HANOI (5 Nov 2011) – Officials of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and owners of the top-tier V-League and second-tier First Division clubs will meet to settle differences over the model of a company that will manage the two leagues.
VFF vice chairman Pham Ngoc Vien Tuesday said club owners want a joint stock company but the federation and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism want it to be a limited liability company.
“To settle the differences, we will hold a seminar before the annual meeting. We will invite all the clubs to visit Japan Football Association (JFA) and the Korea Football Association from 10-16 November 2011.”
According to Vien, the company that takes care of organizing the Japanese league is not a joint stock company. The clubs pay life-time membership fees and annual fees rather than buy shares.
Vien said JFA spends the money doing business activities but distributes the profits to clubs rather than taking the profits for themselves.
JFA gets 3% of the ticket sales from the clubs. The Japanese government provides full financial support for the country’s national teams.
Apart from J-League, JFA are entitled to organize other activities, like the friendly match with Vietnam.
According to Vien, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) suggest that football associations or federations in Asia adopt the Japanese model.
Vien said, “VFF is not afraid that the clubs will control everything, but the federation wants to prevent all the possible negative activities. If it is a joint stock company, the company, pursuant to the commercial law, has the right to issue shares on the stock market.
“We are afraid that some organizations and individuals will buy shares at the clubs at high prices and control the leagues. That would be too risky. When making plans for this company (to be established), VFF want limited activities from the beginning to prevent the worst possible problems.”
The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) this week had submitted documents proposing establishment of the Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF) to concerned agencies for approval.
The company’s trading name will be V-League Joint Stock Company (V.JSC). It will be independent from VFF but will operate in accordance with rules set by the VFF for football competitions.
Speaking to Thanh Nien, VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy said that the company’s Articles of Association will be completed soon. Commercially, it will operate in compliance with the Commercial Law while matters related to football will be done in accordance with regulations on professional football, he said.
“We will consider the company as part of VFF but it is just like other football federations of cities and provinces in the country. It is not right under the control of VFF, yet it must comply with regulations set by VFF.
“We should no longer argue about this issue because the company will certainly be established to bring benefits to Vietnamese football as a whole rather than for the benefit of any individuals or club owners.”
Hy said VFF will not be involved in decision-making regarding commercial issues, but the federation will have the right to make decisions on issues related to football.
“VFF is not the manager of the company but the company will abide by legal documents prepared by VFF as well as other international football rules,” he said.
According to Hy, the company’s Board of Directors will consist of nine members – three VFF officials, four representatives of top-tier V-League clubs, one representative of second-tier First Division clubs and one public individual (an attorney).
He said the issue of personnel will be the main issue at the first General Meeting expected to take place before the kick-off of the 2012 season in early January.
“First, we must wait for approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and we must have a license for operation.
“The organizational structure of the company will also need to be approved at the annual General Meeting on the 4th of November,” Hy said.