http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/macau/34798-Sporting-Club-appalled-state-Macau-Football.html Macau Daily Times Sporting Club appalled at state of Macau Football 27/03/2012 The Sporting Club Macau has made a scathing attack on the Macau Football Association, saying that the state of football in Macau “has not suffered any positive development by the organization that directs this sport in Macau.” In a press statement released on Sunday, the directors of the club reactivated three years ago attacked the poor organization of the sporting program specifically that “it is in the least uncommon that, more than 50 days after the drawing of the teams of the third division, the results of such draws have just been published, dated March 22, showing only a programme of two matches per team”. Sporting Club Macau considers this situation to be “absolutely unacceptable”. The club suggests measures to be adopted by the Macau Football Association. “As it is more than evident, it is necessary to separate seven-a-side football from eleven-a-side football, in which the former serves as a stepping stone for the teams to ascend to higher divisions as well as to receive teams that are down graded from third division to fourth. This means that there must not be mandatory for all teams from all divisions to play the seven-a-side championship”, the club states. Furthermore, the Macau-based club with a history of 85 years denounced failures in the formation of young players: “The organizations that deal with football in Macau apparently are not interested in the most important issue in any sport: early age training. In Macau the reality is appalling: there is no official training for the infantile and juvenile ages of which the result is an absence of competitions for such ages, from where the result is the absence of schooled players at the age of 18. The degree of amateurism and organizational inability is disturbing and preoccupying.” “Macau is ranked in 199th place in FIFA, in a total of 205 countries and autonomous regions. The disparity of this ranking and the GDP of Macau, one of the highest in the world, would be inexplicable if, for Macau’s football, a fundamented, coherent and consistent policy, well publicized, and with planification for the short, the medium and the long terms existed. Most unfortunately, we know not of any such policy,” the club adds.