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Kickoff date for next TSL season set

SIFF events and competitions manager, Ian Rarawa, announced that the first round shall kick off on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of October.
“The kickoff date is about a month away and this gives our national team players some rest time before rejoining their clubs for the first round. At this time I wish to call upon club managements to ensure that they prepare for the second season,” Rarawa says.
The full schedule for the season has not been released but they spell out that matches will now be played only on weekends as opposed to the last season where some matches were played on weekdays, namely on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hence, Saturdays and Sundays shall be the competition match days as originally planned in 2010 and this gives teams adequate time for rest between matches. Fans are also expected to be happy with this since the fixtures would suit workers who often miss weekday matches. Match times of 2:00pm and 4:00pm from the first season will be maintained to ensure player safety under current heat conditions. A draw will be held next week to finalise the fixtures.
SIFF is planning to run the first 7 rounds of the league this year so that means that first half of the TSL may run into December but matches are scheduled only to the end of November. Following this there will be a 2-month break and then the second half will follow. The resumption date for 2012 is yet to be decided upon.
Already some clubs are starting their preparations but Koloale who have the O-League to be ready for have commenced training earlier than most of the TSL clubs. Certain clubs like Solomon Warriors, KOSSA and Marist Fire are benefitting from locally organised competitions as they look ahead to the TSL. KOSSA are shaping up nicely after hammering Marist 7 – 0 in the Honiara Football Association (HFA) Super 8 Championship on Saturday.
The issue of movement of players is taking centre stage at the moment as SIFF tries to resolve player ownership issues with clubs in the national soccer league and those playing in the local competitions organised by HFA. Dual registration, where one player is registered in 2 clubs, is the main concern for SIFF as it may affect the formation of teams in the Telekom S-League and contravenes applicable regulations. Basically, the law SIFF is laying down is that a player can be registered to one club only at any time during the league and movement is only allowed during specified transfer periods.
Lawson Tama is once again the main venue for all TSL matches. Whether some matches will be moved out to the provinces is yet to be confirmed. Aligegeo stadium in Auki, Malaita province, is a potential venue for the second season but an assessment is yet to be carried out on its readiness. John F. Kennedy stadium in Gizo in the Western Province is still yet to be completed so it is unlikely that any matches will be held there at least for this year.
Participants in edition 2 of the TSL shall be the same ones from the last season because the license agreement each club signed earlier this year covers 2 seasons. Hence, the round up shall be Koloale, Solomon Warriors, KOSSA, Western United, Malaita Kingz, Hana, Marist Fire and Real Kakamora.
The heat will surely be on in the second season for a number of reasons. Firstly, some clubs may be exiting the Telekom S-League at its end if they do not meet strict standards that will be enforced. SIFF will be strictly monitoring the finances and administrative setups of TSL clubs to ensure that they meet requirements spelled out in the license agreement. If clubs fail to meet these requirements in this season then they may be on their way out. Also, the search for national team players will continue and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Fiji next year will be a major attraction for the new generation of players who are looking to unseat veterans in the squad. Also important shall be, however, the reshaping of the clubs after the first season. Most clubs are making adjustments to their line-ups and surely player movement will cause some friction between some and this will provide for exciting football. Some clubs will surely be stronger this season as they bolster their weaknesses with new players but what can be taken for granted is that there will be no weak teams this season.
Koloale were the winners of the first TSL league with Solomon Warriors and KOSSA taking second and third place respectively. The championship series held after the league was won by Solomon Warriors. The competition then proceeded on to the O-League playoffs which Koloale won to represent Solomon Islands in the next O-League.

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