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FIFA to assess Lawson Tama development plan

An official from the world football governing body FIFA will assess the proposed Lawson Tama Stadium development project next week.

FIFA development officer for OFC, Ronen Hershco will be arriving in the country on Wednesday, October 3rd to carry out the assessment.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has in its infrastructure project Lawson Tama Stadium as a major project.

Besides the assessment of Lawson Tama, the FIFA official will assess how competitions and local clubs are organized in the country.

He will also identify SIFF’s Member Associations (MAs) objectives and priorities for 2019 to 2022.

FIFA development officer, Ronen Hershco. Photo: Supplied.

Hershco then will conclude his brief visit with a meeting with government representatives and Cabinet Sub Committee on the 2023 Pacific Games for a brief of the proposed futsal stadium and SIFF headquarter relocation project.

SIFF is applying to FIFA under the newly introduced FIFA Forward Football Development Programme.

After the assessment, SIFF projects will be submitted to the FIFA Development Committee in November.

FIFA Forward is a ‘step change’ for global football development which is built on three principles to provide tailor made support for football development in each of FIFA member associations like SIFF.

IFA is introducing enhanced oversight controls to ensure that this increase in football development spending is transparent, carefully managed and effective.

One contract of agreed objectives per association, setting the strategy for development over two to four years, approved by the Development Committee.

All tailor-made projects must be linked to the contract of agreed objectives; any project above USD 300’000 to be approved by the Development Committee.

FIFA administration to monitor the progress of projects. Independent financial audits of Forward funds for each association.

Enhanced Development regulations, including greater powers of oversight and tougher compliance measures.

At least 50 percent independent FIFA Development Committee to oversee Forward programme.

Publication of independent audits of member associations’ annual finances.

Meanwhile, Lawson Tama Stadium redevelopment plan is part of the country’s infrastructure projects ahead of the Pacific Games 2023 in Honiara.

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