The GFF 2020/2021 pre-season transfer window has now been extended to August 23, 2020 in order to accommodate any hindrances that interested parties might experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The GFF made this decision in consultation with its regional member associations (RMA), affiliates and Elite League clubs, and same was endorsed by FIFA following an official request from the GFF.
According to the FIFA correspondence, dated August 5, the endorsement was granted “consistent with (i) the guidelines and decisions regarding COVID-19 approved by the Bureau of the Council on 6 April 2020, and (ii) FIFA circular no. 1720.
Meanwhile, GFF President Wayne Forde has said the GFF “is actively drawing up plans for a robust restart of football nationally, and would like to give each registered club the opportunity to prepare for a competitive season.”
“The GFF will be announcing these plans once the COVID- 19 Task Force and the Ministry of Public Health provide the requisite clearance for the resumption of competitive sports. In the meantime, we urge our members to continue to respect the COVID-19 guidelines”, Forde has said.
The original 2020/2021 pre-season transfer window opened on June 1, 2020 and closed at midnight on July 31, 2020. GFF General Secretary Ian Alves, in his correspondence to the members, urged the use of electronic communication for the processing of transfers.
“In light of the continuing situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public advisories as issued by the relevant Government Agencies, and the fact that the GFF Secretariat is only opened on a need-to basis, having only essential staff on duty on any given day, RMAs, clubs, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to conduct their transfer transactions via the use of electronic communication,” Alves has urged.