By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announces the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Closing Season kickoff for October 22 but the National A Division sub champions San Pedro Pirates, National B Division champions Corozal Bay City, and the B Division’s Elena Strikers and Corozal United Warriors are all gone.
That means only four of five A Division teams are returning and only two of five B Division teams will still be playing. Four of the Opening Season’s ten teams disappeared.
The Closing Season will consist of four A Division and five B Division teams.
The A Division will consist of National Champions Sagitun GIRLZ, ex-champions Jewel Fury, Rumberas, and the Verdes Rebels.
The B Division will consist of the two returning teams, namely sub-champions Wagiya United SC, who will now be known as Wagiya SC Ladies, and the Cayo Dreamers, and newcomers Guardian FC (the Belize Coast Guard team), Belmopan’s Napoles FC, and Belize City’s Millennium Fusion.
The FFB said they are “happy to announce that the Closing Season for the National Amateur Women’s League is scheduled to commence on Saturday, October 22, 2022,” but while they might be happy, the reality is that it’s a sad day for women’s football when four teams drop out at the middle of the football year. No wonder the championship is just starting. Makes you wonder how many cubs will survive the year.
Football is not a sport that gets sponsors very easily and consistently, and to see the lack of support for women’s sports is just depressing.
Anyway, the FFB said the A Division will play home and away rounds. The top two teams will play in a knockout final.
The B Division will play a single round-robin. The top four qualify for the knockout semifinals, the winners of which will play a single final match as well.
The two championships should run for seven weeks ending on December 3, 2022.