Liberia: Major Football Activities Could Soon Resume


Major football activities could soon resume across the country following a declaration from the Ministry of Health with a revised set of health regulations to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Announcing the revised health regulations on Wednesday, July 22, Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah said large gatherings including sporting events are allowed provided persons in attendance follow the health protocols.

Major footballing activities across the country have been suspended since March 17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to LFA Communications Director, Danesius Marteh, prior to the announcement of the revised health regulations by health authorities, the football body has been planning series of off-season competitions, including district league while awaiting authorization from health authorities.

Director Marteh also disclosed the FA recently wrote health authorities through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, requesting guidelines and health protocols ahead of preparation for its upcoming international matches.

CAF recently released new dates for the First Round of the U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers and a plan to guide Member Associations on the restart of football activities on the continent admits the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liberia is expected to host Cameroon U-20 women’s national team between September 3-5, 2020, in the first leg of the U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, while the senior male national team is expected to play their first match in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in October.

With the recent decision from the government to allow sporting events to go on, the Executive Committee of the FA is expected to reconvene a meeting to lift the suspension placed on football activities on March 17, 2020.

This means teams could anytime soon receive an approval from the FA to resume football activities ahead of the official league season slated for October.