The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) yesterday indicated that contrary to information being relayed to the public by the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL), the TTFA does not have the authority to sanction the All-Star Game to be staged by the League next month.
“The FA wishes to further confirm that it has in fact made a request to FIFA to have the match sanctioned and is currently awaiting their approval.
“The FA will also like to place on record that it was only on the 29th of August 2017 it received from the TTSL information requested since early August by the FA to support the TTSL’s application to send to FIFA .
“The TTFA will in no way attempt to stall an event of this magnitude which is intended to aid the promotion of the sport in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.
“The FA will continue to support the development of the TTSL,” a TTFA press release stated.
The TTFA quoted Article 78 of its constitution which states, “The Authority for organising international matches and competitions between representative teams and between Leagues, Club teams and/or scratch teams lies solely with FIFA, the Confederation (s) and/or the Association (s) concerned. No such match or competition shall take place without the prior permission of FIFA, the Confederation (s), and/or the Association (s) concerned in accordance with the FIFA Regulations Governing International Matches.”
It also cited Article 79 which states, “TTFA, its Members, Players, Officials and match and players’ agents shall not play matches or make sporting contact with Associations that are not Members of FIFA or with Provisional Members of a Confederation without the approval of FIFA.”