Peripheral Communities in Senegal Faced with the Professionalization of Sport


The history of football shows today that this sport has undergone a strong evolution over the years, just as it has experienced continuous progress in its practice. Football has shifted from amateurism to professionalism. In Senegal, it became a reality from 2009 with the creation of a professional football league. However, thirteen years this professional sport has not developed throughout the territory. The peripheral areas in the south of Senegal are having difficulty embracing the more developed professionalization movement in the capital and nearby regions. The objective of this study is to consider the obstacles that prevent professional sport from developing in the southern and peripheral regions of Senegal. In particular, Identify the factors that block the development of qualified human resources in the field; Determine the effect of financial, material and organizational means on the evolution of football; Identify perspectives and possibly proposals that will lead to better performance in the future. The question is therefore: What are the constraints that hinder the development of professional football? The main hypothesis is that the challenges of professionalization are infrastructural and organizational. In reality, professional sport does not develop in peripheral communities due to multiple obstacles related to: infrastructure; financial and material resources; good sports policy; training structures for the junior category; and the absence of qualified high-level technicians.


Djibril Diouf
Lecturer, Sport Management, Cheikh Anta DIOP University, Senegal


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2023 Special Focus—The Impact of Professional Sport on Community


Constraints, Communities, Sport, Professionalization, Senegal

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