History and Government Faculty Publications

Title

Caribbean Teams in North American Professional Soccer: Time for a New Direction?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Journal Title

Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Volume

5

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

15

Abstract

This paper examines the interrelated issues of time and money in club and international football. Specifically, the focus is on small Caribbean countries and territories that are rich in talent, but poor in opportunities. In the past decade, several professional teams in the Caribbean have played in the minor league system in North America, but have been stifled by several factors. This paper argues that the creation of a ‘Caribbean division’ that plays in either the North American Soccer League (NASL) or United Soccer League (USL)-Pro league would enrich and develop teams and players from all parties involved, and they would be more competitive in FIFA World Cup qualifying. The key ingredient is correctly timing such a venture.

Keywords

Caribbean, soccer, North America, USL-Pro, NASL


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