Representatives from clubs in the T&T Pro League and Super League participated in a Club Licensing Workshop hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and conducted by Concacaf officials at the National Cycling Velodrome on Wednesday morning.
The topics dealt with included an overview of club licensing, a review of club licensing regulations, communication deadlines, documentation review and the decision making process. Christian Tonelli – CONCACAF Professional Football Development Supervisor and Jonathan Martinez, head of Professional football development, club licensing and League development at Concacaf were the two officials leading proceedings.
Clubs were also educated on a new football management system called COMET (Competition Management Expert System). CONCACAF is now automating its competitions management system in an effort to improve, centralize and streamline the process for all its tournaments. The online platform is providing Member Associations with the ability to manage critical information related to their respective participating teams in all CONCACAF competitions as well as domestic leagues The system covers all aspects of competitions including fixture generation, player and team registration, referee allocation and management, disciplinary matters, matchday operations and reports, and various statistics in all areas.
Administrative, logistical and other advanced functionalities such as club licensing, inventory and accreditation are also being delivered. The new solution will revolutionize the way the Confederation manages competitions as it is crucial to improve the processes of multiple areas including development, refereeing and disciplinary.
Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste spoke following the workshop, saying it was timely and beneficial to the participating clubs.
“I think the workshop was concise. The explanations given on the club licensing process were simple and clubs should be able to follow that process now and see how best we can professionalise our clubs. FIFA and CONCACAF wants to ensure that clubs come fully functional as professional units,” Baptiste told TTFA Media.
“We have to determine if we can play at the level that Concacaf is requiring in terms of professional standards. This workshop gives us a guideline as to where you are as a professional club,” she added.
Club Licensing is aimed at playing a key role in supporting the development of football within the region and is anticipated to raise the level of professionalism in clubs, while improving their efficiency.
According to Concacaf, the growth of leagues and clubs is directly related to key performance indicators within the areas of infrastructure, sporting, administration, finance, legal and social responsibility. CONCACAF’s club licensing program provides tools that raise the level of professionalism in league and club management.