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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Bermuda's U17 CONCACAF Draw Live

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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-17 Championship official draw to sort the participating teams into the groups for the qualifying stage and group stage of the final competition.

Bermuda have been drawn in Group E alongside Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad.

Bermuda open their campaign against Trinidad and Tobago on May 1st at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida.

Bermuda will then tackle Mexico on May 3rd and Jamaica on May 5threspectively.

 
 
Monday, February 18, 2019
BFCA Team Up with Black Rock

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The Bermuda Football Coaches Association (BFCA) hosted an information presentation featuring Jon Moodey from Black Rock FC at the CedarBridge Academy.

Moodey spoke to the parents and players attending about the benefits and opportunities available for student athletes to attend prep school programs in the New England area.

Black Rock FC partners with over 35 prestigious boarding schools, helping to identify prospective students, and provides year round development and college recruitment for soccer players. Black Rock has established their own residential program at Northampton School and will be expanding to another location at High Mowing School for 2019.

Moodey has worked with outstanding Bermudian footballers Zeiko Lewis, Justin Donawa and Ahria Simons during his previous tenure as the head coach at Berkshire School.

Lewis was recruited to Boston College, while Donawa and Simons both went on to attend Dartmouth College. Lewis and Donawa were both drafted by the MLS following graduation from college.

In addition to hearing from Moodey, the attendees were able to hear from parents whose children are currently participating with Black Rock FC while enrolled at their prep schools. They were also able to hear directly from Donawa on his experiences, and the positive impact of attending Berkshire School and participating in the Black Rock FC program.

Moodey will be on island through Tuesday, and will be attending National Academy training sessions on Monday to view the player pool. Those interested to learn more about Black Rock FC can visit their website: https://www.blackrockfc.org/

Interested parents and student-athletes can reach Jon directly at jmoodey@blackrockfc.org.

 
 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Bermuda's U17 Boy's CONCACAF Dates Announced

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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced the host venue and dates for the 2019 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. The redesigned competition will be the largest CONCACAF Under-17 tournament ever.

The Men’s World Cup qualifying competition, to be hosted at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, will be disputed in three rounds. The first-round qualifiers will take place March 16th – 24th and April 1st – 9th, while the Final Championship – group stage and knockout stage, will take place May 1st – 16th.

“We are very excited to announce the expansion and redesign of the 2019 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “This new format will fuel the growth of football in the region, by allowing all our members to compete at a higher level, while maximizing the opportunities for young players to gain valuable experience on and off the field.”

Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship, the new centralized competition will ensure that all participating teams have an opportunity to play more top-level football matches in a single location.

The competition will kick off on March 16th, with the qualifiers. For this initial stage, the lowest-ranked 19 teams, based on the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Ranking as of May 2017, will be divided into four groups. After round-robin play, the top finisher in each group will advance to the knockout stage of the final competition.

The Final Championship will begin with a group stage, in which the top-ranked 16 participating teams, based on the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Ranking as of May 2017, will be divided into four groups. After Round-Robin play, the top three finishers in each of the groups will join the winners of Groups A, B, C and D from the Qualifiers in the Round of 16.

The knockout stage of the competition - round of 16, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final - will be played in its entirety in a single match elimination format, with the Semi-Finalists automatically Qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru.

The participating Member Associations for the 2019 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship are (in alphabetical order): Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States and US Virgin Islands.

An official draw to sort the participating teams into the groups for the qualifying stage and group stage of the final competition will take place Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 11:00am, at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Rickards' Futsal Development Camp

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Coach Peter Rickards popular Futsal Skills Development Camp came to an end.

The week-long event was held inside the Somersfield Academy Gymnasium and featured a productive format which separated the younger players who are working toward mastering their skill on the ball and more advanced players who are pushed at high intensity using European Academy formats.

Coach Rickards who now resides in the UK was on hand to facilitate the sessions incorporating practices from his UK coaching plans.

CP Futsal Development is affiliated with CP Athletic Development (Membership Academy). CPAD’s ultimate goal is to guide their members on to higher education, creating opportunities for scholarships in the process.

CP’s UK Division has been launched to assist scholar athletes with their selection and transition to sports academies and schools overseas.

 
 
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Dill Helps Norwich City Ladies Win

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A spot of midweek football action as the East Anglian Derby match between Keunna Dill and her Norwich City Ladies teammates against Ipswich Town Women at Plantation Park the two sides meeting days after the men’s clubs went head to head at Carrow Road.

Bermuda International Dill made her first Norwich appearance as she is studying at the University of East Anglia.

Both East Anglian clubs have ambitions to climb out of Division One and into the Southern Premier Division above.

Ipswich lay in 7th spot going into the evenings game with Norwich a place and 2 points behind in what is a tightly contest league once again this season a real tussle for position in the middle of the table any team getting a run of results going likely to find themselves in the top 5 or higher such is the competition.

When the final whistle blew Dill and her teammates had moved above Ipswich defeating them 3 – 0.

In the 15th minute Norwich would take the 1 – 0 lead as Reeanna Cook curled a strike past the Ipswich keeper Sian Fagg and into the back of the net.

Norwich City Ladies would take that 1 – 0 lead to the break.

Norwich City would have a perfect start to the 2nd half with Chelsea Garrett scoring moments after coming on to make it 2 – 0.

In the 70th minute Norwich took the opportunity to make a change with Aimee Durrant coming off, on in her place was Dill.

Into the final five minutes a free-kick for Norwich on the halfway line saw the ball played out to the left onto the path of Cook the young midfielder drove forward turning towards the area and shot a powerful strike past Fagg into the bottom corner to assure the 3 points for Norwich 3 - 0.
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