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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #570 on: December 14, 2018, 05:50:59 AM »
Part two: “We never feel like we can just be free and play!” Revisiting the Women’s W/Cup campaign.

For the first time in awhile, I noticed how disjointed we are during our pre-tournament camp in Raleigh. We have cliques, like all teams do; but we have to have the maturity to see past differences for the good of football and country. That was hard to do this time but I believe it was hard to do because of two main reasons.

I believe some players had better relationships with the coaches, who then refused to make tough decisions for the betterment of the team. They played players they liked, not necessarily who could help the team; and that is a reflection of culture in Trinidad and Tobago.

The second reason there was team division is that some of the players were sick and tired of being disrespected by the TTFA. We don’t get paid on time or barely get paid at all, we get treated like a recreation soccer team and not the Women’s National Senior Team.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team camp, and we have to have ‘players only’ meetings to decide if we are going to boycott the game because we haven’t gotten paid, or if we need to take a stance for equality for women. And many times our different viewpoints on that have divided the team before we even got on to the field, with some players willing to act like everything is fine and dandy.

The fear of getting blackballed meant some girls were afraid to ask for what they truly deserve as national team athletes because they fear a backlash for them or their families; so they let the TTFA run all over them. To me, that is abuse. I also believe some people might be too interconnected with the TTFA structure, so they won’t speak out against injustice because they think they may need to get help later on.

The TTFA makes it so disturbingly hard to ever just focus on football; we never feel like we can just be free and play.

But we do have our great moments as a team, when we dance and sing and laugh together. Those are my favourite moments and I learn so much about Trinidad and Tobago culture from my teammates.

Janine Francois always makes me feel at home. She is like a big sister to me. She takes me out from time to time in Trinidad to help me get to know the country and I will always love her for that.

Tasha St Louis—she calls me ‘Mad Cat’! Lol. I think it’s funny and it doesn’t bother me—has invited me down for Carnival. Nothing to do with football; just to come down and have fun. That’s what I love about my teammates when I’m in Trinidad. And that is how a team should be.

You don’t keep coming back to a place that constantly disrespects you as a player if you don’t love something about it. Maybe I’m crazy but I haven’t given up on a Trinidad and Tobago women’s team qualifying for a World Cup or Olympic Games. We just need to remove bias and corruption and insert a business approach to the game, so we can compete with the rest of the world.

Being born in America with ‘Trini’ parents isn’t the same as being born in Trinidad. Look, I get it. But I bonded well with my teammates and some of the younger players in Trinidad. I made them laugh and I talked to them about getting scholarships in the States and guided them anyway I could.

Aaliyah Prince, Aaliyah Cornwall and Natisha John are examples of players I think should be playing Division One soccer in the States. We do have really good talent. But we have so many distractions that the team cannot concentrate and that’s what makes it so hard.

Girls struggle to find ways to get to practice, have to constantly ask when the next check is coming, and never feel respected as national team players. It wears you down; and then player friction happens because not everyone has the same background, financial stability, or patience to deal with the second class treatment from the TTFA.

I am a jokester and some girls call me crazy or goofy; and I don’t mind that. But when it comes to soccer, I am intense. I also know how to put problems aside for the greater good, which is the product on the field.

I think another problem the Trinidad and Tobago team has is ‘player entitlement’, which is because we do not have a deep enough pool of strong bodied, able players. It should be an absolute dog fight to make the Women’s Senior National Team, not just a case of who is available at the time.

Our final 20 for the Concacaf championship did not represent the best players we have; but that’s what happens when constant dysfunction surrounds the women’s game. Too much bullshit and politics led to the choosing of that side. If the TTFA got its act together, we could have as many as 40 solid players competing to make a squad, which would truly be our best possible team.

Shawn Cooper told us he coaches for the TTFA patch and Trinidad and Tobago, and I know he wasn’t dealt the best cards; but none of us were and I wish he handled things a lot differently.

[Technical director] Anton Corneal is a true professional and has a hell of a soccer mind; but the TTFA has done such a disservice to him and disrespected him so many times that I believe he reached his breaking point. I think, at the Concacaf tournament, his mind was in other places.
I think when Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum were there, bias went out the window and you knew the best players will always play. That forces other players to raise their level and makes the team more attractive for foreign-based talent.

We have to change the whole culture of football in Trinidad and Tobago; but that cannot happen if we don’t have professionals in place within the TTFA.

The U-15 girls team missed their Concacaf tournament due to visa issues. We had Ayana Russell, Rhea Belgrave and Kayla Taylor arrive at the venue on our first match day with their suitcases because of visa situations too. How embarrassing is that for the TTFA?!

If the team is picked early and correctly with a training camp established in a timely manner, players who need visas have an appropriate window to collect them so we look uniformed as a team. You should hear what the American broadcasters had to say about us. It is a shame how we are set up for failure before we even stepped on the pitch.

People who see what our Women’s National Senior Team go through when a qualification tournament comes around would say: “It’s like your federation pretends they don’t know the World Cup comes around every four years.”

But it is what you do between those four year cycles that makes you competitive, not working magic in the last four months—or begging for a preparatory camp between the Jamaican qualification leg and the final round in North Carolina.

We were poor at the CAC games and if proper planning was in place, we would have gone straight into camp before the Caribbean Championship in Jamaica. Instead, there was a coaching change, foreign-based players leave, and we don’t even get all of our players to Jamaica at the same time. So then we showed poorly in Jamaica as well.

The international game is the highest level of football in the world and it is sad that Trinidad and Tobago do not treat it as such. How can you properly prepare when you have three different coaches in three months, no training camp, you don’t pick all your best players and your team doesn’t train consistently over time?

Film study is another huge part of the development we are missing as a side. We do not properly scout our opponents. Yes, our coaches went to games and saw them play; but why not have someone film all those games and ours and then break it down for us? Film study helps you better understand how to play each team. It is the little things that count.

We did not do that for Panama or Mexico and were grossly underprepared to play them. I put that down to 33% player execution, 33% game planning and 33% failure to prepare for our opponent.

We watched Panama for 15 minutes with our coaches before we played them and we all said: ‘Yes, yes, we know how they play, we should beat them’. And then we lost.

As players, we should have demanded more from our coaches in terms of pre-prepared clips of our opponents and our own team, so we can see what they are doing and also what we are doing wrong. But it is harder to make those demands of your staff when they keep changing.

As a goalkeeper, no coach broke down the goals scored on us and showed us how to improve on our defensive mistakes. This is something that club coaches are doing at youth level! Our national team doesn’t do it, partly because no one cares to do it.

Coaching is a layered position and everyone seems to be doing the bare minimum and expecting amazing results; and that includes players, coaches and staff. I will get told that, in the Caribbean, we don’t have the resources that others do. But how long do we have to beg and plead to get even a fraction of what is needed for true progress?

Other girls and myself on the team follow many Men’s National Senior Team players on our social media and see that they wear sports performance trackers at training, have access to theragun massage guns and a multitude of other recovery tools like stretch and foam roll sessions, and stay in appropriate hotels which the girls never ever seem to have access too.

It’s truly a shame to see how much better they are treated than us. I cannot sit here and let DJW say all these other teams are paying the expenses for the Men’s National Team to play them in friendlies—because some line of communication has to be made to arrange these games.

I wonder how long the Women’s National Senior Team will go without an international friendly. Obviously we did not qualify for the Women’s World Cup; but why not arrange matches for us against teams who qualified?

It’s 2018 and we still lose by seven goals to the USA, five to Mexico and three to Panama. Jamaica got no help from their federation, so why did they succeed and we didn’t?

The Jamaica Women’s National Team will forever be used as an example for our ineptitude as a federation. They now are the first Caribbean women’s team to qualify for a senior World Cup—a feat that should have belonged to Trinidad and Tobago.

Yes, we let 2015 slip away; but it was what happened after that sealed our fate. Like firing Randy Waldrum and Ben Waldrum and not letting them set up their developmental plan from the U-15’s to the  Women’s National Senior Team. For whatever reason, we let ignorance win again and they were never allowed to finish the job they started.

Are they still upset with Randy Waldrum for that tweet? Let it go! The federation put themselves in positions to be called out when they constantly disrespect the women’s program. That team almost made it to a World Cup with nothing.

But this point is about Jamaica and what their coach, Hue Menzies, accomplished and how he did it.

First, look at his resume:

US Soccer National ‘A’ Coaching License
National Youth Coaching License
Thirty-plus years of coaching experience
Executive Director of Central Florida Kraze/Krush (2012 – Present)
Technical Director of Jamaica’s Women’s National Team (2015 – Present)
Brought ECNL to the state of Florida with Central Florida Kraze/Krush in 2011
Concacaf Study group member (2014 – Present)
One of the founders and Directors for the Lonestar Soccer Association in Austin, TX
Director of Coaching for the Warrior Soccer Association in Austin, TX
Fifteen years Olympic Development Coaching experience at the National, State and Regional level
Won several State titles in various age groups, regional and national finalist USYSA
Former Assistant coach at the University of Texas Women’s Soccer
Has placed 400+ players into various colleges
Now look at how a foreign-based coach, who ran most of his operation out of Florida, was able to recruit effectively to this national team and—not without a struggle from his federation—got a Caribbean team to the World Cup.

We had Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum who have even more impressive resumes but we chose to show them no respect and did not allow them to build on their plans.

Jamaica entrusted Menzies with the time to create a staff, a credible program, and to find, evaluate and select players—whether they were foreign-based or not. And now Jamaica have made history and Trinidad and Tobago are stuck behind.

Editor’s Note: On 13 Thursday, Wired868 will wrap up the Saundra Baron interview with a look at the power dynamics within the squad at the Concacaf tournament and her view of the Lauryn Hutchinson and Kennya “Yaya” Cordner incidents.

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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #571 on: December 17, 2018, 05:39:15 AM »
“Nobody wants to deal with the TTFA!” Baron concludes series with look at vanishing talent.

“On the first game day of the Concacaf Championship, I didn’t even have a TTFA badge or number on my game jersey. If that doesn’t paint the picture of how disrespected I was as a National Team player, I don’t know what will.

“I will never forget that moment, that I wasn’t even valued enough to have a badge on my jersey. I felt so embarrassed when the referees came into the locker room to do jersey checks.”

The following is the third and final blog by Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team goalkeeper Saundra Baron on the issues facing the Women Soca Warriors:

As I stated prior, technical director Anton Corneal, I believe, had reached his breaking point—just before the Concacaf Championship. He was not initially going to attend the Concacaf tournament before our team manager Jinelle James had a conversation with him.

I am glad he went because it is obvious to everyone that he brings a level of respect and knowledge that our team needs. But he had dealt with so much disrespect from the TTFA that his heart couldn’t have been fully with our initiative.

Corneal is the consummate professional; he is articulate with a savvy knowledge of tactics. But he was not our head coach. Shawn Cooper was the head coach and I believe the mutual respect between the two men meant that Corneal would not step on Cooper’s toes—even though it should have been Anton in charge.

But what stuck out in Cooper’s introductory talk with the players was the statement that he handles thing differently from other coaches; and his self-aggrandising rant that slighted our former coach Randy Waldrum. He killed the entire vibe in his first team address and, from that moment on, most players knew our camp was doomed.

Most of the girls didn’t want Jamaal Shabazz as our head coach, then we got Cooper. There is a massive level of responsibility that players must take for their performance on the field; but our potential was never going to be maximised under either coach.

In the three tournaments I played for Jamaal, I found him too passive as the team leader while he always seemed unprepared when it came to practice and game time. We would go days without seeing him. He wouldn’t be at team meals; we would play a game and it would go unanalysed.

In our first round of World Cup qualifiers, we wouldn’t talk about the opposing team until 30 minutes before we left for the match venue. I don’t care if the teams at that stage were weak; that’s not the precedent I want as a national team athlete.

The CAC Games were a complete mess—we got one tie and lost every other game—and you could see the difference in how other coaches interacted and prepared their teams to compete with ours.

Honestly, I think Jamaal saw the writing on the wall and understood he could not enhance this team. I do not put all of that on him though. We had players who were not ready yet and others who overstayed their time in international competition.

We all knew Jamaal was not the solution but players must take accountability too.

In the lead up to the Concacaf tournament, Liana Hinds, Arin King, Lauryn Hutchinson, Jo Cato and myself used our own money to fly to Richmond, VA and train for a week and half. Lauryn planned all of that. She also saw about our meals, training sessions with top coaches in the area, ice baths and treatment in collegiate facilities, and scrimmages with a talented Under-19 ECNL girls team.

Lauryn even let me shadow her on a business meeting with the two companies she operates because she knows I just got my Master’s in business management. She is a role model for all young woman and a better professional than most in the TTFA.

She did not release that video to embarrass the TTFA; she knew that if the whole team got to Richmond, we would have a fighting chance to compete or maybe even qualify.

I don’t care what anyone says; the TTFA and the turmoil around us gave us not even the slightest chance to be competitive. Also, yes, Lauryn was definitely not played because of her video. Don’t tell me different, I don’t have the time to argue.

I think they knew if they dropped her from the side altogether, some players would have quit the Concacaf tournament, including myself. Lauryn Hutchinson is such an amazing person, I am so thankful for her.

I was in the back of the locker rooms preparing for the USA game when Kennya ‘YaYa’ Cordner allegedly refused to play. I was only told about four hours before the game that I would be starting and I was trying to prepare for it. We were already eliminated from the World Cup running, so of course throw in Saundra Baron, the back up, let’s see what she can do—I think that was extremely disrespectful to me.

So when YaYa allegedly refused to play, I did not see what happened and cannot comment on it. Would I have played if I knew beforehand? Yes. But let me say this, I 100 per cent respect YaYa’s decision not to play.

The moment she saw the lineup on the board and knew that—with all the injuries we faced heading into the final match—Lauryn was still on the bench; it would have clicked that for sure she was being victimised for the video.

So YaYa decided to stand in solidarity with a player who was enduring such unfair treatment. YaYa is one of the most decorated Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team players of all time. She is a ball of energy and a supreme talent.

Sure she has her stubborn moments but I respect YaYa for sticking up for Lauryn. I wanted her to play and wish she did; and, like I said, I would have played anyway. But I respect her decision.

Let me also say that Jinelle James is one of the few professionals I’ve met within the TTFA and I feel honoured to know her. I would talk to ‘Manage’ for hours on national trips about how much we want to change women’s football. However, the organisation made it impossible for her to do her job efficiently.

She fought to get decent treatment for us but was constantly told it was not going to happen. One time we asked for US$200 match fee to play for Trinidad and Tobago, which is far less than the men’s team would accept. We could not even get that. (In fact, Men’s National Senior Team players get US$300 for friendly matches at present).

I remember ‘Manage’ once looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Saundra, you will realistically take a loss playing for this national team’. I had to make a decision and I chose to stay on the National Team, because I hoped in my heart that someone would stand up for us.

It is a choice to play for your national team and a great honour; but you have to truly love your country and football to play for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team, due to all the obstacles you have to overcome—particularly as an overseas-born player.

(I am actually curious to hear the perspective from a male overseas-born Soca Warriors player).

If you look at Trinidad and Tobago’s current women teams, you will notice a decline in the numbers of overseas-born players. I attribute this to a few reasons.

We have lost our appeal as a desirable nation for women’s players to represent; and I don’t think we have anyone actively looking to scout and recruit players from North America and Europe, or someone who could market our side to talented overseas-born players.

Look at Arin King, who was born in Canada and is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most decorated women’s national team players ever. Why can’t we find the next Arin King, who wants to represent our islands?

Carolina Morace and Randy Waldrum were keen on finding new talent because they cared about creating a competitive training environment. Jamaica showed the positives of that.

At the moment, Liana, Lauryn, King and myself are the only four overseas-born players left with a long-standing history within the women’s national team structure—from youth to senior team.

Why are there only four left? Because nobody wants to deal with the TTFA! They don’t want to give their blood, sweat and tears to an organisation that constantly shows it does not respect women’s football.

That is a big reason why even talented players born right in Trinidad and Tobago do not leave their US colleges to play for us either. Check the 21-26 age range and see how depleted our pool looks; and that is the most crucial age for international competition.

The TTFA has simply worn out the patience of so many players.

Imagine we have talented players such as the Debesette twins, Summer Arjoon, Vicky Swift and Anique Walker—bring back Anique!—who don’t even have roles within the current team.

And then we have talented upcoming players like Aaliyah Prince, Kedie Johnson, Cecily Stoute, Natisha John and Shenieka Paul who are being underprepared by the current women’s football set-up within the country.

We constantly undervalue our women. We have youth players going to random Division Two and Three schools and community colleges because they don’t know their true potential.

I know there are Caribbean connections to some US universities that appeal to our girls. But look at Jamaica Women’s National Team star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and how she benefitted from the exposure and level of training she received with Division One powerhouse, University of Tennessee.

I understand we all have to start somewhere but I think our girls have the talent to go to Division One schools.

Once a tournament is over, it goes right back to no one caring about the women’s football program; and this is a disservice to women’s footballers in the country. Nothing beneficial can come to fruition without proper preparation and that takes years.

What the Women’s National Senior Team did in 2014—coming one game from the World Cup—was nothing short of a miracle and a direct correlation of the talent, passion and commitment of that player pool and the love, sacrifice and coaching prowess of the Waldrums.

It is sad that we failed to capitalise on the success of that team; and now Jamaica surpassed us and Panama surpassed us. That is on the TTFA!

In all my years as a Trinidad and Tobago player, we have never had a true camp in my opinion. A camp should be for two weeks and include strength and conditioning, twice daily sessions and pool sessions. (In fact, I have never done a ‘team lift’ in all my time as a national team player; or a true sports performance session involving weights, speed training and conditioning).

We have some of the best athletes in the world but they are not consistently exposed to athletic performance training for strength and speed. With few exceptions, we are usually the smallest built side on the field and unable to cope with the physical demands of elite football.

Unlike the men’s team, the women can have these camps as often as necessary since most of the girls are not professional players. For the benefit of our college-based players, we can use either of the three holiday periods to hold them too.

There are too many prolonged periods in which the women’s national team programmes go dormant, and I think the same can be said for the men’s national youth sides. Coaches should have camps during these periods to assess their talent pool and for development.

Another thing that annoys me is, as a national team athlete, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like uniforms and equipment.

I think most times we got leftover kit from the men’s side and nothing ever seems to fit. Sometimes I just buy my own Joma shirts, so I could at least feel comfortable during training.

On the first game day of the Concacaf Championship, I didn’t even have a TTFA badge or number on my game jersey. If that doesn’t paint the picture of how disrespected I was as a National Team player, I don’t know what will.

I will never forget that moment, that I wasn’t even valued enough to have a badge on my jersey. I felt so embarrassed when the referees came into the locker room to do jersey checks.

It has gotten so bad that I bought my own Cupping Set, STIM machine, electric massager, and two bags of my own KT Tape because the most I would get on national team duty was a bag of ice. I wish I was lying!

We had one massage therapist for the whole team and she was not given nearly enough equipment or treatment materials to be effective. We are told to conserve tape and bring our own tape if we have any at times. Imagine we play for the national team and have to bring our own tape?!

One of my teammates told me the TTFA burned so many bridges with debts to recovery facilities across the country that none of them would even work with us anymore. So once again the negligence of the TTFA hurts the players.

So when president David John-Williams and the TTFA said how much they spend on women’s football, I can attest that it is a joke. We don’t even have updated training equipment such a rebounders, cones, training dummies, sport trackers, etc.

I won’t even start on how much money the TTFA owes players for baggage fees and even sometimes for their own flights… But, oh, let me be nice; they bought me a pair of gloves at the Concacaf tournament. So thanks, TTFA. (Sarcasm).

It should be a great accomplishment to send a women’s team to the World Cup; but DJW and the TTFA act like having a women’s programme is such a burden.

‘Hey DJW, the Home of Football doesn’t matter if football in the country is not respected, funded properly, and a quality product’!

I think there are people who are willing to donate to the women’s programme but the fear is the TTFA is not trustworthy. We need an account just for women’s football.

There were many people in the US and Trinidad and Tobago who reached out after Lauryn’s social media went viral and asked where they could donate. But their main question was: “How do we ensure our donations will directly help the women?”

The TTFA brought that negative light upon themselves.

I would like to see more done to develop the women’s league in Trinidad and Tobago and to create academies for girls. We should have girls teams who travel to the US to compete in youth tournaments and market their players.

I did not have the privilege to work with Carolina Morace, but I heard nothing but positives about her professionalism, intensity and impeccable sessions. I heard a teammate say, if they let us keep Carolina we would have qualified for this World Cup.

I have already said how much I admired Randy and Ben Waldrum too and their amazing work for us.

I also think Corneal is an excellent coach who exudes confidence in his game plan and knowledge of what he expects from his players. There are not enough Anton Corneals in Trinidad and Tobago on the women’s side of the game; and I hope and pray that dynamic changes.

Coaching matters! We need leaders who players respect and get fired up to play for.

To play on a national team is one of the biggest honours of my lifetime, it opened doors for my career and I am thankful to be from Trinidad and Tobago—overseas-born or not.

But I will not tolerate disrespect for women’s national footballers any longer. Please, I just want a fair shot at making this right for the women athletes. We have so much talent that is not being tapped into.

I hope the right thing is done to enhance the women’s game and I am prepared to stand up and fight for it.

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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #572 on: September 24, 2019, 06:53:19 PM »
Natasha Baptiste of Aston Villa women's team

She moved to Stoke a month ago yesterday. Has the new coaching staff reached out to her?
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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #573 on: September 29, 2019, 09:38:07 PM »
No updates?
 lil backstories or inside info on the womens team as the qualifiers take place this week??

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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #574 on: September 30, 2019, 05:59:59 PM »
No updates?
 lil backstories or inside info on the womens team as the qualifiers take place this week??

They won their first game against Aruba 3 nil.  Not a bad result but given that one practice game happened before the tournament.... it can be taken in that context. Next game Wednesday.
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Re: Women Warriors Thread
« Reply #575 on: November 16, 2019, 02:47:01 AM »
'These past years have been heart-wrenching'
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).

TTWoLF president on women's football:

PRESIDENT of the TT Women’s League Football (TTWoLF) Susan Joseph-Warrick says it is time for a change in the scene of local women's football.

Joseph-Warrick is also a member of United TTFA ­– a group of football stakeholders aiming to unseat TT Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams in the association's elections on November 24.

Speaking with Newsday Thursday afternoon, she said the group's talks about moving women's football forward have been "absolutely fantastic." She said fans and players (past and present) can look forward to a brighter future.

"I think it's about time somebody stands up and speaks for the women. We have had too much decline. We went from one game away from a World Cup to where we are now.

"We were the beacon of the Caribbean. People looked up to us. These past years have been really heart-wrenching for me, as a mother of players, as well as being around these girls."

She is the mother of national players Shanelle and Jonelle Warrick Cato and part-owner of the Trincity Nationals Football Club.

She said lack of financial support from the TTFA has hindered the growth of women's football, adding that she is in debt because of this.

On Tuesday, in an interview with Newsday, John-Williams blamed the decline of local women's football on a lack of succession planning. In reference to the 2014 squad that almost qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, he said, "That team was a culmination of a team of over 15 years. Where was the succession planning? Where were the youth teams to take over from that team when they reached their peak and had to be extinct?

"The plan for women's football is that we have to start all over."

In response, Joseph-Warrick said, "There was no succession planning. Why?"She said the tools for such planning were not provided.

She also suggested another reason why women's football is in the doldrums.

"I can say adamantly, in the three years that I've been inside the women's league, we received one payment of $50,000 (in 2016) towards prize money – not running the league.

"We were the only running football team-based women, or men – any football whatsoever this year – that ran between April and August. There was no assistance. The league cannot run with just prize money.

"We tried, this year, reaching out to the administration and we set up meetings and they couldn't make or we couldn't make. And I'm still waiting for confirmation of the date."

If United TTFA is elected, she said it will be clear, transparent and people-oriented, and is hoping football will attract crowds as it once did.

"We want to get the anxious people back out there. Let the people start to rally around the teams again.

"My passion for the women's football is not personal, As I tell people, it's to ensure there is something for the young ladies to look forward to in the future."

She is running for second vice-president on a slate led by presidential candidate William Wallace, Secondary Schools Football president.

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DeFour removed as T&T Women’s coach
« Reply #576 on: December 18, 2019, 10:32:22 AM »
DeFour removed as T&T Women’s coach
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)

STEPHAN DeFour has been removed as T&T women’s football team coach.

DeFour, who took up the post in July, was a controversial appointment as two members of the then T&T Football Association (TTFA) board – Women’s League Football (WOLF) president Susan Joseph-Warrick and T&T Super League boss Keith Look Loy, indicated the decision was not made by the board, under then-president David John-Williams.

The T&T Women’s team failed in their bid to advance past the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Olympic qualifying round in October.

DeFour was informed about the TTFA decision by president William Wallace, on Tuesday.

According to a letter addressed to DeFour, “The TTFA board met on Saturday and a major part of the discussions centred around your current position as coach of the women’s programme. Based on the financial situation that the FA is faced with at this time, we have no choice but to quickly reorganise in many areas. One such area is the technical staff attached to all teams.”

The letter continued, “It is with a bit of a heavy heart that I have to inform you that we can no longer retain you as coach and sincerely thank you for your services rendered so far. We will arrange to discuss matters pertaining to the existing contract and outstanding payments.”

Ironically, Joseph-Warrick was elected as the TTFA second vice-president in November 24, while Look Loy is now the head of the TTFA technical committee.

When contacted on Tuesday, Look Loy said, “His (DeFour) was one of the contracts that was unilaterally given by John-Williams (shortly before the TTFA elections).

They were never tabled before the board. They were never discussed and never approved.

“A whole bunch of contracts that he unilaterally issued, without board approval,” Look Loy added.

Look Loy confirmed the technical committee is “still talking to prospects”, but it is understood that former coach, American Randy Waldrum, has renewed his interest in working with the current crop of T&T women’s players.
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Forbes wants solid women’s football structure
« Reply #577 on: December 21, 2019, 10:19:28 AM »
Forbes wants solid women’s football structure
By Ryan Bachoo (T&T Guardian)

T&T foot­ball cap­tain Karyn Forbes says it is im­per­a­tive a prop­er struc­ture is built for women’s foot­ball in the coun­try.

The To­bag­on­ian play­er made the com­ment on the Morn­ing Shot on CNC3 yes­ter­day, two days af­ter the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) sacked head of the women’s pro­gramme Stephan De Four.

Asked to com­ment on the de­ci­sion to fire De Four, Forbes said she re­spect­ed the board’s de­ci­sion but said it is now time to build the women’s game across the na­tion.

“It’s a re­sult-ori­ent­ed sport and a new ad­min­is­tra­tion is on board and they de­serve a fair chance,” she said.

“I think if that’s their ap­proach to­wards it and they feel that’s best, I think you have to take the good with the bad some­times and there are things you don’t have con­trol over.”

While it re­mains un­cer­tain who will be tak­ing over at the helm of the women’s game in T&T, Forbes said the con­stant chop­ping and chang­ing was not help­ing the game grow for women’s play­ers. She al­so said chang­ing the na­ture of con­trac­tu­al agree­ments with coach­es will aid in prepar­ing teams bet­ter.

“I think with a prop­er struc­ture in place it will help. I think now, hav­ing long term con­tracts in place I think it can on­ly help be­cause by hav­ing the long term con­tracts, the coach­es have time in or­der to pre­pare the team so hope­ful­ly that’s the dri­ve that they are hop­ing to go for­ward with. In that way, the teams can get some sort of prepa­ra­tion go­ing for­ward in­to these com­pe­ti­tions rather than a month or two be­fore,” Forbes said.

De­spite all the chal­lenges the women’s game has been go­ing through, Forbes re­mains op­ti­mistic about 2020.

She said, “I think we al­ways have the po­ten­tial, it’s just mak­ing sure that we have a coach in place that able to pre­pare us ahead of time.”
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TT Women’s League honour 2019 top performers
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The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s League Football (TTWoLF) held  its 2019 Awards eremony  on  December at National Racquet Center, Organge Grove Road, Tacarigua honoring the outstanding performers for the recent season.

Several dignataries were in attendance as the local teams and individual achievers were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs -Mrs. Denise Arneaud, MP / Deputy Speaker – Mr. Esmond Forde were among those present while CANOC and TT Olympic Committee  President Mr. Brian Lewis delivered the feature addressm

TTFA Vice President Mr. Clynt Taylor and TTFA Board member Mr. Keith Look Loy and councilor Josiah Austin were also among the guests.

Soca Monarch champion Voice and Christian Cowie had the audience in a dancing mood with live performances.

Honour Roll

Winners of 2019:
1st Place- Club Sando F.C.

2nd Place – St. Augustine Football Club

3rd Place- Trincity Nationals

Other winners of the night:
Coach of the year: Mr. Arnold Murphy (Club Sando)

Golden Boot: Ms. Ahkeela Mollon (Club Sando F.C)

Golden Glove: Ms. Keri Myers (Club Sando F.C.)

MVP: Ahkeela Mollon (Club Sando F.C)

Manager of the Year: Mrs. Marie Mouttet (QPCC)

Fair Play Award: Central Women United

TTWoLF President Youth Players Awardees:
Sadiel Antoine (Central Women United)

Moenesa Meijas (Trincity Nationals)

Tishanna Orosco (St. Augustine Football Club)

TT Wolf would like to extend gratitude to the following partners in making the event possible.

Office of Prime Minister Sports and Cultural Fund, Ministry Sports and Youth Affairs (MSYA), Deputy Permanent Secretary MSYA, NLCB, Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation, MP/ Speaker House Esmond Forde, Bermudez Group Ltd, IMAX, Harold Jo Sports, Members of TTWoLF, Volunteers and the TTFA.

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T&T footballer Shade seeking funds for toe surgery
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).

T&T WOMEN’S football team striker Mariah Shade is currently on a fund-raising drive to offset the cost for her toe surgery on her left foot.

The 28-year-old fractured her tailbone in 2018 and underwent surgery a year later. However, she is still encountering pains and complications, and that process require additional medical attention.

To compound matters, she received a tough tackle during a match between TT and hosts Colombia in July 2018, which left her with a critical toe injury (osteochondral defect).

Shade will be having a curry-que on Saturday, at Bennett Village, Santa Flora. However, in keeping with covid19 guidelines, this curry-que (which runs from 11.30 am to 1 pm) will only have curbside pick-ups.

Regarding the fundraiser, Shade said on Thursday, “It’s going really good. I’m getting an overwhelming amount of support. I have to close orders because I reached my target in doing the amount of tickets I wanted to sell.”

She added, “A lot of people who cannot be at the location because it’s in deep South are sending funds to my account and making contributions, even more than the price of the tickets.”

Shade, who has been a member of the national women’s teams, from the Under-17 level, since 2008, declined to comment on the involvement of the TT Football Association (TTFA) towards her recovery. “I’ll be more open (to divulge information) after the surgery,” she said.

The surgery is scheduled for Monday at the West Shore Medical Centre, Westmoorings.

“I was supposed to travel to Miami to do it but it’s just unsafe because of the covid19,” she said.

A devout Christian, Shade is pleased with the response from the public towards her fundraising venture.

“It gives me hope that there is still a lot of kind-hearted people out here. It’s just heart-warming that (people are) leaving from Arima (and) Tunapuna to come to South just to support the curry-que. It’s a good feeling.”

Concerning her physical struggles, Shade said, “I’ve been dealing with two major injuries for the last two years. I’ve been in a pain literally every day. Almost every other night I’ll be rolling in bed in pain because of the tailbone pain, as well as my toe.”

She continued, “I get pain upon walking, pain wearing certain type of footwear, certain types of ‘heels’ is a no-no. The pain has been a lot, emotionally, physically, every way it’s been very challenging.”

How is the support from her national teammates? “A lot of them have been sharing posters I’ve been posting up on social media. A lot of them have been reaching out, a lot of them have been supporting, they have supported the cost of therapy itself.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Shade’s medical expenses can do so at RBC Royal Bank TT, account number 110000000576994.

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