The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has announced an alteration to the arrangements for its Men’s National Under-20 Team trials; players are now being asked to attend on specific days based on, apparently, the first letter of their surnames.
On Tuesday, the TTFA invited interested players to register to try out for the national youth team from 8am on Saturday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. However, a release this afternoon said the weekend session is now only open to ‘players with the surname initials A, B, C, D’.
Although the TTFA did not explicitly offer a reason for the adjustment, the local football body did state that there has been ‘overwhelming interest in our Men’s National Under 20 tryouts’ and stressed that it is mindful of ‘health and safety protocols’.
At present, the TTFA is run by normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad with Amiel Mohammed as acting general secretary and Angus Eve as Men’s National Senior Team and Under-20 Team head coach. Richard Piper is administrative head of the men’s national teams.
Players must be born on or after 1 January 2003 to try out. Interested players must walk with a white jersey, black shorts, football boots, and either red, white or black socks and complete the attached form via this link:
The TTFA stressed that ‘only registered players will be allowed entry into the venue’ for training.
After Saturday’s session for players with surname initials in the first four letters of the alphabet, players ‘with the surname initial E to K’ are invited to trial from 8am on 18 December at the Ato Boldon Stadium. And, from 9am on 21 December, it will be the turn of ‘players with the surname initial L to W’.
No date was announced yet for players whose surnames run from X to Z, if that is necessary. The TTFA also stated that ‘further details of tryouts in Tobago will be provided soon’.
By virtue of being one of the region’s 16 top-ranked youth teams, Trinidad and Tobago have already qualified automatically for the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.
The top four teams at the Confederation’s summer competition qualify automatically for the Indonesia 2023 Fifa Under-20 World Cup, while the two Concacaf U-20 finalists will also advance to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
(Under-20 trial schedule)
Saturday 11 December 2021 – All players with the surname initial A, B, C, D. Start time 8am.
Saturday 18 December 2021 – All players with the surname initial E to K. Start time 8am.
Tuesday 21 December 2021 – All players with the surname initial L to W. Start time 9am.