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Newfoundland and Labrador soccer, like other sports, faces uncertainty due to COVID-19

This meeting was certainly a little different than other annual general meetings the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA) has staged, but plans were put in place for a new provincial soccer season.

When that season gets under way, however, remains up in the air.

Unlike previous years, the organization did not hold its annual Spring Planning Meeting.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, but there is still a lot of uncertainty around COVID-19 and what it will mean for sports organizations in 2020,” said NLSA president Doug Redmond. “We have moved some of our player and coaches training online, and are in regular contact with Canada Soccer, regional clubs and soccer organizations in other provinces.

“We will more formally discuss the coming season once we have more clarity.”

Redmond was acclaimed as president last week, Judi Kelloway acclaimed as vice-president youth and Ron O’Neill acclaimed secretary for two-year terms. Doug Kirby was acclaimed as treasurer for a one-year term.

Bernie Manning was elected as vice-president senior women’s for a one-year term, defeating two other candidates.

New regional directors appointed to two-year terms include Colleen McConnell (St. John’s), Ian Chaytor (C.B.S.), Marc Pittman (Burin), Terry Goulding (Central) and Maggie Rowcliffe (Labrador West).

The AGM also approved the creation of a new region to reflect the growth of soccer in the Paradise area. Paul North will serve as director for the new region.

Torbay, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s and Southern Shore will remain part of the Avalon Region.

A new director will be appointed for Avalon Region.

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