2020 was supposed to be a year of excitement for Boca Raton Football Club.
From our exciting return to the National Premier Soccer League after a year hiatus to defending our United Premier Soccer League South Florida Championship, this year was one that not only the staff, but players were very excited to participate in.
However, with COVID-19, a wrench was thrown in our plans in early March.
While we had already begun the process of creating the best competitive team with local and international talent for the 2020 Season, we were forced to shut it all down in the middle of March, just as we were announcing all the returning players for the 2020 season.
International players had to put a pause of their travel due to the travel bans, local players had to stop playing with the county shutting down parks, and we resorted to Zoom calls with players to stay connected.
While Palm Beach County has reopened its parks, and while there are teams currently playing friendlies with others, Boca Raton FC has decided that the 2020 season is over and we are eagerly looking forward to an amazing 2021 season with preseason starting now.
Should a 2020 season happen, we will look into the possibility of returning to play in it, however, with the rising number of cases of COVID-19, and professional teams, who have much more resource than a 4th Division club, having a hard time controlling the spread of the virus to their players, it does not make sense return to play and only scrimmage with other teams.
While Boca Raton FC has and will continue to use our COVID-19 process to return to play that has been approved by both the National Premier Soccer League and the United States Adult Soccer Association., we cannot ensure that other teams currently practicing and doing scrimmages are taking the same precautions as we are, thus making scrimmages for vain entertainment futile.
Boca Raton FC not only has a duty to its athletes, but also the family of the athletes. We would not be able to live with ourselves if a player gets the virus and spreads it to his family. We care too much about our players and their families to let that happen.
We wanted to return to play as soon as possible, but with numbers continuing to rise, and no end in sight, it is not the wise thing to do at the moment. Soccer will still be here in 2021. The faster we get a grip on this problem, the quicker we will be able to return to normal activities.
In the meantime, Boca Raton FC will continue to grow its eSports department, bringing more games to you to watch live on Facebook and twitch, and continue to interact with the fan base with shows, and video.
We love our community, we miss being on the pitch, we long to be with our fans. Nevertheless, there are bigger things than soccer going on right now and we acknowledge that and are working around the clock to help in any way we can.
If you are interested in joining us for the 2021 season, please visit this link to get more information: https://bit.ly/2EIEMoi