– GFF Elite League On Pause Until February 2018
– Two Million Dollars Up For Grabs
8th November, Georgetown: The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will launch an exciting year-end tournament –“GFF Super 16 Yearend Classic” – on Saturday, 9th December at the GFF’s Boardroom at 11:00hrs.
The launch, scheduled for 11:00hrs, will feature representatives of the key partner – Top Brandz Distributors – and representatives from the participating clubs. The knockout football tournament is scheduled to commence on Friday, 15th December and will wrap up with a grand finals and third-place playoff on Monday, 1st January, 2018. It will feature 10 elite clubs, five of the country’s top non-elite clubs and an Indigenous All-Stars team.
Wayne Forde, GFF’s President, said the Federation is excited about this initiative and is part of the strategy to streamline football competition for the coming years: “We have had a disjointed approach to competition among the membership that must be reconciled with our player development strategy. The format will change next year and will feature a country-wide playoff that all Associations will participate in. Every member will benefit financially from the tournament with games being played in many Associations. We will be moving the finals around the country each year as well. I think the fans will definitely appreciate the new format. There will also be a massive 1st January show, details will be announced later.”
The tournament has resulted in the postponement of the GFF Elite League, which is scheduled to restart in February 2018. In a correspondence dated 6th December to Elite Clubs, the GFF informed of this change: “On observing that the Elite League Clubs have all completed two matches each at the present stage of the League, it seems wise to break at this point, which would allow all of the clubs to restart on an even platform next year, avoiding any club feeling short-changed after the break.”
While the tournament’s top prize is set at two millions dollars, the second prize is one million dollars, third-place prize is five hundred thousand dollars and the fourth-placed team will take away two hundred and fifty thousand dollars together with football equipment including balls and cones.
For more information, contact:
Debra Francis (Ms.)
Communications and Public Relations Officer