Female 'ballers urged to take advantage of opportunities
THE $7.1 million Sherwin Williams-sponsored Women's Premier League and Colourscape Knockout competitions will now see 14 teams vying for supremacy, when the first round of league games kick off today.
All matches are scheduled to start at 3:30 pm.
The competition, which was yesterday launched at the offices of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is scheduled to end on December 13, while the knockout tournament is scheduled for August 23-October 25.
President of JFF, Captain Horace Burrell, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Sherwin Williams for their continued commitment to the development of women's football, as they have been sponsoring the competitions for 13 consecutive years.
"I can't thank Sherwin Williams enough; they have persisted, they have continued to support our football. For so many years Sherwin Williams has been around... indeed, in the early years when no other sponsors wanted to come on board and support women's football," he said, while delivering his remarks.
Burrell went on to challenge the players to make the best of what is being offered, and in doing so, quoted FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said: "The future of football is feminine."
"There are numerous opportunities which will come your way; many of you youngsters will be able to get scholarships. Be disciplined at all times... young ladies should not involve themselves in violence on the field. Turn up for your training on time, work hard, and in the end you will reap the benefits," he implored.
The league will be contested from two zones. Zone A will consist of Arnett Gardens FC, Barbican FC, Olympic Gardens FC, Portmore Strikers FC, Rangers FC, Trelawny Women's FC and Waterhouse FC, while Zone B will comprise UWI Women's, Real Morant Strikers, Los Perfectos FC, Harbour View FC, GC Foster College FC and newcomers Boys' Town FC and St James Women's Academy FC.
The top team from each zone will contest a mid-season final where the winner will receive $80,000 and the runners-up $60,000.
The winner of the league will cop $400,000, the runners-up $250,000, with third and fourth-place pocketing $150,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The knockout competition will see 12 teams doing battle for quarter-final spots, as last year's finalists Barbican FC and Harbour View FC have both been given byes.
Barbican FC vs Rangers FC @St Mary Sports Complex
Waterhouse FC vs Portmore Strikers FC @ Duhaney Park Playfield
Trelawny Women's FC vs Arnett Gardens FC @Elleston Wakeland Centre
GC Foster College vs Boys' Town @ GC Foster College
Los Perfectos vs UWI Women's @Brooks Park, Manchester
Real Morant Strikers vs St James Women's Academy @ York Complex