CIFA offers amended season

Hurricane Ivan is responsible for many things; amongst them was the cancellation of the 2004-2005 CIFA football season and damage to football venues island wide. Players, officials and supporters had their lives turned inside out, and many are still suffering from the consequences. However, there is still a great passion for football in the Cayman Islands, and as agents for the growth, development and continued success of the sport in these islands CIFA offers members and players the opportunity to participate in a Mini Season during the first half of 2005.

This is not the first effort in the restoration of normalcy for our members and fans since the hurricane. The Department of Youth and Sports has organized and supported a district tournament in West Bay that will run until Sunday February 13th, 2005. Our congratulations go out to all those enthusiastic players and fans that took the time to get involved. The CIFA Mini Season aims to continue the good work started in West Bay and is scheduled for commencement mid February. Detailed notes will be sent to each club prior to the season’s commencement.

Regular football regulations will be relaxed to allow 11- a – side matches with 30-minute halves and up to 6 substitutes per game. Matches will be played during daylight hours. Residents of any nationality may be added to club rosters even if they are only in Cayman for hurricane relief duties.

CIFA has scheduled a tentative date of Saturday 12th February 2005 to kick-off the mini season which should close in late April. Meetings are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Two representatives from each club, including the coach, are being asked to attend each meeting.

Key dates:

Team registration meeting – Monday 17th January.

Player registration meeting – Monday 31st January.

Fixtures will be released before Ash Wednesday (February 9).

Contact the CIFA office at 949-5775 for further details.