The Bermuda Football Association is in a race against the clock. They must finalize the requirements of the Bermuda Government to get back to CONCACAF outlining the country’s Covid-19 protocols for Bermuda’s World Cup Qualifier against Aruba on March 30th in Bermuda. And ultimately decide whether Bermuda will play its match against Aruba at the National Sports Center in a neutral country similar to other countries in our region.
Bermuda is due to play Canada in Canada on March 25th, but as reported by www.islandstats.com earlier this week, that match may be played at a neutral site due to pandemic-related restrictions.
The road to the World Cup qualifier has been less than ideal over the past year due to covid19. Several national players have not been playing competitively as local leagues, and most recently some English leagues, have been inactive.
One of FIFA’s latest rules may also prevent Bermuda from including some of its foreign-based players for the qualifier.
FIFA allows clubs to prevent their players from traveling for national duty where quarantine is required for five days or more.