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Timor Leste footy may rise again – All it needs is…YOU!
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, September 27 2014 @ 10:31 pm ACST

I'd love to hear that they find a sponsor and an Aussie team or players to go over and help them regularly.

But... they shouldn't need that to get the game started again. Aiming to get back to the glory days of having a national team compete overseas may be unrealistic in a struggling nation.

Wouldn't it be better if the 20 or so guys splits into 2 teams and trained once a week and played a 9-a-side game once a week? They then have the start of a league. If the guys are enthusiastic and know the basics then there's no reason why they can't organise and maintain that themselves.

If it's a success then over time they can spread the word and grow the league to be 4 teams, 6 teams, then go to 12 or 18-a-side if they want, and start to worry about sponsorship for expensive things like international travel.

Maybe I've got it wrong but it seems like an example of where going international so early for them might have taken their eye of what is really important - having a local league to play in and have fun and enjoy the sport and grow a community around it... that's what the game is all about for most of the tens of thousands of players in Australia, most of whom never travel or play for their country either.

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