New format for Premier League
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)