The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was formed on July 23rd, 1908. In the years following the establishment of the TTFA, local infrastructure limitations hindered the growth and development of the game throughout the islands. The poor road network meant that football was restricted to the major urban areas in the north and south of Trinidad. Expatriate workers who taught the game to locals played the game in the oilfields. There was no national team (since Trinidad and Tobago was a British colony), but there was a senior team that represented the colony and played against other teams.
After Independence in 1962, the TTFA was affiliated with FIFA and its confederate member,Concacaf. The growth of the game in T&T kept pace with the development of the national and local leagues which were established at the youth and senior levels, with a secondary schools league being introduced in the 1980's. By the late 80's football was the number one national game, with a following encouraged by the nation's near qualification for the 1974 World Cup, and encouraged by the performances of the national team on the road to Italia 1990.
There is now the Professional Football league, the FA Trophy, national Super League and regional amateur leagues, youth leagues, and the secondary schools league. The 1990's also saw the ascendance of Trinidad and Tobago to a position of dominance (shared with Jamaica) in Caribbean football, and an ever-increasing number of local players finding positions in clubs in Europe and North America.
On September 13, 1998, the name of the Association was officially changed to The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, and a revised corporate logo was adopted. But in July, 2013, under the Presidency of Raymond Tim Kee who took to the helm in December 2012, the local governing body returned to being the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).
The TTFA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Activities of the TTFA are several and varies across the board.
It includes the following
•Working towards promoting the development of the game amongst all ages, backgrounds and abilities in terms of participation and quality and creating an overall awareness throughout the twin-island Republic.
•Regulating the game on and off the field of play through the "Laws of the Game" and the "Rules of The Federation
•Sanctioning, either directly or indirectly, all matches, leagues and competitions played in Trinidad and Tobago
•Overseeing the administration of the disciplinary system, which is applicable to all participants in the game (each club, player, competition, match official and any other person involved in the game in Trinidad and Tobago is bound by the Rules) and the administration of refereeing throughout the game
•Organizing and staging competitions and matches for the Senior men’s, youth and women’s at the international and local competition level. (including the FA Trophy and the National Super League and National Youth League).
•Organizing and creating further opportunities for the uplifting and educating of local coaches through our coach education program which is current held in collaboration with the Dutch Royal Academy for the various licensed courses.
Football was introduced to Trinidad in 1927 by Scottish Born Thomas Boyd who came to Trinidad as a manager. At that time cricket was the most popular sport among the British expatriates, and Boyd discovered that there were no footballs in Trinidad. Boyd was unsure whether or not he could even get enough people to form a football team, nevertheless he wrote to his relatives in Scotland and asked them to send him a football, two bladders and an inflator. When the equipment arrived Boyd was able to get enough people interested to form two teams. Eventually a football club was formed. Later more clubs representing the different strata in society, were formed.
Since its inception in 1927 football has grown in popularity and is played throughout the country. Unlike its early beginnings, the sport now cuts across social and ethnic differences and is just as popular as cricket. Every stratum in society is involved in football. There are many football clubs and leagues for different age groups. Today, Trinidad and Tobago's national team stands shoulder to shoulder with other football teams around the world. The team qualified to compete in the World Cup 2006.
For a history of football in Trinidad and Tobago from its inception to the beginning of the twenty-first century read Valentino Singh's “The Story of Trinidad and Tobago Football 1893 - 2000” from which this synopsis was extracted.
Click here for List of Presidents and General Secretaries
Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup Qualifying History
Trinidad and Tobago buried the ghosts of 1973 and 1979 when it overcame Bahrain to book the final spot for Germany 2006 and became the smallest country ever to qualify for a FIFA World Cup Finals. But T&T's qualifying history has left many heartbroken before, at least twice in the past. Many were disappointed with the team's failure to progress out of the 2002 final qualifying round after breezing through the semi-finals and comprising some of the best players ever on paper. But track back to 1973 and 1989 and you will realize that the twin-island Republic has been agonizingly closer to the big stage. For more stats click
Go here for 1974 Concacaf qualifying summary
Getting there 16 years later
So we were trying to get to West Germany in 1974. We narrowly missed out on getting to Italia 1990 16 years later and then a further sixteen years later, three days before the anniversary of the November 19, 1989 loss to the United States, the towering Dennis Lawrence rose above the rest to head home and send T&T to Germany 2006. What a marvelous achievement by the "Soca Warriors" an accomplishment for all of us to savor for the rest of our lives. Captain Dwight Yorke was in tears moments after the final whistle of the 1-0 win over Bahrain in Manama and surely were many others among the T&T faithful.
The National Under 17 team under Anton Corneal also qualified for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea after finishing fourth in the Concacaf Qualifiers, beating Jamaica 1-0 in its deciding match in Kingston. The only other time a T&T Team appeared at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup was when T&T hosted the Finals in 2001.
The majority of the 2007 U17 team made up the Under 20 team which also went on to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt where it played the host nation in the opening match, losing 4-1. But the Zoran Vranes-coached team held its own to perform creditably in 2-1 loss to Italy in its next game and a 0-0 draw with Paraguay in its final encounter. That point saw the T&T team captained by Leston Paul go one one better than the only other Under 20 team to previously qualify for a FIFA World Cup which was in 1991 in Portugal, coached by Bertille St Clair and captained by Dwight Yorke.
And T&T welcomed the world again when it hosted the 2010 FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup from September 5-25. T&T faced Chile in the opening game and also met Nigeria and Korea DPR in its other Group phase matches. Go here for more details
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA)
- Foundation year 1908
- Affiliated since 1963
President : TIM KEE Raymond
Vice Presidents : THOMAS Rudolph, KUARSINGH Krishna, Lennox Watson
General Secretary : PHILLIPS Sheldon
6 Ana Street
PORT OF SPAIN
Men's Coach : Stephen Hart (TRI)
Women's Coach : Marlon Charles
Technical Director: CORNEAL Anton(TRI)
Director of Football : BEENHAKKER Leo (NED)
Media Officer : FUENTES Shaun
Referee Committee Chairman: KUARSINGH Krishna
Jerseys : Red
Shorts : Black
Socks : Red