“The challenges presented by postponements to the football calendar, and the incomplete FIFA rankings cycle in our confederation, means our current World Cup Qualifying process has been compromised and will be changed. We will now work with the new framework provided and liaise with FIFA to finalize a new World Cup Qualification format for the CONCACAF region”We will also work with our stakeholders to reorganize the CONCACAF Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers (originally scheduled for March and June 2020), the Concacaf Nations League Finals (originally scheduled for June 2020) and a range of other suspended competitions.”A further update on World Cup Qualifying and other CONCACAF men’s international competitions will be provided in the coming weeks. We will also continue to work with FIFA and the other Confederations on the international match calendar process for women’s football to ensure we are well placed to support the return of the international women’s game as soon as possible.” The start of World Cup qualifying was set for that window, with the Hexagonal set to kickoff during that period with the top six teams per the FIFA rankings.With the coronavirus continuing to hit hard across parts of North America, CONCACAF will now be forced to alter plans in the run up to the 2022 World Cup.”CONCACAF welcomes the decisions made by FIFA regarding the men’s and women’s international match calendars,” the federation said in a statement. “Many of our Member Associations and their communities continue to face significant challenges due to COVID-19 and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”The rescheduling of competitions, and agreements on new international match dates, provide some encouragement across the football world and enable Concacaf to progress our planning to resume men’s and women’s international football when it is safe to do so.”The federation had been preparing for this to happen for some time, with CONCACAF discussing the uncertainty surrounding World Cup qualifying since the outbreak of the coronavirus.CONCACAF still intends to hold the finals for the federation’s inaugural Nations League as well, adding another complication to scheduling going forward.Without an international break since February due to the cancellations of the March and June windows, the next opportunity to take the field would be in October if all goes to plan.FIFA has helped matters a bit by pushing back the start of the from March 2022 to June 2022 while lengthening the June 2021 window by one week, CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying campaign will look different this time around after FIFA confirmed that the September international window has been cancelled.FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the September window would not go ahead for federations outside of Europe and South America.
A batch of young footballers has benefited from some much-needed capacity-building sessions, which are sure to improve their game play.Two players go through an exercise administered by GFF PRO Debra Francis while their teammates watch onThe participants of the sessions were the male and female youth teams, which recently wrapped up national encampment at the Leonora Track and Field facility. The interactive sessions, which were held over the course of July 11 and July 12, were facilitated by Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Head of Refereeing Department, Stanley Lancaster and Communications and Public Relations Officer (PRO) Debra Francis, and were focused on the laws of the game and interacting with the media.According to Lancaster, the laws of the game discussion focused on explaining same in an age-appropriate manner to the group. Emphasis was placed on the laws applicable to the age group: “We explained Laws 4-12, which address a cross-section of issues, including player kit; ball in and out of play; determining the outcome of the match; the principle governing offside, fouls and misconduct; the importance of discipline on the pitch, and procedure for kicks from the penalty mark. The law relative to the functions of the goalkeeper was also explained.”Francis, in her interactive session, addressed areas relative to being a guest on a media interview: how to introduce oneself, the art of the handshake, dress, responding to questions, posture and concluding the interview. She underscored the importance of national players having the skill to effectively engage the media. “As national players, you will be required to engage the media in the form of an in-studio or field interview and it is the Federation’s responsibility to ensure we equip you with the essential skills to effectively represent yourself, Club, Association, Federation and, by extension, the country. These skills are transferable and thus can be used for public speaking and/or interaction,” Francis stressed.The youngsters are currently in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys U-14 Challenge Trophy from August 2-12 in Curaçao and the CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship from August 6-13 at the IMG Academy, Florida, USA respectively.Guyana are one of five countries placed in Group C of the CFU Boys U-14 Challenge Trophy along with Curaçao, Bonaire, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba while the U-15 Girls have been placed in Group E with The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and St Lucia.Guyana are scheduled to play their first match in the U-15 Championship against St Lucia on August 6 at 11:00h, followed by Cayman Islands on August 7 at 09:00h and The Bahamas on August 9 at 11:00h. The play-offs will begin on August 10, following the group qualifiers, with the finals set for August 13 at 11:00h.In the meantime, the participants are awaiting the shortlisting of the squads that will be encamped from July 22-26 and July 29-August 1.