CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb proclaimed the Confederation’s continued pledge to women’s football development at a press conference yesterday launching the 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship in the Cayman Islands.
The inaugural competition, which consists of 16 teams, kicks off today with a pair of matches at both the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and Ed Bush Sports Complex.
Trinidad and Tobago face Barbados in one of today’s matches.
“This is an exciting time for us here at CONCACAF,” expressed Webb. “This Under-15 competition fulfils our pledge to fully focus on developing football in the region, not only for boys, but for our female athletes as well.”
Women’s football has a rich history in CONCACAF, primarily driven by the success of the United States with multiple global titles.
Webb confirmed that to maintain that legacy, CONCACAF had to create more opportunity for its female players.
“For our confederation to remain world champions in women’s football, we have to continue to develop, continue to challenge our athletes and continue to give them the opportunity to develop as a group,” Webb finished.
In the past year, the Cayman Islands has hosted two other CONCACAF events: the 2013 Under-15 Boys’ Championship which Trinidad and Tobago missed because of funding and travel problems and the 2014 Under-20 Women’s Championship.
Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago women’s squad continue gearing up for the eight-nation Caribbean Football Union’s Women’s Championship scheduled for August 17 to 27 in Trinidad.
Some members of the squad are in a training camp in the United States while others are in Trinidad seeking to get to the US once funding and immigration issues are settled.
And this year’s Secondary Schools Football League will again feature 65 schoolgirls team, League president Anthony Creed confirmed yesterday.