Women’s football to kick off in February

Scholars Int'l and Sunset FC are two of the clubs set to compete.

With new Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president Alfredo Whittaker describing the development of the women’s game as “one of our biggest challenges”, the belated start of the 2017/18 Women’s League is finally set for next month.

As many as five teams are possible in the league that is scheduled to begin during the first week of February, which would signal an increase of one compared to last season. Defending champions Elite Sports Club, Scholars International and Sunset Football Club have confirmed they will be in the league along with George Town Sports Club, which is making a return to the competition.

CaymanSportsBuzz.com understands two other clubs – Alliance FC (which played last season) and Tigers FC – were in talks to form a combined unit. However, their participation was not confirmed at the time of writing. Their inclusion or exclusion would then determine how many games each side would play in the league.

There will be no Charity Shield for the women this season and no President’s Cup. However, the women will play an FA Cup competition.

Whittaker, who took the reins in November, lamented that not much has been done to develop the women’s game in the Cayman Islands over the years. “Unfortunately, we never grew it,” he said.

The CIFA president added that there needs to be some incentive for the young ladies to lace up their boots, especially since national team opportunities have been sparse. “There are so many young girls who want to play but the way we have been playing is not appealing. There is no incentive for playing. The U15 teams, they go away, they do well and then they disappear,” he said.

Going forward, Whittaker said the plan is to revive the national programmes for female teams at all age levels “not just training but participating overseas and receiving teams here as well”.

CaymanSportsBuzz.com will have more on the CIFA Women’s League in the coming weeks.

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