Football: the resumption of the Regional 1 championship very uncertain


With the new announcements from the prefect of Reunion, the horizon does not seem to emerge for the Reunion sports community. Some disciplines are postponing the start of their season, others have already started, such as football, and are therefore looking for solutions.

The renewal of confinement on weekends and the maintenance of the curfew at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays decided by the prefect of Reunion still penalize the sports world. Several disciplines are still postponing their start of the season, this is the case for handball and basketball.

Football, which started in July, is still at a standstill. The league is looking for solutions with the authorities for a quick recovery. With the new announcements, clubs are confused about what to do next.

Stop fees for some

If the situation  » it hurts « to discipline, » health comes first « Says Zouber Atia, president of the Marsouins. Like many football club managers, saddened by this season which is still upset by the Covid crisis, he understands that the situation is difficult.

For this club president, the easiest solution would be to consider a white season. «  It is better to stop the fees and resume next year « , says Zouber Atia.

A point of view shared by Luçay Arayapin, the president of Saint-Pierroise. But now, if the teams do not play the Regional 1 championship, they will not be able to participate in the Coupe de France.

Finish the championship and play the Coupe de France for others

For their part, the technicians do not want everything to stop. Cédric Chamand, assistant coach of the Cigognes, is in favor of a continuation of the season until December to avoid a blank season.

The idea would be to finish the championship and thus be able to play the Coupe de France. The fact remains that the Coupe de France is also dependent on the health situation. If a team cannot honor its match, due to Covid, it could be eliminated automatically.

This happened for the Porpoises, and Joan of Arc could meet the same fate.

Not all players are vaccinated

For Pascal Buteau, the coach of the Saint-Louisienne, staying without playing until December looks very complicated. If the resumption of matches is hoped for, their programming is not going to be easy, especially since some teams are already several games behind which will have to be fixed in the calendar.

Still, many players are not yet up to date with their vaccination, the risk is also to lose staff in the teams.


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