JFF/SportsMax Elite Under-18 League kicks off with 6 matches

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Defending champions Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) All Stars tackle St Catherine Saints in East Zone action at the Spanish Town Prison Oval at 4:45 pm in one of six matches, as the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) /SportsMax Elite Under-18 League kicks off today.

In the other East Zone games, which is a double-header at Drax Hall in St Ann, Portland Blazers take on St Thomas Cobras at 1:45 pm, before St Ann Giants play St Mary Raiders at 3:45 pm.

In West Zone double-header action at the Elletson Wakeland Centre, St Elizabeth Tigers tackle Hanover Patriots at 1:45 pm, before Trelawny Baron battle Manchester Lions at 3:45 pm.

In the lone game at Juici Park in Clarendon, last season's runners-up Clarendon Galaxy play Westmoreland Warriors at 3:45 pm.

Thirteen parish teams will be vying for $1-m prize monies with the winners walking away with $500,000, and the runners-up taking home $200,000. The losing semi-finalists will pocket $100,000.

KSAFA will once again start favourites based on the domination of the Corporate Area teams in most schoolboy and senior competitions. Clarendon and St Catherine are expected to be their main challengers.

Once again regional Caribbean broadcast giants SportsMax will enable viewers to watch their favourite high school stars in action live every Saturday. Digicel will also broadcast the games live on mobile devices across the Caribbean using the PlayGo app.

There has been a change in the format that will see cross-zone matches for the first time. Previously the top two teams from each zone did not meet until the final.

At the end of the competition, a team of La Liga youth coaches will conduct coaching clinics with the winning teams of 2017 and this year, which will also include the top two footballers nominated from the other teams.

— Howard Walker

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