The Belize Premier League kicks off on Saturday, July 23

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Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2022. 11:17 a.m. CST.

Photo credit: Bandit Sports

By Ruben Morales Iglesias: After internal problems, the Belize Premier League in court and caused it to be shut down, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) instituted the FFB Top League last season to maintain top-flight football in line with Concacaf and FIFA requirements.

The PLB have resolved their differences and now resume their championship this month.

PLB manager Wilhelm Miguel said that although the PLB includes nine teams, at least five more have requested to be included in the upcoming season.

The PLB said in June, after its 7th Ordinary Congress, that its nine clubs would play a double round robin followed by playoffs to determine the champion. This champion will represent Belize in the 2023 Central American Championship which qualifies six teams for the new and expanded Concacaf Champions League announced by Concacaf on June 1.

Member clubs of the PLB are Bandits Sports, Placencia Assassins, Verdes FC, San Pedro Pirates, Altitude FC, Wagiya FC, Freedom Fighters, Police FC and Belize Defense Force FC.

The PLB has not released the names of the new clubs that have applied for membership.

Clubs, such as Verdes, Altitude, Bandits and Wagiya, are actively preparing for the upcoming season. The national champions Verdes, who are also preparing their participation in the Central American club championship, play their first friendly match against CSD Melchor of neighboring Guatemalan Melchor de Mencos at Edmund Marshalleck Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.


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