8 players on Trinidad & Tobago’s national senior women’s football team have been given retainer contracts.
Yesterday, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) announced a new 4-tier contract system which offers the women 1-year contracts.
Under the agreement, the 8 players – which include team captain Tasha St. Louis, will receive regular monthly salaries for the first time in history.
The other 7 players for contacts are Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Patrice Superville, Natasha St Louis, Annalis Cummings, Anastasia Prescott, and Ayana Russell.
Overseas-based players and student athletes were not offered retainer contracts, but will receive allowances during training camps and matched fees.
During training camp, the players will be assessed and ranked based on their performance and the top players will be selected for international competition.
The TTFA says the new agreement is a result of constructive negotiations aimed at improving conditions and creating a larger talent pool for the national team in international tournaments and World Cup qualifiers.
TTFA president David John-Williams called the contract agreement “a significant step towards the development of a professional career path”, saying the TTFA is working towards the nation’s women footballers being able to earn a full-time, professional living from the sport.
Most of the women playing for T&T’s national team have degrees but not full-time jobs, as they dedicate most of their time to football.
While the men’s team all have professional contracts and are able to provide for their families with a steady salary.
Both teams are hosting a second CONCACAF World Cup qualifier this evening. The men’s team faces Mexico and the women Venezuela.
PhotoCred: TT woman footballer Dernelle Mascall and TTFA President David John-Williams (guardian.co.tt)