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President Chung shares vision with new Executive

Meeting at the OFC headquarters in Greenlane for the first time since January’s elective congress in American Samoa, OFC President David Chung opened the meeting by presenting his vision for the ‘First 100 Days’ of office.

In alignment with the OFC Vision 2018, President Chung outlined the 100 day plan for him and his Executive Committee to achieve certain milestones in the following areas:

1. Review the structure of the OFC Secretariat – to assess the role and function of each department to achieve a cost effective and efficient administration with defined duties and responsibilities linked to KPIs
2. Financial transparency and accountability – to review and improve rules and procedures relating to the finances of OFC
3. Commercialisation and investment – to establish ‘OFC Limited’, a commercial arm to run the football business of OFC and create sustainable revenue
4. Home of Football – to start construction in May 2011 on the new OFC Football Academy at Mt Smart Stadium with increased accommodation capacity, offices and playing facilities
5. External Partnerships – to renew a number of existing partnerships and establish new partnerships with external partners
6. Football for Life – to confirm the venue of the 2nd Pacific Youth and Sports Conference 2013 and to evaluate the Just Play grassroots programme and Social Responsibility projects in the Member Associations
7. Continue to popularise the game – to confirm the OFC competition schedule for 2011-2015 including new competitions and formats
8. Continue to grow the game – to launch roll-out of ‘O-link’ competition and player management system in all Member Associations and to align education scheme with AFC and/or UEFA including plan for online resources
9. Strengthen national leagues – to establish a taskforce to look at the development of football, club licensing regulations, player transfers, harmonised national leagues and the establishment of new competitions
10. National team excellence – to expand youth academy programme and increase preparation grants and opportunities for national teams
11. Governance – to establish the Professionalization Programme for OFC and the Member Associations and confirm the CIES/OFC sports management programme

Following the presentation of the ‘First 100 Days’ vision, the Executive Committee elected the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President and Treasurer:

Senior Vice President: Martin Alufurai (Solomon Islands)
Vice President: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)
Treasurer: Dr Sahu Khan (Fiji)

In addition, the OFC Executive Committee approved:

• the restructure of the OFC Secretariat
• the revised internal regulations
• the decision to establish a commercial arm ‘OFC Limited’ to run the football business of OFC
• the concept plans for the new OFC Football Academy with construction to begin mid-2011
• the new competition ‘OFC Cup’ to include club champions of developing countries – American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga
• the proposal to keep the O-League format the same until 2012/2013 but with the two New Zealand teams to be split across the two groups, beginning in 2012/2013, instead of one group (current)
• the decision to cancel the concept of a shared bid to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup across Oceania in 2017 due to high costs
• declaration of support for New Zealand’s bid to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015, acknowledging that it will leave a lasting legacy across the region

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