Valletta FC appeal for rescheduling of decisive Youth League Section A match turned down

Valletta FC announced that a request to reschedule the decisive National Youth League Section A match against Mosta FC has been turned down.

Valletta and Mosta cross swords in a decisive clash at the Centenary Stadium on Monday, kick-off at 20:15. The clash would not only determine the winner of Section A but who would take the spot in the UEFA Youth League next season.

This would be the first time, Malta would be taking part in the UEFA Youth League following a change in the regulations of the competition.

“Valletta FC regrets to announce that despite the effort of officially communicating with the MFA our request for the consideration of the final and decisive match of the National Youth League between Valletta FC and Mosta FC has been rejected. This request stems from a scheduling conflict with a BOV Premier League Senior Match. Although the fixture for the National Youth League match had not yet been communicated, we felt it necessary to proactively address the potential clash.”

“Several players who have transitioned from playing with minors to securing spots in the first 11 of the seniors stand to benefit greatly from this opportunity, both for themselves and for the Club. Their hard work and dedication deserve recognition, and yet they are being denied the chance to participate with their team in the crucial final game of the National Youth League, which determines the league winners.”

“We, Valletta FC, have proposed alternative options such as scheduling the match after the conclusion of the BOV Premier League or considering a weekday fixture instead of a Monday (players are not allowed to play for 2 consecutive days after a seniors match) to accommodate both teams with their full squads available.”

“In light of these circumstances, we urge the MFA to prioritize the interests of both clubs, the players, and the integrity of the game by exercising common sense in scheduling the fixture. This approach would ensure fairness and uphold the spirit of sportsmanship that is fundamental to football.”

Meanwhile the Malta FA replied “Reference is made to media reports on the scheduling of the National Youth League Section A match between Valletta FC and Mosta FC on Monday 29th April 2024.”

“Youth League Section A matches are played on Monday evenings throughout the entire season with regulations in place that prohibit players who feature with the senior squad for more than 45 minutes during the preceding weekend from playing again with the Youth League team on Monday.”

“While the Association encourages the use of young players in senior teams in many ways, the scheduling of matches should not be called into question at this late stage of the season solely for competitive purposes.”

“Notwithstanding, the Malta FA has no objection to reschedule the match if both clubs are in agreement.”