Clubs voted 11-10 to end football season
Despite Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, expressing the Government’s support for the return of football, the member clubs voted 11-10 with one abstention to end the season.
After Monday night’s special Congress meeting, the Bermuda Football Association issued a statement yesterday confirming that the season, which has not seen any play since December 5, will end.
Mark Wade, the president, reminded delegates that the BFA executive council spent several months in discussion with the Government through the departments of health, youth, sport and recreation, and national security.
Wade also pointed out that the BFA was “fully prepared to proceed with the resumption of football after being granted permission to enter Stage 4 of the Return to Play guidelines and granted a large group exemption by the Ministry of National Security.”
The sports minister was in attendance at the special Congress meeting, which was held virtually, when a motion from the floor was made and the decision was narrowly passed to end the season. Another vote to void the 2020-21 season was also passed; however, all completed competitions will stand.
Southampton Rangers remain the champions of the Charity Cup, after defeating league champions North Village 4-0 in the season’s opening game last September. Devonshire Cougars will remain champions of the Dudley Eve Trophy after they beat Dandy Town 2-1 in the final on November 11.
The Youth Committee has confirmed that all youth football for players under the age of 11 has also been cancelled. As directed by Congress, youth football at under-13, under-15 and under-17 levels will proceed with round-robin tournaments to determine their champions.
The Women’s Committee has also confirmed that, as directed by Congress, the All-Girls’ League will proceed with round-robin tournaments at all age groups to determine champions.
Member clubs were also advised of the next edition of club licensing, which, under Fifa and Concacaf, aims to strengthen the administrative, operational and future developments of all clubs.