JFF plans new promotion system
General secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Dalton Wint, says that there will be a new way by which clubs are promoted to the nation's top flight league come next season.
Instead of the champions of each of the confederations battling for two available spots in the Premier League, the JFF will implement a zoning system in an attempt to expose more regions to top-flight football
"There will be a slight change. As you know, KSAFA (Kingston and St Andrew Football Association) stands alone now. That won't be the case next season. The promotion system where the four Confed winners battle for two spots to the premier league will discontinue after this season." Wint told STAR Sports yesterday.
"Next season, they (KSAFA) will have to enter into a zoning with St Thomas FA and St Catherine FA by whatever means in order to send up somebody to the premier league."
STAR Sports understands the proposed method would see four teams from each of the mentioned associations playing in one group for one of four play-off spots.
The other three play-off spots would come from the rest of the Eastern Confederation, the rest of the South Central Confederation and the Western Confederation.
But veteran football administrator Carvel Stewart believes that this method may eliminate some of the best football clubs in the country.
"It does not make any sense. There are too many strong teams in KSAFA to be eliminating their opportunity in that way," Stewart, who is the vice- president of KSAFA said. "KSAFA is way advanced over the other two (associations) so it is going to eliminate St Catherine, who have been able to put a club into the play-offs almost on every occasion."