In just 10 days, the rivalries will start all over again when the Barbados Football Association's Premier kicks off. After coming to a close in July of this year, a switch that sees the local domestic season fall more in line with our international counterparts will signal an October 21st start to top-tier league competition.
Some of the best players in the island and from further afield will be letting it all hang out as they seek to keep Weymouth Wales from raising the trophy for a third straight year. Looking to come out with the win at the end of this season, the Carrington Village-based team will have to do it without Coach David Ward who helmed them to back-to-back wins.
Other changes to the league will see RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy and St. Andrew Lions coming up for the first time while Youth Milan are making a return after slogging their way through the lower leagues for some years. These clubs have a point to prove and will be jostling for points among the top flight stalwarts such as the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme, University of the West Indies Blackbirds and Stag Beer Champions Cup champions Paradise.
All teams will have an even chance to make it to the top despite being divided into two zones. With six teams on each side, each club will play all teams twice, with the top teams playing a two-best-of-three series to decide the champion. At the bottom of the pack this year, the fifth and sixth placed teams will play across the zones with the losers being relegated and the winners playing off against each other. The loser of that match will be demoted while the winner gets to stay up.
Zone 1: Weymouth Wales, UWI Blackbirds, Brittons Hill, Porey Spring, Barbados Soccer Academy, Notre Dame
Zone 2: Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme, Paradise, Ellerton, Empire Club, Youth Milan, St. Andrew Lions