Saint Lucia Football Association seeks to advance development programme for sport

The Saint Lucia Football Association Inc (SLFA INC) has in view of the current development thrust of Football in the region, seeks to advance and implement a development programme for the enhancement of Football

Saint Lucia Football Association seeks to advance development programme for sport
Saint Lucia Football Association seeks to advance development programme for sport Photo Credits: Saint Lucia Football Association Facebook Page

Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Football Association Inc (SLFA INC) has in view of the current development thrust of Football in the region, seeks to advance and implement a development programme for the enhancement of Football, this initiative is enshrined in its strategic plan developed through consultation with the general membership and other stakeholders.

The need to create an enabling Professional environment that allows the best players to consistently engage each other in a mutually beneficial manner has always been promoted and seen as an ideal. St Lucia is currently classed as amateur based on FIFA Evaluation.

The top crust combined talent, it is envisioned; will be brought into a structured and controlled environment thereby enabling a seamless scouting and recruitment process. The realization of a vibrant yet lucrative semi-professional league in Saint Lucia will ultimately contribute and inspire the national psyche. This enabling environment will allow the top available talent to be showcased.

In the move to professionalize the sport, the SLFA has reviewed the regional structures and note that in the Caribbean two concepts are prevalent. We are of the belief utilization of one or an amalgam of these tried and tested concepts, will contribute towards the journey of making Saint Lucia’s Football more competitive at both the national and international level.

The deliverables projected are:

  • Our Football will become competitive and be on par with top leagues in the region.
  • A brand that is marketable and has a national appeal
  • A professional development model would be enabled
  • The emergence of top administrators, coaches and amp; players.
  • Strengthening of the National set up
  • 2026 FIFA World Cup Legacy

Ultimately, make Saint Lucia’s Football more competitive at both the national and international level.

Currently, in the region two concepts are prevalent.

1. HUB CONCEPT

2. FRANCHISE MODEL CONCEPT

The SLFA has an interest in the Franchise model, and in the process may utilize concepts from other models. The lessons learned would contribute immensely in the SLFA’s thrust in professionalizing Football in Saint Lucia.

Meanwhile, in the first of two Internationally Friendlies played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Thursday 17th November, St. Lucia and San Marino played to an exciting 1 – 1 all draw.

The crowd which numbered approximately 750 was given something to cheer about when following numerous goal raids Donavan Jn. Baptiste broke the deadlock in the 30th min to give St. Lucia a 1 – 0 advantage. Subsequently both teams created numerous scoring chances but fine saves by both goal keepers kept the scoreline 1 – 0 at the end of the first half.

The second half mirrored the first, with both teams coming close to scoring. However, once again they were denied by some fine goal keeping.

However, in the 3rd min of added-on time San Marino, following a build-up on the left side saw substitute Lazzari Lorenzo netting the equaliser.

Following the match Coach Stern John said that despite the draw, he was quite pleased with the performance of the players especially the debutants. Additionally, the local based players were afforded the opportunity to play against international opposition and they stood up to the test.

They showed quite a lot of confidence and he is quite hopeful that they would have benefitted from the experience and move forward with it.

It’s now back to the drawing board as the team looks forward to the next encounter on Sunday 20th November.

For his part San Marino Coach Fabrizio Costantini though a bit disappointed was satisfied with the result and commended the St. Lucia team on their strong showing.

He was also full of praise of the work of both goal keepers and credited his for saving the day. During the interval the San Marino Delegates made presentations to Minister of Youth Development and sports Kenson Casimir, Hon. Guibion Ferdinand Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Emmanuel Bellas SLFA Inc. Coach Educator and Senator Lisa Jawahir.

As we celebrate Women’s Football Month, the Desruisseaux Football League takes the time to highlight the women who play a pivotal role in the beautiful sport that is Football within our community.

Name: Karassa Bellas

Address: Blanchard, Desruisseaux

Club: El Ninos football Club

Positions: Concacaf match Commissioner, member of the Saint Lucia Football Association Task Force, Assistant Secretary and Women’s football coordinator of the Desruisseaux football league, Floor member and female football coordinator of El Ninos football club

Karassa Bellas currently serves as one of the Match Commissioners for the two International Friendlies between Saint Lucia and San Marino.