The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was formed on July 23rd, 1908. In the years following the establishment of the TTFA, local infrastructure limitations hindered the growth and development of the game throughout the islands. The poor road network meant that football was restricted to the major urban areas in the north and south of Trinidad. Expatriate workers who taught the game to locals played the game in the oilfields. There was no national team (since Trinidad and Tobago was a British colony), but there was a senior team that represented the colony and played against other teams.
After Independence in 1962, the TTFA was affiliated with FIFA and its confederate member,Concacaf. The growth of the game in T&T kept pace with the development of the national and local leagues which were established at the youth and senior levels, with a secondary schools league being introduced in the 1980’s. By the late 80’s football was the number one national game, with a following encouraged by the nation’s near qualification for the 1974 World Cup, and encouraged by the performances of the national team on the road to Italia 1990.
There is now the Professional Football league, the FA Trophy, national Super League and regional amateur leagues, youth leagues, and the secondary schools league. The 1990’s also saw the ascendance of Trinidad and Tobago to a position of dominance (shared with Jamaica) in Caribbean football, and an ever-increasing number of local players finding positions in clubs in Europe and North America.
A new constitution was adopted in 2015 and can be seen here.