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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2021. 7:31 pm CST.

Photo Credit: FFB
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The National Amateur Women’s League is set to kick-off its national championship once it gets the blessing from Government.

“We are ready to start our tournament once we receive the green light from the Government,” said Women’s Football Director Iris Centeno.

“It is exciting news. We’re trying our best to get football back on track and get our girls active. As you know, many use football to stay healthy, as a stress reliever. We’re hoping that the Government gives us the green light, so we go back on the field and do what we love so much.”

Twelve teams will be competing in the upcoming tournament said Centeno.

Up to now, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has already had two meetings to prepare for the kick-off of the National Amateur Women’s League.

The FFB said today that on Saturday, Centeno, Technical Director Philip Marin, Competitions Director Rafael Avila, and Referee Director Eugene Contreras had their first face-to-face meeting with NAWL team managers.

They discussed the start of the NAWL championship, including the COVID-19 protocols that have been stipulated by the Government.

Before Saturday’s meeting, the team had an online orientation meeting with the managers who were tasked with gathering players’ COVID-19 vaccination data by Thursday, August 26. That information plus the COVID-19 protocols that the FFB has put in place for the competition will be presented to the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Friday.

Centeno said the FFB is working in tandem with the government in getting all the players and staff vaccinated.

The FFB has approved the NAWL plan and will finance all transportation expenses for the 12 teams that will be participating in the competition.

“Previously, we always assisted with 50%,” Centeno said

“This time it’s 100% plus equipment, plus security. Thanks to the National Sports Council of Belize, we’ll having the stadiums free of charge so that our teams can use them. The FFB is also covering the fees for match commissioner, referees, security, and so forth.”

Centeno said that the FFB has also provided the teams with $400 jerseys assistance, sports equipment, and free registration.

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