Trinidad and Tobago’s Digicel Pro League football competition will offer a $1 million first prize to its champion club for the 2013/14 season, which kicks off at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday 13 September.
The first prize is more than double last season’s cash award of $400,000, which was won by Defence Force, while the overall prize money available stands at $2,000,000.
The Pro League will have two new teams for this season with founding member San Juan Jabloteh and Point Fortin Football Club both returning to the domestic top flight competition.
Jabloteh, who missed the 2012/13 season as it recovered from the loss of title sponsor CLICO, is led by former youth coach Keith Jeffrey while Point Fortin, formerly known as Point Fortin Civic Centre, is steered by former national standouts Steve David (technical director) and Reynold Carrington (coach). T&TEC FC has withdrawn from the competition, which leaves the Pro League with nine participating teams.
Defending champions Defence Force will kick off the new season from 6 pm on Friday against Central FC while Point Fortin faces Police FC at 8 pm in the second match of a Couva double header.
And, on Saturday, DIRECTV W Connection faces St Ann’s Rangers from 5 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium while Caledonia AIA tackles North East Stars from 7 pm at the same venue. Jabloteh enjoys a bye this week.
Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene assured fans that several games this season will be played on community grounds.
Pro League Round One Fixtures
(Friday September 13)
Defence Force vs Central FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium
Police FC vs Point Fortin FC, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium
(Saturday September 14)
W Connection vs St Ann’s Rangers, 5 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars, 7 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh on a bye
Well after the explosion of cricket within the last 6 or 7 years I was wondering how long it would take for some money to be pumped into the Pro League.and local football. The cricket stadiums were sold out but football games barely have 100 people sometimes. Pro league should be giving out tickets free and especially school children to let the younger generation become more involved and generate the excitement and support these teams need. Advertising is far from where it should be but i hope to see developments with the rise in T&T football.
when last was there a club from Tobago being part of the pro league? this is The TT Pro League Right?
Good point. I know there has been interest from Tobago too. Apart from the financial requirements, Tobago’s presence would mean that all the Trinidad teams would need an increased budget to deal with trips to the sister isle. I’m not sure if that played a part in Tobago’s isolation. But there is an issue that the Sport Ministry, Pro League and THA should be able to sit down and discuss for the good of the country.