For two months, the computer systems of the French Football Federation have been suffering. And it might not work out!
After the many computer problems of the weekend, nothing worked out this morning. Many clubs were unable to upload attachments for license applications. “We had to upload medical certificates several times because they did not appear on the player’s fileexplains the president of a Parisian club. The problem is that if the file is not complete on Tuesday evening, the player will not be qualified to play on Sunday. »
Even if the Leagues try to do what is necessary to speed up the validation of licenses, many problems remain. Like that of registration for referee training by clubs, which has to be done manually in each regional body. The executive office of the Amateur Football League (LFA) had again alerted the FFF during its meeting on Monday, September 12, requesting an appointment with the management of IT services. The president of the LFA made a return by email this Tuesday to the presidents of League and District.
An IT transformation project started in 2018!
“The Foot 2000 and Foot Clubs applications, which still constitute our core IS, were designed 20 years ago on technologies which are now becoming obsolete.says Vincent Nolorgues. This results in more instability and a very limited ability to make changes. This is why the DSI has launched a major IS transformation project which consists of completely redeveloping existing applications in new technologies and reviewing their hosting method. »
A transformation project started in 2018 and spanning several years. “We are now in the middle of this project which will ultimately bring much more stability, and allow more flexibility in the management of changesspecifies the president of the LFA. Although the Federation puts the human and financial resources into it, this type of transformation presents technical risks that the DSI tries to limit on a daily basis through project methodology, training, support for change and the choice of new IT providers. »
A big bug to predict the 1er and October 2?
The problems are therefore likely to persist for some time and even increase in the weeks to come with the multiplication of matches. “We all have a big fear for the weekend of the 1er and October 2 with the resumption of all youth championships throughout the territorysays a regional elected official in charge of competitions. The servers might not support this load when we already see the problems encountered at the start of the season. » Indeed, nearly 20,000 matches will be played that weekend.
And then the clubs are forced to use several applications. “We have the FMI app (computerized match sheet, editor’s note), Club Portal, Footclubs and companion Footclubs with boxes to check or uncheck depending on the user, it’s really a messconcedes the president of a Burgundy Franche Comté club. I know that clubs have had problems with this in the Coupe de France. » At the computer level, it is also “my Fed will crack” !
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At the IT level, it is also “my Fed will crack”
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