becoming an African football powerhouse.
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Another problem faced by Sudanese football, of course, is the huge lack of competition in the league, with only two clubs contesting for the title. This lack of competitiveness will continue to hold back Sudanese football, and could even regress the popularity of the national league if the imbalance is not addressed. Sudan's Premier League and Football Association still rely heavily on government support, so this is a critical issue that must be addressed. If it continues, the SFA will need to start using alternative revenue streams, like continuing their broadcasting rights with Super Sport.
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As Etaeta has noted, most of the Tahiti players are essentially amateur, though not without international experience.
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Au cours du Congrès du 24 octobre, les participants adopteront les Statuts, le Code électoral, le Règlement du Congrès et le Code éthique. « Nous avons introduit quelques réformes pour amorcer un nouvel élan de notre football. Notamment l'alignement des ligues régions sur les régions administratives du Togo, la démarcation entre le football amateur et celui d'élite (d'où la création d'une Ligue de football d'Élite qui va plus tard laisser sa place à la Ligue professionnelle), l'intégration du football féminin ou encore la restructuration du Comité exécutif de la fédération et la mise en place d'un Tribunal arbitral national. Nous avons proposé ces textes, que nous espérons vont relancer le football dans notre pays, mais il revient au congrès de les adopter ou non », a-t-il concédé. Mais le président n'a pas perdu de vue que les textes ne produisent pas les joueurs mais créent des conditions pour le développement du football. (English: During the Congress of 24 October, participants will adopt the Statutes, the Electoral Code, the Congress Rules and the Code of Ethics. "We have introduced some reforms to start a new momentum for our football. In particular the alignment of the regional leagues on the administrative regions of Togo, the demarcation between amateur and elite football (hence the creation of an Elite Football League which will later give way to the League the integration of women's football or the restructuring of the Federation's Executive Committee and the establishment of a National Arbitral Tribunal. We have proposed these texts, which we hope will revive football in our country, but it is up to Congress to adopt them or not, "he conceded. But the president has not lost sight of the fact that the texts do not produce the players but create conditions for the development of football.)
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There were not many teams! The Tonga Football Association (FA) actually used OFC/ FIFA money to buy uniforms for all the teams because they couldn't afford to buy themselves. Most players did not wear boots and of course no shin pads. Every Thursday night we would announce on the radio what time and who was playing who on Saturday. This was the only form of communication then. The games were mostly played in the Kings Palace – a ground right on the water front filled with patches of coral so you can imagine what this would do to the barefooted – if it rained there was no games because these were royal grounds we were playing on. Most Saturday's 1 or 2 teams would not show. If there was a death in the village – most weeks someone died – the village would be on mourning for 2 weeks honoring the dead. Or teams that got in their boat to come from the islands to play may not come because of rough seas.
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202 – Sint Maarten – CONCACAF – Football League – 8.33 – Amateur
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The Provo Premier League (PPL) is the official 11v11 men's football league of TCIFA, catering to men of all ages, and includes the boys Academy team (U15-U17) on Providenciales. PPL occurs annually during the spring season.
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Darvoqe, Birinchi ligada farm-klublarning ishtiroki qat`iy taqiqlanadi. Professional va yarim-professional klublarga ishtirok uchun ruxsat beriladi. (English: However, the participation of farm clubs in the first league is strictly forbidden. Professional and semi-professional clubs will be allowed to participate.)
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The No10 is a student and, like the other 20 members of the Vanuatu squad, he is not a professional footballer, but he is still the only player among his compatriots with experience of playing in the OFC Champions League. Centre-back Jason Thomas is the only other player to have represented his country – an island with fewer than 300,000 inhabitants – at senior level. Most of the population earn a living through horticulture, and some of the players also help out their families with the work.
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We are glad that this deal will increase the value for each club in the Super League, and this should assist the clubs to move towards the goal of being professional and self-sufficient business entities," he added.
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Spelers komen doorgaans uit voor het team van de wijk waarin zij geboren of opgegroeid zijn. Dit zorgt er voor dat de talentvolle spelers redelijk gelijk verdeeld over de teams uitwaaien. Hierdoor ontstaat er een intieme band tussen de spelers en de supporters. De laatste jaren wordt de competitie vooral gedomineerd door SV Juventus uit de wijk Antriol en Real Rincon, de grootste club van Rincon. Vlak daarachter komen SV Estrellas uit de wijk Noord Salina en SV Uruguay, die net als SV Juventus ook uit de wijk Antriol komt. (English: Players usually play for the team in the neighborhood where they were born or raised. This ensures that the talented players are spread equally across the teams. This creates an intimate bond between the players and the supporters. In recent years, the competition has been dominated mainly by SV Juventus from the Antriol and Real Rincon district, Rincon's largest club. Right behind them are SV Estrellas from the North Salina and SV Uruguay district, which, like SV Juventus, also comes from the Antriol district.)
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The majority of the French Guiana squad are not full-time professional players; they either play locally in the amateur French Guianese league known as the "French Guiana Honor Division", or the players who do play in France often play in lower division football, which is not professional.
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The last time we envisioned the U.S. winning in a landslide was Wednesday night, when a spirited group of amateur all-stars from the Martinique Championnat National took U.S. Soccer to a cliff edge of humiliation.
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"Niue has been associate members since the early 90's but they are too small that they will never be able to satisfy FIFA membership requirements and they will always be an associate member," adds Mr Nicholas. "In fact recently it is noted there is no football development and we may therefore take them off our membership register.
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Au-delà de cette évolution du "packaging" qui devrait contribuer, comme le souhaitent ses initiateurs, à une meilleure reconnaissance du football saint-martinois tant localement que lors des compétitions à l'extérieur, ce relooking témoigne surtout de la volonté des bénévoles et des acteurs associatifs de s'élever, se structurer, se "professionnaliser" afin de mieux coller aux besoins du territoire d'une part, et de participer à son rayonnement d'autre part. (English: Beyond this evolution of the "packaging" which should contribute, as its initiators wish, to a better recognition of football Saint-Martin both locally and in competitions outside, this makeover reflects above all the will of volunteers and associative actors to rise, to structure, to "professionalize" in order to better meet the needs of the territory on the one hand, and to participate in its outreach on the other.)
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The KNVB described the state of organised football in Sint Maarten as a "mess."
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First of all, it's the No1 sport there, almost everybody plays! Our season lasts between February and October. The Premier League consists of nine clubs. This year we've made a start on counting the number of people playing the game, but it's a tricky task and it must be understood that our Association relies totally on volunteer workers. We would need several full-time employees.
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The football in the Zanzibar Premier League is nothing better than semi-pro with the players getting the same salary as a waiter in one of the many beach resorts
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The Ascension Island Football League features around six teams, including Inbetweeners, Two Boats United, and the reigning champions, VC Milan. It's the most popular sport on the island and the local newspaper, The Islander, includes match reports and analysis, while the Saint Helena Sentinel often dedicates a page to the Ascension league. Ascension Island's population may be meagre, but driven by determination and a love for the game, their teams continue to arrive at the Longbeach football pitch every Saturday to find it invaded by tortoises or flooded. In true British fashion, they carry on nevertheless.
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While the big clubs, Tavriya and Sevastopol are able to pay monthly wages of up to €2,500, most players are at best semi-professional. The president of the Crimean Football Union, Yuri Vetokha—a former manager with the Russian company Norilsk Nikel, which also sponsors the Russian Football Union—has admitted, however, that most players at the two top clubs "make around 20,000 to 50,000 roubles ($300 to $700) a month." The vice-president of the CFU Aleksandr Krasilnikov told Tribuna "Now many of the top players have to deliver pizzas in the evenings [to sublement their wages]." Many of the top players have therefore left, and almost all the players who aren't playing for Tavriya or Sevastopol are more or less amateurs.
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I think that the first barrier which we must leap is conducting a friendly match between a DNR team and LNR," he said. "I am a realist. I do not dream, I set myself challenges. The challenge now is to have a self-sufficient DNR championship, which would include youth, child and senior teams. It would also be interesting if a collective senior Ukrainian side approached us, for us to play a friendly game with them," Mishin said. "If necessary I would be ready to step in myself.
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Football on the islands has been dwindling over the last decade. The Falkland Islands Football League – the governing body for football on the islands – gave up on the league in 2011 when there were just four teams competing. The Falkland dream is not yet over as hope prevails that the league will recommence and signify a return to organised football on the Islands. The FIFL are hoping to receive a grant from the Falkland government for an artificial football pitch as the facilities currently available are not ideal. High winds and extreme winters make grass pitches difficult to maintain.
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There are approximately 150 adult players in the Federated States of Micronesia; approximately 500 youth players, three volunteer referees and five amateur coaches. None of the players, coaches or referees are professional. There are no professional clubs in the country.
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As the tournament is usually played on grass, the GBU stage a training camp in Denmark to acclimatise before setting off for the Games. That means 21 days away. Some players, like Frederick Funch, a nursery worker in Nuuk, were allowed time off. Others were not and lost their jobs. Ghebrelul explained: "Two years ago, a lot of our players did not have a job when they came back. This time, we talked to the employers. They said it was OK to go away for 14 days but not 21 days. They would have to find someone else to do the job. So some players did not have jobs again this time when they went back."
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The Grassroots Football Survey offers unparalleled insight into the amateur game on the Isle of Man providing a platform for those directly involved in the game to give feedback using an online poll. Across the England, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, 28,750 and 30,161 people – including; players, coaches, referees, staff and general volunteers – demonstrated a commitment to improving football at a grassroots level by completing the 2015 and 2016 versions of the survey respectively.
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La Ligue mahoraise de football a connu de graves difficultés financières qui ont failli entrainer sa liquidation pure et simple. L'ancien directeur général des services a été entendu sur les abus commis par la structure et a été placé en garde-à-vue. Les enquêteurs ont retrouvé des notes de restaurant de 6.000 euros et des billets d'avion payés par la Ligue. (English: The Mahoran Football League has experienced serious financial difficulties that nearly resulted in its liquidation pure and simple. The former Director General of Services was heard about the abuses committed by the structure and was placed in custody. The investigators found restaurant notes of 6,000 euros and air tickets paid by the League.)
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Today, with the phosphate gone, Nauru is broke. Crowds of several hundred watch games of Aussie Rules at Nauru's one and only sports stadium, but organized football has fallen apart and Nauru's chances of ever playing football at the Pacific Games, the main regional competition, are remote. Rayong Itsimaera, Nauru's minister for sport, says: "We hope to see Nauru become a regular member of the FIFA family, but the main obstacles are no qualified personnel to organise training programs at junior and senior level, and changing people's interest from other popular sports."
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Mitchell has since taken football into schools and set up a league, and although expats still make up 80 per cent of the players, Africans, Japanese, Nepalese and Taiwanese players all feature. Palau's Bangladeshi community has even fielded its own side in the five-team league, which was last won by Taj. All matches take place at the national track-and-field arena in the main commercial centre of Koror.
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Now that the first official football league was done, the teams are prepared to continue from there. They know how to secure sponsorships to be able to cover all their needs next year. But Somali Football Federation president, Abdiqani Said Arab, pledged that the SFF will continue its development programs in the region adding that other necessary facilitation to help continuation of the maiden football league will also continue.
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Despite the popularity of the English Premier League, islanders retain their enthusiasm for the Saint Helena Football League. It may only be an amateur league, but it is fiercely contested and supporters are always to be found on the island's only football pitch: Francis Plain.
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Les plus jeunes, encore lycéens, et les quelques « privilégiés » auxquels les employeurs ont accordé un congé en pleine période d'activité regagneront, eux, leur terre outre-Atlantique, où les attend le début d'un long et rude hiver. Fini le foot jusqu'à l'été prochain. « Parfois, on a la chance d'avoir des printemps cléments, on peut espérer commencer à taper dans le ballon début mai, explique le portier de l'ASM, Olivier Morel (28 ans), employé aux services techniques de la collectivité. Autrement, il nous reste le futsal et le hockey à Saint-Pierre. A Miquelon, on joue sur rollers car on n'a pas de patinoire. (English: The youngest, still high school students, and the few "privileged" to whom the employers granted a leave in full period of activity will return, them, their ground overseas, where the wait for them the beginning of a long and harsh winter. No more football until next summer. "Sometimes we have the chance to have nice springs, we can hope to start beating the ball in early May, says the ASM gatekeeper, Olivier Morel (28 years), employed in the technical services of the community. Otherwise, we still have futsal and hockey in St. Pierre. In Miquelon, we play on skates because we do not have an ice rink.)
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In a recent short communication with Pat's Football Blog, Ms. Perez stated that: "Soccer is played socially on Tokelau – socially as in a few kids kicking around a ball; not necessarily a soccer ball." Despite the fact that a quick scouring of Wikipedia turned up two teams – Hatava and Mataleve – Ms. Perez said that "there are no soccer teams on Tokelau, formal or informal..There is no formal structure of a Tokelau Football Association.
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The French colony of Wallis & Futuna played in the Pacific Games on half-a-dozen occasions – even finishing fifth in 1987 – but have not entered since 1995. Along with Palau, Tokelau and Nauru, the OFC wants to make contact with the football authorities in Wallis & Futuna...but, unfortunately, they don't even have their phone number!
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The W-League is the third-longest-running women's football league in the world.A crucial factor in the future direction of the W-League is the fact that Australia's top three professional leagues -- the A-League, the W-League and the Y-League -- are currently being "unbundled" from FFA; a process of untangling legal and financial ties in order for the leagues and clubs to stand on their own as private enterprises.This unbundling process offers Australia to become truly world-leading in the women's club football space by establishing a fully professional, standalone, financially independent women's league.
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Given the W-League is semi-professional and the majority of W-League players are necessitated to have other forms of part-time employment, many players will be hit twice, as they may be ineligible for JobKeeper payments across both jobs.
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Under the new two-year agreement, all players, other than those on scholarships, are guaranteed a minimum retainer of at least $10,000 for the coming season and $12,200 for the 2018/19 season, with no prescribed maximum cap on any one player's retainer. The average retainer for Westfield W-League Players is expected to rise from $6,909 to $15,500 for Season 2017/18.
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The average monthly income of Chinese Women’s Super League and Women’s China League players were: below 5,000 Yuan in 4 teams, accounting for 25%; between 5,000 Yuan and 10,000 Yuan in 9 teams, accounting for 56%; over 10,000 Yuan in 3 teams, accounting for 9%.
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The majority of the league players are full-time... Seven WSL sides [out of 10 in the league] can claim to have absolutely all of their players training on a full-time basis.
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We're finishing our third full season as WSL teams and everybody is fully professional. It's grown at such a rate that it's sometimes hard to keep up with it!
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By and large, the league is part-time with a few notable exceptions
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Despite the Frauen-Bundesliga being only semi-professional, the league remains competitive.
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Males can play professional soccer, they can earn money by playing soccer. But females can't.
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Female players in Iceland are semi-professional – anyone who wants to make a living out of the game must go abroad.
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Women's football may have gained popularity in some countries, but in Indonesia, I don't see it happening anytime soon.
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Iranian women tackle odds to earn place in football pitch that is still currently dominated by men.
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Young women also fear their reputation would be ‘spoiled’ for entering a male-dominated public place. A visit to a football stadium could end up with them being labeled as 'no good' by our conservative society.
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In Japan, where the semi-professional L-League (the 'Japan Ladies' Soccer League', now called the Nadeshiko League)...
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Like the German and the French leagues, the 12-team Nadeshiko women's soccer league in Japan is best described as semi-professional.
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I hope that in the future, women’s football and men’s football will be equal — financially, with the fans, everything. I don’t want to have anything less in women’s football than in men’s football.
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Some 19 years have passed since the formation of the Kuwaiti women football team and despite this progressive fact, the squad's various participations in regional and international competitions have been marred by defeats and disappointments due to the lack of preparation and planning.
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However, some boys still ignore us, girls, do not pass the ball and act ignorant.
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In contrast to the men's contracts and the sums they receive, 80% of the female players do not receive salaries.
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We also plan to make contract with coaches working with women's teams to give monthly salary of up to MNT 500,000 [$175] for a year.
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Just enogh to pay gasoline for the cars. Most players have no contracts at all.
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In a 2009 study on the Toppserien, 24% of respondents were signed to a full-time professional contract, 39% to an amateur or part time contract, 1% on a loan contract and 37% to another kind of contract.Cite journal requires
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Social obstacles, inadequate infrastructure, improper coaching and lack of support in a male-dominated society are major reasons that don't allow the game of the world to strengthen its roots among the female masses and develop at grass-root level.
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According to PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes, this season (inaugural 2016–17 season) will be monumental as they consider it as the preparation in their bid to establish a bigger amateur women's league in the future.
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The women's game in Scotland remains amateur – the players don't get paid.
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Most of the players in Damallsvenskan are semi-professional
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I hope it (Muang Thai Women's League) will become a professional league in the future.
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The top five countries to 'adequately pay' their players – enough to cover the expenses incurred from playing – include Germany, Uzbekistan, England, Sweden and the US. But 20 to 30% of players in those countries reported that they were not paid enough.
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On average, each of the aforementioned provinces has 100 female players, a total of only 600 female players are playing. With such a narrow area, there must be another way to expect the development of Vietnamese women's football at a high level