Anton Corneal, Technical director of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association believes the country’s governing football body will have to do some restructuring to meet the demands of the calendar, particularly from a youth perspective, as FIFA recently announced that as of 2025, youth tournaments will take place every year, instead of biennially.

“Now we've got to redesign what we are doing when it comes to a high-performance programme. Instead of catering for players every two years, now we will be catering for players every year,” Corneal said in a recent interview with TTFA media.

On that note, Corneal pointed to the need for more human and financial resources to achieve their objectives and, by extension, endure Trinidad and Tobago is consistently represented at tournaments.

"It is going to be difficult to manage because you are asking for a second staff to be hired. If it does not come with additional funding then it is going to become difficult and we will have to make sure we prioritise in a way that it is beneficial to all,” he reasoned.

Interestingly, Trinidad and Tobago’s first football assignment for the year will be the Caribbean leg of the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championships next month.

The twin island republic will host Group D of the qualifiers, with Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica standing in their way, as only the group winner will advance to the next round to join the top teams –United States, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic –ranked in that order.

"We've got a few things (this year). First, we have youth tournaments. The Under-20 boys will be the immediate youth tournament where the preliminary group will be played in T&T in February. We have been in training (locally) for the last two and a half months. I have to say it is a real competitive group of players. They would merge with players out of the US and a few out of the UK,” Corneal shared.

“It is not going to be a given (the challenge to top the group), but we have had relatively decent results against Canada over the last ten years where it has fluctuated. They have won some and we have won some,” he ended.

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