Bahamas Football Association

The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) is the official football federation in The Bahamas. It was founded in 1967 for men, women, and children to learn more about football. It affiliated with FIFA in 1968. The headquarters are in Nassau. The federation is also in charge of its football clubs and the Bahamanian national team. They control the New Providence Football League's divisions 1 and 2. They are also in charge of the Grand Bahama Football League for both men and women. The BFA is led by (President) Mr. Anton Sealey and the board of executives, Jason McDowall, Kevin Davis, Stanley Darville, Antoine Dias and Bruce LeFleur. The headquarters is managed by Mr. Frederick Lunn (General Secretary), with the Technical Department being directed by Mr. Garry Markham (Technical Director).

Bahamas Football Association
CONCACAF
Bahamas Football Association.svg
Founded1967
FIFA affiliation1968
CONCACAF affiliationbetween 1961 and 1973[1] [2]
PresidentAnton Sealey
Websitehttp://bahamasfa.com/

The BFA is seen as a flagship developing Association for FIFA.[citation needed] There are many players receiving scholarships in the USA at Division 1 universities. There are also several Bahamian soccer players playing and getting opportunities with Professional clubs in Europe. The BFA competes at all FIFA age groups and genders. The BFA Coaching & Education Scheme offers D,C,B, & A National Coaching License's and continuous seminars and clinics for the development of local coaches and administrators.

Cash-for-votes scandal whistle blowersEdit

On 10 May 2011, Anton Sealey, the President of the Bahamas Football Association was attending an event in the run-up to the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, as such, he was unable to attend a meeting in the Hyatt Regency hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad organised by Asian Football Confederation President and FIFA President candidate Mohammed bin Hammam and CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner.

Bahamas FA's Vice President (now General Secretary), Fred Lunn, attended the meeting, there Lunn was given brown envelope with the word "Bahamas" on it, containing $40,000 USD. Believing it to be a bribe in a cash-for-votes scandal, funded by bin Hammam, Lunn reported the incident to Sealey who in turn reported it to CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer. Lunn took a photograph of the money and the envelope before returning them. He later gave journalists a digital copy of the photograph for publication. As a result, FIFA suspended both Warner and bin Hammam and launched an investigation.[3]

Bahamas-based newspaper The Tribune praised Sealey and Lunn for not accepting the loan: "The attempted bribe was an insult to the whole Caribbean. Those seeking the Caribbean Football Federation's vote obviously saw its members as coming from poor island nations who would never have seen so much money as fell from the brown envelope that was offered them. Many proved to their tempters that poor they might be, but they had pride, they had integrity and although they might never see so much money again, under such tainted conditions they would never stoop so low as to pick it up. As was pointed out, $40,000 for the Caribbean's smaller islands would be the equivalent of several years' salary."[4]

Association staffEdit

Name Position Source
  Anton Sealey President [5][6]
  Anya James Vice President [7]
  Fred Lunn General Secretary [8][9]
n/a Treasurer
  Marc Bircham Technical Director [10]
  Nesley Jean Team Coach (Men's) [11]
  Kevin Davies Team Coach (Women's) [12]
n/a Media/Communications Manager
n/a Futsal Coordinator
  Stanley Darville Referee Coordinator [13]


National CoachesEdit

  • Randy Rogers (1987)
  • Peter Wilson (1998–2000) Wilson, born January 17th 1955 in England, coached the Bahamas National Team for 2 years becoming the first coach to win first round of matches in the CONCACAF Cup and the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Under Wilson's tutelage The Bahamas FIFA World Rankings went from 199 to 167. Wilson the former Athletics Director of St Andrew's International School has been instrumental in providing many players for The Bahamas National Teams over the years.
  • Gary White (2000–2006) White, born in England, signed with the Bahamas in September 1999, where he was National Team Coach and Technical Director. During his tenure with the Bahamas, White moved the national team 55 places up the FIFA world ranking. Also as technical director White directed and oversaw all National Team programmes and National Staff Coaches in preparation for all FIFA and CONCACAF Competitions, including coaching education for the National coaches. White also designed and implemented a National Coaching Philosophy as part of the International Teams and Player Development Strategy. White coached and managed more than 65 FIFA Certified International matches and also during his time as manager the Bahamas was FIFA's highest mover in 2006. In 2009, he left for the Seattle Sounders elite player development program.
  • Neider dos Santos (2006–2010)
  • Paul James (2011)
  • Nesley Jean (2014)
  • Dion Godet (2014–2018)
  • Nesley Jean (interim 2019 - present)
  • Luis Escobar Passos Da Silva (2019–present) Escobar, a Brazilian coach, is the first full time employed head coach of The Bahamas National Beach Soccer Program. Escobar was the assistant coach for The Bahamas team during the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

Beach Soccer Team PlayersEdit

National Team Players at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BAH Julio Jameson
2 DF   BAH Jean Francois
3 DF   BAH Mark Daniels
4 DF   BAH Renardo McCallum
5 DF   BAH Kyle Williams
6 FW   BAH Gary Joeseph
7 DF   BAH Nesley Jean
No. Pos. Nation Player
8 DF   BAH Dwayne Forbes
9 FW   BAH Daron Beneby
10 FW   BAH Lesly St.Fleur
11 FW   BAH Gavin Christie
12 GK   BAH Ivan Rolle
13 GK   BAH Valin Bodie
14 GK   BAH Torin Ferguson
  • Team Manager Jason McDowall
  • Kit Manager Mark Daniels

National Team Players at the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BAH Michael Butler
2 DF   BAH Jean Francois
3 DF   BAH James Thompson
4 DF   BAH Tim Munnings
5 DF   BAH Kyle Williams
6 FW   BAH Gary Joeseph
7 DF   BAH Nesley Jean
No. Pos. Nation Player
8 DF   BAH Dwayne Forbes
9 FW   BAH Daron Beneby
10 FW   BAH Lesly St.Fleur
11 FW   BAH Gavin Christie
12 GK   BAH Torin Ferguson
  • Team Manager Jason McDowall
  • Kit Manager, Nathan Wells.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CONCACAF was founded in 1961.
  2. ^ "Abrahams likely to head CONCACAF". Kingston Gleaner in newspaperarchive.com. 13 February 1973.
    "The Caribbean CONCACAF members are Jamaica, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, Surinam, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic."
  3. ^ "Bin Hammam denied access to Fifa congress". BBC Sport. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Sir Jack Hayward praises BFA as 'whistleblower'". The Tribune. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  6. ^ "BAHAMAS". www.concacaf.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  7. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  8. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  9. ^ "BAHAMAS". www.concacaf.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  11. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  13. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Bahamas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.

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