Rangers up for Charity Cup
North Village and Southampton Rangers will meet for the first piece of silverware up for grabs in the upcoming football season.
Village, the Premier Division champions, will meet Friendship Trophy champions Rangers in the traditional season-opening Charity Cup at a venue and date yet to be confirmed.
The Charity Cup is normally contested between the league and FA Cup champions.
However, as the FA Cup Final between holders Robin Hood and Village was not played after last season was cut short because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Rangers were given the nod instead as per competition rules.
“Because there was no FA Cup champion this year we’re going with regulations which states that the winner of the Friendship Trophy should now be the opponent for the league champions,” said Shannon Burgess, the Bermuda Football Association competition committee chairman.
As for the start of the campaign, the Burgess said: “We haven’t confirmed when we will be starting. Obviously cricket got special dispensation and protocols in place to play matches and we are still working on what that could potentially look like with football. But the Charity Cup will kick off the season when we do determine it’s safe to start.”
Meanwhile, Mark Wade, the BFA president, said the association are “proceeding with plans for the season to commence the first week of September”.
He added: “This includes creating the schedule and match protocols associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“All clubs have commenced pre-season training and the BFA have provided them with return to training guidelines to assist them managing through preseason training.”
The BFA concluded the 2019-20 season after determining that it would not be possible to complete remaining matches by the May 31 deadline because of shelter in place protocols at the time.
Village were crowned Premier Division champions and Colts and St George’s designated as joint champions of the First Division.
Boulevard were relegated to the First Division with the BFA also confirming that three teams will be relegated at the end of the 2020-21 season.
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