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Women’s Football League launches this month-end

Women’s football will take centre stage from October 31, 2020, when the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) kicks off its Women’s League on October 31, 2020. Photo: BVIFA/File
The Women's Football League follows the highly successful Women’s Festival Cup and the increasingly popular National Team training programmes both on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Photo: BVIFA/File
The Women's Football League follows the highly successful Women’s Festival Cup and the increasingly popular National Team training programmes both on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Photo: BVIFA/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Women’s football will take centre stage from October 31, 2020, when the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) kicks off its Women’s League on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

This follows the highly successful Women’s Festival Cup and the increasingly popular National Team training programmes both on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Floods, storms and pandemics may mean it is almost four years since the Ballstars were crowned “Champions” after seeing off the challenge of the youngsters from VG United, but it will now be the turn of the next generation to spearhead the resurgence of the Women’s game.

Women’s football ‘heading in right direction’

Just this past weekend, the likes of Ariel Mohammed, Darci Reich and Tinia Van Zoost- all products of the BVIFA Schools Programme- took centre stage as the National Players took part in a training session and practice match.

“The future is looking great,” commented Wayne Phillip, who is in charge of the programme, along with Anna French of Virgin Gorda.

“The energy and the interest coming from the Girls proves we are heading in the right direction and it is definitely exciting times.”

In the match, Team Mohammed beat Team Van Zoost 3-1 on goals from Reich (2) and Morgan Creque, whilst Kezia Gumbs was also on the scoresheet.

Although some of the more experienced players are still around to mentor the youngsters and challenge them to become even better, according to Phillip, 70% of the players are under 19.

Whilst the National Team squad training takes place three times a week, the BVIFA’s plans will bring a competitive atmosphere to supplement the work of Phillips and French.

Registration continues

Each of the teams participating will be affiliated to a member club of the BVIFA and must include a qualified Coach. They ideally will play in the same colours as the parent club and all players will be registered with the BVIFA.

Initially, the games will be 5-a-side and takes place to coincide with Men’s games on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Four teams have already completed the Registration process; The Wolues, Avengers, Panthers and VG United.

The other clubs are putting together rosters and any females still not signed are encouraged to seek out a club or contact the BVIFA Office.

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