CONCACAF Director of Caribbean Football Horace Reid says Jamaican clubs should have no problems meeting new requirements set out by CONCACAF to professionalise the leagues across the region beginning next year. As part of the new dispensation, the regional club competition will be split into a professional and amateur championship for 2018.
Starting in 2022, CONCACAF will focus resources fully on the professional clubs and leagues and thereafter will phase out the amateur club championship. Reid believes that clubs in Jamaica will be able to meet the criteria for the professional league.
“I don’t think the clubs in Jamaica are that far off from doing it; already things are happening which are getting them closer to the line; so if that is achieved where the league gets 75% of its players who are on contracts, I’m confident that they will meet it,” noted Reid.
Reid also pointed out that CONCACAF will be keeping close tabs on the regional leagues to make sure that the professional standards are met.
“What they will be looking for is that all the clubs have coaches, administrators, youth teams and facilities, either owned or rented and audited statements for the league,” said Reid.