‘Ecstatic’: Football is to kick off

Thursday June 18, 2020 Written by CIFA Published in Soccer
Puaikura player Maui Denny with the ball, barefoot against Tupapa. 20061710 Puaikura player Maui Denny with the ball, barefoot against Tupapa. 20061710

Cook Islands Football Association has health ministry sign-off to begin its football season on August 12.

Because football is a contact sport, the grassroots and senior programme was constrained by Covid-19 social distancing rules.

Now, the Football Association has announced the start of its popular grassroots programme on August 12.

“With everything that has happened in this year you can definitely expect the youngsters to be on fire, as for some this will be their first taste of extra-curricular activities since March 2020,” said media officer Teara Ama.

“So come on down and get your lawn chairs ready to support the young superstars as they kick off the season.”

The other football divisions will begin over the next two days, at different grounds around Rarotonga.

Then on Saturday, August 15, the clubs will comes together for their first senior head-to-heads.

“In anticipation of the beginning of these matches players have begun to dust off their boots to prepare for the approaching season.

“All teams will be extremely eager to hit the football pitch and it will not be a week that you would want to miss.”

Ama said that with less than two months to go, clubs had begun their preparations.

“You can expect many intense matches to be played when the season starts,” Ama said.

“Training sessions have started all across Rarotonga so if you were looking for something to dive into during this upcoming spring, now is your chance to visit your local club and get back into the exhilarating game that is football.”

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