A proposed professional Caribbean league will launch in September 2015, according to the Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL), the organising body behind the event.
The CFTL has said the league, dubbed Major League Football, will feature 20 teams competing for US$3 million in prize money, with that figure set to rise to $5 million after the first three years. Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president Jeffrey Webb said last month that the organisation is studying the prospect of a professional league spanning the Caribbean nations, adding such a competition could become reality in three to four years.
A similar proposal fell through three years ago, but Webb said CONCACAF would establish a commission to study its viability, adding that ex-players such as Manchester United’s Dwight Yorke are behind the plan. A new league would aim to enhance the development of football in the Caribbean with only four countries having qualified for the FIFA World Cup in its entire history – Cuba (1938), Haiti (1974), Jamaica (1998) and Trinidad & Tobago (2006). CFTL chairman and CEO, Chris Anderson, said the idea has been studied for over a decade, adding a league would help the development of young players, and the game as a whole, in the region.
“It is all about football and not the politics of the sport,” Anderson said. “We welcome the (CONCACAF) Task Force and look forward to sharing with them our views on how best to achieve this league and provide our regional players with a source of revenue.”