New challenges for football

Even at the level of technical officials where training has also been provided in abundance the labourers are decidedly few in number. Too few persons appear willing to take on the role of referee and/or assistant referee seriously.

Finances

No football federation anywhere in the world could survive these days without a massive infusion of funds from a variety of sources.

The annual budget for administration of the office is itself a serious undertaking with the FIFA and its continental and regional bodies engaging in daily correspondences on a range of pertinent issues.

Then there is the matter of finding and meeting the appropriate remuneration for coaches both local and foreign. There has been an unpardonable tendency, especially in the Caribbean to consider local coaches volunteers while they watch the huge sums allocated to their foreign counterparts. It only seems fair to the local coaches and technical officials that they be duly compensated for their work.

The fact is that coaches do not come cheap. Some federations go for an internationally recognised technical director whose cost will be hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. The greater the reputation of the coach the more expensive he is to source.

The cost of participating in any major competition is a near-prohibitive cost. There are competitions at the regional and international levels for women, Under 17, Under 20, Under 21, Under 23 and the senior players. There are competitions every year without respite. These are all expensive.

Given the cost of airfares the costs add up considerably.