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2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:30:17 AM »
SSFL 2020 season waits on PM.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) officials will have to wait until Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia give an update on the reopening of school term in time for the CSEC Examinations, to see if a League will be held, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has taken hold on the country and the globe.

On Thursday, the SSFL president William Wallace chaired a brain-storming zoom session with his executives on the possibility of staging the League this year. However, it was agreed that it will only be when the Prime Minister makes a decision on his May 15 stay-at-home extended deadline, that they will know how to plan.

Dr Rowley's stay-at-home order is designed to keep non-essential workers at home to fight the coronavirus outbreak which has already killed thousands of people across the world.

The order, coupled with the closing of the country's borders, have led to a temporary shutdown of schools, thereby preventing students from sitting the Seceondary Entrance Examination (SEA) in April, as well as the CSEC and CAPE examinations.

Coming out of the meeting it was also agreed that officials will attempt to engage in talks with sponsors, with an aim to put them on the alert should there be a tournament this year.

Last year the SSFL featured its largest ever partnership arrangements with local and international sponsors, such as Caribbean Sports Cable Network SPORTSMAX, Shell, First Citizens, Coca Cola and Fruta.

At the end of last year's successful tournament which featured a Premiership, Championship, Girls and various youth divisions, a number of premier division players such as St Anthony's College Kai Phillip and Ronaldo Jacob (Trinity College Moka) among others, were awarded with scholarships to go abroad and study while play the game of football.

The SSFL also has a committee set up to help players interested in securing scholarships with their SAT scores. He said he looks forward hopefully for another football season.

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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2020, 06:30:52 PM »
Wallace hints of shortened SSFL season.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


It could be a shortened season, coupled with severe cuts in funding for schools when the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) kicks off in September.

On Wednesday, president of the SSFL William Wallace said his executive will confirm this in the coming weeks but said this season's tournament will be crucial for players and fans, both physically and psychologically.

Wallace, the former president and driving force behind the stance taken by the United T&T Football Association (TTFA) to challenge FIFA for its decision to appoint a Normalisation Committee to run local football, told Guardian Media Sports that the logistics for the season are being worked out at this time, as they were awaiting word from the Ministry of Education on when schools were going to be opened.

Wallace explained that having a full season this year is still being worked out at the executive level, saying the discussions have been focused around whether they should just concentrate on the Premier Division level as well as the Championship, with no play for some of the lower divisions this year.

"We are still to have a clear understanding of how we would proceed but for us, at the SSFL, we think this is a crucial term for our footballers, our young people. Having gone through the experience of this COVID-19, they need to be able to get out there and express themselves, post COVID-19, and we are hoping that we will find a way to definitely have some football this year.

"I know the focus at the ministry at this point is on examination and trying to work out the logistics in terms of CSEC. I have been trying to communicate with the minister's adviser to get a feel of things, but for me and for us at the SSFL, this is a crucial term."

Wallace said schools are to suffer a problem of reduced funding this year.

"One of the issues I know schools will have is the funding, the reduced funding from the ministry. We are thinking about that also so we have to factor that in," Wallace said.

The SSFL is still to finalise funding from its sponsors, such as First Citizens, Fruta, Shell, and Coca Cola among others, and according to the SSFL boss, there is also likely to be cutbacks from these companies as well.

With teachers expected to head back out to schools next week, Wallace said they should have a better idea of what the season would look like. The SSFL is also to experience challenges on the field, with Wallace saying they will also have to consider if they will be playing in empty stadiums.

"This is something we have to think about, the whole idea of social distancing so there are so many factors we have to think about. Sportsmax involvement will be very critical if, for example, we are playing in empty stadiums. They may get more involved in terms of televising games, we have already had preliminary discussions on that. Whether they will be more involved in televising games and so on, so at least persons can see the games from the comfort of their own homes."

Wallace assures an exact date for the start of the competition will be determined soon, saying if the season will be a shortened one they will have a later start to the tournament.

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Coaches: Revert to zonal football, leave out InterCol for shortened season
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


"Revert to Zonal football and leave out the Coca Cola Intercol play-off for this year's Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), if there is to be a shortened version this year," coaches from four out of the five zones have said.

Their comments come two days after SSFL president William Wallace, in a Guardian report on Thursday, said the League could be curtailed by challenges caused by the COVID-19 situation. The executive of the schools league will meet soon to determine if they will have to run a shortened version or not.

They will also have to decide on whether to have competition only for the Premiership and Championship Divisions and leave out action in the lower divisions such as the Under-16, 14, Girls U-15 and Form One U-13.

Coaches Shawn Cooper of Presentation College, Ronald Daniel of St Anthony's College, Kerry Lynch of Speyside High School and Anthony Samuel of Malick Secondary also believe, there should be no promotion or demotion this year if the league is shortened.

Cooper told Guardian Media Sports his main concern will be on players in their final year, who will be attempting to get scholarships abroad, otherwise, he embraces the idea of a shortened season.

Cooper, who guided the southerners to their first-ever InterCol title last year, said players like Jaiye Sheppard, who scored the winner for 'Pres' in the InterCol final against Naparima College, will be looking for scholarships to go out.

"There are lots of players who would have been looking forward to this season to see if they can get out to North America. Sportsmax will also be a very integral part in this, in terms of marketing the players and getting them to be seen by coaches," he said.

"It will be a burden on some of the players if you have to ask someone to videotape a game if Sportsmax is not there. Coaches normally want to see a whole game and not a video you put together with just your good points."

Cooper's boys are set to begin training soon in an attempt to successfully defend their title.

Daniel said, "If we have to run football this year, they will have to go back to the zones, just as how it was before. And from there, depending on whatever time we have, we can play a Big Five. This means they will have to leave out all the lower divisions, it is already tight."

Meanwhile, Lynch believes the Premiership Division can be divided into two groups that will play one round of competition, and the top teams will go into a play-off. With this format, Lynch said the SSFL executive may still be able to play the InterCol which is normally a short tournament anyway.

Otherwise, Lynch said it might be useful if we can revert to the zonal competitions which will end probably in a big five play-off.

Malick coach Samuel said if there is to be a shortened season, then there should be more match-days every week.

"We can probably play almost every day in the week at reduced game-times, so instead of having 90-minute games, we can have 60 minutes instead. There must also be no promotion or demotion and this should apply for both the Premiership and Championship Divisions. We can leave out the InterCol tournament," Samuel said.

Apart from a possible shortened version of the SSFL this year, Wallace and company are also bracing for cuts in grants for schools from the Ministry of Education, cuts in funding from their sponsors, drastically reduced crowd support at matches and uncertainty about the role of Sportsmax.
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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2020, 06:53:49 AM »
Save a ball. Save a soul: Ex-SSFL goalie becomes coach thanks to Facebook
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (Newsday).


WHAT started as a light personal training session for ex-Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) goalkeeper Rondell Renwick has now grown into a unique, mini-goalkeeping clinic for some of south Trinidad’s rising football custodians.

One month ago, the 33-year-old Union Hall, San Fernando resident opted to capitalise on the downtime by dusting off his old gloves and cleats and trekking over to the nearby Presentation College grounds to rejuvenate his physical passion for the beautiful game.

Renwick was assisted by his friend Ray Mohammed, to properly execute drills and other goalkeeping exercises. The former Naparima College (2002-2003) and Princes Town Secondary (2004-2005) goalie recorded his little stint, uploaded the video to Facebook and surprisingly received rave reviews on his so-called return to the field.

One day later, he was contacted by current “Naps” goaltender Levi Fernandez who expressed interest to join in on his personal training, to which he obliged.

Over the next week, Renwick freely accepted requests from upcoming goalkeepers Raheem Lee (Pleasantville Secondary), Rashard Hart (another Naparima custodian) and former “Pres” now current TT Beach Soccer goalie, Jabari Gray to train together while maintaining the required physical distancing regulations.

After each session, Renwick uploaded each training stint to social media and according to him, “I became a coach overnight.”

Although an uncertified coach, Renwick has now abolished his personal training regime and directed all focus on TT’s prospects. He has not only implemented his goalkeeping experience throughout the years as a gauge but has been in close contact with local stalwarts of the art form to aid his students’ athletic progress.

Renwick maintains a close relationship with former national goalkeepers Kelvin Jack and Clayton Ince, both of whom view his videos and share their advice on elevating the young men’s game.

Coaching knowledge from the likes of former TT player Dexter Cyrus, Presentation College goalkeeping coach Jefferson George and ex-TT Pro League custodians Aquelius Sylvester (W-Connection) and Adisa Alleyne (Police) all contribute to Renwick’s free afternoon classes. In support of his free initiative, Cyrus has already donated a water cooler to inspire Renwick to keep pushing on.

He has since adopted the catchphrase “Save a ball. Save a soul” as added motivation for himself to continue these generous but progressive works.

“This is being done out of love for the game and love for people. It’s no longer about me. I feel like I’m walking in my purpose for God. As a believer, when you think about saving a soul, you usually come about it from a religious standpoint. That’s God’s job. Our work is to be mentors to people save souls. Saving a soul from going on the block and getting shot, saving a soul from going out partying in the night, preserving a youth’s life so they can walk into their own divine purpose and not sell themselves short of achieving their big dream,” he explained.

As his sessions gain momentum, Renwick has been forced to limit interested participants to abide by the Government’s physical distancing stipulations. The guys train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and are singled out for individual sessions on Sunday.

Inspired by such positive feedback, Renwick is now intent on certifying himself as a goalkeeping coach and in an attempt to give back to his country through sport and mentoring young minds.

“The goal I’m working on with these guys is technical fine tuning. To play at the highest level you have to be technically sound. From a coaching standpoint, I’m just looking at the mistakes they make, fixing them and making sure they become quicker and more technically sound. These guys have big dreams and I’m overwhelmed with their trust in me. They are always present and on time. What I’m seeing most of all, is improvement,” he added.

Other age groups and parents have begun to show interest in his free classes but Renwick admitted he would need at least one additional experienced goalkeeper to be physically present to equally manage the growing bunch. He wants to ensure everyone gets the required attention needed to improve their trade.

Since inception of the mini-goalkeeping clinic, the players have been reaching out, seeking knowledge through conversation, on several personal issues. Renwick welcomes their interest and like goalkeeping, uses his many hiccups in life to mould their impressionable minds towards becoming better human beings.

“They are even reaching out to me for guidance in personal situations and I’m so surprised how much they listen. I’ve made many mistakes but learnt so much through these personal errors in life. Passing on knowledge in this regard is fulfilling. I didn’t know I had this in me but I’m loving it. I now understand from a coaching standpoint how and why these coaches are so dedicated year after year. You are literally giving back to your country in a positive way,” he said.

As he concluded, Renwick admitted his coaching certification was mandatory but not limited to stopping his little programme. He also credited Mohammed, who provides transport for the youngsters, and Pleasantville Secondary’s senior trainer Joel Maloney, who assists in getting the boys through the warm-ups.

From this coming week however, Renwick has been forced to shift his venue to Gulf View Community Grounds.

He closed, “I’m seeing a future for this but I intend to approach it one step at a time. I’m not rushing it because I want to allow everything to unfold in its natural way without rushing, me getting overwhelmed and excited. Becoming a certified goalkeeping coach is part of the plan but I literally became a coach overnight to these young men. This is all for them, not me.”

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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2020, 12:12:29 PM »
The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) is set to kick off in September.

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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2020, 01:55:01 PM »
Format confirmed? back to zonal?


U16 and U14 not being considered still this season?

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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 05:37:51 AM »
Saints get ready for 2020 SSFL season.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


NO DECISION has been made regarding the state of the 2020 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), due to the covid19 pandemic.

The 2020-21 school year is set to begin on September 1, but the SSFL season remains up in the air.

However, players from St Mary’s College began training, on Monday, at the CIC Ground, St Clair.

Team coach Junior Maxwell said on Monday, “We’ve been having to wait and see what the Minister of Education (Anthony Garcia) and the Ministry of Health had to say before we could come out. “We had to follow (covid19) guidelines. Today was just the first blow-out for all the kids here.”

Members of the Under-14 and Under-16 divisions featured in Monday’s training session, as well as a few of the Championship division players.

“The majority of our (Championship) players would be sitting CXC in the next couple weeks and the rest of those guys will be sitting CAPE,” said Maxwell.

Concerning the vast turn-out of player,s on Monday, Maxwell said, “If it’s one thing we know, at St Mary’s, is when it comes to the football season, we know boys will turn out. That’s embedded in them. When it comes to the football season, it’s about results.”

Maxwell is unsure whether the 2020 season will proceed as usual or if it may be truncated.

“We’re hearing rumours but we’re hopeful that, more than likely, it may go Premiership and Championship (divisions) but we’ll see how it goes,” said the CIC coach.

“At the end of the day, it’s a guess for everybody to know what’s going on but we’ll have to wait and see. What we will do at St Mary’s is get ourselves prepared for whatever comes our way.”

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Pres, Naps to start from scratch for SSFL season
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2020, 07:39:51 PM »
Pres, Naps to start from scratch for SSFL season
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Coca Cola InterCol champion Presentation College (San Fernando) faces a challenging season with the loss of more than 98 per cent of their starting roster from last year's Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), a doubtful coach Shawn Cooper said on Tuesday.

Its arch-rival Naparima College also faces a similar predicament. Coach Angus Eve said that his entire starting team, who won last year's Premier Division League title, is out because the players have moved on. However, the former national midfielder said he is not concerned by it and will begin from scratch again, as it is a normal situation with schools' teams.

Cooper, who guided the southern team to its first Inter Col title, said he will only begin preparation for the schools' league after the coming Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations scheduled to start on July 13. He said he has been monitoring the students' time table to determine when his preparation programme will commence.

To date, the southern giants have to wait until the players from the team's starting squad sit exams, and an additional three who are certain to be lost when they take the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

"We have 17 guys sitting exams, and that is the whole team I am talking about. Among those who not writing exams represents about 12 fringe players from Form four who are going into Form five and some of them who were not on the team last year. However, the core of the team comes from the 17 group.  

"I have to wait until exams finish really to start because after this COVID-19 pandemic and people missed school, so I cannot afford to call the boys out to training and exams coming up. I have to let them concentrate on their exams."

The High Street, San Fernando school is set to begin this season with a clash with Naparima for the Digicel Cup on September 11, according to a revised fixture that was distributed by SSFL officials recently. However, Cooper said according to the fixture, Presentation will begin its season later on September 16 with a match against Moruga Secondary at home.

On Monday, SSFL president William Wallace said his executive will meet tomorrow to decide on the tournament, such as the format etc. He told Guardian Media Sports on June 4 that it could be a shortened season due to the coronavirus.  

Meanwhile, Eve said he saw no need for the format of the League to change.

He explained, "School is supposed to open on the September 1, so once the country conforms to the guidelines of the government and there are no real issues, I don't see why we have to change the format in any way. All of the fields are paying venues so you can still only bring the officials of the game, the manager, the masseuse etc and the games can be played with no fans. It is being done all over the world at present."

Naparima has lost its whole team already, as none of the first-team players will be eligible to play this season, pointing to strikers Seon Shipley and Isa Bramble together with the talents of Atiba Lewis, Tariq Sampson, Declan Marcelle and Mark Ramdeen among others. Similar to Presentation, Eve plans to commence practice after the examinations in July.

Over in Tobago, Speyside coach Kerry Lynch said that he will also begin training in mid-July. He explained that while he will have most of his team for this season, he is only concerned about two key players, Nicholas Sanchez and Daleon Beckles, as both will be sitting the CSEC exam this month.
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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2020, 06:01:33 AM »
SSFL awaits green light for 2020 season; Wallace to address executive on Fifa fight.
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Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) teams have the okay to resume training, after the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. However, the amber light remains in place as far as the 2020 season goes.

This afternoon, SSFL general secretary Azaad Khan advised members that they are still awaiting the go-ahead from Minister of Education Anthony Garcia for the upcoming season, which would generally start in September.

“Please be advised that the minister of education has given permission for schools to begin football training,” stated Khan, via a press statement. “However, the minister of education has advised that he will have to seek the advice of the minister of health about permission for the season.”

Wired868 tried to reach Khan for further comment without success.

The SSFL executive committee is carded to meet next Monday morning at the Carapichaima East Secondary school with several crucial agenda items tabled.

The schools football officials are due to discuss the upcoming season as well as league sponsorship and zonal reports. And there should also be a statement from William Wallace, who is simultaneously the president of the SSFL and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), and a report on the ‘TTFA/Fifa dispute’.

Wallace was elected TTFA president on 24 November 2019 and initially said he would resign at the end of that SSFL season. However, the former Carapichaima East vice-principal subsequently said that he would ‘hold his hand’ until there is a determination in the legal tussle between the TTFA and the world governing body.

On 17 March, Fifa general secretary Fatma Samoura—on the instruction of president Gianni Infantino—declared that Wallace and his board were stripped of their elected posts with immediate effect, as they implemented a normalisation committee in the twin island republic.

Wallace and his vice-presidents, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick and Sam Phillip, challenged Fifa’s ruling in the local High Court.

In the past weeks, Wallace has been the centre of controversy after admitting to a secret deal with controversial English ‘marketing director’ Peter Miller and signing contracts with Men’s National Senior Team head coach Terry Fenwick and general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, which included terms that were not agreed—or rejected outright—by the TTFA Board.

Wallace attempted to clear the air with a public statement last week but is now likely to face further questions from his secondary school colleagues.

The SSFL executive committee comprises of Wallace, first vice-president Phillip Fraser, second vice-president Tevon La Rose, assistant secretary administration Gerald Elliot, assistant secretary operations Laurence Seepersad and Khan, who is the general secretary and treasurer, along with a representative from each of the five zones: north, south, east, central and Tobago.

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Re: 2020 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2020, 06:13:55 PM »
Wallace resigns as SSFL president.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


William Wallace has resigned as president of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) on Monday, as this year's season seems to be uncertain.

The embattled schools' football boss who is also leading a challenge for the United T&T Football Association against football's world governing body- the FIFA to have them reinstated as the legitimate administrators of local football, handed in his resignation letter at a meeting of the executive at the Carapichaima East Secondary schools yesterday morning, four months after he was expected to do so. Phillip Fraser, the first vice president of the SSFL was appointed interim president until the League holds its Annual General Meeting at a date and time to be announced.

Fraser told Guardian Media Sports that, "Based on our last meeting in March sometime before COVID-19, we were to have a meeting where Mr Wallace was going to tender his resignation then but we did not have any meeting and at this meeting, he tendered his resignation with immediate effect."

Meanwhile, action in the Secondary Schools Football League may not take place until the Ministry of Health and its Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education can decide on a way forward Fraser explained further. Yesterday's meeting which was also scheduled to decide on the structure and format of the SSFL season this year could only deliver an act of precaution for the thousands of young student-footballers and their colleagues at the various schools.

Fraser in his first real foray as school football leader said: "Presently, we cannot make no decisions as regard competition until we get guidelines from the Ministry of Education. They have given an interim decision where teams can start training, but they are waiting on guidelines from the CMO and the Ministry of Health as regards children. Remember they are still preparing guidelines, even with the T&T Pro League, there are no definite guidelines from the ministry of health or the CMO for football as yet."

He added: "What is going to happen presently is that we have to wait on all the stakeholders and the stakeholders at the ministry of education, the principals and the schools involved. So what we have done in the interim is we have asked the schools to go back to their zones and their executives and have discussions on what can happen. What are the contingencies that can be put in place if football can play. It has a lot to do with if we are having a crowd or no crowd, and how we can avoid crowds"

On June 10, Wallace hinted at a shortened season, saying they were facing several setbacks such as lack of funding for schools and the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But Fraser said the zones were charged with the responsibility to return with ideas in two weeks, noting they are supposed to have some initiatives to offer when the education ministry contacts them.

The ministry of education is expected to make a pronouncement in August and the principals, based on the funding available to them, will have to look at it and decide if they can have football.

Fraser said he was ruling out scrapping the league for now, as he prefers to wait. "Children are anxious to play football, remember they were inside all the time, there are lots of stored-up energy, but the safety of the children must be paramount. So there is no real rush to play until the guidelines are as strict as possible."

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