GFF Elite League Season 4 promotion play-offs commence Saturday
Eight teams will vie for a chance to participate in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League Season 4 when the footballing body hosts the Elite League Season 4 promotion play-offs this Saturday and Sunday at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence.
The teams include League champions from Regional Member Associations (RMAs) including Riverview FC (Bartica FA); Soesdyke Falcons (East Bank FA); Buxton Stars FC (East Demerara FA); FC Eagles (West Demerara FA); NA United (Berbice FA) and Police FC, Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Santos FC respectively from the Georgetown FA.
In an invited comment, GFF’s Competitions Director Ian Alves explained the
inclusion of two additional clubs from the GFA: “The Berbice and Essequibo-Pomeroon FAs could not field a champion club in the year-end tournament, but contested as an Association. The opportunity was, therefore, utilised to involved two of the GFA clubs that performed creditably during 2018.”
Following the official draw of the play-offs held on Tuesday at the GFF’s Boardroom in the presence of participating clubs’ representatives, the event will see Santos FC battle FC Eagles at 10:00h, GFC face Buxton Stars at 12:00h, Riverview FC oppose Police FC at 14:00h and NA United FC take on Soesdyke Falcons at 16:00h.
On Sunday, the schedule will see the winner of Match 1 versus the winner of Match 2 at 10:00h and the winner of Match 3 versus the winner of Match 4 at 12:00h.
The play-offs became necessary as per the GFF Elite League Rules & Regulations, which speak to relegation and promotion at the end of the League.
According to the rules, “the top eight clubs based on their points standing at the end of the tournament will automatically qualify for the next season. The 10th-placed team will be automatically relegated and the winner of the Association Level Championship (ALC) will be promoted. The 9th -placed team will have a playoff with the runner-up of the ALC to determine promotion and relegation.”
As per the current points standing, Cougars FC have been relegated while NA United will fight for their chance to remain in the Elite League. The GFF Elite League is scheduled to commence in early March.