The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) had a two-fold aim in planning the July 17-21 Youth Invitational—compete against formidable opponents in the lead-up to the Concacaf Boys’ U15 Championship and showcase the results of the two-year-old NLCB National Elite Youth Development Program.
Curacao, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela will join the home team in the round robin contest.
“We want to have formidable opponents and we also want to showcase what the TTFA has been doing with the youth development program for the past two years,” TTFA General Secretary Camara David said.
Insofar as the program goes, the players, who entered at the U13 level and have been training since, topped Group C in the 2018 CFU Boys’ U14 Challenge Series and will compete in the Concacaf competition in August in Bradenton, Florida.
The TTFA Girls’ U17 team, who are part of the elite program, will also be in competition, coming up against Curacao.
“We want to showcase what we have been doing with the program and measure the progress. We had the objective to administer football from the ground up, and this is the fruit of our labor. We also want people to know that the invitational is not a one-off; we will do this every year,” David added.
The teams will play the matches at two venues, Ato Boldon and Hasely Crawford.