Malta Football Association
Clubs to get UEFA compensation for national team call-ups
Jun 27, 2019
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Maltese clubs will shortly receive financial compensation from UEFA for players called up to the national squad for the group phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League and the current EURO 2020 qualifying campaign.

This was announced on Thursday afternoon by Malta FA General Secretary Dr Angelo Chetcuti during the Association's last Council Meeting prior to the 2019 Annual General Meeting.


The compensation scheme will cover 16 matches, 10 EURO 2020 qualifiers and six UEFA Nations League group matches played last year, with the amount expected to be in the region of €3,400 for every player call-up.


The first payment to clubs is expected to be made in January 2020.


Meanwhile, it was also announced on Thursday that Malta FA Technical Director Robert Gatt has informed the Association that he will be stepping down from his post on 30th July, 2019.


Gatt has occupied this post for the past eight years but believes the time is right for him to make way for a new appointee.




Malta FA President Norman Darmanin Demajo conveyed his gratitude to Robert Gatt for his work and dedication, telling the Council members: "Robert will be recognised for the sterling job he has done, fulfilling his duties with passion and always having football education and development of the youth sector at heart."


Another important news coming out of Thursday's Council meeting was the approval of the Executive Committee’s proposal to increase the Malta FA President’s term from three to four years.


Meanwhile, this was the last Malta FA Council Meeting for Darmanin Demajo at the helm after he had announced his decision not to seek another term as president a few months ago. His successor will be elected at the next Annual General Meeting taking place on 20th July, 2019.


“I feel humbled and honoured to have served the Association for the past nine years," Darmanin Demajo said.


“It has been an unforgettable journey in which I’ve made many football friends. It was always my pleasure to serve and strive for the good of Maltese football.”




Franz Tabone was announced as the second winner of this year’s President Award, joining Youth FA President Fr Hilary Tagliaferro who was presented with the same award during the MFA Awards night on May 24.


Darmanin Demajo hailed the contribution made by Tabone over the past eight years, saying that he raised the profile of the Integrity Officer's role and above all creating awareness about integrity issues in the game.


During Thursday's Council Meeting, the Council Members, club delegates and committee members of all the clubs and member associations were approved by the assembly.




The Malta FA has been granted the sum of €50,000 from UEFA for the refugees' inclusion programmes which are co-ordinated by the Association's Football Social Responsibility Department.


Another grant was awarded by the UEFA Foundation for Children for a project submitted by the Malta FA for a football facility to be developed at the St Joseph Institute in Santa Venera.


Other funds allocated to the Association include a National Disaster Grant following the inclement weather in February which caused significant damage to the facilities of several football clubs.


The request for financial assistance lodged by the Malta FA was partially accepted by UEFA through it National Disaster Fund. UEFA will provide 50 per cent of the amount requested with the Malta FA expected to be granted €193,000 that will be used to help the clubs repair the damages caused by the gale-force winds and storms on February 24.

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