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Title: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Flex on October 23, 2016, 05:39:31 AM
Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).

Midfielder Kevin Molino received no further punishment when the board of directors of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) met on Friday evening at the TTFA office at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, to iron out the issues in local football.

However, players are expected to receive playing contracts that will include a strict code of conduct before they take the field on November 11 for their opening match in the Final Round of the Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Molino, who broke a team camp for a night out with friends before a Caribbean Cup clash with Martinique two weeks ago, was banned for the match by coach Stephen Hart, leading to a 2-0 loss for T&T which confirmed their exit from the Cup. The men from the twin-island republic will now enter a play-off for a chance to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Yesterday in the midst of calls for stiffer punishment for the player, Tobago Football Association (TFA) president Anthony Moore said the board decided not to take further action against the player in a bold move not to sacrifice the country ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

“We took a number of factors into consideration, such as the injuries to captain Kenwyne Jones and midfielder Joevin Jones, the fact that he was already punished by the coach, as well as other concerns the coach encounters to secure the services of players for key matches,” Moore said.

“We also took into consideration the fact that the player offered an apology but the decision was really based on the fact that the country will be entering a crucial qualifying match in two weeks time and we felt that the country came before anything else.”

The Tobago football boss believes the new player contracts and code of conduct which players will be required to sign on to before being accepted on the team, will help in alleviating situations like Molino’s own as well as other disciplinary issues, as they will be aware of what’s acceptable and what is not. He explained it will also strengthen the hands of the management team.

The football association, being led by David John-Williams is currently in a race to have the documents ready for the November 11 match, working daily with the assistance of the CONCACAF to produce a comprehensive document that players will be guided by and which is expected to eliminate actions of indiscipline.

Hart who was present at the meeting was also said to be happy to see an end to the problems affecting the team.

The Canadian has had to penalise Molino, Jones (Joevin) and defender Mekeil Williams by handing them heavy fines for similarly breaking team camp to go on a boat ride before the Guatemala encounter at the stadium almost two months ago.

Upon meeting the board for the first time on Friday, Hart took the opportunity to explain his philosophy and to outline his plans for the team and what he wants to achieve.

Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: asylumseeker on October 23, 2016, 06:02:25 AM
This is a "best practice" in several nations. It's unfortunate that it comes to us as the result of reactionary policymaking. However, it is what it is.

LOL @ Alibey ... "The Canadian ..." What a ting.
Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Thomo on October 23, 2016, 06:07:28 AM
Great news! I must admit that I like how Molino's situation has been handled in light of the WCQ around the corner. Personally, I expected him to be banned but I accept and respect the board's decision considering all variables. The contract I hope is airtight, clear and concise to not allow this mess to happen again. Moving on...
Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: soccerman on October 23, 2016, 09:55:01 AM
A step in the right direction, now we can move on from this.

Seeker maybe the why Hart faces so much scrutiny, they view him as an outsider  :devil:
Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Flex on February 09, 2017, 03:53:38 AM
TTFA retainers for women footballers.
By Ian Prescott (Express).

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S senior women footballers will soon be offered retainer contracts by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and may also get to play a revenge match against Ecuador, as possibly a second match to the March World Cup qualifier between the T&T men's team and either Panama or Mexico.

At a media conference yesterday, TTFA president David John-Williams revealed that the women's programme is now fully restarted under its new director, Carolina Morace, the high-profile former Italy and Canada coach who arrived here last month.

The new-look women's programme is funded by CONCACAF development money— so far comprising two instalments valued at US$250,000.

“One CONCACAF programme is going to finance the women's programme,” John-Williams declared. “We can't take CONCACAF money to finance debt.” The TTFA boss was also quick to address concerns that the Association was hiring high-profile international coaches while still owing money to several organisations and persons, including former national men's coach Stephen Hart.

“Don't get the misconception that we are contracting coaches and we can't pay them,” John-Williams added. “One specific allocation of US$125,000 a year, that we get from CONCACAF, is going into the women's programme.”

Revealing that the TTFA had received no government funding for five months, John-Williams said the association was able to keep its programme running by prudent management of international grants from CONCACAF and FIFA, as well as its own fund-raising activities.

He continued: “It's no secret that the TTFA is in a certain amount of debt. (But) there are certain revenues that is available to the TTFA with which you are not allowed to pay debts.” He further revealed that a list of players for retainers would be compiled soon.

Both John-Williams and Morace revealed that it took some convincing to get her to Trinidad and Tobago, but she was intrigued by the programme John-Williams envisioned.

The women's programme has been largely inactive since 2014, when the “Women Warriors” finished fourth at the CONCACAF Championship and qualified for a playoff berth in its quest for the final spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. But the T&T women lost a two-leg playoff against Ecuador, 1-0.

John-Williams also said the TTFA had already contacted Ecuador for a “grudge” international and was applying to FIFA for exception to allow the match. FIFA does not usually allow its World Cup qualifiers to be played as double-headers.

“I spoke to Carolina about it and she said we have enough time to prepare the team,” John-Williams said. “Our initial thoughts was to play Ecuador on the same day as we play Mexico or Panama. As I said, FIFA does not allow a curtain-raiser... we still have to get permission to see if we could play a double-header at that game. If we do get the permission from FIFA, it could be a bumper March.”

Morace also revealed two highly-qualified assistants. England-born Australian Nicola Williams has a pro licence, was assistant Australia U-20 coach and is both Morace's senior team assistant and national U-20 head-coach.

And Elisabetta “Betty” Bavagnoli, along with Morace, are among just three Italian women with a pro coaching licence. Bavagnoli has been a development coach with the Lazio men's team and currently works as technical director of another men's team. Bavagnoli will be here part-time as Williams' U-20 team assistant.

A third Italian coach will take charge of the U-17s and the lower teams.

John-Williams also announced a flurry of activity by other national teams. “We have an Under 15 team that is going to start training very shortly. Our U-17 team is training twice a week under Russell Latapy in preparation for the next U-20 qualifiers.

Our beach soccer team is preparing right now for qualification for the World Cup. There is a camp in Tobago and we will go to Barbados very shortly and then on to Guadeloupe. Our U-20 team is now in Colombia on a pre-tournament camp in preparation for the CONCACAF finals.”

Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Flex on March 27, 2017, 02:51:07 PM
Senior Women Players Receive Retainer Contracts from TTFA.
TTFA Media.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is pleased to announce a new contract agreement with members of the National Senior Women’s Team.

Eight players will be accommodated under a four-tier contract system which has seen the players offered one year contracts.

The TTFA believes that the new agreement reflects the importance the local governing body places on Women’s football and the National Women’s Team. The arrangements are a result of constructive negotiations between all parties.

Under the retainers, the players will receive regular monthly income. It is aimed at improving conditions for local players while creating a talent pool conducive to the National Team challenging for success at international tournaments and World Cup qualification.

The Eight players from the current Senior Women’s Team chosen are captain Tasha St Louis, Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Patrice Supervise, Natasha St Louis, Annalis Cummings Anastasia Prescott and Ayana Russell.

The overseas-based players have not received retainer contracts but will get allowances when invited to training camps and will benefit from the match fees offered for international matches. Student athletes based in North America or elsewhere also do not qualify for the retainer contracts.

The Senior Women’s squad is selected by Head Coach Carolina Morace who ranks the players on their performance in national team competition duties and camps

“This agreement is a significant step towards the development of a professional career path for our best women footballers. Female players at national level devote a huge amount of time and energy to their football and this move recognises their commitment and contribution to the women’s game” stated TTFA President David John-Williams.

“We are still working towards the day when this country’s women footballers will be able to earn a full-time, professional living from the sport,” he added.

T&T Senior Team player Shade describe the new development as a significant one for the women’s game.

“I believe that this is something very positive for us because I’ve been playing with the national team since I was thirteen and we have been working so hard and not really reaping any awards and this is something we can be confident about in that we have security.

“A lot of of us don’t have jobs, we have degrees but we dedicate most of our life to football. So now we can feel confident that we can take care of business on the field and then outside we also have something to work with. It is something good for the programme and the future of women’s football,” Shade said.

Arin King, one of the overseas-based players was also delighted with the new step.

“We made history wth these retainers contracts. It’s just stability. A lot of people do not know that women have it very hard. In the Men’s game they are getting pro contracts and having a foundation with a salary. But sometimes we come to practice on a hungry belly. For the women it’s just great to have that stability and taking the programme to a next level with this,” King said.

The Women’s Senior Team drew 0-0 with Venezuela on Sunday and will face off again on Wednesday from 7pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Morace's Post-Match Comments after 0-0 draw with Venezuela (

Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2017, 06:13:44 AM
Receiving contracts is one thing, having them honoured is another.
Title: Re: Players to receive contracts, code of conduct.
Post by: Mose on March 28, 2017, 08:35:27 AM
Receiving contracts is one thing, having them honoured is another.

Good reminder Tallman!