Football in Trinidad and Tobago faces another searching test of strength on and off the field between now and year-end as the twin-island state is to play host to two Caribbean tournaments while also needing to have two Boys team, one girls team and a women’s team in ship-shape for competition.
The Caribbean Football Union has confirmed Trinidad and Tobago as hosts and competitors for the 8-nation Women’s Caribbean Cup Championship scheduled for August 17 to 26.
And TT are also to host and compete in the Union’s Boys Under-20 Championship from September 10th to 19th.
While the dates and location for that Under-20 Boys championship are confirmed, the Caribbean Union is to determine when and where the Boys Under-17 Group Two Qualifying tournament will take place.
That Under-17 Boys event features Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Grenada and Curacao.
A TT Girls Under-15 team has been competing in the National Women’s League as a form of preparation for their participation in the inaugural CONCACAF Age-Group 16-nation tournament to take place in the Cayman Islands from August 6 to 17.
The TT women’s squad have been scheduled to head off to the USA for a training camp ahead of the upcoming Caribbean Union tournament but there has been word in some quarters that funding is hard to come by.
Apart from the Girls Under-15 event, all the other tournaments will advance winning teams to CONCACAF Championships and from there to the respective FIFA World Cups.
In news of senior men’s team football, Jamaica will host the Caribbean Football Union’s Championship in November this year.