The organisers of Pro Football League have vowed to hold the first season of the league before the end of year 2021 subject to the situation of Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisers have also announced that the inaugural season of the league is expected to kick off during the fourth quarter of 2021.
Haider Ali Daud, founder of Strawberry Sports Management, which had initiated the league, is very hopeful that the league will be a landmark event for the football clubs belonging to all parts of Pakistan. “Pro Football League will be a unique football league for Pakistan in many ways. We have brought together more than twenty leading and renowned football clubs from all parts of the country for the league,” Haider said.
“The format of the league will be open and the participating clubs will compete on round robin basis. After the conduct of a minimum of three seasons, the league will expand into two divisions along with mutually agreed promotion and relegation rules. In due course, we will build capacities of the constituent clubs, both on and off the field, to enable them to steer themselves in a self-reliant and sustainable manner.”
Owing to the prevalence of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the league managers believe that they will utilise this time to build technical capabilities of the clubs through coaching, training and mentoring, and their respective brand equity. “Covid-19 has hit every aspect of our lives, including sports. Without further delay, we are looking forward to kick off the development campaign for the participating clubs,” sources in the organisation said.
The league managers have also disclosed that the participating clubs hail from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.