Malta Football Association
Malta FA to introduce new data management system
May 23, 2018
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Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the Malta FA General Secretary
Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the Malta FA General Secretary

  • Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the Malta FA General Secretary

The Malta Football Association is introducing a new football management system which will significantly change and facilitate the way the Association and the major stakeholders in local football input and manage data.

COMET is an integrated application system that aggregates the principal business processes and data of sports organisations.


At the Malta FA Council meeting held on Tuesday, General Secretary Dr Angelo Chetcuti gave a detailed overview of the features and benefits of COMET.


 The first phase of implementation of this new system is scheduled to begin at the start of season 2018-19.


Processes like the registration of players, coaches, referees, management of competitions, disciplinary matters, player records, fixtures, line-ups and accreditations will all be managed through COMET.


Dr Chetcuti explained that, for the past few months, COMET representatives have been adapting certain features of the system to cater for the needs and realities of Maltese football.


Furthermore, the existing data on the Malta FA’s current system is being migrated to the new platform while informative sessions with a number of stakeholders, including representatives of the Maltese clubs competing in the 2018-19 UEFA competitions, have already been held.



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