Tue, Jun

Fans clamouring for a return to just two rounds of matches in the T&T Pro League, instead of the long drawn out campaign that it had become, have gotten their wish.
Over the years, the congested Pro League schedule had seen teams meet so many times during the season that matches became uninteresting and failed to gather crowd support.

However, change is coming for the 2009 season, which begins in April.

"We will have two rounds of the Pro League next season and a Big Six," said T&T Pro League chief executive officer Dexter Skeene.

The former national footballer also revealed that the League will maintain the popular knockout competitions-Courts Pro Bowl, Toyota Classic, and First Citizens Cup-but has trimmed a round of games to mainly facilitate the national team.

"We have heeded the calls and have also learnt from last year when the national team programme left the fixtures a bit congested toward the end," said Skeene.

The T&T Pro League may also expand this year.

Last year's third-placed club North East Stars have dropped out due to financial problems, but have been replaced by Police FC, who played during the 2007 season.

In addition, four new teams-Marabella Flames, Southend United, St Clair Coaching School, and Phoenix FC-have applied to enter the League.