BY ROMULUS HUTA
HONIARA Football Association (HFA) plans on increasing the number of competing teams across its two divisions next season.
The current season is expected to be completed this weekend with the final catch-up matches.
According to HFA, they currently have 36 teams, meaning 18 teams each for premier and division one.
“HFA currently has 36 teams but is planning to increase the number of teams to 40 for the 2019 League Season, maintaining 20 teams in Premier division and the other 20 teams in Division 1.
“The two (2) top teams in Division 1 this season will be promoted to Premier division in 2019 to make it 20 teams.
“Therefore, 4 top teams from the pre-season league will join HFA Division 1 in 2019 to maintain the total number of 20 teams.
“The format and regulations for the pre-season league will be decided upon in a technical meeting before this league begins,” a statement from HFA said yesterday.
HFA said they are currently inviting newly interested teams to join their league next season.
“HFA is currently inviting any new interested teams to join the 2019 HFA Senior Men’s League to submit their expression of interest to HFA now.
“The registration form can be accessed on this link and teams must return the signed form to the HFA Administrator, George Keso (mob: 8838899), or email to [email protected]”
The statement added that any club or team can be eligible to be a member of HFA once they satisfy their requirement.
HFA is giving until Monday 5th November 2018 for teams to express their interests in joining HFA in 2019.
“The 2019 HFA Pre-Season league is planned to take place this year next month, immediately after this due date on a date agreed during the technical meeting.
“The registration fee for the pre-season league is $6,000 and can be paid to the HFA Administrator.
“Both fees and team registration list are due on the date mentioned above,” HFA stated.
Meanwhile, with the close of the 2018 season’s competition coming up soon, HFA, which is currently led under the guidance of Baddley Alaha as President, is yet to announce the date for the awards presentation.