The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Football League is marking its 50th anniversary this year and as a symbol of its growth and development, the League is introducing a new format of competition.
League president Anthony Creed highlighted the change at the official launch of the season’s activities yesterday at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain.
Creed said there will be a three-tier structure for competition this season with a Premier Division added to the existing Zonal Championships and Senior Division competition.
The Premier Division will be a 14-team competition featuring the top four school teams from last year’s championship play in the North, South and East Zones and the top two from the Central Zone.
No Tobago school is featured in the Premier Division because of what Creed explained was a way of erasing the burden of travel, board and lodge arrangements that were likely to face the schools’ movement out and into the sister isle.
But the League president was quick to point out that the Tobago League champion will join the top three finishers from the Premier Division to determine the National League champion.
The last three Premier Division schools after the one-round competition will be relegated to their respective zones and replaced by the top three schools from the Championship Division Big Eight playoffs.
The playoffs will involve the top two schools from Championship Division competition in the North, South, East and Central Zones.
The League’s celebratory opening on September 3rd at the Hasely Crawford Stadium will begin with an inter-faith service from 2 pm and two matches following from 3 and 5 pm respectively.
Colleges Trinity East, Naparima, St Mary’s, Fatima, St Benedict’s, Shiva Boys Hindu, Presentation San Fernando and St Anthony’s and Secondary schools East Mucurapo, Arima North, Carapichaima East, Chaguanas North, San Juan North and St Augustine comprise the 14 Premier Division teams.