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World Cup Qualifiers delay will benefit VI- BVIFA President

September 10th, 2020 | Tags: World Cup Qualifiers delay Andy Bickerton FIFA CONCACAF
Virgin Islands footballers in preparation for the now postponed World Cup Qualifiers. Photo: BVIFA/File
President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Mr Andy Bickerton has said the decision taken jointly by Concacaf and FIFA to delay the World Cup Qualifiers will prove to be beneficial to the National team. Photo: BVIFA
President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Mr Andy Bickerton has said the decision taken jointly by Concacaf and FIFA to delay the World Cup Qualifiers will prove to be beneficial to the National team. Photo: BVIFA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- According to President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Mr Andy Bickerton, the decision taken jointly by Concacaf and FIFA to delay the World Cup Qualifiers will prove to be beneficial to the National team.

Following discussions, Concacaf and FIFA agreed that the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will not be played in the match windows of October or November 2020, and will instead begin with the first round in the FIFA match window of March 2021.

‘Delay makes a lot of sense’- Bickerton

"From the FA's perspective the delay in the World Cup Qualifiers until March 2021 makes a lot of sense.” commented Bickerton “Hopefully by that time spectators will be able to attend the home matches and we will be able to bring all of our players together for preparation without facing the COVID quarantine regulations. Travel will have become more relaxed allowing the BVI to benefit from the economic effects of the Sports Tourism opportunity provided by the visit of the fans from Guatemala and Curacao."

Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision. Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.

Concacaf will now work with FIFA to finalise a new schedule, beginning with the first round in March 2021, which will be communicated in due course.

1 Response to “World Cup Qualifiers delay will benefit VI- BVIFA President”

  • whaaaa (10/09/2020, 08:57) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply

    BVIFA?? you have to be kidding.. that is not a BVI team.. that is a team with a couple BVI players and then made up of non BVI islanders, Andy's private team put together with BVIFA money, money that is budgeted for BVI but spent in the UK paying for players and UK coaches...
    GO BVI FOOTBALL PLAYERS.... NOT HIRED HANDS... IF WE CANT DO IT ON OUR OWN THEN DONT CREATE A FALSE IMPRESSION BY SPENDING MONEY TO FIX THE PROBLEM....
    WHOSE THE BVI COACH COACHING THIS TEAM???



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