Panaji: The Goa Football Association (GFA) has decided to write to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to allow I-League players in Goa to play 45 matches in the local league instead of the 40 stipulated last season.

Other decisions taken and resolutions adopted by GFA during its executive meeting on Friday include congratulating the management, coach, support staff and players of Salgaocar Sports Club for winning the I-league title and Sporting Clube de Goa for being promoted to the I-League 2011-12.

The committee also congratulated Dempo chief coach Armando Colaco for being appointed the chief coach of the national senior team, a GFA press release said.

Also, various recommendations made by the media committee and the youth development committee were accepted, the statement said.

It was decided to complete the preliminary rounds of all youth tournaments within a period of three months and the teams be divided into groups in such a way that they play a minimum of eight matches.

Whilst doing the groupings it was decided that the geographical location of the teams will be taken into consideration, it said.

The GFA's executive committee was informed that an instructor from the Football Federation of Australia will visit Goa to train coaches and instructors involved in coaching players below 12 years.

This programme will be in partnership and guidance of the Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP), the statement said.

It was also decided that the committee will promote football at the grassroots with the help of the Directorate of Sports Authority of Goa and the active involvement of affiliated clubs and civic bodies.

On the occasion, chairman of the Sweden-based women's football club UKFF, Erik Orring and FIFA Women's Football Consultant Bengt Roland Arnqvist made a presentation on opportunities for cooperation between the Swedish Club and GFA to develop women players, the statement said.

The GFA's next executive meeting will be held June 20.

(Agencies)