Two weeks since the Trinidad and Tobago national senior women’s team played to a nearly packed Hasely Crawford Stadium in the FIFA Play Off second leg match against Ecuador, the “Women’s Soca Warriors” are yet to receive match fees or per diems for their work.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) declared historic ticket prices for the women team’s final 2015 World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador and boasted of a sold-out venue on December 2 in Port of Spain.
At admission fees of TT$200 (covered) and TT$100 (covered), the match was worth as much as TT$2.8 million in gross income while the TTFA also earned revenue from advertising billboards and broadcast rights. The lost earnings due to complimentary tickets and free children’s tickets for the uncovered stand would be deducted from this figure.
The Women Soca Warriors are due match fees of US$500 (TT$3,176) each plus per diems at US$100 (TT$635) a day.
“We haven’t been paid yet,” said Warriors captain Maylee Attin-Johnson. “They said they haven’t gotten all their receipts yet. How long does it take to count money?”
TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips said the women that they will not have to wait much longer. Phillips told Wired868 that an accounting statement would be released this evening while office staff has supposedly begun preparing cheques for the players and technical staff.
“The figures (from the Play Off match) are going to be sent out (to the media) today,” said Phillips. “We just sent it for a final run-through… We are writing those cheques (for the women’s senior team) out now.”
Phillips said the TTFA intends to use some of the money raised by the Women Warriors primarily to help develop the women’s game.