The co-ed Corporate Football League at the Camana Bay Sports Complex kicks off next month.
The league will feature seven weeks of group-stage games starting on June 5. Following one week allotted for make-up games, the play-offs will start on July 31, with the finals taking place on Aug. 22.
Games are played primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, although some teams could play occasional games on Mondays or Fridays, depending on the number of teams that enter the league.
“Last year there were eight teams,” said Dequan Bennett, Dart Real Estate’s sports programme coordinator. “We are hoping to get 10 this year.”
As a corporate league, only employees of participating company teams are generally eligible to play. However, any employee in the financial services industries of banking, insurance, money transfer services, law or accounting may participate. It’s also possible for two or more companies to merge and create one team, said Bennett.
Each team is required to have at least one female player on the field at all times, unless she gets a red card, in which case she must leave the field and the team plays short a player.
Every game will be officiated by three members of the Cayman Islands Referee Association. Games will be comprised of two 35-minute halves. Intermission between halves will be five minutes. At least seven players will be required to be present to start a game.
“If this quota is not met, the team with the required quota will be awarded a 3–0 win,” said Bennett.
Based on last year’s results, Bennett said there’s a developing rivalry between two banks — Fidelity and Butterfield — and two law firms — Maples and Walkers.
“The Corporate Football League is fun and recreational, but the teams are definitely playing to win, so it’s also competitive,” said Bennett.
For more information about how to participate, email [email protected]