Boys’ Primary Football League kicks off

| 29/09/2016
CNS Local Life

Action from last year’s opening rally match between Prospect (purple) and George Town (blue)

(CNS Local Life): The 2016/2017 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) opening rally is set for Saturday, 1 October beginning 9am at the traditional home of local football, the T.E. McField Sports Field (Annex Field) in George Town. Three-time defending opening rally champions Cayman Prep aim to continue the school’s winning ways by going for a record fourth consecutive title. Prep defeated Truth For Youth in last year’s thrilling final thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 win in extra time.

The opening rally has always been very competitive. This year, along with Cayman Prep, also competing are the 2015 third-place finisher, Cayman International School, and fourth-placed St Ignatius Prep. Other schools participating include George Town Primary, Savannah Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, Prospect Primary, NorthEast Schools, Cayman Brac, St. Ignatius Prep and Triple C.

The opening rally is a fast-paced one-day tournament with games being a short 10 minutes per half with no off sides. Games must end with a winner. If games are tied at the end of the 20 minutes, penalties will decide the victor.

The first round of play is the group stage with schools being divided into three groups.

Schools play each other once in their respective group with the two top schools from each group and the two best third-place schools advancing to the second round – the knockout stage. From the quarterfinals, the semifinalists are decided with the resulting two winners advancing to the final and the two losers playing for third and fourth place.

The three groups comprise Zone A with Cayman Brac, Cayman International School, George Town and St Ignatius Prep; Zone B with Cayman Prep, NorthEast Schools, Savannah Primary and Triple C; and Zone C with Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary and Sir John A. Cumber Primary.

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