The candidate for the position of Chairman of the Football Association, Moshe (Shino) Zoertz, who previously held the position for a short period, held a press conference today (Thursday) in which he presented the main points of his strategic plan for the development of football in Israel.
Next to Zoertz sat the owner of Maccabi Haifa, Yaakov Shahar, the owners of Maccabi Netanya, Eyal Segal, the representative of the owners of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jack Angalidis, Moran Meiri, and other representatives of other groups, who support his candidacy for the position.
Zoertz: "In 2018, you were elected to the position of chairman of the association, but after a few months I announced my resignation, because I did not agree that businessmen or centers would control and steer the association to football.
Today I am standing here because we are coming to change the football association.
We are coming up with a list of teams that will lead and manage the football association and I am happy to be at the head of them. My plan has already been presented to the teams in the last month and a half.
I have a vision and I want to see a significant upgrade to all the mechanisms of the football industry.
There needs to be a big reform in football.
Creating a mechanism and cooperation with the director."
"A coach is a profession and not an income supplement. If we don't strengthen a. The status of the coaches and it will be an income supplement, this is how it will look. I talked to senior officials and they told me that one of our difficult problems is that we are not sending coaches to Europe. We need to invest in coaches. We need to establish an academy to train coaches for children and youth. All the training and game facilities in all leagues must be upgraded. The lighting must be upgraded and lighted fields created. Convince teams to form teams that will establish academies to promote young and talented people. If there are more youth academies like Maccabi Haifa and Ashdod, we will be more successful."
Extensive support for Zoertz, photo: Kobi Eliyahu
He also said: "We must take care of raising the quota for outstanding athletes in the army. Give financial aid to the lower leagues subject to incentives. I came from Maccabi Petah Tikva and I know what it's like to run a small club. We have no agenda to reduce the leagues, but we do set criteria that teams that play in the league and also We need to do these things to raise the level. We need to examine teams where only youth players participate and they play in the third division. I strongly believe in these models and if it succeeds in Europe there is no reason why it cannot succeed in Israel. Bring back the national league and make it semi-professional with control ".
Professionally, Shino said that "the referees need to be turned into professionals and the referees' union needs to be reformed. Establish a scouting system to locate referees, upgrade the VAR system, and increase the number of referees in the country."
About the phenomenon of violence on the fields, Zoertz said: "Violence in children's games needs to be eradicated. Every Saturday I see children playing, and the violence there is irrelevant. But it is not only in football, it is in the entire country, on the roads, whether it is verbal or physical violence, and we will Everything is included with the prosecutor's office and the police to eradicate it."
Connect to Shino's I believe, photo: Kobi Eliyahu
"Harsh represents the old method"
The owner of Maccabi Haifa, Yaakov Shahar, said: "I have nothing personal against Oren Hasson. My joining Shino Zoaretz is to change the system and not this or that person. I have been in football since the age of 12, and throughout the period things change, in my thirty years as an owner at Maccabi Haifa, we changed so many things, but in all this time I don't see that anything has changed in the way of the association, in the selection of the positions there, and when they changed Peres his I believe in my face I straight up said that it suits me.
He talks about a change that has never been made in football.
One or another victory of a youth team does not matter, today they win, tomorrow they lose.
"Bring people who have no connection to football into the association. I don't like Hasson's way of hitting and getting hit, and he represents the old system.
"I saw him on TV attacking Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv, as if we want to take over the association, you don't know how many times they have proposed For me to be chairman of the association, ask Avi Luzon how many times I would help the small teams, when I was due a grant from UEFA he would tell me 'leave it a little longer because Sakhnin has no money for salaries'. If I have to pay 10% of the tickets I sell So who pays the association? It lives off this money and the money the manager gives it. Do you think it's debatable that half the country should play in Petah Tikva because there are no fields in Israel?"
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