The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) continued its charm offensive to local stakeholders today with a US$125,000 (TT$837,000) boon to the local Pro League and Super League competitions to help with their administrative efforts for the upcoming season.
The Pro League is the top tier of the domestic game while the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) organises the second and third tiers respectively.
TTFA president David John-Williams announced today, via the TTFA Media, that the FA will give US$100,000 (TT$669,000) to the Pro League and US$25,000 (TT$168,000) to the TTSL. The offer, which was approved by the board, comes just a week after the TTFA provided lodging for both bodies, along with the local women’s league, referees association and Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), at its new headquarters in the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
The national stadium was made available to the TTFA by the Ministry of Sport and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
“Now that our football has a home, we must now look at the economic and administrative stability of our stakeholders,” said John-Williams. “[…] For us to progress, every arm of football must become professional in their operations and we at the TTFA are committed to driving this process.”
John-Williams, who was elected TTFA president in November 2015, is also the owner of top Pro League outfit, W Connection, which is being run by his daughter Renee John-Williams at present. The Pro League season is expected to kick off on Friday 9 June while the TTSL gets going two days later on Sunday 11 June.
The TTFA’s generosity is due in part to a massive increase in FAP funding from FIFA under new president Gianni Infantino.
At present, the local football stands to collect an annual sum of US$750,000 (TT$5.02 million), which is three times the US$250,000 fee (TT$1.67 million) paid to national associations by Infantino’s predecessor, Sepp Blatter.