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Laigle takes seat at head of FCF

The 43-year-old received a large majority of the support beating off five other candidates, with Jean-Paul Salvatore his closest rival.
OFC President David Chung congratulated Laigle on his new role as President of FCF.
“I would like to congratulate Steeve Laigle on his election to the position of President of FCF ahead of a number of quality candidates,” Chung says.
“He has made a strong commitment to the development of football in all its forms and I believe New Caledonia is in good hands with Steeve at the helm.”
Laigle is a former defender turned goalkeeper, and played most of his football with Auteuil in Grand Nouméa. He has been a member of the FCF Federal Council for the past year and presides over the Futsal Committee.
His relationship to the five-a-side discipline has seen him working with New Caledonia’s national futsal team as an assistant coach to William Bret for the past few years.
Koné-based Laigle campaigned on change and a focus on the diverse disciplines of football including futsal and beach soccer. He also aims to increase female participation in the game by offering more opportunities to women, as well as grassroots and youth football.
Laigle says the federation’s finances are a key priority, as are the regulations.
“Today, they aren’t geographically adaptable. We need to understand the specificities of each territory,” Laigle says.
“It’s a lot easier to have youth teams in Nouméa than in the North, where the tribes are often quite a distance apart. Creating teams in the U-16 category is complicated.”
He extends that overview to the national league, the Super Ligue, where he says he is not against point penalties however believes they should once again be adaptable to the demographic specificities of each province.
Most of all Laigle says opening up the dialogue between the Federation and the Provincial Committees will go a long way to improving football governance in New Caledonia.
Joining Laigle on the FCF Federal Council are First Vice-President Egard Cureau representing the Southern Province and Second Vice-President Jules Hmuen representing the Loyalty Islands.
The FCF Federal Council Members for the next four years are; Adrien Apikaoua, Martin Maouma, Michel Clarque, Joseph Hmaen and Richard Meandu.
They are joined by Martine Sanele who is the first representative elected to the designated women’s seat on the FCF Federal Council.

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