Mzansi football associaltion (SAFA) Acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has voiced his fervent support for the current MYSAFA club registration drive.
Since football was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, the MYSAFA team has been collecting information on clubs, required by FIFA to register them and assign FIFA Club IDs.
Why is this important? Advocate Motlanthe explained:
“When a player signs his first professional contract or transfers internationally, the clubs that trained the player from the age of 12 are due “training rewards”, but in the past only a tiny percentage of that money was paid to clubs.”
In fact each year the gap between the compensation due to clubs and the actual amounts paid grows. In 2019, over US$300M in solidarity mechanism payments alone, went unpaid.
“In 2021 the FIFA Clearing House will begin paying our clubs training rewards directly, based on the club and player registration information in MYSAFA,” the Acting CEO continued. “FIFA’s new rules make it clear that only clubs registered in MYSAFA will be entitled to receive training rewards as from 1 January 2021.*
“So you see it is critical that we use this time while football is paused to register our clubs with FIFA, via MYSAFA,” Advocate Motlanthe concluded.
MYSAFA has become a critical tool for advancing football development in SA. Beginning in 2021, approximately US$400M will be paid annually to clubs worldwide via the FIFA Clearing House, and SAFA clubs will be at the front of the queue. With over 320 000 players and 2 000 clubs registered with FIFA, MYSAFA ranks number one among CAF Member Associations and 15th worldwide in FIFA IDs assigned.
Registration is free to clubs in good standing with their LFA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.