The Nigeria Football Federation oversees the activities that have to do with the game of football in Nigeria. It is established with the sole aim of promoting football sport in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Football Federation also regulates, as well as controls the game of football within the shores of Nigerian nation, and by so doing promote the values and, culture of the game of football.
The game of football has been identified as a major sports in this country, Nigeria. It has served as a platform to developing the talents of Nigerian youths in the area of football as they participated actively in the game. Many, who have watch the game of football have testified that, the game football is a source of entertainment to them.
Therefore, against this backdrop, there is need to effectively manage the activities involving football in the country with a view to ensure that football in Nigeria meets the global standard in order to impact positively in Nigeria’s socioeconomy.
The idea of managing and addressing properly the issues that characterised the game of football in Nigeria without sentiment is rested on the shoulder of the Nigeria Football Federation. This is very critical given the fact that, proper management of the game will make Nigerians appreciate the game of football the more.
The Nigeria Football Federation’s functions has been to sustain and promote the game of football in Nigeria, typical example is that of the premier league, seasonal challenges notwithstanding.
Most of the football clubs in Nigeria have been identified as being influence by ethnicity, as a result, account for why some numbers of footballers are favoured or allowed to play matches at where these football clubs are located. That is why more often than not footballers from these extractions, where these clubs sites are situated are given more opportunity to play for these teams. Moreso, another area of concern, which has attracted the attention of the Nigeria Football Federation has been the issue of violence during football matches.
For example, a situation, where there is matches between the home team and visiting team, there is this tradition of terror particularly in a situation, where the visiting team bits or defeats the home team. In such situation, it is incumbent on the Nigeria Football Federation to discourage this mentality among players, officials and fans during matches.It is the duty of the Nigeria Football Federation to work towards ensuring that every match that has a beginning must also has an end and such ending must be a peaceful ending.where there is no issues that could cause controversies that would have undermine the purpose to which the match was played.
FUNCTIONS OF NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION
The functions of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF are numerous however, but in this article I am going to explain a good number of these functions. These functions are inclusive of all these functions listed and explain here.
1. ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
One of the functions of the Nigeria Football Federation has been to groom future Nigeria’s footballers, both the amateur and professional footballers, so the NFF has been, and is still in the business of encouraging the development of Nigeria’s football stars
2. ORGANIZES MATCHES AND LEAGUES
Another aspect of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF is in the area of organization of matches of all types and leagues for football clubs resident in Nigeria. These football clubs are professional football clubs. The Nigeria Football Federation also is saddled with the responsibility of organizing matches for the amateur clubs within the country. And most of these organized leagues and matches are done in collaboration and with the cooperation of any organization that is fully recognized by the Federation.
3. ORGANIZES PARTICIPATION OF NIGERIAN CLUBS IN ANY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
At the event of any international competition in the game of football, it is the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to organize Nigerian clubs’ participation in such international competitions.
4. OFFERS PERSONNEL TRAINING FOR ITS EMPLOYEES
The Nigerian Football Federation NFF is also saddled with the responsibility of encouraging training of its staff members. This is done through its cooperation with the relevant bodies and making sure that such training is adequate for its staff members, including other personnel in its employ, particularly, if these personnel are involved in the art of administering and organizing various matches and different kinds of leagues, including other functions that may relates to the activities of the Nigeria Football Federation. All these efforts are geared towards enhancing and improving football administration in Nigeria with a view to achieve standard in the game of football by the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.
5. COMMERCIALIZES LEAGUE ACTIVITIES
The game of football is not just sporting activities, it is a business of its own and the administrators of the Nigeria Football Federation do engage in profitable deals or adventures to earn money for the organization, and this has been under the duties of the Nigeria Football Federation. How do they do it? They descriptively decide on those area of matches activities they believed if commercialized will generate income. These money generated can either go to the professional clubs, or the Nigeria Football Federation as the case may. In fact, it can also go to a professional footballer.
6. REGULATES REFEREES ASSOCIATION
There is an organization called the Nigeria Referees Association NRA, the activities of this body is regulated by the Nigeria Football Federation NFF. For example, for any referee to be certified as a professional referee, the Nigeria Football Federation must have to award or grant him license and once that is done, he is automatically a member of the Nigeria Referees Association NRA. That is what qualifies a referee to supervise any match, apart from that such conferment will enhance his status as a football referee.
7. GRANT LICENSES ANNUALLY TO FOOTBALL COACHES
Still on the list of Nigeria Football Federation NFF functions, it is also saddled with the responsibity of issuing out annual licenses to football coaches, who supposed to belong to the Nigeria Coaches Association. Nigeria Football Federation also do regulates the activities of the Nigeria Coaches Association.
8. DETERMINE INTERNATIONAL BODIES THAT AFFILIATE WITH THE FEDERATION
from time to time, it has been the responsibility of the Nigeria Football Federation to determine which of the international bodies that can affiliate with the Federation, in as much as such affiliation would be of interest to the nation Nigeria.
9. SET UP SUBSIDIARY BODIES TO ASSIST IT IN ITS FUNCTIONS
It is expected of the Nigeria Football Federation to set up subsidiary bodies and to recognise same for the purpose of assisting it in carrying out it’s functions as enshrined in its statues, particularly at the board level of the Nigeria Football Federation. Accordingly, Ad-hoc committees can be set up too, such as the Board consider necessary with a view to enable it perform its functions creditably.
10. SECURE THE SAFETY OF FOOTBALL FANS
The Nigeria Football Federation also saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding the welfare of the football fans. This is part of its responsibility in ensuring the safety and security of all persons who participate during matches are guarantee
11. SOURCE FOR FUNDS TO FINANCE THE GAME OF FOOTBALL
Finance has been identified as one of the major resources needed in an organization to keep it running hence, the Nigeria Football Federation is not an exemption. Identification of sources of financing the game of football in Nigeria, remains the function of the Nigeria Football Federation.
13. ENCOURAGE YOUTHS IN THE COUNTRY TO BECOME FOOTBALLERS
Youths in Nigeria are encouraged by the Nigeria Football Federation to participate in the game of football hence, has succeeded in deploying their football talents. This is to the Nigeria Football Federation credit.
The Nigeria Football Federation, as the game of football administrators must continue in promoting the game of football in Nigeria. While regulating activities involving the game of football, Nigeria Football Federation must also ensure that every sport administrator, who is within its powers keep to his responsibility. These include; players, coaches, referees as well as, the technical advisers. This will help sustain the culture of peace, and the culture of discipline within football clubs in Nigeria.This is very critical too, there should be strong adhere to the ethics of football. Footballers and their supporters should be discouraged from being aggressive to the visiting football clubs in the event where the visiting team defeat the home team, because today, sports’ tourism, particular in the game of football has indeed contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria’s socioeconomy.
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