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TTFA announces $1.6 million profit from Women’s Play Off match

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has announced a profit of $1,629,077 from the December 2 FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup Play Off contest between the “Women Soca Warriors” and Ecuador at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The TTFA set ticket prices at TT$200 (covered stands) and TT$100 (uncovered stands) for the affair, which was a record for a women’s match. But, despite some initial criticism, there was a final attendance of 20,071 at the venue, which can seat a maximum of 22,000 persons.

Photo: An adult and child support the "Women Soca Warriors" during their FIFA PLay Off second leg clash against Ecuador in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: An adult and child support the “Women Soca Warriors” during their FIFA PLay Off second leg clash against Ecuador in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

According to the TTFA’s financial statement for the match, which was the first one given to the media in two years under current football president Raymond Tim Kee, the football body sold 3,381 of a possible 6,000 tickets for the covered stands while another 11,309 tickets were sold for uncovered from a possible 16,000.

The TTFA gave away 3,881 complimentary tickets while there were 851 group tickets sold. Six hundred and fifty one patrons were said to have entered an unmanned gate without ticket scanner verification.

There was no figure for the number of children’s tickets given out for uncovered stands, which were free.

The football body declared revenue from ticket sales of TT$1,975,180. A full stadium without complimentary tickets, at the prices set for the decisive women’s match, could have grossed a possible TT$2.8 million.

The TTFA also declared income from perimeter boards (TT$56,000), merchandise (TT$15,160), broadcast (TT$15,000) and sport tourism (TT$100,000). There was no explanation as to how the football body received money from “sport tourism.”

In the expenditure column, match fees and stipend for the still unpaid women’s team was given as TT$238,080 while the next biggest line items were $115,133 for security and safety and TT$50,433 for the printing and scanning of match tickets.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kennya Cordner (right) tries to escape a challenge from Ecuador right back Ingrid Rodriquez during their FIFA Play Off second leg meeting in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kennya Cordner (right) tries to escape a challenge from Ecuador right back Ingrid Rodriquez during their FIFA Play Off second leg meeting in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Incidentally, the perimeter boards were written as expense too at a cost of TT$35,300, which suggested that the TTFA made a net profit of just TT$20,700 from the billboards. (See below for full breakdown of expenses provided by the TTFA).

TTFA Press Statement:

The FIFA Intercontinental Playoff Match featuring Trinidad and Tobago vs Ecuador was a resounding success in that it brought together various stakeholders to create a memorable outing for all who participated.

The TTFA was successful in establishing partnerships with the Ministry of Sport and The Sports Company to provide resources and support for the women’s national team, including a 7 day camp, full technical staff, pre-camp strength and conditioning program, transportation services, unfettered access to the national stadium, and medical support.

Other state stakeholders included the National Operations Centre, Ministry of National Security, Tourism Development Company, PTSC, CNMG, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Among the commercial partners who served vital roles were; Lifestyle Motors, Gatorade, Blue Waters, Miscellaneous Marketing, DirecTV, Toyota of Trinidad and Tobago, First Citizens Bank, Trotters, All Out, Kenny’s Sports, The Fan Club, Econo Mart, Heritage Sports of Tobago, Ramsinghs Sports, Sportway, socawarriors.net, 105 fm, 102 fm, Talk City 91.1, and i95.5 FM.

Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (centre) gestures to an Ecuador player before kick off while Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) has a word to her grandson. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee (centre) gestures to an Ecuador player before kick off while Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) has a word to her grandson.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

In many ways, the match was a celebration of the growth and development of not only women’s football but also the progress made by the TTFA over the last two years, T&T football’s road back to national and international relevance would not have been possible without the support of the football family of Trinidad and Tobago beginning with the office staff of the TTFA, Regional Associations, members of the TTFA Executive Committee, Local Organizing Committee, various local, regional, and national leagues, and of course, the people whom the TTFA work tirelessly to support; the coaches and players of our national team programs, especially our Women Soca Warriors.

Most of all, the TTFA would like to thank our faithful and most loyal supporters as well as new fans of women’s football who all showed up as the 12th Warrior; THANK YOU.

This is just the beginning of a new era for women’s football. The TTFA is committed to applying a significant part of the earnings from this event towards the development of women’s football. Specific details on our plans will be relayed in due course once we have completed discussions with relevant technical personnel and approved by the TTFA Executive Committee.

The TTFA is excited at the prospects.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago supporters came out to watch the "Women Soca Warriors" face Ecuador in Port of Spain. But many did not stay until the final whistle. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago supporters came out to watch the “Women Soca Warriors” face Ecuador in Port of Spain.
But many did not stay until the final whistle.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

TTFA Income and Expenditure Statement:

(Income)

Ticket Sales: $1,975,180

Perimeter Boards: $56,000

Broadcast: $15,000

Sports Tourism: $100,000

Merchandise: $15,160

Total Income: $2,161,340

 

(Expenditure)

Advertising-Signboards and Perimeter boards: $35,300

Airfare-Player: $3,347

Ambulance and medical services: $6,980

Catering-Team training: $24,707

Catering-Match Officials: $10,169

Group Accident Insurance: $2,660

Gate Attendant services: $1,500

Hotel Accommodation-FIFA Referees: $30,000

Match fees and stipend-TT Women’s team: $238,080

Motor Vehicle Rental: $3,105

Printing and Scanning-Match Tickets: $50,433

Security and Safety: $115,133

Sound System: $5,000

Uniforms (Polo and T-Shirts for Staff and Ball Kids): $5,200

Tokens: $650

Total Expenses: $532,264

 

NET SURPLUS/ (DEFICIT): $1,629,077

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24 comments

  1. After leaving them hungry in Texas allyuh good yes.

  2. TTFA shooting dem selves in d foot. U make a profit of $1.6m, and how much to organise d u20 camp 3/4m, so why dfuq d u20 camp called off. I know they have debts but lets be serious, if they had put up 50% of d camp money and ask for help for d rest I am sure they would get it. Tim Kee & Sheldon allyuh playing dfuqing asssssssss

  3. Complementary tickets are not “given” to the people you list, Nicholas. They are demanded by those people. And then they bring “friends” along on the same “comps”. Exception Justice (former Judge?) Bereaux (sp?) always purchased his tickets.

  4. Did somebody say profits will I hope they pump some of that peso back into the national women team program and some programs for the youth.. I hope they use and utilize the pesos wisely and not sly and cunning as of in their past mischievous ways ..

  5. It makes little sense boasting about making the $1.6 million profit if we dont know where the profit is going.

  6. I will admit i was one of the Neesayers but at the last moment i did attend the game doh it hut meh heart to put money in dem crooks pockets but i did it to support the Women. What hutting meh even more is knowing that Football eh go see 1cent ah that money cause it will disappear just like the 400M and the $400,000. An i doh give ah shit if anyone disagrees with me.

  7. It is good to know that at least an Income and Expenditure statement has been produced so I hope that the players get their dues now and Santa would not have to climb down any chimneys on Christmas Eve to put the money in the players’ stockings for everyone to be asking who was in the Santa costume?

  8. Think they can organise some warm up games before the women’s world cup. Get two big games Germany an another team. They will get a good turn out

  9. 3,381 complimentary tickets, seriously?

    • Children under the age of 12 and participants in the SSFL Girls competition were given free tickets. Nothing the TTFA does could satisfy some ah allyuh. They made sure young women could come and see the Senior Women’s National Team free of charge and the implication is that they giving away too many tickets. They comply with the request for more transparency and publish the finances from the game… is because they “boasting” about profit. Some ah allyuh seriously need to get a life.

  10. Let’s hope the profits go to settle debts and it is not stolen

  11. Hmmm…20,071 fans in attendance. So much for all the naysayers who criticized the TTFA’s ticket pricing decision eh. I wonder how many (besides Lasana, who already did) will admit that they were wrong.

  12. This profit was the main agenda,of the Press Conference, but there should have also been a major presentation of the National Women ChequEd for their National Service…#ItIsOnlyRight!!!

  13. Secondary Schools who participated in the Girls competitions of the SSFL each got up to 20 complimentary tickets if they so requested.

  14. Small thing 34 million gone up in smoke! What is $400, 000 and $1.6 million? None coming back and no one will be seeing a jail cell. The woman done say there is no evidence to support the person of interest.

  15. We should ask Maximus Dan If he get paid

  16. You know what’s sad about all those complimentary tickets…. it’s given to the people who can more than afford! Politicians, Senators, Diplomats and Judicial hierarchy & usually comes with all inclusive VIP treatment.

  17. I take it the entertainment was free? And I was about to ask what is this sports tourism

  18. This is one backward country . That 400k gone like Marlene’s 375k . The more you speak the angrier they get

  19. All that work & national effort and a guy [DM] can still walk away with 25% of the profit made 🙁

  20. Hope this translates to bonuses for the players or at the very least better management of the teams. But I still want to know when will they resolve the issue of the #missing400k? Demand more of the TTFA. http://bit.ly/investigate400k

  21. Timmy Tim Tim and dem need some serious licks. I somehow knew this would have happened. Money in pocket but not enough to pay the players Smh