Primary Football League Opening Rally set for this weekend

Action from the 2015/2016 CUC PFL Opening Rally between Prospect, in purple, and George Town.

The 2016/2017 CUC Primary Football League Opening Rally is set for this Saturday, Oct. 1.

The matches kick off at 9 a.m. at the traditional home of local football, the T.E. McField Sports Field (known as the Annex Field) in George Town.

Three-time defending Opening Rally champions Cayman Prep aim to continue the school’s winning ways by going for a record fourth consecutive Opening Rally title. Prep defeated Truth For Youth in last year’s thrilling final, thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 win in extra time.

The Opening Rally has always been very competitive, with 11 schools competing this year including defending Rally champions Cayman Prep, third-placed Cayman International School and fourth-placed St. Ignatius Prep. Other schools competing include George Town Primary, Savannah Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, Prospect Primary, NorthEast Schools, Cayman Brac, St. Ignatius Prep and Triple C.

Cayman Prep, in blue, go for their fourth consecutive Opening Rally title.
Cayman Prep, in blue, go for their fourth consecutive Opening Rally title.

The Opening Rally is an exciting, fast-paced one-day tournament with games being a short 10 minutes per half with no offsides. Games must end with a winner. If games are tied at the end of the 20 minutes, penalties will decide the victor.

The first round of play is the group stage with schools being divided into three groups of four schools.

Schools play each other once in their respective group with the two top schools from each group and the two best third place schools advancing to the second round – the knockout stage.

From the quarterfinals, the semifinalists are decided with the resulting two winners advancing to the final and the two losers playing for third and fourth place.

The three groups of four schools include Zone A with Cayman Brac, Cayman International School, George Town and St. Ignatius Prep; Zone B with Cayman Prep, NorthEast Schools, Savannah Primary and Triple C; and Zone C with Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary and Sir John A. Cumber Primary.

The PFL Committee encourages fans to make their way to the Annex this Saturday to cheer on the youngsters.