Clubs who were deemed non-compliant and who could not qualify to play in this year’s Terminix Super League now have the opportunity for action in the new T&T Football Association’s League of Champions.
The new tournament will feature the three of the four suspended Super League clubs — Defence Force, Harlem Strikers and Marabella Family Crisis Centre, together with Guaya United, Police FC, Matura ReUnited, Miscellaneous Laventille, Moruga FC, Central Soccerworld, Tobago Phoenix and Tobago Youth Stars. The tournament will also see guest appearances from the country’s National Under-17 team under a National XI banner. The competition will run until April 12 next year.
At a launch at the Home of Football in Couva on Monday, it was revealed that each club will receive a hefty sum of $51,200 in parts, before, during and at the end of the tournament.
It is understood the clubs received $25,600 on Monday and are set to collect another $12, 800 midway through the season, with the remaining amount at the end.
T&TFA board member and chairman of the committee charged with the responsibility of transforming T&T football, Selby Browne, Director of Competition Sharon O’Brien and other board members Colin Partap, Central Football Association (CFA) representative and Anthony Moore (Tobago Football Association) were present at the launch.
Browne said the tournament was a move toward the development of the sport in T&T, noting, “The next structure, the next initiative is the restructuring of football in T&T and the pathway to national A-League football. The Board of Directors of the T&TFA unanimously appointed a committee to deal with all aspects restructuring football in T&T, to which we have had a tremendous response.”