Wellington Vows To Ramp Up Growth Of Schoolboy Football

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President of the ISSA, Keith Wellington, vows to continue the growth of Schoolboy football in Jamaica.

Wellington is serving his first term as president after Dr. Walton Small did not seek re-election.

The schoolboy football season kicks-off with seven Manning Cup games and 31 daCosta Cup matches, on September-7.

Wellington is encouraging corporate Jamaica to partner with the Association.

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Keith Wellington, president of ISSA.

Meanwhile, ISSA announced plans to yet again re-evaluate the structure of its Walker and Ben Francis knockout competitions.

The 2019 season will see 129 teams competing for the six trophies.

In addition to the Manning Cup and DaCosta Cup, teams will also compete for the Walker Cup Knockout, Ben Francis Knockout Cup, Champions Cup, and the season-ending Olivier Shield.

The Ben Francis and Walker Cup competitions were labelled the “losers cup” as last year’s format prevented top schools from competing.

For the Ben Francis Cup Knockout, teams which placed second and third in the four DaCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest this competition.

The Ben Francis Knockout Cup will be played in three sets of match- ups in three rounds, with the second round being the semi-finals and the third round, the final.

In the Walker Cup, all teams knocked out in the Round of 16 home- and-away second round tie of the Manning Cup will be involved in a playoff.

The winners match up in a subsequent round with the third and fourth place teams in each of the two Manning Cup quarterfinal groups of four match-ups.

The winners of each of those games will qualify for the semi-finals.



Alrick Swaby is a reporter/producer at Nationwide News Network. He started his career with the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, JBC, in 1995. He has experiences in radio and television broadcasting, reporting and production. He is now on his second stint with Nationwide after rejoining in 2012, Pursuing his passion.


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