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NPFL, 22 other leagues form World Leagues Association in France


The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was among the world’s leading football leagues that reached a decision in Paris, France on Tuesday to form a new global organisation that has been set up to work with FIFA on issues affecting professional football.

Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, was one of the 23 heads of national Professional League bodies at the meeting where the formation of the ‘World Association of Leagues’ was announced following the second World Leagues Forum. The first held in England.

A total of 23 professional leagues were involved in the meeting, which has led to the creation of a permanent association to liaise with world football’s governing body.

A working group of five leagues has been established to develop the formal structure for the new association.

The group is composed of Enrique Bonilla, president of Mexico’s Liga MX; Don Garber, commissioner of North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS); Mitsuri Murai, chairman of Japan’s J League; Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL) and Frederic Thiriez, president of the French Football League (LFP).

This group, chaired by Thiriez, has been entrusted with finalising the details for structuring the association by January 2016.

Dikko met with officials of the Spanish La Liga on the sidelines of the meeting to finalise bilateral agreement between the NPFL and La Liga and also had fruitful meetings with officials of the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League.

The LMC Chairman said, “this meeting also provided platforms for most of the leagues to hold bilateral talks and for us from Nigeria, it was an opportunity to finalise discussions already initiated with the La Liga, the Bundesliga and the FA Premier League that will assist us in capacity building, technical training and club development.

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