Article 16

Article 16 of the Leagues’ Constitution & Appendix 1

  1. Registration of Players
  2. The League reserves the absolute right to decide, through its General Council or anybody delegated by the General Council, which persons shall be eligible to function as players in the games of the competitions organized by the League.
  3. Secondary Schools are not permitted to jointly register one (1) team to compete in any competition.

Criteria for Registration

Before students can be accepted by the League to be registered as players to represent any team playing in the League the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Students must be duly registered, according to the existing rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and on the official roll of the school presenting the team. These students must attend classes at that school during normal school hours.

Penalty for Infringement: Suspension of the school from further competition in the division for the remainder of the season.

(2)    They are officially registered by their school with the League.

The registration of a player with the League must be made in writing at least seventy-two hours before the start of the match in which that player is to take part. This registration must be made with the General Secretary or Zone Secretary.

In addition to the player’s full name and a statement of the date of birth, the registration must be signed by the Principal of the School and accompanied by the requisite fee.

Their ages must fall within the age stipulation of the respective divisions of the League.

The registration must also be submitted in accordance with prescribed format of the General Council.

Anyone querying the age of a player should write to the Hon. General Secretary for the information and if he is not satisfied with the information that the General Secretary has on file, then efforts should be made to obtain the Birth Certificate. The person making the request should be made to pay the cost of the birth certificate.

Penalty for Infringement: Loss of game by the offending team. If both teams offend game shall be null and void.

(3)    Their birthday falls on or after the first of January of the calendar year and the divisions of the League to be played shall be determined at the first Council Meeting following the Annual General Meeting.

Penalty for Infringement: Loss of points for all matches in which the offending player(s) appeared. These points shall be awarded to the opposing team(s).

In addition, the offending school shall be subject to any further disciplinary action as may be decided by the Disciplinary Committee.

No school that has registered players with the League and has played games in the current season shall be permitted to compete in another League or Association affiliated to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

(4)  (a)  A player, who having been registered and/or is playing with the TTFA or with another League or Association affiliated to the TTFA after 31st August of the current year shall not be eligible to be registered as a player for their school unless they meet the criteria of the Credentials Committee.

(b)    Any registered player/s of the League who registers and/ or plays with the TTFA or with another League or Association affiliated to the TTFA, shall immediately lose their registration with the League for the remainder of the season.

(c)    Repeat Sixth Form students shall not be eligible to be registered as players for their school’s team unless the Credentials Committee of the League is satisfied that certain criteria are met.

These criteria shall be drawn up by the Credentials Committee and approved by the General Council of the League.

Penalty for Infringement: Loss of points or even suspension from further participation in the League for the remainder of the season, as the Disciplinary Committee may decide.

(5)    A student who is transferred from one school to another school shall not be eligible to be registered as a player for the school to which he has been transferred unless the Credentials Committee of the League is satisfied that certain “transfer of players criteria” are met.

These criteria shall be drawn up by the Credentials Committee and approved by the General Council of the League.

Penalty for Infringement: As in 16 (4).

(6) A non-refundable registration fee of $5.00 per player shall be paid to the League upon a request for registration.

These monies shall be placed in a special “Players Fund”, and shall be disbursed by an appointed committee solely for the benefit of players in the League.

These disbursements must be ratified by the General Council.

The sums of money collected in any one year from Player’s registration shall be matched by the League and this sum shall be placed in the Players Fund.

(7) All members of the Coaching staff attached to schools shall be registered with the League.

Such coaches shall be subject to the decisions and action taken by the Secondary Schools Football League.

Appendix I (Credentials Committee)

The Credentials Committee of the League has as its function to investigate and rule on all matters pertaining to registration of players in the League.

Any queries of disputes relating to the bona fide of players must be referred to the Credentials Committee for determination.

Matters or questions relating to the bona fide of players can be referred to the Credentials Committee by the Council of the League.

The Credentials Committee may, on its own initiative, investigate any matter relating to the bona fides of a player or players in the League.

The members of the Credentials Committee shall be elected from amongst the members of the Council of the League.

In its deliberations, the Credentials Committee must at all times be guided by the requirements of the Constitution of the League.