The Turkish Football Association (TFF) has unveiled a four-year strategic plan, with new coach Guus Hiddink outlining the goals of the national team and TFF president Mahmut Özgener confident of delivering progress on and off the field.
The strategic plan contains targets across 11 areas, starting with national teams qualifying for the final rounds of all competitions for which they are eligible.
"This is our federation's first strategic plan since it was founded in 1923 and we are confident we can improve Turkish football on both a sporting and a financial level by 2013," said Mahmut Özgener. "We have designed a firm infrastructure for the Turkish game and a plan that will function as a guide for our federation."
In terms of elite player development, 15 appointed clubs will upgrade their youth programmes, with coach education centres across the country being expanded four-fold and coaching offered to about 12,000 talented ten to 12-year-olds. For women's football, the blueprint will bid to increase grassroots participation from 5,000 to 75,000 and expand the number of clubs to 100 from the current 45. The ambition is to have 6,000 registered players where now there are 1,300.
Targets in grassroots and amateur football are for a rise in registered players from 320,000 to one million. In refereeing, the aim is to raise numbers from 6,500 to 15,000 and to have at least three officials in UEFA's elite and premier categories.
In coaching, licences are to conform to UEFA standards by 2013/14, and financially the goal is a 40% budget increase by 2013 as well as to have sponsors for all national and regional competitions. Communication targets demand a 10% growth on 14 million visitors to the TFF website and to reach one million registered users.
The association will also work to build new five stadiums and so to have six in UEFA's elite category; to expand Super League attendances by 30%; and to ensure clubs in the top two divisions have a UEFA licence by the 2011/12 season and from there to implement three-year strategic plans.
Organisational ambitions, meanwhile, hinge on a seven-year plan for hosting international tournaments, meetings and other football-related events, including at least three UEFA or FIFA finals and one congress.
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