The Barbados Football Association (BFA) was founded in 1910 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Originally named the Barbados Amateur Football Association, that name was changed in 1925.
The BFA organizes, promotes and regulates football activity in Barbados. Football is one of the largest supported sports in the island, currently catering to over 17,000 players, males and females, from the juniors to the master’s level. There are approximately 105 associations, leagues and clubs directly affiliated to the Barbados Football Association.
The Barbados Football Association became affiliated to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 1968 and is also an affiliate of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and the Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations (CONCACAF). Locally, the BFA is affiliated to the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) and recognized by the National Sports Council as the governing body for football in Barbados.
Past Governors-General have been patrons of the Football Association, which boasts Presidents of the caliber of Sir Deighton Ward, a former Governor General of Barbados amongst others.
Mr Randy Harris took over as President from Mr. Ronald Jones MP. on September 30th 2012 will head the Association for the next four years when elections are due. Mr. Jones, first elected in 1998, and completed twelve years as the leader. The Association has a 21-member management team, which has varied responsibilities for the policy formulation and management of the game in Barbados.
Barbados' international football matches are played primarily at the National Stadium, Waterford, St. Michael. Facilities are used island-wide to play senior and junior games. Arguably, its finest performances to date include Barbados’ defeat of Haiti in 1974 and Barbados’ historic CONCACAF semifinal round defeat of Costa Rica on July 16th, 2000, at the National Stadium in Barbados, a singular moment in our history.
Barbados' Domestic season takes place annually between January and July.
The Football Association organizes local and international training courses in the four main areas of the sports: administration, coaching, refereeing and sports medicine.
The BFA is currently developing a home for football, for the training and development of the game, to include an international size football field, administrative offices and team facilities on land Government has provided at the Garfield Sports Complex, Wildey.
Increased opportunities for participants to earn a living from football in all areas, scholarship opportunities, and the development of women’s football are priority areas for the BFA in the coming years.