|USSA Football gather its thoughts.....
The USSA football Executive Committee held its first meeting for 2017 in Ekhuruleni in the East of Gauteng between the 9-10 February 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate all plans for the year and receive reports from both the SAFA Workshop and AGM that were scheduled late last year. We had to meet over this two-day period as the USSA Football National Executive Committee to consolidate the plans ahead of the Inaugural Inter University Tournament that will consist of both A and B section scheduled over a period of 5 days with a total of 76 soccer teams; according to USSA General Secretary Mr. Mark Tommy. The USSA AGM of 2016 in Bloemfontein mandated the USSA Football Executive Committee to scrap the provincial qualification process which only allowed for 16 male and 16 female teams competing at USSA Football National Tournament.
The AGM resolved that the A section should consist of 20 teams per gender and 18 teams per gender for the B section. As part of supporting the SAFA Vision 2022 which makes critical statements when it comes to development, all USSA Football members were encouraged to be members of SAFA Local Football Associations (LFA) where they will be required to compete in SAFA structured leagues on a weekly basis. The Provinces through the USSA Provincial Coordinating Committees are encouraged to organise Inter-varsities where teams can be provided with a platform to compete in at least 3 games ahead of any USSA Football National Tournament. The meeting was a success according to the General Secretary as we were able to deal with presentations from various Institutions who were eager in hosting this prestigious first ever 76 team competition and as an Executive we decided it its best that such a competition be staged in Gauteng based on the bids that were received from at least 5 Institutions.
On the second day of our meeting we shall dedicate time to do a recce to the facilities presented at the bid plans and in a week or so we shall be able to inform our members as to when and where will the USSA 2017 Tournament will be staged according to Mr. Tommy. The year 2017 proves to be yet another difficult one for the football fraternity, the USSA Football men will look to illuminate the 2015 results of Gwanjgu when they compete at the 29th Summer Universiade scheduled for August in Taipei and to remain in the top 8. The U/21 have a tough task of defending their trophy at the SAFA/SAB Championships. The meeting further resolved that continuity is important and we have seen since 2015 that its best that we do not make major changes in our technical teams and such ensured that we were able to also perform well at the CUCSA Games. The meeting further resolved that there will be an integration between the U/21 and Senior Men team due to small number of players that make the transition from one phase to another. The USSA football is set to have the draw for the upcoming Institutional tournament late March 2017 in a venue yet to be determined.
Posted by USSA Communications on 2017-02-10.