• Today
    January 23

  • 12:14 AM

BFA: Parade – or lose points

RACHELLE AGARD, rachelleagard@nationnews.com

Added 13 January 2018

al-walcott-011318

BFA’s senior vice-president Captain Al Walcott (left) and technical director Ahmed Mohamed showing the Champions Trophy for the upcoming Williams Equipment Pre-Season Cup. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Senior vice-president of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Captain Al Walcott is reminding member clubs about the six-point deduction rule for not parading at the opening ceremony.

“We expect that all registered clubs for the 2018 season will parade. If a club fail to parade, they will forfeit six vital points for the start of the season, so they will be starting their campaign in a deficit. This is a serious rule . . . . and we’re expecting that all clubs will join us in the parade to avoid that six points in deficit at the start of the season,” he said during a media briefing at their Wildey headquarters on Thursday. 

Article 9 (X) on Page 17 of the BFA Tournament Rules reads: “Teams failing to parade with a full complement of players shall have six points deducted”.

Seventy-four teams are expected to parade tomorrow at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex at the opening of the domestic season, after which all registered clubs will be presented with the CONCACAF club licensing certificates, with a number of other individuals being presented with certificates as well.

“We will present the FIFA refereeing badges to the four referees who would have made the FIFA referees list this year; Gillian Martindale as a centre referee, and three assistants; Shannon Gibson, Tonya Deane and Kevon Clarke, who has been accepted for the first time this year.

“We will also be presenting the CONCACAF “C” License certificates to 17 coaches who would have qualified last year. They can now boast of being among the highest qualified CONCACF certified coaches in the confederation,” added general secretary Edwyn Wood.

After the parade and opening ceremony, play begins with a double-header between UWI Blackbirds, the winners of last year’s womens’ league, and a Presidents’ XI, while on the men’s side of the field, a select team of national and elite players will kick off against another Presidents’ XI.

Division 1 will follow play on January 31, and Division 2 will play on Tuesdays and is set to begin on February 6.

Play in Division 3 starts on Monday, February 5, while the Premier League begins on March 11 at the spankingnew-look Wildey AstroTurf.

However, Premier League players will get started on Errol Barrow Day in the four-week Williams Equipment Pre-Season Cup until the start of their season.

“The Pre-Season Cup commences with a double header at Bayville. This will bring the Premier League teams to communities such as Bayland, Dover, Ellerton, Friendship, Porey Spring, Bridgefield and Market Hill,” said Wood.

The semi-final matches will be played at Weymouth “A”, while the grand final follows at Empire grounds on February 25. In addition, the first-place team will be awarded $4 000; second-place, $2 000; third, $1 000, and fourth, $500.

Teams will be divided into three zones. The winners of each zone, along with the best overall second-place team, will advance to the semi-final round, which will be played using the knock-out format.

The competition will see triple-headers being played on Saturdays and Sundays, with the finals carded for theEmpire grounds.

Teams that win each game will be awarded $500 while their players will also earn incentives.

A Player Of The Match will be selected from each game, and will also get $100. The Player Of The Week will be awarded $300. (RA)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

HOT OFF THE PRESS

VIDEO

BLOGS

KRYSTLE CLEAR img
THE LONG VIEW img
INSIDE EDITORIAL img
What's Trending img
MONEY MATTERS img
Toni-Ann Johnson img

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

POLL

Are you satisfied with the service from Barbados' utility companies?

Yes
No

INSTAGRAM