Reggae Girls gear up for Women's Challenge Series with weekend camp
Jamaica senior women's football team in a recent practice match against Portmore United.
Jamaica senior women's football squad will intensify preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Challenge Series 2018 with another training camp this weekend.
Two training camps are scheduled for Saturday - the first at 7:45 am and the second at 4:00 pm - while only a morning session is scheduled for Sunday.
All training sessions will be conducted at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center Of Excellence at UWI Mona.
The CFU Women’s Challenge Series will be played from April 18-29, 2018. Medals will be awarded to the group winners and runners-up.
Twenty teams from the CFU will be in the hunt for top honors. The competition will be played across five venues, namely Warner Park Sporting Complex in St. Kitts; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence and Waterhouse Mini Stadium in Jamaica; Stade Sylvia Cator in Haiti; Antigua Recreation Grounds in Antigua; and Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad.
The groups are:
Group A: St. Kitts and Nevis (hosts), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and
Group B: Jamaica (hosts), Barbados and Cuba
Group C: Haiti (hosts), Martinique, Dominican Republic and USVI;Group D: Antigua and Barbuda (hosts), Curacao, Guadeloupe and Montserrat
Group E: Trinidad & Tobago (hosts), Grenada, Guyana and Suriname
Jamaica's Reggae Girls will open their campaign against Barbados on April 20 at 3:30 pm, followed by a game against Cuba at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium on April 22 at 5:00 pm.
The Caribbean Women's Challenge Series is expected to offer meaningful competition and practice ahead of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers to begin in May.
CFU Interim President Randolph Harris said the Challenge Series addresses a dearth of competitive play for women footballers in the Caribbean and is a welcome addition to the calendar.
“This is both exciting and productive for our Member Associations. The respective women’s national teams have been itching to get off the mark for some time, so we are confident that the competition will redound to the benefit of the teams and football fans across the region,” Harris said.