Vision Asia launches two Iranian provincial leagues

Under the dirction of the Asian Football Confederation's Vision Asia program, Iran's Fars and Isfahan Provincial Football Associations will launch their first province-wide double round leagues in August 2007. The leagues will each comprise 12 clubs selected on the basis of Club Regulations provided by Vision Asia. The criteria to be used for this purpose are the club’s administration, legal, finance, facilities, community links and sporting development capabilities of the clubs. "The leagues will provide a high level of competitive football for the best clubs in Isfahan and Fars," reported Persian Football.

The Vision Asia delegation visited the two provinces in March 2006 and prepared tailor-made football development programmes for the two provincial FAs. In May 2006, workshops were held with officials of the two FAs to agree on the implementation schedule of the Development Plans. Since then, significant progress has been made in implementing their Strategic Development Plans. The appointment of Project Coordinators by the Provincial FAs has significantly enhanced the pace of implementation of the two projects. Before the league launch, AFC will organise AFC ‘C’ Certificate coaching courses for the clubs’ coaches and an AFC Referees Preparatory Course for the league referees. AFC will also organise a Club Development Workshop for the league clubs’ managers and a Competition Management Workshop for the league administrators in May 2007.

In Grassroots and Youth, an U-11 Schools Leagues will be launched in October this year. Prior to this, AFC will organise a Grassroots and Youth Workshop, Introductory Coaching and Class 3 Refereeing courses.