2015–16 GFF Elite League

The 2015–16 GFF Elite League (known as the 2015–16 Stag Elite League for sponsorship reasons) was the 15th season of the highest competitive football league in Guyana, and the 1st season of the Elite League. Eight FIFA licensed clubs participated in the inaugural Elite League season.[1] The season was split into two parts (known as the Genesis and Finale rounds). Each half consisted of 14 rounds, with each team playing the other 7 teams twice each. In each round, the top 4 teams advanced to the playoffs. The winners of each half then faced off to determine the overall champion.[2][3] The two half-season champions also advanced to the 2017 CFU Club Championship.

GFF Elite League
Season2015–16
ChampionsGenesis:
Slingerz (1st title)
Finale:
Alpha United (6th title)
Overall:
Slingerz
CFU Club ChampionshipSlingerz
Alpha United
Matches played121
Goals scored363 (3 per match)

Slingerz (the Genesis round champions) defeated Alpha United (the Finale round champions) to win the overall championship.

Team informationEdit

Cities of teams playing in the 2015–16 GFF Elite League
Team City
Alpha United Georgetown
Buxton United Buxton
Fruta Conquerors Georgetown
Georgetown Georgetown
Guyana Defence Force Georgetown
Monedderlust Zee Lust
Pele Georgetown
Slingerz Vergenoegen

Source:[1]

Genesis roundEdit

The Genesis round consisted of 14 rounds from 18 September to 22 November 2015. Each team played the other 7 teams twice each. The top 4 teams advanced to the playoffs.[3]

Genesis tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation SLI PEL ALP FRU GDF BUX GEO MON
1 Slingerz 14 9 4 1 29 9 +20 28[a] Qualification to Genesis playoff round 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 4–0 5–0 3–0
2 Pele 14 8 3 3 28 15 +13 27 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–3
3 Alpha United 14 7 5 2 22 12 +10 26 0–1 0–3 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
4 Fruta Conquerors 14 5 5 4 18 19 −1 20 3–3 1–2 0–3 2–2 0–0 4–2 2–1
5 Guyana Defence Force 14 5 2 7 22 23 −1 17 2–4 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1
6 Buxton United 14 4 1 9 10 23 −13 13 0–2 0–2 3–4 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0
7 Georgetown 14 3 3 8 13 30 −17 12 0–0 0–6 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–0 1–2
8 Monedderlust 14 3 1 10 11 22 −11 10 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 0–1
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Slingerz were deducted three points for not fielding a team in protest against Guyana Defence Force on 14 October after one of Slingerz's players was ruled ineligible. GDF were also awarded the match 3–0.

Genesis playoff roundEdit

The top 4 teams from the Genesis regular season advanced to the playoffs. The semifinals were played on 25 November, and the final was played on 29 November.[3]

  Semifinals     Final
                 
  1 Slingerz 2  
  4 Fruta Conquerors 0    
      1 Slingerz 3
      3 Alpha United 2
  2 Pele 1    
  3 Alpha United 3   Third place
 
4 Fruta Conquerors 0
  2 Pele 1

SemifinalsEdit

The two semifinal winners advanced to the Genesis round final.


Third-place matchEdit

FinalEdit

The winners of the Genesis round final were assured of a spot in the 2017 CFU Club Championship and the Champion of Champions game.

Finale roundEdit

The Finale round consisted of 14 rounds from 12 February to 4 June 2016. Each team played the other 7 teams twice each. The top 4 teams advanced to the playoffs.[3]

Finale tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation SLI FRU ALP PEL GDF BUX MON GEO
1 Slingerz 14 13 1 0 42 8 +34 40 Qualification to Finale playoff round 8–1 1–1 1–0 7–1 2–1 4–0 2–1
2 Fruta Conquerors 14 11 1 2 34 22 +12 34 0–2 3–1 2–1 5–2 2–1 2–1 6–2
3 Alpha United 14 9 3 2 36 11 +25 30 1–2 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1
4 Pele 14 5 2 7 15 20 −5 17 1–2 0–2 0–5 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1
5 Guyana Defence Force 14 5 2 7 23 29 −6 17 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 4–2 5–1
6 Buxton United 14 3 2 9 12 22 −10 11 0–2 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–2 3–2 3–2
7 Monedderlust 14 1 3 10 12 37 −25 6 0–5 1–4 0–4 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–0
8 Georgetown 14 1 2 11 10 35 −25 5 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–0
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored

Finale playoff roundEdit

The top 4 teams from the Finale regular season advanced to the playoffs.[3]

  Semifinals     Final
                 
  1 Slingerz 3  
  4 Pele 1    
      1 Slingerz 0 (0)
      3 Alpha United 0 (3)
  2 Fruta Conquerors 0    
  3 Alpha United 4   Third place
 
4 Pele 2
  2 Fruta Conquerors 3

SemifinalsEdit

The two semifinal winners advanced to the Finale round final.


Third-place matchEdit

FinalEdit

The winners of the Finale round final were assured of a spot in the 2017 CFU Club Championship and the Champion of Champions game.

Champion of ChampionsEdit

Slingerz (champions of the Genesis round) faced Alpha United (champions of the Finale round) in the Champion of Champions game to determine the season's overall champion.[2]

  1. ^
    Match was to be held at Guyana Defence Force Ground in Georgetown, but was moved due to inclement weather.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Guyana Football Federation announces its Elite League". Kaieteur News. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Duncan Saul (7 September 2015). "Elite League is Defining Moment for GFF". Stabroek New. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Avenash Ramzan (10 September 2015). "Fixtures Out For Stag Elite League". Guyana Times. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.