The following is the full statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL), rejecting the offer to form the second tier of the TT Pro League (TTPL).
At the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) Extraordinary General Meeting of Sunday 8 September 2019, member clubs rejected the joint offer from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and the TT Pro League (TTPL) to join the latter as its second division. TTSL believes the effort of TTFA and TTPL to form a second tier in the latter by poaching TTSL members is unethical, political and short-sighted.
Abandoned by both TTFA and TTPL, fellow signatories to the Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement to establish the T-League, TTSL members agreed to stage the 2019 Super League competition between 4 October and 14 December 2019.
In a statement of organizational principle and values, and rejecting the US$8,000 being offered to TTSL clubs to jump ship, participating clubs of 2019 Super League competition agreed to pay a registration fee of TT$1,000.
The following clubs have confirmed their participation:
- Bethel United FC
- Club Sando
- Metal X Erin FC
- FC Santa Rosa
- Guaya United FC
- Matura Reunited FC
- Petit Valley/Diego Martin United FC
- Police FC
- Prisons FC
- Queen’s Park CC
- San Fernando Giants FC
TTSL’s 2019 competition is sponsored by Ascension Limited and Raymond Tim Kee Investments Limited. The details of TTSL Cup are:
- Registration fee of TTD 1,000
- Inclusion of one Tobago club
- TTSL to provide inter-island transportation
- TTSL to subsidize ground transportation for all visiting teams (to a maximum of TT$1,500 per match)
- TTSL to provide a match result bonus: Win (TT$1,000), Draw (TT$500).
- TTSL to provide referees and match commissioners
- Clubs to be responsible for staging their home matches