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PDL set for Xmas cup

Nine teams will challenge for the Champions Cup as part of the inaugural Player Development League (PDL) Christmas Tournament.The competition will feature three groups with the top teams qualifying for the next stage, while the best two second place finishers will meet in a play-off to decide the fourth semi-final spot.Group One will see St.David's, St.George's and YMSC do battle, Group Two is made up of Dandy Town, North Village and Devonshire Cougars and Group Three includes Somerset Trojans, PHC and BAA. The tournament runs from Monday, December 20, 2010 until January 2, 2011. Matches will be played at BFA Field, BAA Field, Devonshire Rec. and Bernard Park.The PDL was designed to give those players not quite ready to break into first team football, aged between 18-23, a competitive avenue to continue their development rather than drop out of the game completely.However, the PDL's first season was scrapped halfway through due to the amount of unfulfilled fixtures that could not be crammed in before the end of the campaign.The BFA's player development committee chairman, Mark Wade, admitted last season's PDL did not go to plan but said he had been encouraged by the start of the new campaign.“Last's season's PDL did start off slowly but we've been pleased by how the new season has gone so far. Hopefully the Champions Cup will build on that success.”Wade, who coaches PHC's PDL team, hopes Bermuda's football fans will turn out to support the Island's next generation of players in the Christmas Tournament.He also said the BFA would soon be in a position to announce which overseas team would be playing the Bermuda Under-20s and Dandy Town over Christmas.It's believed the BFA are to bring in an American side from the Premier Development League, the division in which the Bermuda Hogges played in last summer.