When the 2022/2023 National Club Championships open in early October, under the aegis of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF), there will be no System Three.
This, after the club was not among the list of clubs that were awarded licences for the 2022/2023 season.
A Club Licence is a prerequisite for participation in the National Club Championships.
The exercise involved in the granting of a licence is done on an annual basis. It entails clubs completing and submitting the Club Licensing Confidentiality Agreement, Club General Form, Club Finance Form, Club Youth Development Form, the Legal Declaration Form, the Club Infrastructure Form, as well as the Club Female Form.
It was confirmed that System Three, led by the venerable Ian Sardine, did not submit any of the forms for the 2021/2022 licensing period.
With no National Club Championships convened in 2021/2022, the decision was taken by the Executive of the SVGFF to retain the thirty-two licenced clubs for the 2022/2023 period, to wit: nine clubs in the Premier Division, twelve in the First Division and eleven in the Second Division.
The nine Premier Division clubs issued with licences are Awesome, Avenues, BESCO-Pastures, Je Belle, Hope International, Largo Height, Layou, North Leeward Predators and Sion Hill.
The twelve First Division clubs include Bequia United, Camdonia- Chelsea, Glenside Ball Blazers, Greiggs, Owia United, Parkside Rollers, Pride and Joy, Richmond Hill, Sparta, SV United and Volcanoes.
And, 1998 Hillside Rollers, Brownstown, DESCO, Hillview, K & R Strikers, Roxdale, Sharpes 09, Sharpes FC, Strike Force, Toni Stores Jugglers and RSVG Police, make up the clubs in Division Two.
Apart from competing in the National Club Championships, only licenced clubs receive financial assistance from the SVGFF.
The National Club Championships kick off early October, and in addition to competition in the three divisions for males, there is a Women’s Division, as well as age group competitions.
System Three is a former Premier Division National Club Champion and boasts the best Youth Football Development Programme in St Vincent and
Ian Sardine, Founder, Director, Coordinator, Head Coach of System Three chose not to comment on his Academy’s exclusion from the next round of the National Club Championships