The T&T Ascension Super League is set for kick-off on October 20 with 13 teams ready to go at each other, Keith Look Loy, the T&TSL president revealed on Wednesday at a press conference at the Terminix La Horquetta Rangers facility in La Horquetta.
The League, a one-round affair that will see the action going down to December 15, is being sponsored by Ascension and it will provide financial equity for all participating clubs.
Look Loy in outlining some of the benefits to be gained by his competition, said he proposed that a $100,000 amount to be used for prizes be split equitably among all participating teams, so that the last-place team will walk away with $1100, with $2200 for the 12th-place team, $3300 for 11th-place club, and going all the way up to the winner which will receive a handsome $14, 000 and trophy.
Look Loy promised that should his league receive another sponsor then the clubs will stand to get more money.
He told the media their decision to share the prizes the way they have, was apt, as it will be used to show appreciation to their loyal members who were being pursued by other leagues and tournaments, but have stayed with the super league.
In addition to the cash incentives, the super league will offer cash bonuses of $1, 000 for teams that win a match. However, if the match is drawn, then the teams will split the bonus $500 each.
According to Look Loy, there will also be a transportation fee with a maximum limit of $15 00 for travelling teams. For shorter distances, however, such as teams in the east travelling to and from matches, they will get an $800 fee.
There will also be a $2, 000 cash incentive for the best goalkeeper, the player scoring the most goals (golden boot award) and for the most valuable player of the tournament.
However, Look Loy was quick to note that participating clubs will have to pay a registration fee of $1, 000. The composition of the super league was reduced over the years due mainly to the inability of some clubs to be compliant, a bye-law of the TTSL that sees inactive members for two consecutive being thrown out, and clubs that fail to make the registration deadline being thrown out.
Ascension and Terminix La Horquetta Rangers manager Richard Ferguson said their entry into local football had been carefully planned.
He told the gathering that his organisation, back in 2017 did a feasibility study, projections on cash flows etc and had discovered that there was an untapped market.
He is predicting that within the next three years, they will begin to break even before profits will begin to flow.
On his facility alone, Ferguson said, they have spent over $7 million, noting that by the time they are finished building a road, a stage and car park etc, that amount will climb to about $10 million. From the Terminix La Hoprquetta Rangers' prudent business model, Ferguson explained that they will recover all the monies spent to date.
After 11 matches of the recent Ascension Invitational Football League alone, Terminix Rangers recovered over
$525,000 in total, which saw the team make over $55,000 per game.
Ferguson urges clubs to marry the sport, which is entertainment, with the local culture as a means of increasing gate receipts and support.
Terminix Super League kicks off this weekend.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
THE 2019 edition of the Terminix Super League will kick off this weekend with Match Day One action.
Reigning champs FC Santa Rosa will square off against RSSR FC in the opening match on Saturday, from 4 pm, at the Arima Velodrome, and Metal X Erin FC will host Club Sando Uprising Youths at the Erin Recreation Ground from 6.30 pm.
Two games will take place from 7 pm – UTT entertaining Petit Valley/Diego Martin United at the UTT O’Meara campus, Arima and Matura ReUnited against Queen’s Park at the Matura Recreation Ground.
On Sunday, San Fernando Giants will tackle Police, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium Training Field, from 3.30 pm, while Prisons Service will host Bethel United, at the YTC Ground, Arouca from 4 pm. Guaya United will be on a bye.
The 2019 season, which will run until December 15, was launched yesterday, at the Phase Two La Horquetta Recreation Ground, Arima, with Super League president Keith Look Loy and Terminix director Richard Ferguson addressing the media.
“It’s going to be a one-round season because of events that has occasioned this,” said Look Loy, referencing to the failed T League venture, which would have been a combination of Pro League and Super League teams.
“We went searching for sponsorship,” he continued. “We received a positive response from Ferguson who has filled a huge void in our club football in 2019. He stepped in to sponsor the Ascension football tournament and he immediately agreed to become the title sponsor of the 2019 Super League.
“We have sponsorship from Raymond Tim Kee and Investments, and we have one other sponsor, who shall remain nameless, who have come on board,” Look Loy said. “This is the first time that the Super League will be offering monies (in three years).”
Ferguson said, “This is our first year of sponsoring the football league and it will definitely not be the last. We’re hoping to increase our sponsorship, get more involved in television (and) more exposure for players, to get a higher calibre of TT players.”
With regards to prize monies for the 13 participating teams, Look Loy said, “We have a match bonus of $1,000 if your club win a match, if the match is drawn the two clubs get $500. We are giving a $2,000 prize to the MVP (Most Valuable Player), the best goalkeeper and the golden boot.
“We have a commitment for $100,000 in prize monies,” he added. “Everybody plays and if any finances are generated, then it should be paid equitably. The last team should get $1,100 and the first place team should get $14,000.”
Look Loy listed a few clubs who chose not to participate in the Super League this season – 1976 Phoenix FC, Harlem Strikers, Marabella Family Crisis Centre and Cunupia FC.
“They sat in the meeting where we discussed details of the league to launch itself on Saturday as well as the incentives that are on offer,” said Look Loy. “They were given a deadline and chose not to participate.”
He continued, “There are those that cannot participate because of TTFA membership non-compliance.”
Local cable network TTEN, in conjunction with Island Sports Network and TV6, will be showing matches live and/or delayed.