MFA will organise more tourneys to keep membership occupied
FOOTBALL: The Mercantile Football Association (MFA) - one of the
oldest controlling bodies for soccer, founded in 1918, and now 90 years
old, will organise more tournaments, Beach soccer tournament, an over 40
tournaments, a annual tournament for ladies and will also hold coaching
camp for soccer referees, said A. Milton Fernando who was elected as the
new President of Mercantile Football Association at the annual general
meeting held recently.
Fernando said that in addition to the normal annual tournaments,
three new tournaments will be worked off from this year. We have
affiliated membership around 50 companies comprising well established
financial, insurance, shipping, telecom, leisure, and manufacturing
The MFP holds the annual general meeting as stipulated by the Sports
Law in the country and the speciality is that every year membership is
elected unanimously. The MFA is affiliated to the Football Federation of
Annually, the MFA conducts three tournaments - league, knock-out and
the Sevens. Since of late, we had four divisions in the league
tournament as A, B, C and D. Due to the popularity of the game
in the mercantile sector, many companies showed a keen interest in
taking part in the MFA tournaments.
As a result we were compelled to add more divisions to accommodate
the new teams and we introduced E and F division tourneys. There are
well over 100 matches played in the league said Fernando.
The A division tournament is very competitive because most of the
national players are representing their respective employers.
The MFA is proud that the majority of the Mercantile Football
Association players are represented at national level, said Fernando.
The knock-out tournament comprises A and B divisions and 16 to 20
matches are on the cards with two semis and the final.
The seven-a-side tournament is very popular and teams play in eight
groups and around 52 matches are played in a day. This year the sevens
were played for the Cup and Plate as to make more winning opportunities
for the teams. Other than the trophies, gold and silver medals are
awarded and cash prizes are also awarded to the winners and runners-up.
There are awards for the Best player and Best Goal-keeper.
Milton Fernando - the President of MFA said that they have a problem
lack of a ground.
The MFA is looking for a suitable ground and if they are successful,
the Football Federation of Sri Lanka has promised to assist us to
modernise the ground to international standards, said Fernando.
The MFA are grateful to Manilal Fernando and the Management of FFSL
who have helped them many ways to develop the game in the Mercantile
Sector, said Fernando.