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NI Football League Launches Vision Document

Thu 5th Dec 2013 | Football Governance

The NI Football League has launched its Vision “Creating Our Football Future Together” at an event in Belfast to all 42 member clubs, key stakeholders and guests. 

The Vision outlines projects and targets for the future development of the NI Football League. It was also announced that UEFA are committed to assisting the NI Football League in converting its Vision into tangible results. 

In order to achieve this, UEFA, in partnership with the NI Football League, will undertake two comprehensive research projects focussing on the future structure of the leagues and competitions as well as the rebranding of the NI Football League. 

Speaking of the launch, NI Football League Managing Director, Andrew Johnston commented: “The launch of this Vision document is an important milestone for the NI Football League. 

“The document is a statement of intent and the UEFA research projects are arguably one of the most comprehensive and important projects that will have been carried out on domestic football in Northern Ireland. 

“From looking at the league and competition structures, to increasing attendances and commercial revenue, there are six important targets that we aim to meet in the next few seasons.

“The NI Football League is aiming to create a new football future in Northern Ireland and every stakeholder will have the opportunity to be involved.”

The projects will commence Monday, 9 December 2013 with focus groups for all 42 member clubs facilitated by UEFA personnel.

In January 2014, the Project Steering Group will oversee further focus group meetings with the other stakeholders including the fans, sponsors and media/broadcasters.  In conjunction with this, independent research will be conducted on behalf of the NI Football League, giving the general public the opportunity to articulate their opinions on the future of domestic football in Northern Ireland.

The Project Steering Group will present the results from this research in March 2014, with a view to achieving consensus about the preferred re-structure options for the NI Football League. In April 2014 the Project Steering Group will determine the future structure of the leagues and competitions based on the analysis results and feedback from the focus groups.

The NI Football League will communicate the future structure of the leagues and competitions in May 2014, and present a roadmap towards its implementation.

Image: NI Football League Managing Director Andrew Johnston, Board Chairman Adrian Teer, and UEFA Advisory Manager Tom Gorissen with the Vision: Creating Our Football Future Together.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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