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A women’s team at each top-flight club – that is the objective that the Latvian Football Federation is working towards in 2007. The federation has effectively decided to make the development of women’s football one of its priorities, and it has no intention of merely concentrating on the upper reaches of the Latcian football either as clubs in lower divisions will also be encouraged to recruit female coaches for young girls who show an interest in playing football. One of the main obstacles standing in the path of this initiative will be the lack of suitable pitches, and in that sense, the federation will be reliant upon the help and support of local authorities.

The Football Association (FA) recently signed three cooperation agreements to aid football development in Oceania, with FA chairman Geoffrey Thompson visiting Tahiti for the Oceanian Football Confederation (OFC) congress as well as the OFC’s 40th anniversary celebrations. While in Tahiti, Thompson signed partnership agreement with the OFC, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. This new initiative of Oceania means that the FA’s development programme is now operating worldwide, with the FA keen to impart its know-how and experience for the good of the game.

Vaduz’s new look Rheinpark stadium, home to the Liechtenstein national team, was recently unveiled with two new stands taking the stadium’s total seated capacity to 6,127 (or more than one-sixth of the principality’s population). The stadium also boasts new training facilities and dressing rooms as well as a ticket sales office. The Rheinpark’s media facilities will also be improved during the course of 2007.