BFA gives May 31 deadline to complete season
The Bermuda Football Association's executive council met on Tuesday to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and the continued impact on the end of the 2019-20 season.
The executive council considered all relevant information inclusive of venue availability, player safety, scheduling, competition rules etc. “Soft” plans were developed for several scenarios that could impact football. It was decided that as a result of the pandemic and all known information, the following will be undertaken for this season:
1, The season inclusive of all leagues — Premier Division, First Division and Youth — the FA Cup Final and Youth KO Cup Finals must be completed by May 31
2, Clubs will be notified by no later than May 17 whether matches will proceed and which matches will be played per above, which will give two weeks of training and match preparation
3, Should the Government declare that it is still unsafe to resume sporting and other community activities, the executive council will communicate the plans to address bringing the 2019-20 season to a close
4, In the event that the Government takes the decision to reopen the island and allow the playing of sporting and other community events sooner, the executive council will advise when football will resume, but will still provide the two-week period of training and match preparation
5, The Player Release Period will not be impacted by any of the above decisions, as the deadline will remain July 15. This will be further communicated once a decision is taken on completing the season
The executive council recognises that we are in a very unfamiliar period in the history of Bermuda and the world generally. Continue to observe and instil the health and safety protocols established by our government and health authorities.