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JFF makes plans for regulating academies

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Rudolph Speid
Rudolph Speid
Kingston Football Academy striker Kai Myles dribbles during a game between the academy’s U14 team and Holland’s Roda JC.
Kingston Football Academy striker Kai Myles dribbles during a game between the academy’s U14 team and Holland’s Roda JC.
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JAMAICA FOOTBALL Federation (JFF) technical committee chairman, Rudolph Speid, revealed that the federation recently passed regulations to govern the growing number of football academies islandwide. Speid said the regulations have been in place for...

JAMAICA FOOTBALL Federation (JFF) technical committee chairman, Rudolph Speid, revealed that the federation recently passed regulations to govern the growing number of football academies islandwide.

Speid said the regulations have been in place for four months and although parish associations have been made aware, there haven’t been any applications yet.

However, he said the federation believes academies have a vital role to play in the future of Jamaica’s youth development and wants a proper structure in which they can operate.

“We don’t think the clubs spend enough time and resources on youths. We have the schools that do some work with them.

“But most youth club competitions are only about two months, and we found that the academies operate almost full-time, year round.

“We believe that no one of the three is enough if we want to develop properly. So the intention is to license all three and have the three of them playing competitions, and then we might be able to catch up with the standard required for these players to become professionals. So the academies are one more step,” he said.

Academies will be grouped into categories A to D, based on their level of organisation and infrastructure. This process will be managed by an academy assessor, who will visit the academies and grade them on the 13 criteria set by the JFF.

“You will have to apply for it and it is what your academy is capable of that will decide which category you fall in.

“This will be determined by the type of coach and how qualified they are, if you use technology to advance training, plus the field and venue that you have. There are 13 different criteria and you will have to score 11 out of 13 to get an A licence,” he said.

The JFF wants the academy season, which will be national competitions, to run from January to August.

According to Speid, the academies will not be forced into regulation. However, those who do not become a part of the system will not be allowed to play in JFF competitions.

“The regulations just need to be put in place. The players will get experience travelling and playing and wouldn’t be so dependent on the club structure to play games,” he said.

Although he could not provide a number, he contends that academies are currently more than clubs islandwide and the regulation is important to move forward and grow.

“There are a lot and we want to get them under some regulation process. It is something we are trying to work on this year and we will be trying to have some meetings with some academies and see if we can get them to join in,” he added.

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