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THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF TANZANIA
VISION 2015 FOR FOOTBALL
GENERAL GUIDELINE

INTRODUCTION

The National Executive Committee of the Football Association of Tanzania have thought it expedient to embrace the Vision 2015 of football development, because the tenets of the vision re-emphasis, the importance of grassroots development in sports and also moves further to broaden the scope of development and thereby guarantees the sustainability of the football development process.

This development shall have the effect of enhancing the prestige of the nation in the field of footballers representing this country with dignity and prudence.

The Football Association of Tanzania has already made it clear through its Development Plan, that it is only through systematic and scientific coaching with targets set, that the standard of football of this country can be raised to an appreciable level.

Looking at the tenets of Vision 2015, the following areas of development need to be focused on where football is concerned:

* Youth football Under 10, Under 12, Under15, Under 17 and Under 20 Years culminating to Under 23 Years for All Africa and the Olympic Games.
* Production of more junior coaches- Teachers and retired footballers.
* Administration- National Secretariat, League and Sub Committee management and Club Administration.
* Refereeing- to include both men and women.
* Sports medicine.
* International competitions.
* Establishment of infrastructure throughout the country to include good playing fields and stadia.

CONTENTS

Targets/ milestones 

Youth football 

Production of coaches

The four year development plan

Sports medicine

Continental and international competitions

Programme activities June 1999 to June 2000

Phase one Jan-March 2000

Phase two Jan- March 2001

Phase three Jan -March 2002

Phase four Jan -March 2003

Phase five Jan -March 2004

Phase one June 1999 to may 2000 

Phase two 2000 to 2004

Phase three 2005 to 2009 

Phase four 2008 to 2012 

Conclusion

Prior to embarking on FAT all levels developmental program, with the view to accommodate the above areas of development and make steady progress to achieve the objectives of Vision 2015, projections and targets (milestones) must be set, in the immediate, medium and long term, in order to measure the rate of development during the plan period:

* Football academy at Zonal levels (Mtwara, Arusha, Mbeya, Tabora, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza).
* Playing fields- upgrading of fields from the grassroots level (villages).
* Attachment of senior coaches junior teams of different age groups.
* Establishment of school (Primary and Secondary) and colleges of different disciplines during school holidays.
* Establishment of nurseries for Super and First Division League clubs 'Under 17 years'.
* Establishment of Zonal leagues for junior football.
* Establishment of inter zonal regional junior competitions culminating into an annual National Youth Football Festival.

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TARGETS/ MILESTONES
* Production of minimum of 400,800 and 2000 qualified coaches with advanced, intermediate and preliminary level coaches respectively by the year 2015 with emphasis on school teachers.
* Qualified for final rounds of the 4th African Under 17 Championships and making an impact in the final competition.
*Winning the Under 20 Championships at CECAFA level by the year 2002.
* Qualifying for the final round of the XITH African Youth Championship (Under 20) and making an impact in the final competition.
* Ensuring that all leagues participant FAT structures employ qualified coaches by the year 2002.
* Super Leagues to move to semi professionalism by the year 2002, Qualifying for Africa Cup of Nation by the year 2004.
* To qualify for the All Africa and Olympic Games by 2008.
* All educational institutions primary, secondary schools and college to have qualified coaches by the year 2008.

COMMENCEMENT OF THE FIRST PHASE OF VISION 2014 (FOOTBALL)
As the Football Association of Tanzania is already in the preparatory phase of its Development Plan, a solid base for Vision 2015 will have to be established. This means that a lot of ground has made in the first five years to accomplish what has been planned.

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YOUTH FOOTBALL.
Junior structures starting from Under 12, Under 15, Under 17, and Under 20 should be established at all zonal centers. The present approach here only in Dar (Makongo and Jitegemee Secondary Schools) are actively involved is not sustainable. These areas include:

DAR ES SALAAM ZONE

-Kinondoni
-Ilala
-Temeke
NB: Bearing in mind that the number of teams and hence players who are actively involved in Football, Dar es Salaam should remain as a zone.

LAKE ZONE

-Mwanza
-Shinyanga
-Kagera
-Mara

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ZONE

-Rukwa
-Mbeya
-Iringa

EASTERN ZONE

-Kilimanjaro
-Tanga
-Arusha

SOUTHERN ZONE

-Mtwara
-Lindi
-Ruvuma

CENTRAL ZONE

-Pwani
-Lindi
-Morogoro

WESTERN ZONE

-Tabora
-Kigoma
-Singida

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PRODUCTION OF COACHES
Through the FAT Development Plan coaches have already been produced.

ADMINISTRATION
Courses have been organized by Olympic Solidarity, CAF and FIFA. It is intended that more local administration courses be included in the third phase of the development plan for league and sub committees and later on for club administration.

REFEREEING
Referees have been produced during the development planned.

SPORTS MEDICINE
It is a subject in the advanced level started Coaching Course. It is intended that we should embark on full sports medicine courses for national team and club doctors/ medics.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Participating at international level started in 1967. Preparations have been very poor and results embarrassing. A lot work needs to bee done in this area including the participation of our national teams in all competitions particularly at the junior level.

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THE FOUR YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN 
Given the above picture the FAT believes that a Four Year Development Plan with the Olympic Games as a target year is ideal for the Vision 2015 program, as the Development Plan of the FAT has already put in place the structures for development which include:
1. Coaching platforms- zonal, regional and national age group coaches.
2. Establishment of regional and national teams for Under 12, Under 15, Under17 and Under20.

PRODUCTION OF COACHES
The Football Association of Tanzania has had a development program for its coaches at various levels on its own and in cooperation with CECAFA, CAF and FIFA. Under this program a total number of 1194 coaches with the following distribution has been trained. Advanced 410, -Intermediate 109, -Preliminary 658, -Diploma 14, -Degree 3.

In order to increase the number of football coaches, the FAT intends to organize an instructors Course with a bigger intake of participants, initiate football coaching clinics by senior coaches for those who would like to join preliminary and intermediate courses.

As a was of increasing the number of dedicated football coaches, a deliberate effort will be made to use former football players who also portrayed a good image in football (a model of well disciplined players).

ADMINISTRATION
Similar to what has happened to football coaches, the FAT has also organized administration courses to football administrators. However, little has been done to train club leaders at all levels let alone leaders of Premier and First Division clubs. In the second phase of football development (2000-2004), the approach will change and put more emphasis on club administration matters. In so doing it is anticipated that the frequent leadership crisis which intern adversely affects players and football development as a whole will be at the lowest level.

A total of ......................... 60 .................... of administrators have been trained so far and in the coming phase, a total number of 400 football administrators. (2000-2004).

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SPORTS MEDICINE:
A total number of ........................ 60 ................... of sports medicine have been trained so far and in the coming phase, a total number of 400 sports medicine. (2000-2004).2:3 The first phase of Vision 2015 incorporating the third phase of the FAT development plan shall therefore commence 2000. The subsequent plan periods shall therefore be as follows:

June 2000 to May 2004
June 2000 to May 2008
June 2008 to May 2012.

To conclude this section, we wish to submit the series of regional and international events that we ought to target and participate in during Vision 2015.

REGIONAL COMPETITIONS- CECAFA
YEAR UNDER 17 UNDER 20
1999 CAF CECAFA
2000- 2015 CECAFA CECAFA

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CONTINENTAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS
NATIONAL UNDER 17 TERM 2000 TO 2015

CAF Championships World Championships
2001 2001
2003 2003
2005 2005
2007 2007
2009 2009
2011 2011
2013 2013
2015 2015

The Five Years Development Plan (2000-2004).Given the Fat targets for the said period (winning the junior And senior CECAFA tournaments, qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations and creating a conducive environment for semi - professional football), the following activities need also to be carried out:

* District, Regional, Zonal and National seminar and the whole Football Development Plan.
* Initiation of football teams at all age groups and organize competitions at all levels.
* Initiation and intensification of football coaching courses taking place from club, district, regional, zonal and national level.
* The FAT initiative will look out for sponsors of teams of different age groups, national third, second and first division football clubs.
* The FAT would create a conducive environment for football privatization by the year 2004 so that the FAT would be involved with policy issues. It will be also involved with the national teams of the different age groups.
* Technical committees at district, regional, zonal and national levels comprising football coaches, referees, sports medicine and administrators who will monitor the progress and/ or problems encountered towards that end.

FINANCING THE CHANGE OVER:
Since the development requires an investment both in manpower and monetary terms, different play makers will be involved for the whole programmer, it is the anticipation of FAT that the government will be the key player in this.

SENIOR NATIONAL TERM 2000 TO 2015
Africa Cup of Nations World Cup
2000 2002
2002 2006
2006 2010
2008 2014
2010
2012
2014

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PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES JUNE 1999 TO JUNE 2000
The Olympic Games which takes place every four years shall be used as the perimeter for a systematic and scientific training program. In view of the fact that the Olympic games are always preceded by the All Africa Games which is normally used as the qualifying competition for the Olympic Games, it shall become important to ensure that sufficient preparation is targeted to include the All Africa Games.

The regional competitions CECAFA shall be used to measure progress during the plan period. In addition friendly international matches shall be arranged as part of the development progress.

As the existing FAT plan has already brought into existence the National Under 23 squads, the first phase of Vision 2014 program shall take three years with the subsequent phases going through five year periods.

The program below is tentative and shall have to be adjusted top accommodate all international courses (CAF, FIFA and Olympic Solidarity) when the dates are made known in due course. It shall also be necessary from time to time to make occasional alterations for purposes of convenience. It is intended that the program shall include every month one day for national team training matches ( Under 17, Under 20 and Under 23 squads) at the National stadium.

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PHASE ONE JAN-MARCH 2000
Action 1: Orientation and inservice workshops for all advanced level coaches on vision 2015- venue Dar es Salaam.
Action 2: Coaching crusade to launch vision 2015 National stadium.
Action 3: Coaches assigned to scout for under 17, 20, 23 teams.

Bearing in mind the size of the country and infrastructure we have, each phase should preferably be three months so that enough time is provided between events.

PHASE ONE APRIL-JUNE 2000
Action 1: Preliminary qualifying coaching course for primary and secondary school teachers and retired footballers for Tabora, Singida and Kigoma.
Action 2: Preliminary qualifying coaching course for primary and secondary school teachers and retired footballers for Rukwa, Mbeya and Iringa.
Action 3: Coaches assigned to scout the Southern zone for Under 15, 17, 20, 23 teams (Rukwa, Mbeya and Iringa).

PHASE ONE JULY- SEPTEMBER 2000
Action 1: Preliminary qualifying coaching course for primary and secondary school teachers and retired footballers for Lake Zone ( Mwanza, Kagera, Musoma and Shinyanga).
Action 2: Preliminary qualifying coaching course for primary and secondary school teachers and retired footballers for (Ruvuma, Lindi and Mtwara).
Action 3: Coaches assigned to scout the Southern Highlands zone for Under 15, 17, 20, 23 teams ( Ruvuma, Lindi, Mtwara).

PHASE ONE OCTOBER- SEPTEMBER 2000
Action 1: Preliminary coaching course for teachers and retired footballers and coaching crusade Northern zone. (Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga).
Action 2: Preliminary qualifying coaching course for primary and secondary school teachers and retired footballers for Eastern zone Dar es Salaam included (Morogoro, Pwani and Dodoma).
Action 3: Coaches assigned to scout the Eastern zone for Under 15, 17, 20, 23 teams.

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PHASE TWO JAN- MARCH 2001
Action 1: Assembling of National Under 15, 17, 20, 23 squads in preparation for the training stint within the country. Each team to be situated in a different zone Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Mbeya.
Action 2: Administration and sports medicine course for Western and Southern zones.
Action 3: Intermediate coaching course for Western and Southern zones.
Action 4: Administration course for 3rd, 2nd, 1st division andPremier league club leaders and district football association and sports councils.

PHASE TWO APRIL -JUNE 2001
Action 1: Administration and sports medicine course for Lake and Southern Highlands.
Action 2: Intermediate coaching course for Lake and southern Highlands zones.
Action 3: Administration course for 3rd, 2nd, 1st division and premier league club leaders and district football association and sports councils.

PHASE TWO JULY -SEPTEMBER 2001
Action 1: Administration and sports medicine course for Northern and Eastern zones.
Action 2: Intermediate coaching course for Northern and Eastern zones.
Action 3: Administration course for 3rd 2nd, 1st division and premier league club leaders and district football association and sports councils.

PHASE TWO OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2001
Action 1: National under 15,17,20,23 engaged in international competition (Friendly)
Action 2: Senior coaches carry out a technical evaluation of the teams performance .
Action 3: Representatives of Senior coaches present technical report to FAT's Executive Committee who will later present it to the National meeting.

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PHASE THREE JAN -MARCH 2002
Action 1: National Teams (senior team) prepare for Africa cup of Nations, All Africa Games, Olympic Games and World Cup.
Action 2: Coaching courses for different levels of coaches. Competition for CECAFA should be slotted in as appropriate.

PHASE THREE APRIL - JUNE 2002
Action 1: Assembling of National Under 20 for preparation of CECAFA Under 20 tournment Tanzania, Kenya.
Action 2: Assembling of National Under 17 for holiday camp which will include an extensive country wide tour playing regional Under 17 squads.
Action 3: Assembling of National Under 15 squad for training and playing some friendly matches locally and few designated venues in various parts of the country.
Administration Course -club management in football.

PHASE THREE OCTOBER- DEC 2002
Action 1: Third advanced qualifying course for intermediate football coaching course certificate holders-venue National Stadium.
Action 2: Intermediate qualifying coaching course and coaching crusade for all established coaching groups.
Action3: Administration course and club management in football.

PHASE THREE OCTOBER -2002
Action 1: Preliminary coaching course and coaching crusade for all established age group.
Action 2: Administration course, club management for football.
Action 3: Intermediate qualifying course for preliminary certificate holders and sports medicine course for National team and club Medics-
Action 4: Administration course, club management-venue.
Action 5: Intermediate qualifying coaching course and first aid course.
Action 6: National conference for league chairpersons and secretaries.

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PHASE FOUR JAN -MARCH 2003
Action 1: Intermediate coaching course and first aid course in football.
Action 2: Intermediate coaching course for preliminary certificate holders and first aid course-in football.
Action 3: Administration course, club management-in football.

PHASE FOUR APRIL-JUNE 2003
Action 1: Intermediate coaching course for preliminary certificate holders and first aid course- in football.
Action 2: Administration course, club management in football.
Action 3: Intermediate coaching course for preliminary certificate holders and first aid course (include preliminary certificate holders).
Action 4: Administration course, club management in football.
Action 5: Assembling of national Under 17 newly promoted for holiday training camp including international friendly games at home and abroad. This to include a possible training camp abroad.
Action 6: Assembling of national Under 20, newly promoted for holiday training camp.

The period May to September shall provide the FAT with a opportunity for mid term review of the first part of the First Phase, it is intended that during this period there should be a lot of activities in respect of zonal, regional and national youth festivals.

PHASE FOUR JULY- SEPT 2003
Action 1: Administration and refereeing course for new referees and school teachers in order to include all villages and towns surrounding.
Action 2: Fourth advanced coaching course-venue National Stadium.
Administration course, club and league management in football.

PHASE FOUR OCT -DEC 2003
Action 1: Intermediate coaching and refereeing course for school teachers and retired footballers-venue National Stadium.
Action 2: Two days refresher course for league club coaches in and around.
Action3: Two day refresher course for league club coaches in and around.
Action4: Administration course league and club management if football.
Actioin 5: Administration course league and club management in football.

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PHASE FIVE JAN -MARCH 2004
Action 1: School of excellence for players of Under 17 age group New National Under 17 squad to be established.
Action 2: School of excellence for players Under 10 age group.
Action 3: Holiday training camps for Under 15, Under17 and Under 20 squads.

PHASE FIVE APRIL-JUNE 2004
Action 1: Olympics squad in final preparation for All Africa Games
Action 2: National Under 17 squad in final preparation for CAF Under 17 competitions.
Action 3: Three days seminar for Super League club coaches - venue national Stadium.
Action 4: Administration course, club management in football.

PHASE FIVE JULY- SEPT 2004
Action 1: Intermediate coaching course for school teachers and retired footballers
Action 2: Intermediate coaching and refereeing course for school teachers and retired footballers.
Action 3: National conference for league chairpersons and secretaries.

PHASE FIVE OCT- DEC 2004
Action 1: Preliminary coaching and refereeing course for school teachers and retired footballers.
Action 2: Preliminary coaching and refereeing course for school teachers and retired footballers.
Action 3: Preliminary coaching and refereeing course for school teachers and retired footballers.
Action 4: Administration course, second division league committee in football.

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PHASE ONE JUNE 1999 TO MAY 2000
  This shall mark the end of the First Phase of our Vision 2015. It is expected that at this point an existence appraisal shall be made on this phase. Based on statistics, appraisals and reviews after the (I) 2000 African Cup of Nations. (II) 2003 All African games. 2004 Olympic games etc., a comprehensive Five Year Development Plan shall be drawn up for the second phase 2004 to 2009. The contents, targets and aspirations together with the objectives will be different as a lot development plan. For the same reason the plan for period 2008 to 2014 can only be drawn up after the second phase has been completed and evaluated. The same shall apply for the final period of our Vision 2015.

  Realistic plans can only be drawn after the completion of the previous one or when there are no precedents, whereby a new plan is put in place based on current existing situations.

  This is not withstanding, the final section of this document shall nonetheless address, projections and targets/ milestones of the other plan periods.

PROJECTIONS AND TARGETS/ MILESTONES OF FUTURE PLAN PERIODS

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PHASE TWO 2000 TO 2004
  After participating in different international competitions, on the achievements and failure of the plan period 2000 to 2004 so that a realistic plan for this period could be put in place. It is however our position that the under 20 and 23 fail to qualify or even when they qualify for the finals of the e different international competitions respectively, the new Under 17 squad which is to be established in 2001, shall become the products of systematic preparation for the year 2003 and 2004 respectively as they shall now fall within the qualifying age for Under 23.

  The Under 15 squad shall initially be prepared for the Third African Under 17 Championship for the year 2001. The current Under 23 side would have matured enough to represent the country with dignity in respect for both the African Cup of Nations for the year 2002 as well as the World Cup of the year 2002.

  The current Under 17 National team shall also be kept as a unit to continue the upward trend and become the under 20 National Team and participate in both CECAFA and XITH African Youth championships, it is expected that they shall continue as an entity to represent the country in the 2004 Olympics.

  It is envisaged that during the 2000- 2004 plan period, full time regional coaches shall be employed and a more professional approach towards the development of the game being put in place. It is further envisaged that a fully fledged football academy, would also be in place by the year 2004, where the center for youth development will produce its first batch of youthful footballers for export. The center or academy shall then become the maker of football in Tanzania where young pilgrims who qualify shall visit regularly.

  It is excepted that the year 2006 should see almost all schools with qualified coaches and this ensuring that school football would be at its best.

  Tanzania would have by this time endowed with dignity players through its developmental programmes and make a sure birth at both the All Africa games and The Olympics of 2004.

  The annual youth football festival would have been well established where countless of the young breed of footballers with football potential would emerge to enrich the game.

  It is envisaged that at this time the Super League clubs will consider turning into limited liability companies with boards of directors and turn professional.

  With a lot coaches having matured over the years of development, it is also envisaged that all the lower divisions of the league will be coached by locally qualified products of the development plan, with the more seasoned locals coaching Super League clubs.

  It is our expectation that all managers of clubs shall be qualified football coaches by the year 2006.

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PHASE THREE 2005 TO 2009
  With the introduction of professional football during the plan period of 2000 to 2004, clubs as companies shall be empowered to start building their own infrastuture for training grounds, mini stadia and club houses.

  It shall also be expected that quality would at this time be played and particularly the Premier League clubs marketing their marches on commercial basis. It shall therefore be possible at this time that professional football would start gaining roots during this plan period.

  Immediately after the 2004 Olympics, an under 19 squad made up of graduates from the Under 17 squad of 2001 shall be instituted to commence preparation for the Olympic Games of 2008. The same squad shall represent the country in the Under 20 Youth Championships of the year 2005 and continue with the upward trend for the 2008 Olympics and the World Cup of 2010.

  Tanzania and Kenya must be in a position at this point of time if not earlier to host the Africa Cup of Nations in the year 2004.

  Tanzania must become a recognized football powerhouse during the plan period 2005 to 2009 winning regional competitions in both junior and senior ranks regional competition without much difficulty.

  During this time the impact of Tanzania football must be felt with a very solid base for growth. It is expected that all national squads will be at full gear with international friendly competitions.

  It is expected that the end of this period shall be characterized with invitations of top European and South American national and cub sides to Tanzania for fairly balanced competitive games.

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PHASE FOUR 2008 TO 2012
  The Four year Plan of action shall commence again at the end of the Olympics of 2008 with the players from the Olympics continuing with their preparation towards the World Cup of the year 2010. Once again the under 19 squad made up of the under 17 squad of the year 2009 shall constitute the Olympic squad for the year 2012. They shall use the under 20 Youth Championship for both CECAFA and CAF in the year 2011 in their upward trend to the Olympics.

  This squad shall be beefed up with seasoned players as they advance towards the Olympics of the year 2012.

  It is our expectation that the later past of this program can be called the medal period for football including at the Olympics, as systematic and scientific preparation would have engulfed all the perimeters of the game.

  A very solid Olympic Squad will be in place and ready to deliver.

  The realization of Olympic medal is possible in the year 2012, provided the systematic training programmes are maintained in each planned period.

  The football academy together with junior structures and coaching platforms established at the regions and districts, shall remain the permanent cornerstones for the growth to excellence at the game of football.

  The 'school of excellence' shall continue to produce talented footballers who will always serve as the reservoir to rejuvenate all our national teams in the various age categories.

  More grassed pitches would have emerged throughout the country to enhance the rapid development of technics At the early age.

  The mechanism for scientific football development would have been permanently established by the year 2012.

  It can be expected that the four year cycle for development shall continue to produce quality football for excellence.

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CONCLUSION
This document represents what we construe to be Vision 2015 for football in the Football Association of Tanzania. It is our sincere belief that provided it is implemented, including the provision of the necessary funding for it, we are confident that the projected milestones shall become a reality.

The FAT shall in all future developmental program draw.



ALHAJI I. A. RAGE
SECRETARY GENERAL