The Cayman Islands Corporate Football League got under way in June at the Camana Bay Sports Complex.
Eight teams – Dart Enterprises, Butterfield Bank, Walkers, BritCay, MUFG, PwC, Maples and Fidelity – will participate in the annual summer league.
Karl Noble, an organiser of the league and previous Dart team manager and player, says, “The Corporate League is one of the most anticipated events of the year, which is why I was prepared to
step up and make sure that it happened.”
In order to participate in the league, players must be at least 18 years old. Up to three players on each team receive a “hall pass.” That means they don’t have to be associated with the company team on which they play. All other players must either be employed by the company (including summer interns) or be a spouse of an employee.
In addition, someone working in the financial services industry for a firm that doesn’t have a team in the league, can play on any team and not be considered one of the three “hall pass” exemptions.
The games are played with traditional 11-player squads and began 13 June and will go on until 31 August. Games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm, and Thursdays at 5:30pm and 7pm. Each game has 35-minute halves with a five-minute halftime interval.
A unique rule about the corporate league is that there must be at least one female on the field at a time. There is a strict no-tolerance rule for unsportsmanlike conduct, allowing those playing to feel safe at all times.
Noble said the Dart team had an amazing season last year.
“It was probably our best overall performance in the competition last year,” he said. “We were fortunate to have a number of experienced players that came to our team. Had we won the final game against Walkers, we would’ve won the league.”
This year the Dart team will be co-managed by Shekira Hydes and Chloe Tathum.