The battle for football supremacy might be over on the world stage, but in Grand Cayman’s corporate world, the champion is yet to be decided.
The annual Camana Bay Corporate Football League began on June 5 and ends on Aug. 22 at the Camana Bay Sports Complex.
“If you work in the financial services sector, you can play,” says Shalisa Barnett, one of the Camana Bay programme coordinators.
The eight participating teams this year include Dart Enterprises, Butterfield Bank, Walkers, MUFG, PwC, Maples, and this year the league welcomed Knighthead Annuity and Cayman National Bank.
All players must be at least 18 years old. Those working in the financial services sector who do not have a team in the league are allowed to play for another team of their choice that is participating.
“The biggest change from last year was the ‘hall pass’ players,” said Barnett, referring to a rule last year that allowed for teams to have up to three people not working in financial services on their roster. This year, there was no “hall pass” for those working outside financial services.
The games are with standard 11-player teams. Games are played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each game is 70 minutes long with two 35-minute halves and a five-minute halftime.
A long-standing rule in the league is that there must be at least one female on the field at all times or teams play with one less player.
The league is intended to promote safe play.
“When it comes to tackling, we’ve given the refs the ability to be a little harsher when giving out yellow and red cards because we’re trying to protect the safety of both men and women,” says Barnett.
Similar to last year, there are two play-off brackets — a “Plate” bracket for the bottom four teams and a “Cup” bracket for the top teams. The finals for both brackets will take place on Aug. 22.