In light of the measures prohibiting contact sport for persons aged under 17, as stipulated by the Legal Notice issued on 5 March, 2021, the Malta Football Association has evaluated how the non-availability of players in this age-group impacts the 2020/21 National Youth League.
This assessment has shown that these restrictions affect clubs in different ways but, under any circumstances, it’s imperative that the integrity and sustainability of the competitions are safeguarded. Following an internal analysis of the risks of COVID-19 spread in this category and the measures issued by the Public Health Authorities, the Malta FA has decided to postpone all Youth League fixtures until the end of March, effective from today.
Clubs are facing major issues in the Youth League as around 15 per cent of the players taking part in this competition are aged 16 (born 2004). With the already limited numbers further depleted by COVID-19 issues, clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to cope while these problems also threaten the integrity and sustainability of the competition.
The Malta FA is fully aware of the current COVID-19 situation in the country and the issues faced by the Authorities with public health being the foremost priority.
However, during difficult times like these, sport is very important for the health and mental well-being of the society. Such restrictions are impeding youngsters from practising sport outdoors. It is also to be noted that this prohibition impacts a number of age-groups in the youth set-ups and also has a disruptive effect on the national team commitments.
In the circumstances, the Malta FA has asked the authorities to consider lowering the maximum age of the restriction on contact sport from 17 to 16 as this would significantly reduce the difficulties at youth level, not just for football, without compromising the rationale behind this measure. Furthermore, the Association strongly urges the Authorities to consider granting the necessary exemptions to players joining the national teams for commitments taking place between now and 11th April, 2021.
The postponed matches are:
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:30||Centenary Stadium||Valletta||vs||San Gwann|
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:30||Charles Abela Stadium||Mosta||vs||Melita|
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:45||Dingli Ground||Lija Athletic||vs||Balzan|
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:15||Luxol Stadium||St. Andrews||vs||Pieta’ Hotspurs|
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:15||Sirens Stadium||Hibernians||vs||Birkirkara|
|National Youth League A||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:15||Victor Tedesco Stadium||Hamrun Spartans||vs||Sliema Wanderers|
|National Youth League B||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:15||Marsaxlokk Ground||Swieqi United||vs||Santa Lucia|
|National Youth League B||Mon-08-Mar-2021||19:30||Rabat Ajax Ground||Rabat Ajax||vs||Attard|
|National Youth League B||Mon-08-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Floriana||vs||Qormi|
|National Youth League B||Tue-09-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Pembroke Athleta||vs||Mqabba|
|National Youth League B||Tue-09-Mar-2021||19:30||Zabbar St. Patrick Ground||Zabbar St. Patrick||vs||Luqa St. Andrew’s|
|National Youth League B||Tue-09-Mar-2021||19:15||Zebbug Ground||Zebbug Rangers||vs||Naxxar Lions|
|National Youth League C||Tue-09-Mar-2021||19:30||Ghaxaq Ground||Fgura United||vs||Zejtun Corinthians|
|National Youth League C||Wed-10-Mar-2021||20:15||Marsaxlokk Ground||Tarxien Rainbows||vs||Kirkop United|
|National Youth League C||Wed-10-Mar-2021||19:30||Mellieha Ground||Mellieha||vs||Marsaxlokk|
|National Youth League C||Wed-10-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Msida St. Joseph||vs||Ghaxaq|
|National Youth League C||Wed-10-Mar-2021||20:15||Sirens Stadium||Sirens||vs||Mgarr United|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||20:45||Dingli Ground||Dingli Swallows||vs||Marsaskala|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||20:15||Marsaskala Ground||Senglea Athletic||vs||Ta’ Xbiex|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||19:30||Rabat Ajax Ground||Mtarfa||vs||Sta. Venera Lightnings|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Siggiewi||vs||Zurrieq|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||19:30||Zabbar St. Patrick Ground||Kalkara United||vs||Gzira United|
|National Youth League D||Thu-11-Mar-2021||20:15||Zurrieq Ground||Xghajra Tornados||vs||Gharghur|
|National Youth League A||Mon-15-Mar-2021||20:15||Melita Ground||Melita||vs||St. Andrews|
|National Youth League B||Mon-15-Mar-2021||20:15||Ghaxaq Ground||Luqa St. Andrew’s||vs||Floriana|
|National Youth League B||Tue-16-Mar-2021||19:30||Rabat Ajax Ground||Naxxar Lions||vs||Swieqi United|
|National Youth League C||Wed-17-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Kirkop United||vs||Mellieha|
|National Youth League C||Wed-17-Mar-2021||20:15||Zurrieq Ground||Zejtun Corinthians||vs||Msida St. Joseph|
|National Youth League B||Mon-22-Mar-2021||20:15||Siggiewi Ground||Luqa St. Andrew’s||vs||Rabat Ajax|