Football in Trinidad & Tobago
Along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago dominate football in the Caribbean. Trinidad & Tobago have won the Copa Caribe on seven separate occasions. At the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000, Trinidad & Tobago also finished third. Now, to crown their constant development work, they have qualified for their first ever final competition by reaching the FIFA World Cup? in Germany. The nation first qualified for a FIFA final competition in 1991 (U-17 World Championship in Portugal) and hosted the same competition in 2001. Three players have also made an impression in top European leagues. Dwight Yorke (discovered at the U-17 World Championship in Portugal) plays for Sydney FC (Australia), Stern John dons the colours of Coventry City (England) and Russell Latapy plays for Falkirk in Scotland.
The first Goal Project
Following the collapse of Trinidad & Tobago's initial project plan for administrative reasons, a second proposal was approved on 16 July 2004 for a national futsal centre in Macoya, Tunapuna. After being built in record time, the centre comprising two pitches, dressing rooms and stands for 800 spectators was officially opened by FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner. Goal, a special FIFA fund for futsal and CONCACAF all contributed to the construction costs. With this new centre, the association hopes to boost futsal at regional level. The centre, which will be open all year round, is an important step in the right direction.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Construction of a national centre for futsal
Project approved
16 July 2004
Opened on 30 July 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400 000
FIFA special fund
for futsal USD 100 000 Confederation USD 143 910 Total cost USD 643 910