A new Board structure of the T&T Pro League, designed to improve the sport's governance, will be introduced this year.
Riding on the recommendations of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to review the Board's composition and include independent personnel, the League has agreed to change its current Board format to include representatives of the top three clubs; reps from a fourth team to be decided; a member of the parent T&T Football Association and two independent representatives, of which one is expected to be from government.
It will replace the existing format that sees a member from each team in the pro league making up the Board of Representatives.
Richard Fakoory, Chairman of the T&T Pro League said a decision has already been made to follow the UEFA format, and he noted there is unlikely to be any squabble from competing clubs, as UEFA-run competitions are the most successful run in the world.
Uefa officials are set to return to T&T next Wednesday following their initial visit in September last year, and they will receive, in documented form, evidence the new pro league format will be put in place.
With the change, however, the pro league could potentially see a new board of representatives each year, as it is unlikely that the top three clubs would finish in that order consistently. Yesterday Fakoory told Guardian Media Sports "Change in the League is needed and I am forsee something very positive. I can admit that in the current system, we have club reps attending meetings with their own agenda and this prevented a positive way forward sometimes, so we will try the new system and see how it will work out."
Uefa's recommendations also included a new football structure that will impact competitive football in every league in the country, such as the pro league, T&T Super League, the Regional Association leagues and other competitions.
Jamaal Shabazz, founder and manager of pro league campaigner Morvant Caledonia United said he is excited about this change as the level of competition in all the leagues across T&T will be enhanced.
Other changes recommended by the UEFA include- Uniting the football family in T&T: Allowing TTFA to actively assist the running of the pro league: Tender process for new season match venue: Decision on whether the pro league will sit under the TTFA or stay as a separate entity: TTFA to centralise and lead football in T&T: and Recruitment of full-time staff in the sport.
It also recommended- Verifying that all clubs are compliant with the FIFA: The implementation of a digital football registration system by the TTFA: and Designing and creating new pro league brand and marketing campaign.
Fakoory said his Board is still to hold discussions on some of the other recommendations, but he will not favour the pro league being managed by the football association. "We can take advise from them as we are accustomed but I do not believe we should allow the TTFA to run our affairs in the pro league," the St Ann's Rangers boss explained.
The pro league is set to kick off in early April, but it is unsure of how many clubs will be participating as clubs are still struggling to make the $130, 000 registration fee for entry. Fakoory said when the clubs are decided they league will choose its board. He noted the board will also deal with the formation of committees recommended by the UEFA for areas such as marketing, finance and fixtures etc.
SOURCE: T&T Guardian