Although the FIFA World Cup is set for later this year, Barbados will be catching football fever from as early as this month as all players in the island will be keeping busy over the next few months. With the Barbados Football Association's 2018 Domestic Season scheduled to kick off on January 14th and getting started with play in the lower divisions and the Premier League Preseason Cup, the future of local football will also be on display when the 2018 National Youth Cup gets off the ground.
Slated for a January 27th start, only the cream of the crop will be on display as clubs will only be represented by a single team in each of the age divisions. With a format similar to the UEFA Champions League being adopted, the top eight clubs in each division from last year's Guardian Group Youth Football League will be competing in Tier One while all other clubs are eligible for Tier Two.
The top tier will see clubs divided into two groups of four with teams playing each other twice. The top two from each group move onto a double-knockout semifinal before squaring off against the team left standing from the other zone in March 24th finals. The fixtures will be set similarly in Tier Two with all teams placed in two zone and the top-four advancing to the double-knockout semifinal. Those finals will also be played on March 24th.
Tier One Teams for National Youth Cup
Under-9: Pro Shottas, Paradise, Launfal, West Coast Youth, Kick Start, Brittons Hill, Mavericks, King's Park Rangers
Under- 11: Pro Shottas, Silver Sands, Kick Start, Wildey Sports Academy, Pinelands, King's Park Rangers, Paradise, Barbados Soccer Academy
Under-13: NSC Blenheim Ballers, Barbados Soccer Academy, Kick Start, Barbados Youth Service, Pro Shottas, Pinelands, Notre Dame, Brittons Hill
Under-15: Mavericks, Kick Start, Pinelands, Paradise, Pro Shottas, Whitehall Spartans, Waterford Compton, Barbados Soccer Academy
Under-17: Pro Shottas, Pinelands, Kick Start, Mavericks, Paradise, Pride of Gall Hill, Barbados Youth Service, Cosmos