South African Football Association (SAFA) Technical Director Walter Steenbok, author of “The Football Scouting Bible”, began his visits to Local Football Associations (LFAs) on Monday ahead of the launch of the under-15 Girls Inter-LFA Leagues.
His first stop was SAFA Waterberg (Limpopo) where five regional representatives joined him for the launch.
There, the proceedings were opened by SAFA Technical Committee Chairperson and Provincial President Jack Maluleka, who thanked the regional reps for their attendance.
Frans Mogashoa, the SAFA Technical Director, then detailed the importance of the project, and also presented what was expected of the SAFA regions.
“The league will cater for 400 players and 38 women coaches across the four provinces,” Steenbok said. “We are looking at the next U17 girls’ national team.
“These players are everywhere. Hence, we need to go to the villages and rural locations to afford them the opportunity to be scouted and developed. This is why this league is important.”
Steenbok continued: “The criteria of players that we are looking for are girls born in 2009/2010, but this does not mean you cannot unearth talent that is younger than that age group.
“We will also be looking to unearth young, talented coaches. All these coaches will be encouraged to do CAF D and C licences in April 2024. In the meantime, an online coaching and mentoring programme will be implemented for all these coaches in the league.”
Steenbok said the u15 Inter-LFA League would be played over four months, adding that it was crucial to get girls playing football on a more consistent basis.
“Our suggestion to the regions is to have festivals every month,” he said.
“Each region must host the other regions and allow the girls to play strength versus strength. We want them playing against each other on regular basis, with each team having at least 20 players.
“The idea of this project is to create provincial teams so that we have a database of all the players,” concluded Steenbok.