Youth League matches postponed

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 AMon-08-Mar-202120:30Centenary StadiumVallettavsSan Gwann
National Youth League AMon-08-Mar-202120:30Charles Abela StadiumMostavsMelita
National Youth League AMon-08-Mar-202120:45Dingli GroundLija AthleticvsBalzan
National Youth League AMon-08-Mar-202120:15Luxol StadiumSt. AndrewsvsPieta’ Hotspurs
National Youth League AMon-08-Mar-202120:15Sirens StadiumHiberniansvsBirkirkara
National Youth League AMon-08-Mar-202120:15Victor Tedesco StadiumHamrun SpartansvsSliema Wanderers
National Youth League BMon-08-Mar-202120:15Marsaxlokk GroundSwieqi UnitedvsSanta Lucia
National Youth League BMon-08-Mar-202119:30Rabat Ajax GroundRabat AjaxvsAttard
National Youth League BMon-08-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundFlorianavsQormi
National Youth League BTue-09-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundPembroke AthletavsMqabba
National Youth League BTue-09-Mar-202119:30Zabbar St. Patrick GroundZabbar St. PatrickvsLuqa St. Andrew’s
National Youth League BTue-09-Mar-202119:15Zebbug GroundZebbug RangersvsNaxxar Lions
National Youth League CTue-09-Mar-202119:30Ghaxaq GroundFgura UnitedvsZejtun Corinthians
National Youth League CWed-10-Mar-202120:15Marsaxlokk GroundTarxien RainbowsvsKirkop United
National Youth League CWed-10-Mar-202119:30Mellieha GroundMelliehavsMarsaxlokk
National Youth League CWed-10-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundMsida St. JosephvsGhaxaq
National Youth League CWed-10-Mar-202120:15Sirens StadiumSirensvsMgarr United
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202120:45Dingli GroundDingli SwallowsvsMarsaskala
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202120:15Marsaskala GroundSenglea AthleticvsTa’ Xbiex
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202119:30Rabat Ajax GroundMtarfavsSta. Venera Lightnings
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundSiggiewivsZurrieq
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202119:30Zabbar St. Patrick GroundKalkara UnitedvsGzira United
National Youth League DThu-11-Mar-202120:15Zurrieq GroundXghajra TornadosvsGharghur
National Youth League AMon-15-Mar-202120:15Melita GroundMelitavsSt. Andrews
National Youth League BMon-15-Mar-202120:15Ghaxaq GroundLuqa St. Andrew’svsFloriana
National Youth League BTue-16-Mar-202119:30Rabat Ajax GroundNaxxar LionsvsSwieqi United
National Youth League CWed-17-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundKirkop UnitedvsMellieha
National Youth League CWed-17-Mar-202120:15Zurrieq GroundZejtun CorinthiansvsMsida St. Joseph
National Youth League BMon-22-Mar-202120:15Siggiewi GroundLuqa St. Andrew’svsRabat Ajax