The dates have been set for the final round in the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) League. All twelve teams will return to the pitch for competition following a near four month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently Bodden Town FC sits atop the table heading into round 11 with Scholars ISC lurking behind to potentially snatch the league title, should Bodden Town lose their respective match. Elite, Academy, Sunset and Latinos will all be playing to finish the league in third place. While teams like Alliance and North Side have no chance of escaping relegation.
The final premier league matches will be played between the 15th and 16th of next month (August). #7 Future and #11 Alliance will face one another at Ed Bush to kick off the series of round 11 games. That game will be followed by #9 Roma FC taking on #12 North Side at the Annex. North Side has been on an 11 game losing streak including one from the President’s Cup. If North Side loses to Roma, it would mark the first time a team has gone without a win or a draw for the entire men’s CIFA season.
A game that many local fans are buzzing about is the one that features #4 Academy against #5 Latinos at Ed Bush. This will be a shot at redemption for Academy, after losing to Latinos 3-0 in February which knocked them out of the Presidents Cup. Elite sits comfortably in third with 20 points as they look to take on underdogs #8 George Town at the Annex.
Scholars round 11 fixture is a must win, if they want a chance to win the title but that will be no walk in the park, as they must first get through #6 Sunset and second, hope Bodden Town squanders three points. Scholars will enter the match with the highest offense in the league, scoring 36 goals in total, 13 of which came from their own Kimani Finn. However, their opponent’s, Sunset comes in equally matched when it comes to being defensive. Both teams proved to have strong backlines, conceding 10 goals each throughout the season, putting them behind Bodden Town for the strongest defensive teams in the league.
#10 East End will head into their game against league leader’s Bodden Town as huge underdogs. #1 Bodden Town already defeated East End 4-1 in the President’s Cup earlier in the season and will be looking for a double. East End has had a shaking season losing 6 games out of their last 10, putting them in the position of relegation if they lose. On the other hand, Bodden Town comes into this match with the highest defense in the league and the second highest offensive team behind Scholars. Should the BT boys beat East End on August 9th at the Annex, it would mark their fourth league title.
League Champions in the last decade
- Elite SC, 2010–11
- Scholars International FC, 2011–12
- Bodden Town FC, 2012–13
- Bodden Town FC, 2013-14
- Scholars International FC, 2014–15
- Scholars International FC, 2015-16
- Bodden Town FC, 2016-17
- Scholars International FC, 2017-18
- Scholars International FC, 2018-19
In addition, the women’s league has already been clinched by Elite SC, but they will be looking to capture three points over rivals Scholars International in the final league game at Ed Bush, Saturday 8 August at 8:00pm. CIFA has notified teams, that officials and coaches are allowed on the field. Coaches are expected to wear masks throughout the game’s entirety and players are advised to not share water bottles.
Click the Cayman Islands Football Association, in “Associations” on the Cay 03 Sports home page to see the times, locations and dates for the CIFA Premier League round 11 fixtures.