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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #660 on: January 18, 2023, 12:50:22 AM »
Levi Garcia, Asha James cop 2022 TTFA Player of the Year awards
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ONE of the most anticipated events on local football's illustrious calendar arrived once again as national players, coaches and fans were given to opportunity to celebrate the most outstanding local footballers throughout the year 2022.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) announced their annual Player of the Year awards via their website on Tuesday where players who represented T&T at the international level were commemorated for their exceptional performances.

According to the TTFA, the final placings were determined by a combination of online voting for the media and the fans and selections made by National Team head coaches and members of the TTFA Technical Department.

They highlighted the top three players in the following categories: Best Senior Men’s Player, Best Senior Women’s Player, Best Youth Men’s Player, Best Youth Women’s Player, Best Futsal Player, Best Men’s Beach Soccer Player and Best Women’s Beach Soccer Player.

Subsequently, the TTFA stated, “We take this opportunity to applaud all those who made into the top three placings and offer a special acknowledgement and congratulations to the winners who all excelled for their respective teams during competitions in 2022.”

In-form AEK Athens and national mercurial attacker, Levi Garcia, was awarded the Men’s Player of the Year award for his thrilling performances for the Senior National Team as well as his club performances in Greece.

He netted four goals for T&T and an impressive 12 goals for AEK Athens in 2022.

He was tailed by Ryan Telfer in second place and third place was occupied by last year’s winner, Aubrey David.

Asha James won the Women’s Player of the Year title – four days after celebrating a transfer to Portuguese top-division club, Valadares Gaia Football Club. For her current club, Texas A&M, she received the Player of the Week award on two occasions. She also was a standout player for the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s National Team at the Concacaf Women’s Championship last year.

She was followed by Liana Hinds in second and by new club-mate, Chelsi Jadoo, in third.

Former Naparima College and Secondary School Football League (SSFL) star Molik Khan was named the Best Youth Men’s Player of the Year thanks to his performances for the T&T youth teams as well as for the Senior Team during the Concacaf Nations League campaign. Second place was awarded to Nathaniel James and Real Gill occupied the third-place spot.

On the women’s side of the youth awards, Maria-Francis Serrant received the Youth Women’s Player of the Year award, edging out both Sarah De Gannes and Marley Walker.

Che Benny won the Best Futsal Player of the Year ahead of Elijah Shade and Kalev Kiel. Benny was T&T’s star player at the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) Under-23 Championship held in Guadeloupe in 2022. His outstanding performances, including five goals in the third-place playoff, led T&T to bronze at the tournament and was named the competition’s Most Valuable Player.

Jessie Bailey took home the Men’s Beach Soccer Player of the Year, being voted above former Presentation College starlet Jordan Riley and Dominic McDougall.

The final award was handed to La Horquetta Rangers’ budding talent Alexcia Ali, the Women’s Beach Soccer Player of the Year. Second place was given to Tenesha Palmer and Tsai Ann Fernandez was voted as the third-best player.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #661 on: January 21, 2023, 02:19:04 PM »
TTFA appoints CEO of it's senior Men's league competitions.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is pleased to announce that Colin Wharfe has been appointed as the CEO of the new TTFA Senior Men’s League competitions, which will kick off after Carnival 2023.

The TTFA Normalization Committee in conjunction with a FIFA League Development Programme representative determined the type of profile and characteristics that would be expected of the individual chosen to spearhead this League, previously referred to as the “Elite League.”

The profile included an individual with extensive experience in senior leadership positions, passion for the game and experience in league management. A key factor was that the individual must also be highly respected by corporate Trinidad and Tobago as someone who has a reputation for being accountable, transparent, and diligent and as such attractive for partnership and investment.

 Wharfe, who has worked with T&T Pro Clubs and served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the 2022 Tiger Tanks Under-20 Tournament is no stranger to the football circuit and was selected as the ideal fit and will serve in the role for at least the first season.

“Trinidad & Tobago football’s senior clubs and its players deserve, at a minimum, to be participating in competition at the highest level in the CONCACAF region and we are working diligently to accomplish that. This in turn will assist in restoring our once pride of place among the top teams in the region.”

“But even before that step, we must work towards restoring the pride of local football in the players, coaches, corporate supporters and the public.” – Colin Wharfe

Wharfe has already been in consistent dialogue with the prospective clubs and will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that the foundation of this new league structure is robust, sustainable and attractive.

 The name of the League and its logo, funding, the successfully licensed clubs, the governance of the League and other details will be unveiled to the Public at the upcoming launch carded for the next few weeks.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #662 on: February 12, 2023, 11:39:00 AM »
TTFA members quash election motion
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Football Association members voted yesterday to change their December 10 Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) decision to have March 18 elections.

At another EGM at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, called yesterday by the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee, the members, by a vote of 22 for, zero against and zero abstentions, overturned the previous motion.

That December 10 motion stated: “Whereas FIFA had installed a normalisation committee in March 2020 to run the affairs of the TTFA, with a specific mandate to be completed within a period of two years ending March 2022, and whereas the tenure of this Normalisation Committee was extended for a further year ending in March 2023, and whereas the normalisation committee has had more than sufficient time to complete the mandate; be it resolved that this Extraordinary General Meeting of the TTFA now requests that the TTFA Normalisation Committee takes all steps to complete its mandate and convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the TTFA on March 18, 2023 to elect a new Board of Directors to run the affairs of the TTFA as required by the Constitution of the TTFA.”

The new motion yesterday stated in part: “Be it resolved that this Extraordinary General meeting...now nullifies the decision to accept the motion adopted at the EGM of December 10, 2022, and instead adopt the following motion:...Whereas this EGM is of the firm opinion that the Normalisation Committee has had more than sufficient time to complete the mandate, almost three years, be it resolved that this Extraordinary General Meeting strongly urges that the Normalisation Committee takes all steps to complete its mandate within the shortest possible time, with its last task being the organisation of elections for a new Board of the TTFA.

Commenting on yesterday’s meeting, president of the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT) Selby Browne indicated: “It is the prerogative of FIFA to extend the term of the NC and expect they may reluctantly have to do so.”

Browne added that he also recommended that Richard Groden, a former TTFA General Secretary be added to the NC to strengthen and ensure it completes its mandate as son as possible.
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #663 on: March 08, 2023, 02:14:15 PM »
TTFA and FIFA+ team up for Global Audience.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and FIFA+ commit to bringing live matches and more to global football audiences.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and FIFA+, the new one-stop digital destination for football fandom, have teamed up to take Trinidad and Tobago’s football to the world. As part of its mission to give fans engaging and innovative ways of interacting with the beautiful game, FIFA+ offers free access to live football action from every corner of the globe, which will now include matches from the TTFA’s Competitions.

The platform, which is available on the web, as a mobile app and on select connected devices, and is now accessible in ten languages, represents a ground-breaking approach to showcasing live football from men’s, women’s and youth leagues and cups to a global audience.

“We are indeed delighted to have been presented with this opportunity by FIFA to have this platform, via FIFA+, showcase our football and by extension our country to the world. In this age of modern technology it is the ideal matchup,” said Robert Hadad, Chairman TTFA Normalisation Committee.

“Technology has had a massive impact on almost every aspect of the game and society. The world has changed tremendously, and people are now about to access information on T&T more quickly, communicate more directly and effectively, and develop ideas. While it is not always instantly apparent, the impact that technology has had on football is vast and our presence on FIFA+ will go a long way in promoting Trinidad and Tobago’s football. This connection will no doubt raise fan enthusiasm and contribution related to the sport here,” Hadad continued.

Charlotte Burr, Director of Strategy, Corporate Development and Digital FIFA, said: “For the first time ever, our MAs can seamlessly tap into a truly global football fan base and grow a direct relationship with it on a daily basis. We are proud to work side by side with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and are excited about helping to really grow the game across CONCACAF and beyond.”

Since its launch, FIFA+ has steadily expanded its reach and added exciting new content streams in order to deliver a truly multifaceted digital experience.

Completely free, the platform offers an extensive archive (including all men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup™ matches), thousands of live fixtures every year, interactive games and predictors, and a slate of original documentaries, docuseries, talk shows and shorts.

By the end of 2023, FIFA+ will be streaming the equivalent of 40,000 live games per year from 100 MAs across all six confederations, including 11,000 women’s matches. FIFA+ provides live coverage ranging from Europe’s top-flight leagues to previously unserved competitions from around the world in men’s, women’s and youth football. FIFA+ can be accessed worldwide at fifaplus.com and on major app stores.

The TTFA page on FIFA+ can be accessed via this link


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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #664 on: March 08, 2023, 04:46:46 PM »
TTFA and FIFA+ team up for Global Audience.
TTFA Media.


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and FIFA+ commit to bringing live matches and more to global football audiences.

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The TTFA page on FIFA+ can be accessed via this link



sound too good to be true!  ;D

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #665 on: March 11, 2023, 05:19:35 PM »
was hoping this JA game would be on here  :-\

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« Reply #666 on: March 14, 2023, 07:41:23 AM »
Who from the TTFA is/will be travelling to Rwanda for the FIFA Congress?

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« Reply #667 on: May 03, 2023, 02:00:05 AM »
UTT, TTFA sign 4-year deal to improve sport, players.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Local football was placed in safer hands on Tuesday. Following the signing of a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partnership deal between the parent T&T Football Association (TTFA) and the University of T&T (UTT) at the UTT's Chaguanas campus, players, coaches and other coaching staff will now have direct access to the UTT's expertise and facilities.

It will lead to the development of the sport essentially, as well as opportunities that will make professionals out of players in a wide range of careers.

Attending the signing ceremony was Robert Hadad, chairman of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee, as well as technical director Anton Corneal, TTFA's general secretary Amiel Mohammed, UTT’s Chairman of the Board of Governors Professor Clement Imbert, President Professor Prakash Persad and UTT’s Senior Manager Sport and Recreation, Ian Pritchard.

Pritchard told Guardian Media Sports on Tuesday that the deal will be an obligation between the parties for advanced research and development to be done during preparation and training, using technology to further develop players. He noted that a scientific approach can also be used for measuring players' performances and readiness.

He said players, coaches and other staff will also have access to their facilities and expertise, which will include rehab services, human resource capacity, and testing methods for athletes to determine their readiness.

According to Pritchard, there will also be the offering of partial scholarships for students/players on the verge of leaving school.

"Through our High Performance programmes, young players in the TTFA High Performance Programmes will get the opportunity to advance their academic careers through partial scholarships etc. This initiative started back in 2007 when the Sport and Recreation Unit of the UTT started offering scholarships for the advancement of young players.

"And the reason I say partial scholarship is because we don't offer room and board like universities abroad, but we offer transportation and insurance, as well as some level of financing."

The MOU is expected to cover a large range of objectives, such as: 1. Seeking to encourage and ensure mutual cooperation and support generally between UTT’s Academy of Sport and TTFA’s Academies and National Teams; 1.1. Lending technical support to each other in an effort to ensure the continued development of football in T&T; 1.2. Advancing coaching education as a priority agenda of this MOU, through mutual cooperation and support generally between UTT’s Academy of Sport and the TTFA.

The embattled football association has committed to: 4.1 to making the TTFA facilities available to UTT. For the purposes of this agreement, “TTFA facilities” shall mean its football fields, courts and the Home of Football at Balmain, Couva, as well as its administrative offices, conference room(s) and any other location

that TTFA may reasonably make available to UTT;

4.2 Endorsing, sanction or otherwise approve of the football tournaments arranged, hosted or administered by UTT on the condition that UTT has satisfied TTFA that it has attained the requisite standards and approvals for the hosting of such tournaments;

4.3 to endorse, sanction or otherwise approve of football coaching certification courses arranged, hosted and administered by UTT in conjunction with the TTFA:

4.4 to provide access, where reasonably practicable, to its national teams, both male and female, including the Under-23, U-19, U-17 and Under-15 teams. The access being sought by UTT shall be limited to coaching and training sessions, attendance of such national team members at UTT screening sessions annually, attendance at competitive and friendly matches, and promotional appearances by team members, whether the team members are available individually, in small groups or as an entire team.

On the other hand, the UTT, which has campuses across T&T inclusive of San Fernando, Point Lisas, Camden, Chaguaramas, the ECIAF campus, as well as in the sister isle of Tobago has assured its undertakings will include: 3.1 Where feasible, to make UTT facilities available to TTFA. including classrooms, lecture halls, outdoor courts, auditoriums, outfields, laboratories and such other venues, rooms or locations at UTT campuses that UTT may reasonably make available to TTFA;

3.2 to provide educational and training opportunities, through its academic and coaching staff, associates and/or consultants, to coaches, teams and clubs affiliated to TTFA on topics including but not limited to: (i) national coaching certification (various levels); (ii) anti-doping; (iii) match-fixing, corruption and illegal betting; (iv) safeguarding and child protection; (v) health, fitness, safety and risk management; (vi) sports science; (vii) ethical values and sport; (viii) pre-participation athletic evaluation; (ix) taping and bracing; (x) periodization; (xi) nutrition and sport performance; (xii) sports psychology;(xiii) contractual rights and obligations;

(xiv) intellectual property; and (xv) financial management and taxation 3.3 to offer scholarships where feasible to those inductees of the Programmes that meet

UTT’s criteria for scholarship eligibility;3.4 to offer coaching and technical expertise to TTFA’s national teams; 3.5 to facilitate and foster the building of strategic relationships between UTT’s local, regional and international academic and sporting partners and the TTFA for the benefit of the TTFA.

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UTT, TTFA sign historic MOU on sport development.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


Trinidad and Tobago's current crop and future generation of footballers stand to benefit from Tuesday’s signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the TT Football Association (TTFA) and the University of TT (UTT).

The historic agreement allows national youth, senior players and staff an opportunity to access all of UTT’s facilities and programmes to help better understand, nurture and elevate their skills.

At the UTT campus in Charlieville, senior manager, sport and recreation, Ian Pritchard outlined an array of the university’s options for footballers, which they can tap into to become more all-round, multi-faceted players.

Pritchard said the MOU had been long coming and aims not only to elevate TT’s footballing progress but also aid players’ academic development.

He said the university is being projected as the number one research centre for sport and sport development in TT. UTT has a centre for kinesiology, physical education and sport where everything is centred on sport development.

Pritchard forecast its benefits to local football.

“At UTT, we have nutrition and sport performance, psychology and how it affects and impacts performance of athletes, ethical values in sport, research and sport science, in terms of getting athletes to perform at their optimum,” he said.

Pritchard also highlighted the rehab centre, led by Adrian Palmer, and UTT’s strength and condition co-ordinators. Additionally, its high-performance athlete development programme serves as a platform for young footballers to balance sport and academics at UTT.

“What we are saying to TTFA in our MOU is that your U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams have the possibility of engaging in continuous education at the university, where they can be trained and housed together, hopefully at the Home of Football.

“That development and working together in an environment like that can always be beneficial to the development of those young footballers who will be the talent of the future generation of TT football. Our facilities are open to you, our research facility, classrooms and staff.”

Pritchard also said there was ongoing discussion of a programme which entails a series on leadership coaching that will be launched at the UTT.

TTFA normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad expressed elation at the MOU signing and said the future of TT football is in good hands, after three years of the TTFA enduring an administrative “category-five hurricane.”

“The magnitude of this situation is quite overwhelming for me. It’s no secret that in three years in this role, it was very difficult to see the sky and sun. But today, peeping through the clouds I see a bright future for all of us, for sport and football in TT.

“Partnering with the UTT is going to be amazing, and the opportunities are endless. For us, it’s really what UTT has brought to us. We are very excited (about) what the future would bring. Working alongside UTT is going to be tremendous. Keep supporting football and this partnership.”

Chairman of UTT’s board of governors Clement Imbert said athlete rehabilitation remains top priority. UTT is in talks with other stakeholders to increase its reach in this department.

“One of the main pillars in the building of an athlete is the question of rehab. It’s very important because athletes are subject to injury, but also the stresses the muscles undergo. We can have specific programmes in that area at whatever level, whether post-grad or the certificate, that would train people in that specific area.

“That is one of the areas that I see that we need to broaden in terms of providing a holistic development for our athletes.”

Imbert confirmed that UTT will soon be offering, for all sporting disciplines, training for pre-participation assessors. This, he said, would identify, correct and reduce short- and long-term injuries, particularly in new athletes.

“What we have is a lot of young athletes entering sport without any pre-participation examination done, or any testing. We believe that leads to a lot of injury to our athletes, some of which are unable to be corrected later on.

“We would be training these people (assessors) so that (at) those first points of contact with athletes, we’d be able to do the testing and be able to tell if they are ready to participate; if not, what injuries they might be susceptible to. That’s another layer of support that the TTFA can tap into that’s being offered at the UTT.”

UTT president Prakash Persad believes technology also plays an integral role in helping improve TT’s footballers. He wants both the TTFA and UTT to begin working on technologically advanced equipment to aid their individual and overall progression as athletes.

“Can we develop some specific training equipment for footballers? Because we have done so for cricket. We are developing a fast-bowling machine and a variety of things. In terms of training, we can look at that.

“We’ll put a mixed team comprised of engineers and sporting people, where we can develop this equipment and test it. Hopefully it will be jointly marketed by UTT and TTFA worldwide. This is something we want to do and we look forward to it.”

Also at Tuesday’s MOU signing were TTFA normalisation committee general secretary Amiel Mohammed and technical director Anton Corneal, UTT’s cricket instructor and former West Indies bowler Tony Gray, 12-time national champion and table-tennis coach Aleena Edwards and another governor, Michael Cooper.

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #668 on: May 07, 2023, 01:33:36 AM »
The benefits of FIFA+ Platform for T&T football.
By Shaun Fuentes (T&T Express).


Since the launch of the inaugural T&T Premier Football League last year, there’s been a lot of talk around town about the FIFA+ platform and what is it exactly. What makes the digital platform any good and what significance is it to our territory?

FIFA+ is a free streaming service dedicated to football fans around the world and available on all major app stores. It comes with live games, on-demand content, and comprehensive match data—making it a great companion app no matter which leagues across the world you are interested in following.

While major events such FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup are the big sellers, the scope of FIFA+ extends beyond the quadrennial tournaments.

And this is where the benefits to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean come in. Now while FIFA+ boasts of live-streaming over 40,000 matches per year, not exactly all leagues are on display.

The TTFA would have had to satisfy some requirements of FIFA to get onto the platform and these discussions began almost a year before the start of the TTPFL.

But live games aren’t even the best part of FIFA+. The streaming service has many premium-quality series and documentaries, covering topics from grassroots stories to World Cup campaigns. Several great player profiles focus on some of the marquee players in world football.

In the time since the platform launched, documentary pieces, such as “Croatia: Defining a Nation” and “Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World,” have already become favourites.

More significant for us is that matches in our TTPFL can be seen live or delayed from any corner of the globe. No longer do fans have to depend solely on online highlights on platforms such as Youtube or Facebook to see what’s happenings in T&T league football.

Football Scouts and other clubs can now get finger-tip access to players they may be interested in for potential transfers. FIFA+ provides an even bigger reach for the league than Sportsmax which has a viewership mainly from this region.

The TTFA has secured a relationship with the network to provide a product which is up to a standard that is satisfactory for FIFA+.

And with local football now reaching a global audience every week, it also provides a tremendous reach for potential commercial partners via on-field perimeter advertising boards.

On FIFA+ you can also view past, present, and future games from your favourite leagues. The Match Centre feature is handy if you follow several leagues from various countries—including continental competitions like the UEFA Champions League. FIFA+ is available in ten languages—including English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

There are even more language options planned for the future, plus more inclusive features rolling out during every major FIFA+ tournament. Beyond video, FIFA+ also has exclusive news articles, match statistics, and interactive games. The free-to-play trivia and fantasy games are pretty cool.

And well, the Match Centre feature is a great way to score up-to-date info on your favourite teams while keeping tabs on upcoming matches.

While there are dedicated pages for the TTFA which showcase behind-the-scenes footage, news, features and images, and another page for the TT Premier League, general viewers on FIFA+ can also come across Trinidad and Tobago content through online promotions which highlights the T&T league and other TTFA related content.

This means that on particular days, the landing page which tends to focus on the bigger leagues and players around the world, will at times, feature TTPFL Goals of the Week or featured matches which can catch the eyes of fans who may not usually be following T&T football.

Because FIFA is free, you don’t have to worry about any account and streaming limitations like with Netflix or Hulu. Video on FIFA+ streams at a maximum 1080p resolution and comes paired with 2.0 stereo sound.

Those are standard qualities for a streaming service of this kind, like MLB.TV and NFL.

Though, we’ve noticed most live games on FIFA+ stream at 720p.

For the best streaming experience, you’ll want to ensure your internet connection speed is at least 5 Mbps. But you’ll want a more robust connection if you’re not the only device on the network.

In the discussions with FIFA+ in the early stages, then head of Member Associations Digital Services for FIFA Dave Roberts explored various options to promote Trinidad and Tobago football and current exchanges with Matt Reeder, who now holds the position of FIFA Head of Digital Services, indicating that further features are being developed to push the T&T brand including one which will highlight in advance, a featured TTPFL Match of the Week on FIFA’s+ social media platforms, placing it alongside the more popular leagues in world football.

As recently as last week, I had two agents from Asia reach out to me about interest in a couple of the top performers in the league with requests for video footage of their matches. Unlike the past where we would have had to secure videos from the club or a local station, which in most cases would have taken at least a week or more to obtain, I was now able to direct the agents to FIFA+.

There’s that old saying that “You never know who’s watching.” And now you better believe it especially when they can now be watching live from anywhere on the planet.

Editor’s note: Shaun Fuentes is the head of TTFA Media.

He was a FIFA Media Officer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. The views expressed are solely his and not a representation of any organisation. shaunfuentes@yahoo.com

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #669 on: September 11, 2023, 01:13:56 AM »
Guaya challenges TTFA for 6th spot in Tier 2.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Guaya United FC is challenging the T&T Football Association's (TTFA) decision to put Harlem Strikers ahead of them in Tier 2 of the T&T Premier Football League as the sixth-placed team in the 11-team standings.

After Saturday's lone match between Guaya United FC and Bethel in Tobago, the men from southeast Trinidad got a hat-trick from Ricardo John and another item from Deron John in a convincing 4-2 victory, which should have earned them the sixth position on a head-to-head comparison.

The top six teams in the competition will be selected for the Big Six Play-Off starting on Wednesday.

The sixth-placed team will open their play-off campaign with a meeting against Police.

Yesterday coach Travis Mulraine confirmed that his manager Randy Hagley has officially written to the football association querying how Strikers were placed in the sixth spot ahead of them.

Before Saturday's encounter, the Strikers were on 13 points from 10 matches, with a goal difference of zero, with 11 goals scored and as many conceded.

Guaya, on the other hand, had 10 points from nine matches, with a goal difference of -2 from 11 goals scored and 13 received. However, their 4-2 victory turned the tide in their favour, despite the stats being almost identical. The win placed Guaya equal on 13 points, with an identical goal difference of zero (15 goals for and 15 against) to Strikers.

Mulraine pointed to the FIFA rule, which states that a head-to-head comparison should be used to determine the team that goes forward.

It states: "Goals Scored: This is the most simple tiebreaker. If teams have the same points, total, and goal difference, the team that scored more goals finishes higher.

"Head to Head results: If the teams can't be broken up on goal totals, FIFA zooms in on the game they played against each other."

The TTFA has already put the Strikers down to face the Lawmen on Wednesday.

Tobago giants FC Phoenix took the top spot on the standings with 24 points from 10 matches, with Queen's Park in second position with 23 points. Both teams sealed the top two qualifying Big Six places, with Police taking the third on 19 points.

However, Petit Valley Diego Martin United sealed the fourth-place position on the standing after beating Bethel 3-1 last week Wednesday at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, thereby leaving San Fernando Giants in the fifth spot on 14 points.

It meant that the Strikers (on 13 points) and Guaya (on 10 points then) were locked in a battle for the final spot.

Mulraine said he always knew that a victory by two clear goals would have been sufficient for them to secure the sixth spot.

"We got the win 4-2. We also scored more goals than the Harlem Strikers so should be rightfully placed ahead of them. I saw the TTFA put Harlem down as the sixth-placed team but we are going to query it and see what happens."

Guardian Media tried to reach out to TTFA general secretary Amiel Mohammed to shed light on the issue raised by Guaya United but calls went unanswered.

STANDINGS

Team*P*W*L*D*GF*GA*GD*Pts
1*FC Phoenix*10*7*0*3*23*9*14*24
2*QPCC FC*10*7*1*2*21*7*14*23
3*TT Police FC*10*5*1*4*19*8*11*19
4*PVDM UTD 2*10*5*4*1*20*20*0*16
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« Reply #670 on: September 11, 2023, 02:31:06 PM »
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Good evening, how come Ricardo John and Derron John was eligible  to play for guaya in the tier2 ttpfl after playing in the tier1 ttpfl? we was told once you played in the tier1 you can't play in the tier2 .....is the rules for some clubs alone? - Kelvin Charles

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« Reply #671 on: September 11, 2023, 02:52:01 PM »
They got transferred, I presumed.  I don't understand why they can't be eligible
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« Reply #672 on: September 14, 2023, 01:13:02 AM »
TTFA needs to check its records – Hagley.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Guaya United FC was given by 1 pm yesterday afternoon to provide details and information about the transfer and approval of striker Derron John, who has been the subject of an ongoing battle between the southeast team and Harlem Strikers for the overall sixth position in Tier 2 of the T&T Premier Football League.

The teams were locked on the same points and goal difference after the final day of action in round one of the competition on Saturday, but Guaya got the edge for the sixth position on a head-to-head comparison, which put them among the six qualifiers for the Big Six Play Off that was scheduled to begin yesterday afternoon.

Coincidentally, Guaya was down to face Police at the Barracks on Long Circular Road in St James, before a protest by the Strikers forced the T&T Football Association to stop the contest until an investigation is done.

On Tuesday night, Amiel Mohammed, general secretary of the TTFA, issued a release in which he mistakenly said the Guaya player was successfully transferred instead of unsuccessfully transferred.

“The T&T Football Association (TTFA) and T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL) would like to draw the attention of Guaya United to a matter related to the eligibility of player, Derron John.”

“In accordance with the records available to the TTFA and TTPFL from the FIFA Connect, Mr John was successfully transferred to Guaya United from San Juan Jabloteh on 13 August 2023.”

“The initial request to facilitate this transfer is dated 11 August 2023. A correspondence to TTPFL Tier 1 and Tier 2 clubs dated 16 August 2023, indicated that a Domestic Registration Window will be opened from 17 July 2023 to 27 July 2023. We would like to invite Guaya United to kindly provide any details and further information related to Mr John by no later than 1 pm (AST) on 13 September 2023.”

When contacted by Guardian Media Sports yesterday, Hagley urged the football association to check the new computerised system for the registration of players that was adopted by FIFA.

According to Hagley: “I am the person who handles all registration for Guaya United, so let me respond. Let these people go back on their system and check that. We sent a transfer request to his previous club requesting him, and they approved him. Once the window is closed, you can’t do or approve any transfer requests. The system is designed to be fool-proof so that no one other than the TTFA Admin can do the final approval of a player after his club approves the transfer request.”

Hagley, the Guaya manager of Guaya team said their request for John was made between mid-June to early July which was well inside the transfer window.

It was later approved by Jabloteh and put into the system for TTFA approval within the July 27 deadline, Hagley said yesterday. However, the player was only registered on August 6 when the team played against FC Phoenix at the Guaya Recreation Ground in a match that ended 2-2. In that match, he could not play, as there was a grace period to submit names for the game.

Gregory McSween, manager of Harlem Strikers, on Tuesday night said it was not their concern whether there was a blunder in the registration or not, saying the fact there John was not registered in time was all that mattered to them.

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« Reply #673 on: September 14, 2023, 01:32:28 PM »
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« Reply #674 on: December 31, 2023, 10:26:13 AM »
Better TTFA: Ex-players have high expectations for Soca Warriors, local football
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


Two former national players hope that with better governance, everything else will fall into place for local football in 2024.

The progress of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national team has given cause for optimism going into the new year, but Brian Williams and Brent Sancho also want to see a stronger domestic league; greater corporate and Government input into local football and most of all, a properly-run Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) after power is handed over, as expected, by the Normalisation Committee, which the world body FIFA appointed to run local football on March 17, 2020.

The recent growth of the national team has given both Sancho and Williams hope for continued growth in the coming year.

After being promoted, the Soca Warriors had an encouraging 2023 CONCACAF Nations League A campaign, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time, and bouncing back from a disappointing CONCACAF Gold Cup in mid-year where they suffered huge 4-1 and 6-0 defeats to Jamaica and the United States.

Coached by Angus eve, the former national midfielder, the Soca Warriors picked up a string of good results in the second half of 2023, preserved their Nations League A status for 2024, and also still have a chance to qualify for Conmebol Copa American via a playoff against Canada on March 23, 2024.

“We have had some terrific results. It’s really a credit to the coaching staff. The players, they deserve a lot, a lot of credit, because they have been tremendous,” stated Sancho yesterday. “I just hope they continue along that same line of playing for the badge, and playing for the country. I’m really, really proud of what they have been able to achieve in the last five or so games.”

Likewise, Williams has seen signs of positive growth within the national team, which won nine of 15 matches played in 2023; played unbeaten at home; also picked up competition victories over higher-ranked Curacao, El Salvador and United States and also, twice defeated Guatemala.

“I have to give kudos to Angus. He’s trying hard. I think Angus is doing a pretty decent job under the circumstances, of holding the national team together. It will be difficult for a man to say he’s not seeing a little growth.”

Williams added: “We know there will be a little challenge because of our resources, and who we have to choose from is still limited. But I am seeing some positive signs and improvement.”

Sancho recalled: “We had a disastrous Gold Cup. But we have been able to turn things around. You only good as your last game, but what they (Soca Warriors) have done so far, has been a good testament, and they deserve the credit.”

Following almost four years of governance by a FIFA-imposed Normalisation Committee, Trinidad and Tobago expect to have a new TTFA executive elected in early 2024 to run football. Following TTFA elections, Sancho is hoping for a change in leadership style.

“What will make the TTFA good after the Normalisation Committee (is gone) is good governance,” Sancho stated. “I’m hoping that whoever takes the helm is transparent and pays close attention to proper governance and puts the country first.”

Williams also wants to see the 12 or so entities comprising the TTFA functioning properly. He estimates that 50% of them are dormant.

“We need to put our house in place in terms of the TTFA which is the governing body,” he noted. “We are under watch of the Normalisation Committee, so we are still not running our own business. Our Football Association has to be in place to govern our affairs”

TTFA members have been given until the end of the year to consider amendments to the Constitution, in order for the new document to be approved in January, paving the way for elections.

Domestically, Williams wants to see competitively-run local national senior and youth leagues. He commented that the years when the national team has done well, have been the times when the domestic league has been well-run and competitive.”

“I will want us to have a proper structured league, where we can keep the level of interest high by having promotion and demotion,” he said. “I’ll also like to see a proper structured youth league where we can see a proper transition, with the major goal being the national team.”

He added: “We have to structure ourselves as we see in the bigger countries, where the league is run on time and games are played on time, according to fixtures.”

Both men also agreed on the need for greater financial input into football.

“In everything that we do today, the dollar is important. You have to have that to get players to take the game seriously these days. Your prize money or what you are offering, must be able to help,” said Williams.

And Sancho, a former club owner of Central FC, the former TT Pro League and Caribbean champions concluded: “In most clubs, players are paid below the minimum wage. That needs to be addressed.

I will hope to see more corporate buy-in.”
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« Reply #675 on: January 09, 2024, 12:34:03 AM »
Brian Williams looks to TTFA future: Show Fifa our competence.
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday).


AS the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee gets set to release its control of the TT Football Association's (TTFA) on March 31, 2024, former Strike Squad player Brian Williams hopes the incoming governing body can handle its own affairs and show competence once a new board is installed.

Appointed in March 2020, the normalisation committee received its second extension in February 2023 as Fifa said its mandate had not been fulfilled. On Thursday, the Robert Hadad-led normalisation committee made arguably one of its biggest calls since being in office, as they extended the contract of men's football team coach Angus Eve well past its own expiry date, with a deal until December 31, 2025.

Williams is in agreement with the extension as he said the team has made improvements with Eve, who "took over under difficult circumstances from Terry Fenwick'' in 2021.

Asked about the normalisation committee's decision to award a two-year contract despite their impending departure from office, Williams said, "This is the business of the normalisation committee and the TTFA. They will have that responsibility to put things in place as best as possible to be able to satisfy the TTFA membership.

"As much as I am an advocate for us running our own business and putting the TTFA in place, we have to be realistic," Williams told Newsday.

Under the normalisation committee, Williams said T&T have been able to compete in "most of our international competitions" and have been able to meet other requirements.

"In order for us to put the football in our own hands, we must be able to do that efficiently. If not, we might want the normalisation committee to continue. If (Fifa) puts the affairs of football back in our hands and we are not competent enough to run our football in the right way, it does not make no sense because we have seen the nosedive of how low our football reached in the past."

Williams said the national senior team is not solely about Eve or the TTFA, and he said the various aspects of administration, facilities management, coaching and player development must be of the highest possible standard for the on-field product to flourish.

"(The national team) cannot be (about) Angus Eve alone. There must be a collective approach within corporate T&T and throughout T&T as a whole.

"We have to be realistic about our work and not let football go in that direction as we have experienced in the past few years. Our football must have some meaning and purpose so people could be willing to put their time into it and take it very seriously. Sport is a serious approach. It can no longer be about recreation or whatever."

The normalisation committee had been mandated to establish a debt repayment plan implementable by the TTFA, review and amend the TTFA statutes (and other regulations where necessary) and to conduct elections of a new TTFA executive committee for a four-year mandate.

In September 2022 Justice Devindra Rampersad approved a debt repayment proposal filed by Maria Daniel, the trustee acting on behalf of the TTFA’s FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

According to the TTFA, there were 299 creditors listed in the trustee’s repayment proposal with a total unsecured debt of TT$84.5 million.

The normalisation committee has had its share of detractors though with the major complaint being the lack of transparency and communication with stakeholders, including players.

RESULTS ON THE PITCH

Like Williams, veteran T&T defender Radanfah Abu Bakr said Eve deserved his contract extension. Abu Bakr said the team showed grit and determination in the 2023/24 Concacaf Nations League A campaign and he believes the contract was justified based on the Soca Warriors' results in that competition, which led to a maiden journey to the quarter-final and the upcoming Copa America 2024 play-in game versus Canada on March 23.

In August 2023, the TTFA extended Eve's contract with the Soca Warriors to March 2024. With the latest extension, the T&T head coach is currently set to lead the Soca Warriors through their Fifa 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 36-year-old Abu Bakr featured for T&T at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup when Eve initially took charge of the team on an interim basis.

"We got to the quarter-finals of the (Nations League) and we are one game away from the Copa America. The only thing bigger than that is the World Cup. That is huge," Abu Bakr told Newsday.

"This is obviously on the back of an under par – to put it mildly – (2023) Gold Cup campaign. I think (Eve) will admit it was very disappointing. His job was on the line for sure, but to bounce back in the manner he did to get the results the team managed was phenomenal really. You can see an upwards trajectory from the team and that is really heartening."

Abu Bakr said T&T were fortunate to avoid playing eventual group-winners Panama in the Nations League due to an unusual Swiss-style format and he also said T&T played Curacao during a period where they were experiencing internal issues. However, he said the Warriors earned their keep with respective 3-2 wins against El Salvador and Guatemala.

"That resolve to go out there and battle and fight for the flag has been a feature of the team post-Gold Cup," Abu Bakr said.

Abu Bakr said the "football has not been pretty all the time," but he praised the fighting spirit and character of the squad.

"Credit to (Eve), the staff and the players. There is still a lot to improve on obviously, but it is a results-oriented game and we got some really fantastic results in the Nations League."

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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #676 on: February 06, 2024, 06:31:55 AM »
TTFA presidential candidate Selby Browne wants to 'put football first'.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) presidential candidate Selby Browne wants to meet with members of other two contesting slates to bounce their ideas around in a combined effort to chart the best way forward for T&T football.

Browne, president of the Veterans Football Foundation of TT (VFFoTT), threw his hat into the presidential race after the penultimate goal of the FIFA-installed normalisation committee – to bring the TTFA’s statutes in line with FIFA’s – was achieved at an emergency general meeting on January 28.

Joining him in the pursuit of the TTFA executive are Eastern Football Association president Kieron Edwards and Southern Football Association president Dennis Latiff.

Browne confirmed that he has already formed his nine-member slate for the election and will launch their campaign and manifesto after a meeting with the VFFoTT executive, post-Carnival.

He said sharing potential ideas with other presidential candidates and their candidatures should bring the best out of each team as they all aim to wrestle the four-year reign away from the normalisation committee, and return the association’s daily operations to the membership.

“I have a full slate, and we are prepared to meet with the two other slates to come up with one slate to see who is best, and in the position, to take T&T football forward. That same quorum will review the plans.

“So I am proposing that we meet on a day for open discussions and disclosures, release our manifestos and then we determine a path. We don’t need an elections for that. It must be about putting football first, not individuals and finding what’s best to put T&T football forward,” he said.

Browne’s project name is called TTFA Reset 2024. He told Newsday that it’s taken four long years for the membership to come within reach of regaining control of the TTFA.

The election was suggested, by FIFA Director of Strategic Projects Nodar Akhalkatsi, to be held on April 13. The normalisation committee agreed and issued a statement on Saturday, informing members of the set election date.

Despite the normalisation committee’s tenure set to conclude on March 31, a decision will be facilitated for a short extension of their mandate, until April 13, to ensure the elective congress is held on the set date. The normalisation committee acts as the electoral committee for these elections.

Browne’s team has been burning the midnight oil in the lead up to elections.

He added, “We’ve been planning this for a long time, the restructuring of TT football. Having our own seminars, quorums and open discussions. We’ve already have identified a path forward for the restructure and development of TTFA.”

“We waited too late, in my view, because we’ve wasted four years when it should have been tackled and dealt with during that four-year period in preparation for 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

The national senior team’s first major test this year kicks off three weeks before the election, when the Soca Warriors play Canada in a single-match play-in, for one of two available spots for the Jun 20 to July 14 Copa America.

After that, the 2026 Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers kick off in June. T&T are in Group B alongside Costa Rica, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Bahamas.

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« Reply #677 on: February 14, 2024, 04:03:44 PM »
Football poker: Candidates cautious about TTFA slates; NC to go April 30
By Garth Wattley (T&T Express)


The time for declaring slates for the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) elections has arrived, but potential presidential candidates are keeping their cards close to their chests when it comes to their slates.

April 13, has been set as the date for the Extraordinary Congress at which TTFA members will elect a new nine-person executive according to the revised constitution, thus ending the tenure of the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) headed by businessman Robert Hadad.

Yesterday, the TTFA gave formal notice to members of the convening of the Extraordinary Congress on April 13.

In addition, a TTFA release yesterday, also stated that according to correspondence from FIFA, the NC’s tenure has been extended to “30 April 2024, at the latest to facilitate the appropriate timeline for an election in accordance with the TTFA Statutes.”

In a letter announcing the election date to members on February 3, the TTFA said the process, “will be facilitated by a short extension of the NC’s mandate.” The previous extension given to the NC had it going on March 31.

In giving a timeline of events leading up to the elections, the release yesterday stated that at or before 11.59 p.m. on February 28, “candidatures for any of the nine executive committee positions must be submitted to the TTFA General Secretariat by recorded post, by email with delivery notification, or delivered by hand in exchange for confirmation of receipt in accordance with Article 8 par. 2 of the TTFA Electoral Code.”

The period for submitting nominations and slates of candidates is now in effect.

On the weekend, three men who have publicly indicated their desire to run for president—Kieron Edwards, Dennis Latiff and Selby Browne—were busy sorting out their teams. And none were yet willing to publicly name members of their slates.

However, Eastern Football Association (EFA) president Edwards expressed confidence in his group. “I think it’s one of, if not the best,” he told the Express. “It would be a mix of members representing the membership in the widest way, as well as professionals that could lend to football and have a sense of football too, not just an account for an accountant’s sake.”

Edwards explained, “It would be an accountant that has some ties to football. If it’s a lawyer, it would be a lawyer with some ties to football. It would be a professional with expertise but still understanding football.”

Southern Football Association (SFA) boss Dennis Latiff had been trying to get potential rivals to join his slate, but he said this won’t happen now. “Most people want to have their own slate. We can’t agree on some things,” he said.

However, according to Latiff, he is still spoiled for choice. “More and more people want to come in and join up...I kinda overwhelmed right now...I’m talking about the quality of people that want to come in,” he said.

Meanwhile, Browne, head of the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFTT) is looking to settle his team by this weekend. “We have the names for all the nine posts,” he declared.

“Actually we have more than one name (for some positions) but the final (selections) will be determined at our meeting on Saturday,” Browne intimated.

And he, too, is pleased with the people willing to work with him. “We have a good pool. A mix of experience and youth, competent in their respective fields,” he said.
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« Reply #678 on: February 14, 2024, 07:27:55 PM »
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« Reply #679 on: February 21, 2024, 01:42:32 AM »
TTFA pleased with response on revised Safeguarding Framework and Policy.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


THE Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) continued its stride towards the protection of children and the vulnerable with the launching of its revised Safeguarding Framework and Policy, at a function held at the Trinidad Hilton on February 2.

FIFA head of Safeguarding and Child Protection Marie-Laure Lemineur was the feature speaker at the launch. She lauded the efforts made by the TTFA and its stakeholders in adopting and enforcing detailed mechanisms to monitor and protect those at risk within the football ecosystem.

“Not long ago the leadership of the TTFA took a very courageous decision to embark on their safeguarding journey. Twenty-four months later, the TTFA has produced one of the most elaborative and complete safeguarding frameworks that I know of,” said Lemineur.

A TTFA statement on Monday said that as of February 16, 139 Academies have been successfully registered and over 1,400 individuals have completed their level one TTFA safeguarding certification.

A further 200 individuals have completed level two certification and 24 individuals have been level three and four TTFA safeguarding licensed.“A key component of the academy registration was the fulfillment of all safeguarding criteria by the club and its officials, coaches and other personnel,” the statement read.

Safeguarding is the action taken to ensure that all vulnerable persons are safe from harm when involved in football. It means proactively doing everything possible to minimize risk and prevent poor practices and abuse.

“This framework ticks all the boxes,” Lemineur added. “It has the interest of the victims and the children at its heart, it defines clear mechanisms in case of incidents, it defines clear procedural rules and sanctions in case of non-compliance, it establishes licensing requirements for clubs, teams and academies and it promotes a culture of transparency and accountability.”

In August 2022, the TTFA signed off on its first version of its Safeguarding Policy and throughout the latter quarter of 2022, the association announced that there would now be a process and system to register academies throughout TT.

The number of registered academies “are a testament to the support of the initiatives and the development of a safeguarding culture throughout the football landscape under the guidance of the TTFA Safeguarding, Player Care and Wellbeing Department,” the statement continued.

The TTFA has been working closely with the FIFA, Concacaf, regional associations (zones), the Secondary School’s Football League, TTFA refereeing department, the Children’s Authority and other stakeholders to ensure that trained and certified safeguarding officers are assigned to the various avenues of the football pathway under a collective approach.

“Our job is to be prepared to address the situation with a victim-centred focus. We can’t do it all alone, we need all of you; football federations, professional clubs, governmental institutions, grassroots, athletes, parents, children, players and other sports organizations, not only football, to create a stronger institutional safeguarding culture,” Lemineur said.

These sentiments were echoed by David Roberts, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Community Development as he complimented the efforts of the TTFA and other national governing bodies (NGB) for taking an active approach towards safeguarding.

Roberts said he was pleased to see representatives from the Tennis Association of TT, TT Golf Association, TT Hockey Board and the TT Karate Association for working with the TTFA to become safeguarding licensed.The revised TTFA Safeguarding Framework and Policy is available via the TTFA website and outlines criteria for the operation of academies, leagues and individuals.

In accordance with the policy, unlicensed clubs, academies, and youth teams are not allowed to work with children, youth players or vulnerable groups on behalf of or under the scope of the TTFA or to participate in TTFA-organised or endorsed tournaments, competitions, or events.

It further states that all persons or organisations that propose to organise any football-related activity involving the training or playing of football matches either recreationally, competitively or for the purpose of scouting, that involves working with children, youth players or vulnerable groups are required to acquire a TTFA event license and or event endorsement. Unlicensed or unendorsed football activities and festivals are not allowed to work with children, youth players, or vulnerable groups on behalf of or under the scope of the TTFA.

“These and other actions in contravention of the Policy are subject to sanctioning by the TTFA,” the statement said.

They also encouraged parents and guardians to utilise only licensed academies/clubs have been vetted by the TTFA to work with children and youth players and have the rights to operate under the TTFA Safeguarding Framework and Policy.

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« Reply #680 on: March 21, 2024, 12:07:47 PM »
Wharfe promises to take T&T football 15 places up FIFA rankings
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


The thought of a rise for T&T on the FIFA world rankings to 81st or 80th may seem a bit far-fetched to date, but Colin Wharfe, one of two presidential candidates for the coming T&T Football Association Elections on April 13, is promising this.

The current chief executive officer (CEO) of the T&T Premier Football League told listeners and viewers during last Thursday’s CNC3 Morning Shot programme that he had in-depth discussions with the sport’s stakeholders after the first season of the TT Premier Football League, which features a Tier 1 and Tier 2 football leagues.

The discussion was aimed at highlighting the shortfalls and determining how to strengthen the leagues. Among those discussions were officials from the sport’s world governing body FIFA, the government, and the clubs, among others, and apart from just strengthening the leagues, Wharfe said of critical focus was the country’s senior men’s national football team, which defeated the United States in a crucial CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, but still barely had any movement up the world rankings.

“After the end of the first season in the TTPFL, we sat with FIFA and all of the stakeholders, the clubs, the private sector, the government, and so on, and the specific marker with respect to the performance on the field for the senior men’s national team was to move over the next four years, 15 places from where they are now, that’s the marker.

“I interrogated the senior men’s national coach and said this thing looks very serious because you’ve just beaten the United States, and you almost didn’t move. So I jokingly said, to get to 15 places you’ve got to beat Brazil.

“And he, Angus Eve, was very comfortable taking up the challenge, that’s the first thing. The second thing is that the absolute priority in terms of football is to ensure that after the March 23 game, the Canada game, is to ensure that the senior men’s coach has all the tools and requirements that they need to be successful in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, that is priority number one.”

He noted further, “And you would have seen from the last season, the team that beat the USA, well half of that team came from the TTPFL. The other thing I would say in terms of priority is that the statutes required us to institute article 80 of the Constitution, which is essential, in addition to making ourselves compliant, to make every member and the members of those members compliant also.”

Wharfe will be going up against Kieron Edwards for the post of president when the elections are held. Both men will be attempting to take the reigns of local football management when the FIFA-installed Normalisation Committee makes its exit soon.

However, Wharfe has had to deal with rumours that he will be the voice and representation of FIFA if he is elected into office. Yesterday he sought to clear the air on this assumption, saying neither Robert Hadad, the chairman of the normalisation committee nor FIFA was responsible for his contesting the elections.

He made it clear that anyone who is elected into office will be required to report to FIFA. Wharfe attempted to lay it all on the table by saying he was asked by member clubs to go up.

Wharfe was the brainchild of the Tiger Tanks Under-20 Tournament two years ago, and due to the successes he had, he was again asked to take on the role of running a new top-flight local league, which had been unsuccessful in previous years as stakeholders failed to agree unanimously on a common path.

He said he was then asked to submit a resume which went straight to the FIFA and the rest was history.

He jokingly said the thought of him being the man on the ground for FIFA was flattering, but assured that anyone elected into office after April 13 will have to operate under the framework of FIFA.
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #681 on: March 21, 2024, 07:02:20 PM »
Only 15 places????

 :D :D :D :D :D

Try get us in the top 40 and now you are talking, I don't believe his lies about FIFA and not being beholden to them, who's paying him?

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Ask him if he is going to resign? lol big liar
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Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Reply #682 on: April 07, 2024, 06:06:17 PM »
Opportunity to reset local, Caribbean football
By Selby Browne (T&T Express)


The TTFA Election 2024 is the opportunity for the re-engineering of football and all sport in communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of four Caribbean countries that have participated in the FIFA World Cup Finals competition; the other three being Cuba in 1938, Haiti in 1974, and Jamaica in 1998. T&T participated in 2006.

The greatest opportunity for another T&T participation is in the FIFA WC 2026, for which six-and-a-half places are on offer to the CONCACAF region, which has moved upward from one place in 1974, to three-and-a-half places in 2006.

The big picture of the Caribbean today is reminiscent of the struggles for independence in the 1960s and the efforts to bring about the formation of the Caricom, all similar to that of accepting the Caribbean Court of Justice by countries in the region.

I contend that football is the catalyst for re-engineering the national socio-structure and delivering economic benefits by creating jobs in sport throughout all communities, with the establishment of a sport industry, both in T&T and the wider Caribbean.

It was a privilege to attend the many lectures and consultations by Dr William Demas around the Caribbean to encourage countries to become members of Caricom; to have the challenges common to various countries addressed on a unified front. I am grateful he agreed eventually to the establishment of a Caricom Desk for sport, which must be revived and equipped to facilitate the Caribbean sport sector which as an Industry, would be only second to the energy sector of the region; and will have the capacity to be linked to the entertainment sector for major job creation.

Back at home, the stage is now set for the TTFA membership to duly elect from two slates, the president for the new four-year term 2024-28.

I must first congratulate Kieron Edwards and Dennis Latiff for the successful outcome of our meeting held on March 26, to ensure the necessary compromise to have the election conducted between two slates. My reasons for so insisting, were based on the facts that after the retirement of former TTFA President Ollie Camps, the stage was set for the first election for president in 20 years and with the withdrawal of one candidate, Raymond Tim Kee was automatically installed in November 2012, as the sole candidate for president. At both elections in 2015 and 2019, the two major candidates were separated by not more than six votes.

It is my view this election is two years later than the ideal time required to successfully prepare for the largest football competition, the FIFA World Cup 2026, to be hosted in the CONCACAF for the first time since 1994.

The TTFA election to be held on April 13, will determine the Executive to restructure and develop football in Trinidad and Tobago, while urgently redoubling much required initiatives to ensure qualification for the 2026 World Cup.

Restructuring by a new TTFA is needed in order to develop the best possible product on the football field, creating wider participation, training and development, from grassroots upwards. Highly competitive community leagues, strong well-structured and supported community league teams competing within the zonal level are also necessary so as to provide attractive inter-zonal competitions, all providing the base for the establishment of a privately-owned Trinidad and Tobago national professional league at the top of the football pyramid.

The goal is derived from forums, a Government of T&T zero employment symposium, seminars and public consultations, with football stakeholders making significant contributions, the last of which was held in 2019, throughout the country, for which neither the report, strategic plan or recommendations have been reviewed or considered to date for implementation. In addition to the manifesto and 100-day plan, there are two critical recommendations for the new TTFA Executive:

1. The appointment of an independent Constitution Committee to review the Articles forwarded by the TTFA Constitution Committee.

2. Hosting a member and stakeholder consultation to review and contribute to the further development of the strategic plan.

For those of us committed to the development of football in Trinidad and Tobago, we fully understand the need to secure the unequivocal support of the unified TTFA membership to achieve the desired goal. For while the goal is quite easily outlined, there is no short cut, quick fix, or magic wand. Only dedicated can address the large task to be undertaken, which will demand all hands-on-deck in the new TTFA.

Welcome on board, join the movement to restructure and develop the TTFA, football, all sport disciplines, and the entire entertainment sector, in T&T and the entire Caribbean.

—Selby Browne is president of the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago and was at one time in the running to contest the upcoming TTFA elections.
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