VOA Sandlanders (Liberia)
League: Liberian Division 3
Home: Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS)
The VOA Sports Club was established in November 2007 to promote football and youth development in Monrovia. The club is based in the Dewazon area of Liberia’s capital city (taking its name from the Voice of America radio station which used to be based in the area) and has had a strong community focus since its inception. Please see more on the history of Dewazon on our Community page.
From VOA’s early days, meetings have been organised by the club in an effort to kick start community involvement in its development. While local supporters are very enthusiastic, they are less able to provide financial assistance – GDP per capita in Liberia is the 2nd lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa. In early 2010, VOA Sports Club established a local co-operative to run and manage the club. The co-operative became a member of the Sandlanders network in December 2010, and in the process changed its name to VOA Sandlanders FC.
In Liberia today, soccer, and sport in general, has become an important vehicle for the promotion of national unity and the projection of a more positive country image. VOA Sandlanders intends to contribute meaningfully to this endeavour and to promote strength, unity and reconciliation within the community.
On the pitch, VOA Sports Club last season participated in the Liberian Division 3 league at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and had an impressive record over 16 games: winning 14, drawing 1 and losing 1. However, despite these stellar league results, VOA’s loss in the promotion play-offs meant the club was not able to grab one of the available slots in Liberia’s Division 2.
Liberia’s 3 main national leagues are the Premiership, Division 1 and Division 2 (with 20, 17 and 15 teams, respectively) and qualifying for Division 2 would represent a big achievement for a young club. Our Division 3 games are normally played during the morning hours at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with Premiership, Division 1 and Division 2 games usually played in the afternoon, evening and night hours respectively at the same stadium.
We hope that members will be impressed by the standard of the game in Liberia as we set about developing a strong local football club. VOA training sessions (in keeping with one of our aims to act as a sports club for the community) usually feature more than 100 players and the main squad is made up of 35 players.
Our current season is just underway and VOA have 4 points after the first 2 games. Full fixtures and table updates will be posted shortly in the News area. We will also publish pictures, video and reports throughout the season to keep members updated.
Annual Budget: $7,900
Infrastructure: Rented training pitch
Squad Size: 35
Co-operative Members: 10
Associate Co-operative Members: 0