Wednesday, 2 December 2015

NPFL, 22 other Leagues form World Leagues Association in France

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was among the world’s leading football leagues that reached a decision in Paris, France on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to form a new global organisation that has been set up to work with FIFA on issues affecting professional football.

Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko was one of the 23 heads of national Professional League bodies at the meeting where the formation of the ‘World Association of Leagues’ was announced following the second World Leagues Forum.
The first held in England. A total of 23 professional leagues were involved in the meeting, which has led to the creation of a permanent association to liaise with world football’s governing body.
A working group of five leagues has been established to develop the formal structure for the new association. The group is composed of: Enrique Bonilla, president of Mexico’s Liga MX; Don Garber, commissioner of North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS); Mitsuri Murai, chairman of Japan’s J League; Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL) and Frederic Thiriez, president of the French Football League (LFP).
This group, chaired by Thiriez has been entrusted with finalising the details for structuring the association by January 2016. “The professional leagues from the whole world want to participate in the rebuilding of FIFA and football institutions,” Thiriez said, in a communiqué released at the end of the meeting. He added that it is crucial professional leagues are “involved in the decision-making processes”.

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