Sapphire Flax fights her way through two defenders during a match between Ballstars and VG United prior to the start of the women’s league on Oct. 31. (Photo: BVIFA)
Sapphire Flax fights her way through two defenders during a match between Ballstars and VG United prior to the start of the women’s league on Oct. 31. (Photo: BVIFA)

Following the Women’s Festival Cup and the national team training programmes both on Tortola and Virgin Gorda, the BVI Football Association is now preparing to launch its women’s league Oct. 31.

It has been almost four years since the Ballstars were crowned champions after beating VG United.

Last weekend Ariel Mohammed, Darci Reich and Tinia Van Zoost, all former players in the BVIFA Schools Programme, took part in a training session and practice match.

“The future is looking great” said Wayne Phillip, who is in charge of the programme along with Anna French of Virgin Gorda. “The energy and the interest coming from the girls proves we are heading in the right direction and it is definitely exciting times.”

In the match, Team Mohammed beat Team Van Zoost, 3-1, with goals from Ms. Reich (2) and Morgan Creque and Kezia Gumbs.

The majority of players are under 19 years old.

The national team training takes place three times a week.

Each of the teams participating will be affiliated to a member club of the BVIFA and must include a qualified coach. Ideally, they will play in the same colours as the parent club and all players will be registered with the BVIFA.

Initially the games will be five-a-side and take place to coincide with men’s games on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Four teams have already completed the registration process, including the Wolues, Avengers, Panthers and VG Utd. The other Clubs are putting together rosters and any females still not signed are encouraged to seek out a club or contact the BVIFA office.


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