Youth football season is off for now; NOFA eyes playing games next spring instead

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 July 2020 at 7:57 am

Faced with a large number of Covid-19 Pandemic regulations that would have to be met in order to play the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Board of Directors voted Thursday evening to delay the season with an eye to instead playing next spring.

In announcing their decision the NOFA Board stated “Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) has been delayed due to COVID 19 pandemic to a date to be determined. The NOFA organization is tentatively looking to plan for our 2020 season of football and cheer to commence, if possible, in March 2021. As well, NOFA intends to commence the regularly scheduled 2021 season the last week of July 2021.”

“As much as we all love football it just wasn’t worth it. It’s the safety of the children and their families that must come first,” said Board member Geno Allport. “With all the regulations that would have to be met we just couldn’t do it. It isn’t worth it to try. It just wouldn’t be football. So delaying the season was the only way to go. Hopefully by spring things will be eased enough and we we’ll have guidance from the state so that we can have the season then.”

Practices for the NPFA season were scheduled to begin the last week of this month with games to have started in August