CAF releases guidelines for restart of football competitions

Following developments in the spread and control of the COVID-19 pandemic across the continent and the rest of the globe, CAF has held a series of meetings regarding the future of competitions.

As a result of this, the CAF Medical Committee together with the Technical & Development Department and a group of experts have put together a thorough plan to help the Member Associations (MA’s) on the restart of football activities in Africa.

The 27-page document titled “CAF Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa” stresses on the health of the major stakeholders in the game (Players, Officials, Fans, Partners) as the essential element, which should form the basis of all decisions regarding the restart of football activities across the continent supported by the authorization of relevant country authorities.

The plan also focuses on effective and continuous medical evaluation (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities and equipment, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols outlined by WHO.

“This comprehensive document is major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.

“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” stated CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.

The Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions & Management of Club Licensing and the Organising Committee for Women’s Football already held meetings via video-conference last week on the future on the various football competitions in Africa.

The CAF Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 via video-conference and will be expected to make pronouncements on the recommendations by the respective Standing Committees.

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