The 2007/2008 season of CIFA (Cayman Islands Football Association) Foster’s National League is scheduled to get started this Saturday November 3rd at the North Side Playing Field with a new agenda as the top eight teams reflected at the end of this season’s competition will make history qualifying for the new National Premier League competition to be introduced by CIFA in 2008.
These eight teams will participate after fulfilling CIFA’s rules and regulations set by the FA. To be more specific the new mandatory criteria for 2008 is that teams will be eligible to participate in the National Premier League competition only if they participate in two Youth team competitions administrated by the FA.
The creation of this new competition will reflect the highest level of football competition played in the Cayman Islands. This is in keeping with the FA’s determination to take the island’s football development to the next level as was stated by the FA’s boss Jeffery Webb.
“This is the tenth year anniversary of the Fosters National League. I must admit that last season’s competition was an exciting season. The level of support received from the public showed visible increase and the standard of the games played by these teams also reflected a high level of improvement. I look forward for a better season and the presence of more supporters to do their part in cheering on Cayman football to the next level.” Webb stated.
This Saturday at 4:00pm Tigers will face Academy FC and at 6:00pm Latinos FC takes on Elite FC at the Northside Field.
On Sunday at the Northside venue Scholars tackles Cayman Athletic at 4:00pm and at 6:00pm at this same venue Sunset encounters Bodden Town FC.
Meanwhile at the East End Playing Field that same day at 4:00pm East End plays Roma and George Town meets Future at 6:00pm.
On Wednesday November 7th Bodden Town will try to tame Tigers at 7:30pm at Northside and Academy will take on Cayman Athletics at the East End Field same time.
Foster’s has been the exclusive sponsor of this league for the past ten years and the twelve teams participating this time around will be defending champions Scholars FC, last season’s beaten finalist Latinos FC, George Town SC, Roma FC, Bodden Town FC, Sunset FC, East End FC, Elite FC, Tigers FC, Future FC, Academy FC and new comers Cayman Athletics SC.
Three CIFA affiliated clubs will not be competing this season while their registered players were suspended due to disciplinary actions taken by the FA.
The clubs who were suspended due to failure to complete their fixtures for the last season they are W D United, Northside FC and FC International for failing to fulfill the mandatory requirements of competing in one Youth competition male or female.
CIFA has made it mandatory that all participating clubs should have at least one Youth team participating in the Youth competitions, failing to fulfill these requirements disqualifies teams from the League competitions.
The competitions will be played in two rounds with the top four teams competing in a play off for the League Cup. However, whichever team leads the completion will be the League champions at the end of the competition.
The Digicel Knock-Out Cup is scheduled to begin in December while FA Cup Knock -Out competition is set to start next February.