The most eagerly awaited Super League, Sri Lanka’s first ever professional league is expected to be the game changer of how Sri Lankan football is going to march forward in the future. Already ten leading teams have been picked by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) after an extremely strict scrutinization process by FFSL and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Sri Lanka has never experienced organizing or staging a professional League in its history, and this move will show the fans and public the elite level of football is being played in the world. All these years FFSL was able to conduct social, recreational, and amateur football only.
The proposed “Super League” was designed as a concept in 2018 and a long planning process and an assessment was done jointly by the FFSL General Secretary Jaswar Umar and FIFA officials. Two top experts in professional football were hired by FIFA and both of them visited Colombo in 2018 to assess the project in detail. Finally, FIFA approved the project to go ahead with a financial assistance package to kick off for the first year.
Part of the Super League process is to transform the participating clubs into a vibrant and self-sustainable entity. Super League has a very strong and well-designed road map to generate income sources for these clubs gradually.
Super League will change the thinking pattern of players, officials, media and fans as players and teams will start getting popular in the local communities. Players will be expected to focus full time on playing football as their main business.
Highlighting about the Super League concept, the master brain behind the concept FFSL General Secretary, Jaswar Umar stated that “Super League is not just another competition, it is an industry we are building in Football Business. We are creating more than 350 jobs directly and creating business opportunities to many local entrepreneurs. Super League will also become another “entertainment sector’ for public and families” said Jaswar Umar.
The Super League is expected to kick off by November 2020 and will run for six months like European Football Season. All matches are to be played at Sugathadasa Stadium and once again fans will have an opportunity to witness and enjoy “Football Fever” every week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,which will add more glamour to the city of Colombo.
The participating clubs are-Defenders Sports Club, Renown Sports Club, Colombo Football Club, Blue Star Sports Club, Up Country Lions Sports Club, Red Star Sports Club, Sea Hawks Sports Club, Ratnam Sports Club, Blue Eagle Sports Club and New Young Football Club.