Friday 13 December, 2019

New season of RSPL set to kick off on September 16

File photo shows action from the final of the the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) between Portmore United and Waterhouse at the National Stadium on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Portmore United defeated Waterhouse 4-3 on penalties. After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra-time, both teams had battled to a 0-0 deadlock.

After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra-time, both teams had battled to a 0-0 deadlock.

File photo shows action from the final of the the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) between Portmore United and Waterhouse at the National Stadium on Monday, April 23, 2018. Portmore United defeated Waterhouse 4-3 on penalties. After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra-time, both teams had battled to a 0-0 deadlock. After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra-time, both teams had battled to a 0-0 deadlock.

The 2018-2019 season of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) has been pushed back by over two weeks.

A release issued by Don Anderson, chairman of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ), stated that the new season will kick off on September 16 instead of later this month.

The release stated that "the date was finalised following a meeting with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) at its St Lucia Avenue-based offices last week."

The  PFAJ stated that "the new season was pushed back due to the number of other national and regional football events that will be taking place between the end of this month and the second week in September.

"These include the Concacaf Nations League involving the national team, the Women's World Cup qualifiers, as well as Concacaf club competition involving two of the country's top Premier League teams — Portmore United and Arnett Gardens FC."

The PFAJ also said that "all entities are fully engaged to make this season one of the best ever. The PFAJ is committed to the upliftment of the game across the league and will shortly advise the date for the official launch of the 2018‐2019 league.

"Most clubs have been busy during the transfer window which opened on July 1 and which closes on August 31, securing the best available talent to ensure they can make the best push for success during the season."

The PFAJ also said that efforts are continuing to improve all the playing surfaces and venues to enhance the quality of the football in the league.

The two promoted teams, Mount Pleasant FA out of St Ann and St Catherine-based Dunbeholden FC, will join champions Portmore United, last season's beaten finalists Waterhouse FC, and eight other teams in vying for the coveted trophy and prize money on offer.

Harbour View, Cavaliers, Arnett Gardens, The University of the West Indies, Montego Bay United, Tivoli Gardens, Humble Lion, and Reno are the other teams set to feature.

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