Lahore-Pakistan April 25, 2012: “Since 2004 Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), under the dynamic leadership of Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, had been carrying out all football activities centrally based upon PFF Annual Calendar. Resultantly, PFF was able to carry out 30 times more activities in last 8 Years as compared to the corresponding eight years of the old PFF set up”. This was stated by General Secretary PFF, Lt. Col. ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi TI (M) in a seminar on “Football activity at District/Province level for Punjab” at Football House Lahore.
The main purpose of this seminar is to help representative provinces and districts to carry out their own football activities including districts and provincial leagues, women leagues and youth football development activities, PFF has decided to hold subject seminar in all the four provinces and this is the first seminar for Punjab province convened at Football House Lahore attended by all the presidents and general secretaries of all district football associations of Punjab.
Mr. Lodhi said that in order to further accelerate football activities, PFF congress decided in its meeting held on 17th September, 2011, that in next 4 years, Provincial and District Football Association must carry out their activities by generating financial resources themselves.
To address the problems at district level, participants put forward a series of recommendations regarding the long-term development of football at district level, which focused on improving the governance of the sport; raising the standard of professional and “national” teams; improving training for young players; upgrading football facilities and establishing football training centres. The participants of the seminar considered that PFF should take a leading role in local football development, with the Government providing appropriate support in a well-coordinated manner, including the allocation of resources and the development of football venues.