Saturday evening, BAFA Women’s have released the 2018 Sapphire Series Schedule, which includes the new format of 7-a-side balling in both tiers.
We’ll have more analysis shortly, but for now, enjoy:
2018 SAPPHIRE SERIES – Schedules Announced:
The 2018 Sapphire Series – BAFA’s national championship for women’s football will kick-off on February 3rd.
This series features eighteen teams representing clubs from Scotland, Wales and England battling it out in three Divisions.
The eight teams that formed Division 1 in 2017 all return to contest the 2018 National Crown, which will be played using the Sapphire 7v7 format.
The new Division 2A will feature six teams making their first step-up from 5v5 format to play 7v7 and Division 2B is made-up of four developing teams contesting at the 5v5 format, including Sapphire new-comers, the Kent Exiles Women.
BAFA Head of Women’s Football Development, Jim Messenger, said; “This series will be an exciting mixture of old rivals renewing the battle for the national crown and developing teams striving to grow to the next level of competition. I guess the biggest question for most people will be if any team can overcome four-times champions Birmingham Lions Women to steal the national title this year. But the Division 2 battle will also be intense with an intriguing look at the teams stepping-up to the larger format in 2A.”
All games are played as part of multi-team tournaments to establish the divisional rankings going in to the finals tournaments, which will all take place on 17th March