Ladies’s Premier League set for December 4 begin

Footballer Annalecia Johnson (second proper) in dialogue with Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) Ladies’s Committee head Elaine Walker-Brown (From left), Common Secretary Dennis Chung and President Michael Ricketts through the launch of the Ladies’s Premier League at JFF headquarters yesterday.Karl McLarty

FORMER nationwide ahead Rena Gordon and Annalecia Johnson are simply two gamers celebrating the return of the native Ladies’s Premier League, which they view as their alternative to attain some semblance of aggressive parity the place breaking into the senior Reggae Girlz set-up is anxious.

Each had been current on the Jamaica Soccer Federation’s (JFF) base for yesterday’s launch of the league which is now again on the calendar after a three-year absence attributable to an absence of sponsorship, amongst different issues.

Although but to verify an official title sponsor, the nation’s governing soccer physique marked the league’s return with a big allocation of $750,000 to every of the ten taking part golf equipment to help with preparation forward of the December 4 kick-off.

Moreover, the league winners will pocket $500,000 and the runners-up $300,000 and $200,000, respectively. The fourth-placed group shall be awarded $160,000 for his or her efforts.

Gordon, who was a staple for Jamaica’s Below-17 and Below-20 groups, says having the league not solely ensures that gamers keep energetic and might proceed their growth, however it additionally provides them one thing to aspire to.

For her, it is a possibility to presumably drive her method again into the senior set-up, after final giving the nationwide colours within the Caribbean section of Olympic Qualifiers on residence soil in 2019.

Former Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Menzies and his successor Lorne Donaldson have avidly advocated for the league’s return, as they constantly voiced their discontent at not having the ability to think about regionally based mostly gamers for choice.

The Girlz shall be making their second-consecutive look on the World Cup, having debuted in 2019 in France. They face a frightening Group F alongside France and Brazil, with their different opponent to return from February’s Intercontinental play-offs.

“It is actually good to have the league again,” Gordon, who represents Cavalier, informed the Jamaica Observe.

“We have now been ready some time for its return and now that we’ve got a possibility to play, I’m much more motivated now to work onerous and do my greatest to presumably work my method again into the nationwide group. So, it is nearly going on the market and doing what I can to make a mark and in addition assist my group to win the league,” she added.

Johnson, who will line up for St Catherine-based outfit Royal Lakes, echoed comparable sentiments.

“I am really excited. This shall be my first time enjoying within the league and I am unable to say how joyful I’m for the chance for not solely me, however for the opposite girls to showcase our abilities and categorical ourselves via soccer, “Johnson shared.

“We have all seen what the Reggae Girlz have performed and so I’m certain others like myself are hoping to make a great impression and presumably get invited to the nationwide group,” the 18-year-old St Jago alumna informed the Observe.

Together with Cavalier and Royal Lakes, Fraszier’s Whip, Olympic Gardens, Rangers and Actual Mobay shall be joined by new groups Baptiste, out of St Thomas; Springers United, located in St James; Clarendon-based Vere United; and Manchester’s Mile Gully.

Notable absentees are many-time champions Barbican and Waterhouse.

The league, which is predicted to final six months consistent with Fifa necessities, will see groups enjoying residence and away fixtures at choose venues main into the quarter-finals and semi-finals, which may also be two-way fixtures. The ultimate is ready to be contested in Could 2023.

Groups may also contest a knockout competitors scheduled for a February 18 begin.

JFF President Michael Ricketts defined that plans are additionally in place to host a Tier Two competitors to get extra feminine gamers concerned.

“We’re on the verge of signing a contract with a title sponsor so hopefully that shall be performed in one other few days and that can beef up the competitors. We’re very excited on the prospects of girls’s soccer; that is the premier competitors and there may be additionally a Tier Two competitors that we wish to begin on the finish of February.

“Some younger gamers shall be showcasing their expertise with the expectation of constructing the [Reggae Girlz] squad, and we need to encourage gamers to take action. We do not need soccer to only be soccer – we need to impression our nation. And we might have produced gamers comparable to Khadija Shaw, Jody Brown, Trudi Carter and others, and we need to be sure that’s what our applications are all about,” mentioned Ricketts.

In the meantime, Elaine Walker-Brown, the JFF’s head of girls’s soccer, additionally expressed delight concerning the league’s return, pointing to the platform it gives for native gamers.

“With the Reggae Girlz being the place they’re at I’m simply joyful that we can provide the youthful gamers which have seen them and have been impressed by them, the chance to be part of ladies’s soccer historical past once more. They’re extra impressed now and so I cannot be stunned if one or two of our native gamers take someone’s spot going to the World Cup,” Walker-Brown opined.

Collaborating groups:

Space A

Fraszier’s Whip

Olympic Gardens


Springers United




Royal Lakes

Vere United

Mile Gully


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