Following the announcement that the Extraordinary Congress will be staged on June 26th from 14:00hrs at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalization Committee has dispatched the revised federation constitution to its affiliates for perusal.
The constitution, which has been revised by FIFA as well as members of a local constitutional reform committee, will create changes within the landscape of the discipline if it is approved by the membership at the congress.
According to the document, the Guyana Futsal Association and the Guyana Beach Soccer Association will become the latest members within the federation, taking the affiliates tally to five.
The three original affiliates are the Guyana Football Coaches Association, Guyana Football Referees Council and Guyana National Women’s Football Association.
Similarly, the eight clubs of the Elite League will also become members of the federation. They are Alpha United, Slingerz FC, Georgetown Football Club (GFC), Pele FC, Monedderlust FC, Buxton United, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Fruta Conquerors.
With the nine regional members of the federation remaining the same, the total number of GFF affiliates will be 22 members, 10 more than the tally of the previous constitution.
The original nine regional members of the association are Bartica Football Association, Berbice Football Association, East Bank Demerara Football Association, East Coast Demerara Football Association, Essequibo/Pomeroon Football Association, Georgetown Football Association, Rupununi Football Association, Upper Demerara Football Association and West Demerara Football Association.
From a voting perspective, each member will be only allowed one ballot. Previously regional associations are allowed two votes each while the affiliates were allowed one vote apiece. Likewise the clubs of the Elite League will be allowed one vote each.
The total number of votes for the new system would translate to 22, which is one more than the previous setup of 21 votes. Another change that could occur is increasing of the executive committee tally from its current number of six to nine.
The proposed change would see a Presidential post, three vice President positions and five ordinary membership berths. Similarly one position of the executive must be a female.