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Domestic women’s league met with positive response

Excitement building: Bermuda Football Association women’s football committee chairperson Charysse Bean (File photo)

The Bermuda Football Association’s 2022 Women’s League has been met by a positive response from the public.

This according to Charysse Bean, the BFA women’s committee chairwoman, who is encouraged by the initial interests shown towards the initiative.

“As per now we have had over 30 people who are interested, so we have a good response,” Bean told The Royal Gazette.

“At this point in time we have some club teams and some of the former players that have formed their own teams, so we will see what comes in by the next week or two and then go from there.

“We are trying to give them the field to make it happen, and are hoping to get at least six teams. That would be a good number for us to start with.”

Registration expires on March 31.

“We have until the end of March, so they still have a little bit of time to register,” Bean added.

The league is open to players 16 and older, who can register with a club team or individually, and will run from April to July.“Some of our women are overseas in school, so we are strategically planning it during that July period when they are home, to get a greater number of people participating,” Bean said.Fixtures will be contested under the lights at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence on Friday and Saturday nights, with the season to culminate with a tournament.

The league format will feature eleven-a-side matches played on a full-sized pitch.

“This will be the first time in a little while we have done eleven-a-side because we’ve done seven-a-side just to spark some interest and see what’s going before Covid hit,” Bean added.“We were going to do seven-a-side but they all said they wanted to play eleven-a-side, so that’s what we are going to shoot for.”Meanwhile, Bean said the BFA’s plans to expand their domestic women’s programme was dealt a crushing blow by the global coronavirus pandemic.

“We were planning to do more stuff and then Covid hit,” she said.

“The last time we did something was December 2019 when we had the Alicia Zuill Tournament and then Covid hit.

“We were supposed to do more in 2020 but once Covid hit, it put a damper to a lot of things. So now that we have established this girls league we are going to start ramping up.”

• For more details visit women@bermudafootball.com.

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Published March 05, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated March 04, 2022 at 11:15 pm)

Domestic women’s league met with positive response

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