The Malta FA Executive Committee announced on Wednesday that it will be providing a post COVID-19 response package in order to aid football clubs in addressing the difficulties that arose due to the pandemic.
This financial package is worth a total of €1.4 million, including also other forms of assistance, not just financial aid.
This package was provided in order to ensure that clubs manage to overcome the current challenges that the domestic football landscape currently faces, as well as allowing clubs to properly prepare for the coming season.
Apart from the resources that the MFA itself has, it is also counting on the new FIFA Covid Relief Plan that was announced on June 25, allowing the MFA to provide around €540,000 to clubs in the form of direct financial grants.
The statement read that “Clubs which competed in the Premier League in 2019/20 will be given €15,000 each for a total of €210,000.”
The other divisions, as well as the Women’s and Futsal clubs will also be receiving a grant.
The association also allocated some of the funds to the nurseries, with 10% of the overall amount being “paid directly to club nurseries for youth development purposes.”
In the announcement, the MFA also stated that the financial package will also include “the confirmation of a number of schemes which will be applicable for season 2020/21.”
The first of these schemes is the Guaranteed Gate Income, which falls right under €300,000, which will be given as long as football activity is “allowed to resume normally with public attendance.”
The other schemes that were confirmed were the Development pot, a financial sum of €277,000 that rewards clubs for playing young players, the Pitch maintenance scheme, reaching €106,000, the Administrators’ Scheme, a €153,500 sum done to support full-time and part-time administrators of clubs, and lastly a subsidised subscription of €31,000 “to match data and analysis software” used in the top divisions next season.
A survey commissioned by the MFA itself found that early on in the pandemic, “each Premier League club lost an average of €114,200 over and above projected costs.”
This survey also found that Division One clubs lost an average of €53,120, Division Two clubs lost €43,600, and Division Three clubs lost €33,700, all very high numbers considering the income of the clubs.
The MFA announced that it would be ending the BOV Premier League prematurely on May 18, with Floriana FC being declared champions on May 25.
The other divisions were all ended beforehand on April 29, with them being reformed into new leagues, with the Second and Third Divisions being merged into the new National Amateur League.