BCFA hope to send team to England 1959

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Jamaica Gleaner

FIRST MOVE of the newly formed British Caribbean Football Association, will be to enter into negotiations with the Football Association of England, for the visit of a British Caribbean team to England in 1959-60 says a press release from Mr. Eric James, secretary-treasurer of the BCFA.

If the visit materialises, it will follow a Caribbean football tournament among affiliated islands of the association. The tournament which will be played for the Standard Life Trophy, will have its inauguration this year, in a three-zone competition with the final taking place in either British Guiana or Trinidad.

Venues for the various zones play-off will be by rotation.

Fixtures are: Zone A: Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent in Grenada; Zone B: Winner of Zone A, Barbados, Trinidad in Trinidad; Zone C: Winner of Zone B, Jamaica, British Guiana, Venue—Trinidad or British Guiana.

Matches will be of 80 minutes duration, with two points for a win and one for a draw. In the event of a tie at the end of the competition, the winning team "shall be determined by goal average." In the event of a further tie, a deciding match or matches will be played.

Refereeing of these game will be by referees selected by managers of the visiting teams, a representative of the local football association, and a member of the local Referees Association, from a panel submitted by the local association. A local representative will head the selection committee.


It was provisionally decided at the inaugural meeting of the association, that teams of the same zone will meet each other once, and that following the round a match will be played between elevens selected from competing teams. Affiliated associations are to be asked their views on whether single or return matches should be played, before the competition starts sometime in July-August.

Individual associations will also have their own colours, and these are to be forwarded to the secretary of the BCFA. Match arrangements will be made by the host association. Disciplinary committees during the tournament, will comprise the president, who will head the committee; two other members of the local FA, and managers of the visiting teams.

At the next meeting of the BCFA to be held in Grenada in August, just before the start of the tournament, discussions will take place concerning the naming of a selection committee of the association.