New challenges for football

The US no longer permits a federation to send one person with the passports of team members for visas. Each individual must attend in person. This is an additional burden on federations since there is never any guarantee that everyone will receive the requisite visa. This latter fact often determines the travel route used for the team and generates additional costs, for the most part.

In any given year the federation will soon find that to honour its regional and international commitments alone will exceed the annual subvention from FIFA of US$250,000. The monies for local development on an acceptable scale will therefore need to come from other sources.

In the case of St Vincent and the Grenadines there are no monies to be made from sale of TV and radio rights. The federation is lucky to even receive live coverage of anything at the local level.

The sponsorship obtained fro
local competitions organised and administered by the federation does not necessarily cover the expenses incurred yet the title sponsorship is given albeit rather reluctantly.

Monies for talent identification are not readily available and everything turns on its head when the trained coaches do not deliver; when they stay away.

Development programmes remain nothing more than good intentions when it is discovered that monies are not readily available.

In a country such as ours with limited resources and a relatively small private sector the latter's available funding for sporting organisations end up being distributed among the several disciplines. The government can always choose to play politics as was done over the last two years in respect of its own generosity to cricket, however lop-sided that many have been and continues to be, and regardless of the negative impact that it has on the other sporting associations in the country.