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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #180 on: September 22, 2017, 01:40:24 AM »
TTFA technical director outlines plans for the sport.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Anton Corneal, who was recently appointed as the technical director for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), has outlined his plans for the game locally, in the immediate future.

In a telephone interview, Corneal, the former T&T men’s team assistant coach and national Under-17 team tactician, said, “We have to look at the whole overall system, especially all the stakeholders (including) Primary Schools (and) Secondary Schools.

“To put the plan together, we have the elite programme which is ongoing right now, giving some of the advanced (Under-13) players the opportunity to play against each other,” Corneal continued. “We hope that each zone would continue training with their (boys and girls) teams. So we’re really trying to build from the bottom up.”

Among the coaches involved in the programme are Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Marlon Charles, who will oversee the respective boys and girls categories, as well as Clyde Leon and Ahkeela Mollon.

Corneal said, “This is something we hope can be sustainable (and) not just done for six months or a year. But I have to say the administration is supporting these programmes. A lot is being done behind the scenes, when it comes to the construction of new fields and possibly a home where we can keep weekend (and) regular camps for all the national teams at one venue. This is being spearheaded by the president David John-Williams.

“This is something we’ve asked for (a number of) years, to be able to have a place where all the national teams can come in and camp. There we’ll have a control over their diet, their rest, especially in preparation for tournaments.”

The TTFA’s Home For Football will be at Balmain, Couva, next to the Ato Boldon Stadium.

“Right now they’re building some additional fields and a 72-room hotel at the Stadium that would be able to house these teams,” said Corneal.

A major complaint about local football is the lack of one playing style, from the youth teams to the senior ranks.

“That is interesting because we have to figure out our strengths as a people, our strengths in the game and make sure that our strengths are seen in the way we play,” noted the ex-national striker. “We don’t need to hide our strengths. If our strengths are speed and carrying the ball, then we need to see that. If it is flair then we need to see some of that. We need to make sure that our strengths are seen in our style of playing.”

He continued, “It will be discussed among the coaches and we’ll take it from there. What is best for us may be a combination of what is best for our region (and) what has brought results.

“We have to look at the past to see what brought results for us,” ended Corneal.

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #181 on: September 22, 2017, 07:14:43 AM »
No pay for months, cause ppl to quit,  is the only certain positive result comes to mind

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #182 on: September 22, 2017, 09:22:24 PM »
So much time has passed that I tend to forget.

But was Anton every paid the money owed to him by the TTFA?

What about Faustin and H. Charles??
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« Reply #183 on: September 25, 2017, 03:41:14 PM »
Glad to see Anton back in the mix.
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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #184 on: July 05, 2018, 05:27:56 AM »
Corneal outlines plans for T&T football development.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


ANTON CORNEAL, technical director of the TTFA (TT Football Association), yesterday outlined plans for football development, within the twin-island republic.

The plans, which will be conducted by the TTFA technical department, were conveyed to members of the media at the TTFA head office, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Among the areas under the microscope are grassroots (with an eight-year plan), youth level and elite youth levels (with four-year plans respectively), national team, Pro League and amateur football.

Corneal announced that plans are afoot for a national Youth League tournament at the various fields at the completed Home of Football – the Ato Boldon Stadium, from 2019.

According to the former national striker, “I thought it was important that, sometimes the media (are) not aware of what is happening in the Association. And I thought it was unfair for us not to pass on the information.

“Coming through our media officer (Shaun) Fuentes, we decided to let them take a look at our development programme, the pathway for football from grassroots to senior, the pathway for amateur players, the pathway for elite players, and how they meet each other. Also, to give them a little insight into our coach education and our national youth teams, and the type of preparation they need.”

The TTFA technical director said, “Too many times we think development can be done in a year or in six months. It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player. I thought this was a lovely environment for the media to ask questions and to find out a little bit more about the TTFA and its technical department.”

Asked about the technical department’s major plans, Corneal responded, “Long-term is to compete at the highest level, to qualify for Youth World Cups, (Men’s) World Cups, to be the top team in the Caribbean and to be in the top four teams in CONCACAF.

“Of course, there must be areas where we have to measure how we are developing. Some of them would be how we compete in our regional tournaments (and) the Gold Cup, how the U-15 boys and girls compete in their regional tournaments. So that’ll gives us an indication.”

Corneal spoke about the coaching development plans implemented by his group.

“We’ve had two (C License) courses in the last six months, we’ve had two B License courses in the last eight months, we’ve had two CONCACAF Grassroot courses,” he said. “We are not putting together an academy certification for all the coaching schools and academies in the nation.”

During the media session, Corneal revealed that the estimated four-year budget for those projects are $4.5 million.

“It does take money,” said the former national men’s team assistant coach. “We are the TTFA but all of this would have to be sanctioned by the Board and, of course, supported financially. We are also hoping that some sponsors come on board to support some of these programmes.”

Ex-national coach Muhammad Isa was the head of the grassroots programme, during his tenure as TTFA director of football, until his passing on Monday.

National men’s team coach Dennis Lawrence, national women’s team tactician Jamaal Shabazz and head of the elite programme Stuart Charles-Fevrier have also been involved in development plans.

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #185 on: July 05, 2018, 02:41:28 PM »
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #186 on: July 05, 2018, 07:35:15 PM »
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a
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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #187 on: July 05, 2018, 09:33:39 PM »
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a


Maxg, you get a good lil kid at 10, and coach him well. He is ready by 18. Maybe 20. Case in point Mbappe.

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #188 on: July 06, 2018, 07:45:53 AM »
It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player.

That is very true for TT.
Totally disagree, with both statements.
Maybe to produce a rocket scientist, or a triple specialist doctor, but not a footballer, not even an elite one or 20..You can buy that if y'all want...trick question, how long does it take a person to be a


Maxg, you get a good lil kid at 10, and coach him well. He is ready by 18. Maybe 20. Case in point Mbappe.
You can't be saying that a program to develop one Mbappe, will be beneficial to TT football. We need multiple players. We need a proper development program, yes, but unbiased recruitment and National selection. I saw youths playing small goal in Mandela park, who seemed to my inexperienced eye, quite capable of handling themselves. I know small goal is not National or International football. Yet, why are none of them called, main reason, they can't afford(time & money) to join a club, and thus not selected. They were not all good, maybe 2 out of 15 stood out, but maybe these were the potential Mbappe that we never get to see.
What was the program that produced a Archibald, Cummings, Yorke, Latapy, Garcia etc..yet where does our football stand today...Does ONE Mbappe, Ronaldo, Messi determine the success of a small country football development ? We don't need an Mbappe, we need a larger pool and unbiased National program. We definitely don't need a LOCAL selfish we vs them competition on any term, especially in the short term. We need to be working together, not arguing whether my plan better than yours. But football is NOT rocket science, don't make it out to be. True it's not easy for a small country (pool), but with proper selectors we can be better. For National team, We need to look outside as well, like everyone does, but for local development, we need to be on same page, and stop the fight down of each other. Am I fighting down Corneal plan, no. Totally rejecting it. He and his plan won't even survive 2 years given our history of admin and organization.   ;D 

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #189 on: July 06, 2018, 02:25:30 PM »
The problem with TTFA's plan is always continuity. They start something and after 2 years it tends to fade away. But effective continuity needs finance. It always comes down to that finance. Why them boys in Mandela park not in a club because they don't have time and money. You said it there. If they can get financial help, I bet you they will find the time. I don't know why the grooming of players appears to be so damn difficult these days.  TT eh now start playing football. The Federation is  over 100 years old.

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« Reply #190 on: July 06, 2018, 02:39:22 PM »
The problem with TTFA's plan is always continuity. They start something and after 2 years it tends to fade away. But effective continuity needs finance. It always comes down to that finance. Why them boys in Mandela park not in a club because they don't have time and money. You said it there. If they can get financial help, I bet you they will find the time. I don't know why the grooming of players appears to be so damn difficult these days.  TT eh now start playing football. The Federation is  over 100 years old.

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Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« Reply #191 on: July 14, 2018, 12:40:40 AM »
Corneal outlines plans for T&T football development.
TTFA Media.


Anton Corneal, technical director of the TTFA earlier this month outlined plans for football development, within the twin-island republic.

The plans, which will be conducted by the TTFA technical department, were conveyed to members of the media at the TTFA head office, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Among the areas under the microscope are grassroots (with an eight-year plan), youth level and elite youth levels (with four-year plans respectively), national team, Pro League and amateur football.

Corneal announced that plans are afoot for a national Youth League tournament at the various fields at the completed Home of Football – the Ato Boldon Stadium, from 2019.

According to the former national striker, “I thought it was important that, sometimes the media (are) not aware of what is happening in the Association. And I thought it was unfair for us not to pass on the information.

“Coming through our media officer (Shaun) Fuentes, we decided to let them take a look at our development programme, the pathway for football from grassroots to senior, the pathway for amateur players, the pathway for elite players, and how they meet each other. Also, to give them a little insight into our coach education and our national youth teams, and the type of preparation they need.”

The TTFA technical director said, “Too many times we think development can be done in a year or in six months. It does take eight to 10 years to get a developed player. I thought this was a lovely environment for the media to ask questions and to find out a little bit more about the TTFA and its technical department.”

Asked about the technical department’s major plans, Corneal responded, “Long-term is to compete at the highest level, to qualify for Youth World Cups, (Men’s) World Cups, to be the top team in the Caribbean and to be in the top four teams in CONCACAF.

“Of course, there must be areas where we have to measure how we are developing. Some of them would be how we compete in our regional tournaments (and) the Gold Cup, how the U-15 boys and girls compete in their regional tournaments. So that’ll gives us an indication.”

Corneal spoke about the coaching development plans implemented by his group.

“We’ve had two (C License) courses in the last six months, we’ve had two B License courses in the last eight months, we’ve had two CONCACAF Grassroot courses,” he said. “We are not putting together an academy certification for all the coaching schools and academies in the nation.”

During the media session, Corneal revealed that the estimated four-year budget for those projects are $4.5 million.

“It does take money,” said the former national men’s team assistant coach. “We are the TTFA but all of this would have to be sanctioned by the Board and, of course, supported financially. We are also hoping that some sponsors come on board to support some of these programmes.”

Ex-national coach Muhammad Isa was the head of the grassroots programme, during his tenure as TTFA director of football, until his passing on Monday.

National men’s team coach Dennis Lawrence, national women’s team tactician Jamaal Shabazz and head of the elite programme Stuart Charles-Fevrier have also been involved in development plans.

TTFA Technical Development Forum with the Media - Part 1

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