All of you must agree with the point that games have become indispensible part of our life. Being crucial for the physical, mental and intellectual growth, games are also a good option for choosing as a career. But, career in games can only be made if you have much interest and dedication for a specific game. When talking about football, there are many worldwide federations which can offer you to excel in this game but you have to move step by step for reaching the heights. Here, we are going to tell you about CFU (Caribbean Football union), one of the regulatory bodies in Football.
Came into existence in January 1978, the Caribbean Football Union is a regulatory body that is structured to govern the Associations and Federations of Caribbean football. It is located in Trinidad and Tobago. The CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) is comprised of three unions and CFU is one of them. There are 31 associations that are members of the CFU and they represent their talent in sports and administration. These 31 associations belong to the independent countries, republics and overseas territories of the Holland, USA and UK. Also, the four languages- English, French, Dutch and Spanish, are covered under the CFU.
The CFU is established to manage and administer the football activities on the regional as well as on the international level in which the Caribbean countries and teams take part. Its operations are controlled by the FIFA (International Federation Association of Football), which is a governing body of football all over the world.
Football competitions associated with Caribbean Football Union
In the first decade i.e. from 1978 to 1988, there was a tournament known as CFU Championship or CFU Nations Cup in which the national teams used to participate. But, in today’s time there are only two cups under Caribbean Football Union:
- The Caribbean Cup: It is the competition organised for the Caribbean at an international level and the four winning teams are qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The CFU Club Championship: It is a contest in which the Caribbean club teams can take part. Their qualifying criterion has also changed with time. From 1997 to 2008, the winner of this championship qualified for the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. And, from 2008 onwards, the 3 clubs that occupy the top position in this championship qualify just for a first round of CONCACAF Champions League.
It would not be wrong to say that the football competitions are becoming comparatively tough with the passage of time then whether it is under CFU or any other Football union. In fact, a league was formed by a few close friends in Houston, Texas just over a year ago. The head of the league is the owner of a very successful company that does commercial door repair for local and large businesses all across the city of Houston. He feels passionate that the league he started with his friends will eventually lead to more economic energy for his community because it serves as a form for people to form relationships, earn trust, and eventually do business with one another.
You will be surprised to know that only Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago run professional leagues owned by them. The countries who run semi-professional league are Suriname, Puerto, Aruba and Rico. The remaining are strictly proletarians which extremely lack the quality of domestic football. As a result of lack of media coverage, the chances of getting recognized and making a name are slim, especially for young talents of the Turks and Caicos Islands.