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Soccer team left in limbo after relegation

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

“We will plan ahead for this year, and will keep training and organizing friendly matches. We will definitely come back to the top division stronger and better organized,” he said.

Through his many years of working with the CTFA, Iwanicki has identified a number of organizational issues, and he has some recommendations to expedite the much-needed reform and to help advance the nation’s international progress.

Having played in the youth teams of Bundesliga club Schalke 04 before going on to play at amateur clubs in Germany, Iwanicki, who has UEFA B certification and is currently in Europe completing his UEFA A license, hopes to pass on some advice to the CTFA and set a new direction for Taiwanese soccer.

Among the priorities that need addressing is the lack of qualified personnel to carry out the reforms at the CTFA, along with the urgent need for experienced and professional managers to coordinate the leagues, Iwanicki said.

The CTFA must put more effort and resources into bettering organizing the TFPL and upgrade its online presence, he said.

“This is probably the worst-run league in the world,” he said.

He recommended that experts be hired to design and manage a TFPL Web site that is run independently from the CTFA, as the current Web site is difficult to navigate and has been criticized by players, fans and the media.

That would be a first step in showing the international soccer community a fresh face and the CTFA’s commitment to reforming the game in Taiwan, he said.

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