VFF Press Release

The VFF wishes to inform the football public that the organisation is currently undergoing
reform since 2017 to align itself with reforms expected from FIFA who are the main source
of funding for VFF football activities.

The VFF wishes to also explain that reforms do have an effect on how the organization is
run particularly on a short term. From mid 2016 VFF was under a partial Ban by FIFA. The
Ban was lifted in February 2018. Under new imposed FIFA reforms, the VFF has signed a
new contract of Agreed objectives with FIFA in 2017; the primary focus was to improve
governance and financial management. The improvement in governance was the basis for
the lifting of the partial Ban in February 2018.

The circumstances in 2016 – February 2018 meant that VFF has had to stop all youth
programmes to redirect all funding in 2017 towards the U20 World Cup campaign which
costed 30 MVT. Towards the Mini Games, and in order to achieve Gold, VFF has had to
again suspend all youth football activities to assist that the National Team with over 10
MVT. It is inevitable that some programmes of VFF will be receiving limited attention,
notably the Youth Programme. The recent Under 19 programme performance and Under
16 programmes are clear examples. The VFF accepts that this will affect competitions
results in the Short term.

VFF does not get any direct Funding from the Vanuatu Government or local sources to
assist in the development of football. Funding is limited and VFF accepts at times it is
important to make significant decision, and VFF also accepts there will be after effects. It is
important for football fans to understand these are normal business decisions and
undertaking.

While VFF fully acknowledges that football fans are unhappy with the recent results, it
emphasises that preparation can only be made according to available funding. When there
is no national funding to Football preparation or any other Federation from the
Government, the likelihood or sustaining a high level of performance is a great challenge.
Football fans and equally tax payers need to fully understand that wining requires
investment, however when there is no contribution from Government or the public, there
is very little grounds for excessive criticism and abuse.

More attention should be focused the non Existence of a National Sports Policy since 1980
which is crucial for guiding the development of sports, and where National Federation can
align or link national aspirations in sport. This is a major concern for football as well as
other sports. The removal of formal sports in the Education Curriculum since 1986 is
putting too much strain on limited funding in National Sports Federations including
Football, far toward developing and lesser on winning.

Recent media report has compared the Sports development in Fiji and Vanuatu. The
primary difference is that Fiji has a clear policy on Sports which guides the national
development of Sports. Through such policy the budget to the Ministry of Sport in Fiji is 1.3
Billion Vatu compares to 181.2 million Vatu, which basically is to support the Ministerial and
Departmental administration and none to National Sports Federations. The Fiji
Government actually pays for the National Coach’s Salary. The VFF wishes to make a call to
Authorities to set priorities right Sports for the benefit of sports development towards the
next pacific games by immediately considering and implementing a formal Sports Policy in
Government. The VFF currently only has an annual budget of 50 Million Vatu, and only so
much can be achieved with these sources. By Regulation, VFF is expected to attend all
youth tournaments as well as senior and women’s competitions. A national team
preparation and overseas travel can cost up to over 10 MVT.

At this point, the VFF wishes to fully acknowledge the great effort by the Ministry of
Education to reactivate the National school Games. The VFF fully supports this initiative,
and has assisted football programmes throughout all provinces by providing logistical
support and also prizes. The VFF has a very good working relationship with National sports
authorities and wishes to continue to maintain for the interest of sport achievement.

The VFF also wishes to inform that the current initiative as part of the reforms in to re look
at the VFF technical programme and competitions structure. The VFF has already recently
secured funding for a New National Coach, with coaching education being a significantly
integral part of the duties. The VFF is expected this week, to advertise locally and overseas
for a competent National Coach to oversee all National Teams. He is expected to be an
independent contractor to VFF and not necessarily a staff of VFF with clearly defined
objectives. In the hope of creating a competent local pool of Coaches through training
over the years, it is regrettable to note the internal lack of cooperation within a pool of
local coaches. The VFF is disappointed to see that despite putting tremendous effort and
investment on coaching capacity building for the past 10 years with the hope of sustaining
consistency and performance, these investment haves not lived up to expectation because
personal interest and conflict have made national duty a second priority.

The VFF is now expected to renew efforts to strengthen coaching capacity building for the
next 8 years focusing very specially for the next World Cup Qualification 2026. In this
respect, there will be recruitment of new Local Coaching Staff also in the coming days who
will not be allowed in their contracts to be involved or attached to any local Club but focus
on full time basis purely on development and proper training of grassroots (U12), U15, U17,
Olympic Team (U23) and National Team for both male and female categories.

VFF also welcomes new initiatives from FIFA during a bilateral meeting with VFF President.
FIFA has approved to boost football capacity building by improving National Team
Competition. Beginning from 2019 FIFA has approved to assist national team travel with an
increase amount of 50 million Vatu per year. Under this policy, it is mandatory for the
national team to undertake 4 international friendly matches per year. Assistance to
operation is expected to also improve.

The VFF will also be announcing a number of initiatives after an executive meeting at the
end of September 2018 in addition to the above.

VFF Office

Dated 10 September 2018.

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