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Today, finally, President Aliyev approved the National Football Development Program, an event that had been awaited for such a long time!

This 10-year government program has several parts concerning children and youth football, development of football infrastructure in the regions, state support to domestic and national teams, and budget funding of different football programs etc. It took almost 1.5 years to finish this project and this program is expected to kick-off from next year. This program is also going to be under the direct supervision of Parliament and President while Azerbaijan Football Federation will be the main executive arm behind this project.

In the process of development authors used an expertise of invited specialist from UEFA and FIFA as well as an experience of other nations (namely Turkey, England, Germany etc.)

So guys, what do you think? I think it is great news and I’m really optimistic about it. I’m really not a big proponent of President Aliyev, but you gotta give him a credit for what he does for national sport. And if everything goes fine, then I see some great future for our football.
 

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from uefa.com

Boost for Azerbaijan football
Friday, 11 November 2005

UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson – reflecting UEFA's wish to monitor the progress of football in its 52 member associations – has paid a visit to Azerbaijan.

High-level talks
Mr Olsson was accompanied on his trip by UEFA HatTrick Project manager Bruno Wolfisberg, with talks taking place with senior government officials and members of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA).

Red Bridge meeting
The CEO's visit was due to begin in the capital Baku. However, by mutual agreement, it was decided by the AFFA bodies to meet Mr Olsson on the Red Bridge located in the border with Georgia, to show him the infrastructures in the region. Mr Olsson, met by AFFA general secretary Fuad Asadov, was briefed about the building of a stadium and mini-pitch with artificial grass (UEFA HatTrick assistance project) in the city of Tovuz, and told about football developments in the region by Tovuz city head Hamid Bagirov.

City visits
The guests then toured the cities of Yevlakh, Imishli and Lankaran. Mr Olsson, together with Yevlakh city head Elmar Valiyev, looked at the stadium and base for the Karvan football club that is currently being constructed. The UEFA members were impressed with the building of the Imishli stadium and Lankaran stadium – both of which meet European club licensing requirements.

Baku insight
The visit to Baku started with a look at the construction of the new AFFA administrative building. The UEFA officials were received by the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Arthur Rathizade. During the meeting, which was also attended by Mr Asadov and AFFA president Ramiz Mirzayev, Messrs Olsson and Wolfisberg were informed about the Azerbaijan Republic's State Programme for Football Progress (2005-2015) – ratified by Azerbaijan state president Ilham Aliyev last month – which highlights the state's desire to nurture the game in the country.

UEFA's help
Messrs Olsson and Wolfisberg pointed out that UEFA's objective is to continuously foster the progress of Europe football. The implementation of many projects in Azerbaijan and the state's interest were considered as a positive development which promised progress.

Exemplary country
The CEO later visited the Shafa national stadium in Baku, the construction of which has been financed mainly by UEFA. He told reporters that Azerbaijan is an exemplary country in this field, and could be considered a model for others in the region.

Aid appreciated
Mr Mirzayev said he greatly appreciated UEFA's aid for Azerbaijan football, and informed Mr Olsson about the association's plan to build 40 artificial pitches for the benefit of youngsters, under aid provided by UEFA's HatTrick assistance scheme.

State support
Mr Mirzayev said the AFFA will continue the implementation of projects with the support of the state and international football organisations, with the aim of pushing the country up the European football ladder.
 

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The UEFA members were impressed with the building of the Imishli stadium and Lankaran stadium – both of which meet European club licensing requirements.





WHAT ABOUT MOIK STADIUM))?
 

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do they also build stadium? I thought they play on Shafa? Aren't they?
 

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Quidam said:
do they also build stadium? I thought they play on Shafa? Aren't they?

lol Moik playin on Moiks stadium u never seen its a pototo field i duno how players even run on it
 

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good news:smileani:

Futbol məktəblərinin sayı artır

Respublikamızda futbolun inkişafı, vətəndaşların sağlamlığı və onların asudə vaxtının səmərəli təşkili ilə bağlı AFFA paytaxtla yanaşı, rayonlarda da Açıq Əyləncəli Futbol Məktəbləri formalaşdırır. 2003-cü ildən başlayaraq artıq 25 şəhər və rayonda belə məktəblər fəaliyyət göstərir. Bu ilin sonunadək daha 15 məktəbin açılışı nəzərdə tutulur. Məktəblər öz iş prinsiplərini beynəlxalq standartlara uyğun qurur, məşqçilərin bacarığının daha da artırılması üçün tədbirlər görür. Qeyd edək ki, Ağstafa şəhərində yenicə fəaliyyətə başlayan futbol məktəbinin rəhbərliyi və 12 nəfərdən ibarət məşqçi heyəti bu günlərdə Tbilisi şəhərində keçirilən beynəlxalq seminarda iştirak edib.
 

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Good for you guys.:thumbsup:
 

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Детские чемпионаты страны готовят будущих звезд футбола

После определения победителей турнира "Умид" столичная футбольная федерация готовится к завершению чемпионата "Сабахын улдузлары" и начинает строить серьезные планы на будущее

Недавно подошел к концу первый в истории азербайджанского футбола чемпионат Баку среди 16-19-летних футболистов "Умид" ("Надежда"), стартовавший в апреле этого года. Победу на турнире, организованном Бакинской футбольной федерацией (БФФ), по итогам 14 туров одержала детско-юношеская команда агдамского "Карабаха", набравшая 32 очка. Вслед за карабахцами в турнирной таблице расположились футболисты МОИК (Меркези орду идман клубу), набравшие на два балла меньше, а тройку лидеров с 28 очками замкнул "Олимпик".
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in related news AFFA made some major changes to its bylaws by first, increasing foreigners limit in National championship to 7, and eliminating all registration fees for domestic players and coaches. Meanwhile registration fees for foreign players and trainers had been slashed with one exception for foreign trainers of highest "A" and "Pro" categories. They are now eligible to work in Azerbaijan without clubs paying any registration fees for them.

Additionally, AFFA has made another major step by establishing separate governance body for the domestic championship which from now on will be called Azerbaijan Premier League.

And on top of that, AFFA has prepared a legislative amendment that will make all football clubs and football-related companies totally exempt from ALL TAXES. The proposal will be presented at the next Parliamentary session.


So, what do you guys think about it? I think it's great news and these changes were long overdue. I'm glad that AFFA is finally doing what it is supposed to do. :thumbsup:
 

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im all for it, this definetly a big step to develop our league and build professionalism, im glad Ilham put some fire up Affas ass to get them to start changing, also good job to Elhan Mamedov, hes been really working hard to change things around in AFFA. :thumbsup:
 

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im all for it, this definetly a big step to develop our league and build professionalism, im glad Ilham put some fire up Affas ass to get them to start changing, also good job to Elhan Mamedov, hes been really working hard to change things around in AFFA. :thumbsup:
who told u that?
 

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who told u that?
thats the word on the streets..:smileani: After we finished last place in our group and got whopped 6-1 at home, Aliyev finally decided to care about football...thats how all of the sudden our AFFA got $$$
 

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Azerkid

AFFA always had money ;) it just they couldn't put their act together. Plus the fact that Mirzoyev was always in fight with SOCAR didn't helped it either. And Asadov's feud with clubs also was a big minus. But now with new people in charge we really see some movement. But I also agree that Ilham must have really kicked some butts. If you remember some time ago he even made a special statement saying that the government will become more involved in football affairs.
 

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Azerkid

AFFA always had money ;) it just they couldn't put their act together. Plus the fact that Mirzoyev was always in fight with SOCAR didn't helped it either. And Asadov's feud with clubs also was a big minus. But now with new people in charge we really see some movement. But I also agree that Ilham must have really kicked some butts. If you remember some time ago he even made a special statement saying that the government will become more involved in football affairs.
yeah true they always had money but it was going into peoples pockets (Mirzoyev, Asadov) therefore they always said they were broke. AFFA surely has started to clean up and now they money is being put into use. Especially, after Ilhams statement you saw AFFA all of the sudden start making lots of changes.
 

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Guys, have you read this? An interview with AFFA general secretary Elkhan Mammadov :) I'm really very excited about all this.
 

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It's really good sign but hopefully results will not be so long
 

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Five azerbaijani clubs will now have a foreign coaches for their youth sections :) AFFA in cooperation with German Football Association invited five german coaches to work with azerbaijani youth at clubs like Neftchi, Baku, Inter, Olimpik and Khazar Lankaran. They will help to identify young prospects and will bolster their skill and enhance their football knowledge. Moreover, AFFA will pay for all expenses :) In the future AFFA plans to expand this project to all clubs of Premier League

what can I say... Bravo AFFA :thumbsup:
 

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that's just a beginning, bro - there's really a lot more to come ;)
 

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I agree with Quidam......Chamber is starting to heat up
 
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