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BFA Statutes Get An Upgrade

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The Barbados Football Association (BFA) is well on its way to modernizing its statutes with the help of officials from FIFA and Concacaf, and by next month should be able to adopt the new regulation.  

Over the last week, officials from the football governing bodies were on island to assist the BFA’s management, Executive Board, and member clubs in accordance with the standards and regulations as outlined by the two football administration bodies.

FIFA’s MA Governance Services Manager Sofia Malizia, and One Concacaf & Caribbean Projects Senior Manager at Concacaf Howard McIntosh, spent three days conducting the review process and informing members of the major changes proposed in the new statutes at the BFA's Wildey headquarters.

Malizia and McIntosh were on a two-country trip, arriving from the Bahamas, as part of a process to conduct a comprehensive review of all the statutes of the 211 Member Associations of FIFA.

McIntosh, who is no stranger to the island, noted the timeline was a bit of a constraint but said he was of the view that the statutes could be adopted in March at the next congress.

“This will allow the BFA to address some key areas, and Concacaf will continue to work with the Barbados FA on implementing the more pertinent areas. Our delegation is leaving feeling positive about the governance of the BFA and football in Barbados,” he said.

BFA’s president Randy Harris noted the process started about 18 months ago and said they were hoping to have the process finished already, but COVID-19 slowed the process.  

“COVID prevented the delegation from coming to Barbados sooner. We are happy the situation has allowed for them to travel and conduct this very important exercise which will see a significant improvement in our governance structure,” he said.

Malizia said strong statutes were the foundation to good governance and meant an organization was strong. While acknowledging that some of the proposed changes would take time to be implemented, she indicated that FIFA and Concacaf would be continuing to work with the Association to finalize the process.

“We are happy that the Association worked with us to foster the governance of FIFA and to suit these modern times. We are optimistic about the confidence shown by the members and the council in support of the changes,” she said.

Meanwhile, Victor Sobers, vice president of Ellerton FC said the process was very informative and encouraging.

“I embrace the ideas which were put forward. They seem to have the operations of the BFA and by extension the clubs’ interest at heart,” he said. 

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