Western Confed boss sticks to old format
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The format of the Jamaica Football Federation's Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League is unlikely to change anytime soon, according to newly re-elected Western Confederation chairman Linnel McLean.
At least one of the four Confederations, Eastern Confederation, has abandoned the Super League in its season- long format, and has allowed teams to play in their own parish Major Leagues.
The winners of the parish leagues will then meet in a play-off, following which they will then represent the Confederation in the play-offs for a place in the Premier League the next season.
The Western Confederation and the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), however, have separate competitions where the parishes have their own leagues, while there is a Confederation Super League with the champions advancing to the Premier League play-offs.
According to McLean, whose nomination was recently unopposed to serve a second consecutive term, teams leaving the parish competitions to play at the Premier League level cannot be properly conditioned for the "massive change" without playing at least a full season at the Confederation level.
He argued that, "If we are dealing with development, then I think the teams want a place to go after graduating from the parish competitions."
He added, however, that whichever format is used, there will be a Confederation winner.
"Part of the thing with getting teams into the Premier League is the conditions that you put on the teams, whichever format you use, if you play the quick confederation league or over (a longer) time like us and KSAFA, you are going to get a winner and they will go forward, so it is the conditions you put on them that will ensure how ready they are to go forward," said Mc Lean.
McLean, who is a former KSAFA president and the long-standing Trelawny Football Association boss, said not every parish association has put in the requisite conditions to prepare their teams to play at the highest level.
Keeping the present format where the winners of each of the four parish Major Leagues are promoted to the Confederation each season is more beneficial, he argued.
The Western Confederation Super League attracted a record $3.6 million in sponsorship this year.