The number of teams that should compete in the First Division of Venezuelan soccer has been a subject of endless debate. Throughout the history of professional football that began in 1957, championships have been organized with few or many teams, in all-against-all formats, divided into opening and closing tournaments, or into divisions to play a final hexagonal as happens. in this season.
Of the six currencies, all from the capital, from that first edition of the IND Cup, organized by the Major Football League in 57, there were 10 participants with the incorporation of teams from the province such as Anzoátegui, Aragua, Lara, Valencia and Zulia. Thus began, in the sixties, a progressive displacement of football towards the interior of the country that experienced its greatest splendor with the five titles achieved by Portuguesa, and the subsequent consolidation of Deportivo Táchira as the club with the most followers and successes. in the west of the country.
The new stadiums left by the 2007 Copa América forced the FVF to carry out a new expansion, in order to take advantage of these facilities. So from 10 teams in the 2006-07 season it went to 18 teams, thanks to the promotion of 8 currencies approved by the FVF. Of those 18 we have gone to 21 and next year they will be reduced to 19, by virtue of the recent resolution approved by the entity according to which there will be three demotions and one promotion to the second division.
The reality is that playing with 5 with 10 or with 21 teams, professional soccer in Venezuela remains unconsolidated, and even less amid the economic recession that affects the country. In that sense, playing 19 seems nonsense. The logical thing is that the tournament recovers parity and is played with 18 so that no competitor has a free week and the calendar is balanced, as it happens in all serious leagues in the world.
We understand that an agreement between the Futve League and the FVF left the decision on relegation to the latter, but in the future it should be the members of the professional league in assembly who make the decision on how many teams should participate. If the Professional League wants to contest its championship with 10, 18 or 20 teams, it must be an autonomous decision, attached to its regulations and sporting interests.
The number of clubs that compete, however, must be subject to their strict compliance with the Club License required by Conmebol. In this sense, the new directive of the FVF must put an end to the subterfuges of the teams to fail to fulfill their responsibilities and effectively assume their professional character. It is necessary to review the licenses granted in the recent past, carried out on a discretionary basis and for purely electoral purposes. How many teams complied with the Conmebol regulation to receive this good pro?
The FVF must establish a time limit for the clubs that function as non-profit civil associations to become public limited companies, with the purpose that they have the obligation to respond, with the assets of the company and its directors, for the contractual obligations and debts arising from its management.
Playing with more or less teams is not a guarantee of quality. A Professional League with 21, 19 or 18 teams will continue to function with the same organizational difficulties, marked by defaults and swallow clubs that appear and disappear, until the rules to participate in the championship are rigorous and strictly respected. The long-term solution is for the FVF and the Futve League to demand that the teams really professionalize.
Vinotinto Code of Conduct violates the exercise of journalism
The recent Code of Behavior that the Venezuelan Football Federation approved to govern the conduct of the players summoned to the different national teams seeks to take care of the image of Vinotinto. It is understood that the new directive wants to avoid the mishaps that occurred in the past, when the players of the national team used their accounts on social networks to establish positions, make claims and even request the resignation of the leaders through public statements.
From now on, the FVF prohibits footballers who make up national teams from publicly airing their discrepancies, under penalty of being fined or even being removed from the team. Players will also be prevented from being glued to cell phones, when they must attend talks, during meals or in the dressing room, as prohibited by Pep Guardiola in Manchester City.
But reviewing the code we run into another restriction. Players may not offer interviews to the media, without the approval of the FVF Communication Department, which is a violation of free access to sources and the right to information.
Who would have thought of including this article that violates the exercise of journalism?
Women's football must have autonomy in order to grow
Women's soccer has experienced exponential growth in Venezuela. There are more and more girls dedicated to kicking the ball and making a career out of the fields, as revealed by the number of players signed by foreign clubs, with Deyna Castellanos leading the way at Atlético de Madrid.
For this growth to evolve, an independent Women's Professional League is also needed, in which the teams that do support the players participate. It is a mistake to restrict participation only to female teams linked to First Division clubs, as just happened in the recent tournament won by the Yaracuyanos girls. Why was Flor de Patria or Atlético SC, the 2020 champion, prevented from playing? We must open the doors and welcome those who support the growth of women's football.