The Cayman Islands Football Association season kicks off soon and the most significant change will be that women’s games will be played on Sundays instead of Saturdays, to coincide with the men.
The official start of the men’s season begins with the Charity Shield match between Scholars International and Cayman Athletic. It is on Sunday Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the TE McField Annex. Scholars won the league last season and Athletic were the FA Cup winners.
This should be a tightly fought game because Athletic’s youthful side led the league at one point but fell off when their key players were called for international duty.
Athletic technical director Ernie “Gillie” Seymour said: “We will be fielding a young team as usual, with the best of my Under-17 players moving up.
“Although we’ve lost a couple of players who have gone off to school in the United States, like Joshewa Frederick and Kevin Foster, we still have David Connolly and Martin Webb until they go off to school in January.”
Seymour added that some of the other teams have tried to entice his best players away, “but that’s normal.”
He added, “Pity we can’t sell them.”
The Cayman Premier League will commence the following week, Sunday Oct. 18. The league’s schedule will be circulated this week.
The inaugural Women’s Charity Shield match is on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. between Sunset and Scholars International at the TE McField Annex. They are the two best women’s teams.
Sunset won the league and President’s Cup last term and Scholars were the FA Cup champs. Women’s league matches will play at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will be using three venues each week to accommodate both leagues.
The reasons for the change are to highlight the importance and status of Cayman’s senior women’s league and to showcase the premier leagues on the same day and venues.
The Senior Women’s League will start on Oct. 25. The window for clubs to register players for this league is open and runs until Oct. 16.