Women’s football league set for highly anticipated kick-off
The anticipated launch of the 2022 Women’s Football League is set for tomorrow evening at the BFA field with a double-header starting at 6.30pm.
Six teams have come forward to be a part of the new league, Dandy Stars, Footy Queens, PHC, Somerset Cricket Club, St George’s Cricket Club and Young Men’s Social Club, as the BFA women’s committee puts the final touches to the relaunching of women’s football domestically.
“The Women’s Committee is excited to start back up the Women’s Football League,” said Charryse Bean, chairwoman of the Women’s Committee.
“We strategically planned for this to happen at this very time and are grateful for all who trusted the process in this development.
“As the six teams take the field this weekend, we want to first take a moment to remember the players of the past and then look forward to the bright future of women’s football in Bermuda.”
The league will kick off tomorrow at the BFA Field with PHC taking on YMSC in the season opener followed by Footy Queens v Dandy Stars at 8pm.
Matches will be played on Fridays and Saturdays, with the BFA Field the venue for the first month before Goose Gosling Field and Berkeley School field also come on as additional venues as they look to stage games in conjunction with the under-23 men’s league.
The season will run until July 16 with each team playing the others twice, ten matches in total.
“The girls are very much excited and ready to play,” Bean added.
She also revealed that stages of the season during the summer were to enable college players to be involved once they return. Some older players are also getting involved in the league to bring experience to the teams.
“We have a large amount of players overseas in school and we figured this will be a better time, plus with netball finished and all the other sports that women like to participate in, this was the best time to have it,” Bean said.“We have six teams with a roster size of 23 per team. Somerset have a good bit of the older national team players and Dandy Stars a good bit of the younger national team players”
Ebonie Cox is playing for Footy Queens, who will also have college players Nia Christopher and LeiLanni Nesbeth registered for them, along with former national team player Dominique Richardson.
Chevonne Furbert, another former national team player, will coach Footy Queens along with Cheyra Bell.
Dandy Stars will have Shonte Campbell as their head coach and have a mixture of under-20 players and some more senior players like Jenae Edness.
Young Men’s Social Club have Nicole Jones, a former national team player signed for them, along with Precious Smith.
PHC Lady Zebras will be coached by Omar Shakir and have national teams players like Delia Ebbin and Taznae Fubler as well as some younger players.
Danvers Seymour Jr will coach Somerset and will have in his squad national team players like Victoria Davis and Eva Frazzoni.
St George’s will have Jeremy Salaam and Jibri Salaam as their coaches and players like former national team player Tianna Mullen and Stacy Babb, a former national team player and present referee.
“We’ll look to get a good three months in and then probably during the regular season when the men start back up, doing some indoor games with the group of women who are still here,” Bean explained.
“It was a plan, definitely wasn’t something that came out of the blue, we had to work up to it.
“The girls had an under-17 league for its first year so it was a natural progression that the next thing was the women’s league.”
The last time a women’s league was played was in the mid-2000s when the likes of Charryse Bean and Shaquita Parson, now giving back to the game as administrators, and Naquita Robinson, the Bermuda coach, were active as players.