Number of teams for the National League will be decided after inspection of infrastructure

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The total number of teams for the National League will be decided only after inspection of infrastructure in the districts, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) said on Thursday after holding a meeting with the clubs and district teams likely to participate in the new league.

The much-anticipated National League, scheduled to kick off from January 21, will be the first tournament to be organized in home-and-away format.

According to ANFA CEO Indraman Tuladhar, 11 teams are expected to participate in the tournament. But a final decision will be taken only after completing inspection of infrastructure in the districts that would host the matches, the country´s football governing body said.

The league is likely to feature six A Division teams -- Manang Marshyangdi Club, Three Star Club, Sankata, Nepal Police Club, Armed Police Force and Tribhuvan Army Club. Similarly, five district-based teams Jhapa, Morang, Makawanpur, Butwal and Dhangadhi are likely to take part in the tournament.

ANFA held talks on National League yesterday

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The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) held talks on Thursday with the teams participating in the National League, which is scheduled to begin on January 21 after being postponed twice.

The All Nepal Football Association's (ANFA) with various clubs and district football associations took decisions on various agendas regarding the national league which is scheduled to be held on Magh 7.

The decisions are as follows:

  • Team registration from Poush 11-20
  • From Poush 13-18 ANFA officials and match commissioners will be inspecting venues, hotels and grounds of the districts that will be participating in the league. The team will also examine the security situation.
  • Participating teams will have to register at least 18 players, including two goalkeepers, from Poush 21-27.
  • Team managers' meeting on Poush 29. The meeting will draw the tie-sheet and prepare the regulations of the league.
  • Tie-sheet will be unveiled on Poush 30.
  • A press conference regarding the national league will be organized on Magh 4.
  • Rs. 200,000 (2 Lakh) will be provided to districts for ground maintenance.
  • Each participating team will receive Rs. 1.5 million (15 Lkah) as preparation amount. The amount will be made available in three installments – before the league, in course on the league and after the league.
  • After every match, the two teams will receive 20 percent (each) of the gate money after deducting the operating cost.
  • A cash prize of Rs. 10 million (1 Crore) to the winning team. Cash prizes to the runner-up, first runner-up, second runner-up and individual awards have also been planned.
  • The current U-17 batch of the academy will be released for the league.

National League to start from January 2015

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The much anticipated National League 2071 that will be played in a home-and-away format is scheduled to start on January 21, 2015 (Magh 7).

Following postponement of the National League twice, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is finally all geared up to hold the tournament January 2015.

The league would be held in home-and-away format. Martyrs Memorial League, the top flight league, was scrapped after NSC decided to renovate Dasharath Stadium in April.

Though ANFA had cited this as the major reason, the underlying issue was the protest by four top flight clubs --Machhindra, Himalayan Sherpa, Saraswoti and Friends-demanding outstanding dues and preparation fees. Earlier, the sponsors were reluctant to sign a sponsorship deal due to controversy over irregularities by ANFA President Ganesh Thapa.

However ANFA hasn't finalize the teams, though it had previously planned to field 11 teams, six valley-based top flight clubs and five district teams, in the tournament.

ANFA gears up for National League

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Following postponement of the National League twice, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is finally all geared up to hold the tournament by the last week of December.

ANFA said the National League would now be held as it has leased the Dasharath Stadium for four months and also struck a deal with the sponsor.

The league would be held in home-and-away format. According to the new format, matches will be held on Fridays and Saturdays and each team will play one match a week.

Martyrs Memorial League, the top flight league, was scrapped after NSC decided to renovate Dasharath Stadium in April.

Though ANFA had cited this as the major reason, the underlying issue was the protest by four top flight clubs --Machhindra, Himalayan Sherpa, Saraswoti and Friends-demanding outstanding dues and preparation fees. Earlier, the sponsors were reluctant to sign a sponsorship deal due to controversy over irregularities by ANFA President Ganesh Thapa.

"As we have both leased the Dasharath Stadium and struck sponsorship deal, we are prepared to hold the tournament at the earliest.

We do not want the league to affect other major regional tournaments like Aaha Gold Cup and Budha Subba Gold Cup," said Indraman Tuladhar, general secretary of ANFA. "We will decide the kick-off date after holding consultations with participating clubs keeping in mind other big tournaments outside Kathmandu. But it all depends on the promotional strategy of the sponsors. We are hopeful that everything will be finalized within two weeks," added Tuladhar.

After finalizing things with the sponsors, ANFA is looking forward to holding consultations with clubs prior to registering players.

"These are not big agendas. Since we have leased the stadium and struck the sponsorship deal, the league will be organized at the earliest," said Tuladhar.

Along with Dasharath Stadium, matches will also be played at the Army and Armed Police Force grounds.

ANFA plans to finalize at least eight teams, though it had previously planned to field 11 teams, six valley-based top flight clubs and five district teams, in the tournament.

ANFA is also positive about participation of league champion Manang Marshyangdi Club, Three Star, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Sankata Club. Runner-up Machhindra FC has been boycotting tournaments organized by ANFA as the latter has failed to pay the runner-up prize money to the club. Following withdrawal of Machhindra, ANFA had included Tribhuvan Army in the tournament.

The league was originally planned to start from November 1, before it was postponed for December 8.

Kailali, Jhapa, Morang, Rupandehi and Makwanpur will represent the district teams in the Rs 22.5 million prize-money tournament. Matches will be organized in the districts only after studying the conditions of the pitches.

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Transfer window for national league opens from September

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The transfer window for foreign players for upcomming national league is opening from September. According to ANFA the first opening window starts from Ashwin 1 (Sept. 17) to Mangsir 23 (Dec.9) for 84 days.

For the second time it will open again from Falgun 13 (Feb.25, 2015) to Chaitra 10 (March 25, 2015) for 28 days, this period will be during the course of the league.

Registration of foreign players will need a work permit and a valid visa, ANFA reports.

ANFA is also set to provide tickets at a subsidized rate for the growing number of fans club. According to ANFA  each fan club will get 50 tickets for their respectivve matches at the price of 25 tickets.