New Chapter In Regional Football

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept. 17 (CANA):

A new chapter in Regional Football is expected next month with the introduction of a professional organisation - The Caribbean Football League (CFL).

Acting commissioner of the League, Trindadian Patrick Raymond, said the body's inauguration date will be fixed during a meeting of franchise clubs to be held in Barbados on October 20 and 21.

Twelve teams drawn from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados,Jamaica, Suriname, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico have said they will participate in the League.

"Despite financial setbacks, corporations have been established, franchises are functioning and player contracts are being signed for start of the Caribbean Football League (CFL) in October", Mr. Raymond said.

The CFL's inaugural season was previously scheduled to kick-off in June this year, but the date was pushed back to September, and now to October because of development problems, Raymond said.

The new starting date and the competitions format top the list of matters to be discussed and ratified at the Barbados meeting.

Raymond said a five-man working committee has been appointed with responsibility of preparing and finalising the inaugural competition.

The working committee will also meet shortly with officials of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) to look into the League's operation, said Raymond.

Members of this committee are Raymond (Chairman), Nigel Harper (Barbados), Clive Yoye (Puerto Rico), John Carbray (Dominican Republic), while a representative from Suriname is to be named.