New for­mat for Premier League

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 3 -

SIX FOR­MER cham­pi­ons will have the op­por­tu­nity, along with six other teams, to cap­ture the grand prize of $25 000 in next year’s Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Premier League com­pe­ti­tion.

In a re­vamped two-zone for­mat, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Wey­mouth Wales will face Par­adise, Notre Dame, Brit­tons Hill, Sil­ver Sands and the “Mighty Blues” Em­pire in Zone 1.

The Bar­ba­dos De­fence Force Sports Pro­gramme will be joined by Ren­dezvous, Eller­ton, UWI Black­birds, Water­ford Comp­ton and Porey Spring in Zone 2 where they will vie for the top spot.

The 2018 sea­son, which kicks off on Jan­uary 7, will see teams in­creased to 12 in the new for­mat, and three teams will be de­moted to Divi­sion One at the end of the sea­son.

The sec­ond placed team will earn $12 000, third place $7 500, and fourth will earn $4 000.

Each team will play a min­i­mum of 16 matches, play­ing each team in their re­spec­tive zones twice and all other teams in the op­po­site zone once, be­fore the play­off rounds.

The teams plac­ing sixth in each zone will au­to­mat­i­cally be de­moted, while fifth placed teams will play each other with the los­ing side also be­ing de­moted.

An in­cen­tive of $500 will be awarded to each win­ner prior to the play­offs.

There will be no cash prizes for drawn matches or los­ing teams.

How­ever, any team for­feit­ing a match will be fined $500.

In­di­vid­ual awards of $500 will also be awarded for most goals, best goal­keeper, best de­fender and best mid­fielder. The most valu­able player will re­ceive $1 000 for his ef­forts. (RA)

CLIN­I­CAL CRIS­TIANO: Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo beat­ing goal­keeper Boy Water­man with a near-post fin­ish high into the nets. (Reuters.)

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