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At a meeting of the London Football Association (FA) in 1863, the game of football was split into rugby football (the parent sport of American football), in which handling and carrying the ball was allowed, and association football, which banned the use of the hands. The FA established the first set of rules for football, which at that time, was played competitively (or officially) only in private schools and universities.

Soon after, amateur competition grew widely popular amongst British blue-collard workers. The FA Cup, an annual tournament first organized in 1871, sparked massive interest in football throughout Britain. The tournament, which is still played today, starts off with a large pool of teams and climaxes with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London. Working-class people followed, participated and bet on matches from the FA Cup.

In 1885, the FA reluctantly (after four years of debate) recognized the legitimacy of professional players. Early professional footballers were paid little more than the average workers who would pay to watch them. In 1888, 12 clubs from England founded the Football League, the first professional league competition. In 1900 and 1904, football was introduced as an exhibition sport and became the first team sport included in the Olympic Games. Since 1908, the sport has been held at every Olympic Games with the exception of 1932 in Los Angeles. Football quickly and successfully filtered into the West Indies.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) was formed in July 1908. At the time, 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. Football in Trinidad and Tobago since then has gone through many trials and tribulations narrowly missing out in the World Cup Finals several times until Germany 2006.

In September 1998 the TTFA officially changed its name to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) the current governing body for football in the country.

In 2013 the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation has since then reverted to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

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Cue Sports, more commonly know as billiards sports is the collective name of games involving the use of billiard balls, billiard table and cue sticks.

It is believed the game evolved from similar outdoor lawn games such as trucco and croquet. King Louis XI of France (1461–1483) had the first known indoor billiard table. Louis XIV further refined and popularized the game, and it swiftly spread amongst the French nobility.

The most popular present day international competitions include nine-ball, eight-ball, snooker, speed-pool and three-cushion. Although there are no cue sports in the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, the sport has been featured in a few organized multisport competitions including the 2005 World Games held in Duisburg, Germany, and the Asian Games in 2006.

 

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Rifle ShootingIn 1896, the shooting sport began part of the modern Olympic Family since its first steps. In the first Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, 39 shooters from seven nations competed in three pistol and two highpower rifle events. Shooting also was included in the program of the second Olympic Games where 139 shooters from 13 nations competed in three pistol, five rifle, two clay target and one running target events.

The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) is the international governing body. Though the Olympic games is the largest shooting competition, the ISSF also regulates the World Shooting Championships, the Commonwealth Games shooting events and other smaller events worldwide.

The Trinidad Rifle Association (TRA) is the governing body in this country.

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Contract bridge or simply bridge is one of the most popular playing card games around the world today. The game developed from an earlier English card game known as whist somewhere in the early 1800’s.

There are two main parts to this game, namely the bidding and the play. Bidding is also called the auction, where each team competes to name the contract. This refers to the number of tricks in excess of six the team proposes to win. After the bidding, the actual play begins in which the team that wins the bid attempts to fulfill its contract while the opposing team tries to prevent the team from doing so. Points are scored when the team succeeds in fulfilling its contract, while failure in doing so results in penalties.

The World Bridge Federation (WBF) organizes international bridge tournaments regularly. The Trinidad and Tobago Contract Bridge Association (TTCBA) organizes official tournaments locally. Contract bridge is not part of the Olympic Games, but the TTCBA is an affiliate member of the TTOC.

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Darts is a projectile game where players compete by throwing darts (the projectile) at a dart board (a circular board with specific targets, hung from a wall). There are several games that can be played on a standard dart board and there are sever different types of dart boards. The most common dart games played on standard dart boards are 501, 301,and cricket. Darts are traditionally an English pub game for recreation and has been since the late 1800’s. The first dart boards were made from elm wood and required constant treatment and maintenance. Modern boards are made from sisal fibers, which need less maintenance. The dart itself is renowned for its accuracy and has been used by natives from around the world in different variations, most noticeably as blow weapons for hunting and warfare.  Though darts is not an Olympic or Commonwealth Games event, there are professional organizations, leagues and tournaments around the globe. The World Darts Federation (WDF) was formed in 1976. The Trinidad and Tobago Darts Association is the governing body for organized darts in Trinidad and Tobago and is an affiliate of the TTOC.

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Through out modern history, pigeons have been utilized by humans for the use of communicating and reconnaissance because of their remarkable ability to cover large distances in reasonable time at a safe altitude. During World War I many allies sent messages and even attached cameras to the pigeons for aerial reconnaissance. The homing ability the pigeons possess has astonished humans for decades. Inevitably pigeons have also been used for entertainment and sport in the form of pigeon racing. Owners release specially trained pigeons and the distance covered and the time taken is measured and compared to competitors. Races are typically between 100km and 1000km. The National Pigeon Racing Commission of Trinidad and Tobago is the affiliate of international pigeon racing in Trinidad and Tobago. Pigeon racing is not an Olympic Sport, but is an affiliate of the TTOC.

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