3 teams to join CIFA women’s league

Woman’s football in Cayman Islands is set for an enhancement as the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) agreed to allow Latinos, Academy and Sunset to form their respective women teams for the upcoming season.

“This would be great, not only for development but also for the league,” said CIFA president Alfredo Whittaker. “We would have a total of six teams in the premier league, six young teams that would be an asset for our league and CIFA would be in a much better position to start monitoring and assisting the clubs.”

However, the three additional teams in the women’s league is only a possibility at this point. Academy’s Head of Youth Development, Paul Byles says, while they have agreed to form a team, players must first present themselves for it to become a reality.

“We are very interested in entering the women’s league but we have to make a final decision on that based on [the] availability of older players,” said Byles. “In keeping with our club goals, we encourage many of our players to go off to university or complete high school from 16 to 18 years old, so having a women’s team has been challenging. But this year we will assess our numbers and try to put a women’s team together if possible.”

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Local fans, players and officials have expressed frustration in the women’s league for years due to the lack of teams. Currently, Scholars International, Roma Fusion and Elite SC make up the entire league, playing repetitive matches against one another. The women’s league has also seen inconsistency with its players, with some teams playing matches without their full 11 on several different occasions.

In an interview earlier this year, Scholars defender Kaela Ebanks stated, “We have three teams, which isn’t very good.” She is one of many passionate players who crave more competition. Someone who agrees with Ebanks, is Latinos’ Vice President Emilia Rodriguez-Taylor. “The future for these young females is very promising,” said Rodriguez-Taylor. “They have amazing potential and having only 3 teams for the seniors is not enough,”

Rodriguez-Taylor says while the increase in competition is important, there are many other benefits that women can gain from playing on the field.

“Latinos FC is working on developing new programs… we are starting with the senior female team,” said Rodriguez-Taylor. “Girls involved in athletics feel better about themselves, both physically and socially. It helps to build confidence when you see your skills improving and your goals becoming [a] reality. Other esteem-boosting benefits of sports participation include getting in shape, maintaining a healthy weight.”

We reached out to Sunset FC for an update regarding their women’s team, they did not respond before publish time.

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