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2020-2021 season to commence in November


By George Osei

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced that the 2020-2021 season will commence in November following the decision of the Ghana government to give the green light for football to resume in the country.

Premier Division games are expected to start from Friday, November 13, 2020, with the Division One League scheduled to start on December 3, 2020. The Women’s Premier League has been fixed to start on January 2, 2021.

The 2019-20 season was cancelled following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic when the campaign in the topflight was less than halfway through the season.

A statement published on the GFA website said clubs will need to fulfil all Club Licensing Regulation requirements.

It further stated that on October 6, 2020, the Club Licensing Board is expected to begin inspection of venues and secretariat of clubs in the Premier, Division One and the Women’s Premier League. This will help affirm the decision to approve various centres submitted by the Clubs if they meet the criteria.

The Club Licensing Board has the responsibility of vetting the license application of the clubs to ensure compliance with legal, administrative, finance, technical, medical and security requirement of the GFA Club Licensing Regulation before issuing licenses to clubs. This should be submitted on or before October 5, 2020.

According to the GFA statement, clubs are to register their players at all levels for the new season to begin and it is expected to end on October 31, 2020.

The Premier League, Division One and the Women’s league clubs have up to midnight (23:59 GMT) of November 5, 2020, to submit the final list of their players and officials for the new season.

Another communique concerning Regional Football Association’s competitions, Beach soccer and Futsal would be issued in due course.

The Association will also issue COVID-19 protocols and Regulations in addition to the Guidelines from FIFA and CAF which were earlier sent to members.