Maccabi GB affiliates set April goal for return of Jewish football

Each of the four leagues will take responsibility for health and safety protocols


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Two football players attempt to take the goal net down after their match at Hackney Marshes on March 18, 2012 in London, England. Hackney Marshes in east London has been hosting Sunday league football since 1947 where the Hackney & Leyton Sunday League began. Then many other north London teams soon joined and are still competing to this day. At one point there were as many as 120 pitches lined side by side. Played on Sunday mornings throughout the season its amateur football at its best. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Maccabi GB-affiliated football leagues have made April 11 their goal to relaunch following the government announcement that grassroots games can resume from the end of March.

Each competition will be responsible for its own health and safety protocols and further guidance is awaited from the relevant FAs before the kick-off date is confirmed.

Maccabi GB CEO Ashley Lerner paid tribute to the league steering committees for their “tremendous work” during the crisis.

They would be reconvening over the coming days to discuss registrations and check the availability and condition of pitches and other facilities.

The Maccabi GB-affiliated leagues include men’s, juniors and masters contests in London as well as the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.

Mr Lerner also welcomed the decision to reopen schools from March 8, saying: “We’re delighted to go back into schools [so that] children can start having their formal PE lessons.”

The organisation would also restart the Maccabiah Games selection process and hoped to stage its Community Fun Run in June “in the most safe environment."

“And as restrictions allow [we’ll] support the community in more sport, health and wellbeing activities outside again.”


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