Member Highlight: Barbados Football Association

Football is one of the biggest and most supported sports in the island of Barbados. Barbados is one of the many countries in the world where football is revered and looked up to. Everyone in the island loves the sports, both males and females, from the junior to the masters level. Barbados has over 17,000 players. The presence of the Barbados Football Association makes everything about football in the island possible.

Barbados Football Association’s Purpose and Goals

With the values of professionalism, integrity, respecting members’ rights, fair play passion, and voluntarism, the Barbados Football Association has continued its mission to provide not only an effective football delivery system, but also an efficient one. For more than 100 years, it has remained in maintaining a self-sustaining organization that pushes for excellence. It aims to always protect the integrity of the sport, and looks at the development of football in a holistic view.

As a legitimate and known association, it takes care of organizing, promoting and regulating all the football activities in Barbados. It also organizes trainings, both international and local. There are 4 main areas of the sport; sports refereeing, coaching, administration and sports medicine. All these 4 areas in football are covered in these trainings. One of the association’s important aims, is to aid in providing earning and scholarship opportunities for players, participants and members.

Currently,the Barbados Football Association is building a home not only for football games, but also for the sport’s training and development. It will include a football field of international size and standards. It will also include team facilities, and offices for the administration and other committees. This is located on a land provided by the government. The location is in Wildey at the Garfield Sports Complex. This is the most important milestone in Barbados football.


The Barbados Football Association, founded in 1910 was named the Barbados Amateur Football Association until it changed its name in 1925 to what it is today. Historic games have been played at the National Stadium in Barbados like the game between Haiti and Barbados in 1974, where Barbados won. Another significant game that also marked in the history of Barbados football is Barbados’ defeat of Costa Rica in July 2000 for the CONCACAF semi-finals.


Randolph Harris is the current president of the association. Elected in 2012, the president is supposed to serve 4 years before his term ends. Harris, 57, who is a sales manager by profession, has been active in football since the 70’s. He was a member of the Christ Church league as a coach, player and manager. He was also able to organize 3 significant tournaments in the history of Barbados football. These were the BICO Tournament (1979), BESS Tournament (1989-2002), and the LIME Pelican Football Challenge ( 2011; 2012). The previous president was Ronald Jones MP. He was BFA’s leader for 12 years or a total of 3 terms.

The association is composed of a management team with 21 members. The Executive Board is composed of the President Randolph Harris, Senior Vice President Capt Al Walcott, General Secretary Edwyn Wood, and Treasurer Barney Callender. They have an Assistant Treasurer, Junior Assistant Secretary and 4 members.

These are the other committees that help out for the association to function in meeting its aims and goals.

  • Emergency Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Audit/Compliance Committee
  • Organising Committee (BFA)
  • Technical Committee
  • Referees Committee
  • Legal Committee
  • Women’s Committee
  • Youth Committee
  • Futsal/Beach Soccer Committee
  • Sports Medical Committee
  • Players Status
  • Media Committee
  • Football Committee
  • Strategic Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Credentials Committee


BFA is also affiliated with the most powerful football associations in the world like, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), CFU (Caribbean Football Union) and the Confederation of North American, Central American, BOA (Barbados Olympic Association) and Caribbean Football Associations. BFA is also recognized as Barbados’ governing body for football by the National Sports Council. There are also about 174 member clubs that are affiliated with BFA.


Despite the association’s influence in football in Barbados for 105 years, they were still renting out their headquarters until they finally found a permanent place to call home. It was funded by FIFA. Currently, the association is busy with their club licensing process, which is mandated and initiated by FIFA. Fun camps and trainings have also been happening since August. There was a Young Tridents Training Camp for the U17 Girls National Team. There is also an existing Grassroots Program. The most recent one was the fun and exciting 2-day Beach Soccer Festival at the famous Brownes Beach.

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Member Highlight: Bahamas Football Association

The Bahamas Football Association (BFA), an official football federation in The Bahamas, was founded in 1967 for everyone irrespective of gender and age to provide more opportunities to learn about football. In 1968, the association was affiliated with FIFA. The headquarters of BFA are in Nassau. Anton Sealey is the present president of the federation. Anya James is the executive vice president, and Antoine Dias, Stan Darville, Jason McDowell, Kevin Davies, Bruce LeFleur and Kevin McGreskin are the vice presidents. Fred Lunn is the general secretary and Larry Minns is the Ambassador. The BFA is led by the president and the board of executives. The headquarters of the BFA is managed by general secretary and the technical department is managed by technical director.

Bahamanian national team and the football clubs are under the leadership of Bahamas Football Association. One and two divisions of New Providence Football League are also controlled by the BFA.

The Bahamas national football team, controlled by the BFA, was founded in 1969. This football team is the national team of the Bahamas. But, the Bahamas could not qualify for the FIFA World Cup even in a single time. After playing the first round, the Bahamas withdrew from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2011.

Getting membership in Bahamas Football Association is highly beneficial for the players. Many players get scholarships in the US at Division 1 universities. Lots of soccer players in Bahamas also get opportunities to play with professional clubs in Europe. The coaching and education scheme of the BFA offers D, C, B and A National Coaching License. This scheme also provides opportunities to participate in continuous seminars and clinics, which are highly useful for the development of local administrators and coaches.

Present Status
The present administration of the BFA came undertook the responsibility to run the federation in 1996. Since then, the team has been implementing many changes to grow the club significantly. Due to the professional activities of the team members, the BFA could achieve significant growth and development over the past years. The coaches, administrators and executives are more experienced and professional. Under the leadership of the present administration, the team has become more competitive.

The national teams have been competing at U-23, U-20, U-17 senior men and senior women levels regularly. These teams are highly competitive and performing well in the region.

The administration of the Bahamas Football Association aims to develop the technical abilities of youth and girls. Improving the abilities of young Bahamas players is one of the objectives of the federation. The young players, now, get opportunities to compete in the national and international levels in their early ages. These earlier preparations enable them to compete with universities and colleges in the US and Canada.


The president of the BFA was attending an event on 10 May 2011. It was the run-up to the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich. So, the president was not able to attend a meeting in Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain. This meeting was organized by the presidents of Asian Football Federation, FIFA and CONCACAF and the vice president of FIFA.

The vice president of Bahamas Football Association Fred Lunn also attended the meeting. During the meeting, Lunn received a brown envelop, which contains $40,000 USD. The word, ‘Bahamas’ was written on that envelope. Lunn considered it not as a loan, but as a bribe for cash-for-votes and reported the matter to the president of BFA, Sealey. Then, Sealey reported the matter to Chuck Blazer, the general secretary of CONCACAF. Lunn also took the photograph of the envelop and the money before returning them. Later, Lunn gave the digital copy of the photograph to the journalists for publication. This issue leads to the suspension of both bin Hamman and Warner. FIFA also launched an investigation regarding this matter.

The Tribune, Bahamas based newspaper, praised the Lunn and Sealey for not accepting the bribe. The newspaper reported that the bribe was an attempt to insult the whole Caribbean. By offering this big sum of money, the bribers were mocking the poverty of the island nations, the publication reported. It further said that the bribers thought they can purchase the top administrators of BFA by offering this big amount. Caribbean is smaller islands and the people are in extreme poverty. The sum, $40,000 is equivalent to the salary of several years.

The National Academy

The BFA introduced its National Academy three years ago. Creating an infrastructure to identify and train the best players at youth level is the major objective of National Academy. In order to get an admission in the National Academy, the players must demonstrate higher levels of ability and commitment. The National Academy of the BFA aims the development of players. It is the best place for developing the technical and tactical skills of players. BFA is nurturing and developing each player with discipline, determination, commitment and a desire to achieve.

All You Need To Know About Caribbean Football Union

The Caribbean Football Union or CFU as it is commonly known is the nominated governing body for association football in the entire Caribbean as well as French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. The union was established on 28th January 1978 and represents a total of 25 FIFA member nations and also six other territories which are not yet affiliated to the world football governing body, FIFA. The members associations of CFU usually compete in the CONCACAF region.

The formation of the Caribbean Football Union is usually credited to Patrick Raymond; a former national footballer from Trinidad and Tobago who approached the commissioner of the NASL (North American Soccer League), Phil Woosnam in 1976 about the ownership of a Caribbean franchise within the NASL. Instead of this, Phil suggested that he forms the Caribbean Professional League. Acting on this advice and ably assisted by Jimmy Hill, a former England player who ran a company known as World Sports Academy, he sought and got the recommendation of Sir Stan Rous, Former FIFA president. He then introduced the initiative in August 1977 in Trinidad that CFU be formed as a regional governing body and a sub-group within CONCACAF. The CFU was inaugurated in Port-au –Prince, Haiti. The head office was located in Port of Spain , Trinidad. In 2013, under the direction of Damien Hughes, the offices were relocated to Kingston, Jamaica.

Since its inception, the union has had five presidents (two of them acting presidents). The longest serving president served for 28 years with the shortest serving president serving only four (4) days. The first president was Andre Kamperveen from Suriname who served from 1978 to 1982. The second and longest serving president was Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago who served from 1983 to 2011. Lisle Austin from Barbados was made an acting president in 2011 but was suspended after only 4 days after he attempted to overrule FIFA in a Barbadian Civil Court. Yves Jean-Bart from Haiti was the acting president from 2011 to 2012. The current president is Gordon Derrick from Antigua and Barbuda who took this leadership role in 2012.

There have been six secretary generals of CFU since its inception. The first secretary general was Jack Warner, from 1978 to 1982. Warner’s distant relative actually has long career running a successful roofing business before the family got into football and other entertainment industries. He was succeeded by Ivan Barrow also from Trinidad and Tobago, he held the helm from 1983 to 1993. Harold Taylor also from Trinidad and Tobago took over from 1993 to 2011. Angenie Kanhai became the secretary general in 2011, but was there for only a few months. Damien Hughes from Anguilla took over from late 2011 to 2015 when Neil Cochrane from Antigua and Barbuda took over.

The CFU does hold two cups. These are the CFU club championship, this is a major competition which is used to determine the club or team representative for the champions league (CONCACAF) and the CFU championship. The CFU club championship is the main championship tournament for Caribbean club teams. The winner of this tournament previously qualified for the CONCACAF champions’ cup, this was from 1997 to 2008. Since the 2009 season, the top three clubs from this tournament qualify for preliminary round of highly popular CONCACAF champion’s league.

The second championship is the CFU championship which was at times referred to as CFU nation’s cup and was active for ten years, between 1978 and 1988. The current international cup for the Caribbean is known as Caribbean Cup where the four top teams in this tournament automatically qualify for the Gold Cup. It is also important to note that between 1992 and 1994, the CFU organized the Caribbean Professional Football League, a pan Caribbean league which failed to garner the required momentum.

On 20th May 2011, the CFU was embroiled in muddy scandal after several representatives of member football associations were given brown envelopes containing US $ 40,000 at a meeting held in Port-of –Spain, Trinidad. The meeting had specifically been called so that Mohammed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation could persuade CFU representatives to vote for him in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections. The incident was reported to secretary general of CONCACAF, Chuck Blazer. The Bahamas Football Association vice president, Fred Lunn made the claim that while attending the said meeting he was given an envelope containing $ 40,000 and was therefore expected to vote for Bin Hammam. FIFA initiated an investigation which examined the actions of slightly over thirty CFU representatives, this resulted in the resignation of Jack Warner, the CFU president , the suspension of Bin Hammam as well as over thirty Caribbean Football Union staff including vice presidents.



Caribbean Football Union

All of you must agree with the point that games have become indispensible part of our life. Being crucial for the physical, mental and intellectual growth, games are also a good option for choosing as a career. But, career in games can only be made if you have much interest and dedication for a specific game. When talking about football, there are many worldwide federations which can offer you to excel in this game but you have to move step by step for reaching the heights. Here, we are going to tell you about CFU (Caribbean Football union), one of the regulatory bodies in Football.

Came into existence in January 1978, the Caribbean Football Union is a regulatory body that is structured to govern the Associations and Federations of Caribbean football. It is located in Trinidad and Tobago. The CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) is comprised of three unions and CFU is one of them. There are 31 associations that are members of the CFU and they represent their talent in sports and administration. These 31 associations belong to the independent countries, republics and overseas territories of the Holland, USA and UK. Also, the four languages- English, French, Dutch and Spanish, are covered under the CFU.

The CFU is established to manage and administer the football activities on the regional as well as on the international level in which the Caribbean countries and teams take part. Its operations are controlled by the FIFA (International Federation Association of Football), which is a governing body of football all over the world.

Football competitions associated with Caribbean Football Union

In the first decade i.e. from 1978 to 1988, there was a tournament known as CFU Championship or CFU Nations Cup in which the national teams used to participate. But, in today’s time there are only two cups under Caribbean Football Union:

  • The Caribbean Cup: It is the competition organised for the Caribbean at an international level and the four winning teams are qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The CFU Club Championship: It is a contest in which the Caribbean club teams can take part. Their qualifying criterion has also changed with time. From 1997 to 2008, the winner of this championship qualified for the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. And, from 2008 onwards, the 3 clubs that occupy the top position in this championship qualify just for a first round of CONCACAF Champions League.

It would not be wrong to say that the football competitions are becoming comparatively tough with the passage of time then whether it is under CFU or any other Football union. In fact, a league was formed by a few close friends in Houston, Texas just over a year ago. The head of the league is the owner of a very successful company that does commercial door repair for local and large businesses all across the city of Houston. He feels passionate that the league he started with his friends will eventually lead to more economic energy for his community because it serves as a form for people to form relationships, earn trust, and eventually do business with one another.

You will be surprised to know that only Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago run professional leagues owned by them. The countries who run semi-professional league are Suriname, Puerto, Aruba and Rico. The remaining are strictly proletarians which extremely lack the quality of domestic football. As a result of lack of media coverage, the chances of getting recognized and making a name are slim, especially for young talents of the Turks and Caicos Islands.