Jamaica women's national football team

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Jamaica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Reggae Girlz
Association Jamaica Football Federation
Head coach Merron Gordon
FIFA code JAM
FIFA ranking 71 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 65 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 128 (November 2010)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Haiti 1–0 Jamaica 
(Haiti; April 17, 1991)
Biggest win
 Jamaica 14–0 Saint Lucia 
(Dominican Republic; June 20, 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 11–1 Jamaica 
(Brazil; July 18, 2007)
 United States 10–0 Jamaica 
(Canada; August 19, 1994)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2002)
Best result 4th place 2006

Jamaica women's national football team is nicknamed the 'Reggae Girlz'. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Caribbean region along with Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In 2008 the team was disbanded after they failed to get out of the group stage of Olympic Qualifying, which notably featured the United States and Mexico. The program was restarted in 2014 after nearly a six year hiatus. They finished second at the 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup losing 1-0 against Trinidad and Tobago in the final. The team is backed by ambassador Cedella Marley, the daughter of the late Bob Marley, she aids in raising awareness for the team and encourages development as well as providing for it financially. [1]

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

On April 17, 1991 the team had their first international match against Haiti, which they lost 1-0.[2]

In August 1994, the Reggae Girlz were defeated by the United States team with a final score of 10-0.[2]

2000s[edit]

In 2002, the Reggae Girlz qualified for the Women’s Gold Cup, but lost all of their preliminary round games.

In 2006, the team qualified for the Women’s Gold Cup again and finished in fourth place.[2]

2010s[edit]

In 2010, due to lack of funding, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) cut the senior women’s program as well as the women’s Olympic program. The team was then unable to participate in the qualifiers for the 2011 Women’s World Cup.[3]

In 2011, due to inactivity for more than 3 years, Jamaica went unranked in the FIFA World Ranking.[4]

In April 2014, Cedella Marley was named the team’s official ambassador and as such she helped the team with their fundraising efforts.[5]

On 24 June 2014, the team launched the fundraising campaign "Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz!"[6] to raise $50,000 to pay for practices, travel expenses, housing, nutrition, and equipment for the preparation of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which they hope to secure a qualifying spot for after playing in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.[7]

In July 2014, it was announced that Jamaica was looking for players with Jamaican heritage in countries as far as the United Kingdom in order to improve their squad for the 2014 Women Caribbean Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.[8]

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup record[edit]

Women's Gold Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Haiti 1991 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11
United States 1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1994 Fifth Place 3 0 0 3 2 22 -20
Canada 1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2000 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United StatesCanada 2002 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12
United States 2006 Fourth Place 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5
Mexico 2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2014 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 5 +3
Total 5/9 15 2 0 13 14 59 -45
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Match Schedule[edit]

20 June 2014
Jamaica  14 - 0  Saint Lucia

22 June 2014
Dominican Republic  0 - 7  Jamaica

19 August 2014
Jamaica  4 - 1  Puerto Rico

21 August 2014
Bermuda  1 - 9  Jamaica

23 August 2014
Haiti  0 - 2  Jamaica

26 August 2014
Jamaica  0 - 1  Trinidad and Tobago

16 October 2014
17:00 CDT
Jamaica  6 - 0  Martinique

18 October 2014
15:00 CDT
Costa Rica  2 - 1  Jamaica

21 October 2014
19:30 EDT
Mexico  3 - 1  Jamaica

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Head coach: Merron Gordon

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Taylor Grant Canada Vaughan Azzuri
2 3MF Lauren Silver United States University of Florida
3 2DF Monique Pryce (1991-05-18)18 May 1991 (aged 23) Jamaica G.C. Foster College
4 3MF Donna-Kay Henry (1990-11-10)10 November 1990 (aged 23) United States BK Knights
5 2DF Mitsy Facey (1985-12-22)22 December 1985 (aged 28) Jamaica G.C. Foster College
6 2DF Alicia Wilson (1979-12-19)19 December 1979 (aged 34) United States Adenal Coronado
7 4FW Venicia Reid (1987-10-28)28 October 1987 (aged 26) Jamaica Fraziers Whip
8 4FW Shanoska Young (1989-04-26)26 April 1989 (aged 25)
9 4FW Shakira Duncan Jamaica Harbour View F.C.
10 3MF Omolyn Davis (1987-08-09)9 August 1987 (aged 27) Kazakhstan CSHVSM
11 3MF Christina Murray (1989-10-08)8 October 1989 (aged 25) Jamaica Waterhouse F.C.
12 2DF Sashana Campbell (1991-03-02)2 March 1991 (aged 23) Jamaica Los Perfectos
13 1GK Nicole McClure (1989-11-16)16 November 1989 (aged 24) Sweden Östersunds DFF
14 4FW Alexa Allen (1986-03-27)27 March 1986 (aged 28) United States North Carolina State University
15 4FW Shaneka Gordon
16 2DF Yolanda Hamilton (1987-05-26)26 May 1987 (aged 27) Jamaica Barbican FC
17 3MF Nicole Campbell-Green Jamaica GS United
18 2DF Sherona Forrester (1991-11-04)4 November 1991 (aged 22) Jamaica Kingston University
19 4FW Shantel Bailey
20 3MF Jodi-Ann McGregor Jamaica Barbican FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://womens.soccerly.com/2014/10/13/cedella-marley-ambassador-sponsor-jamaica-womens-soccer-team-reggae-girlz/
  2. ^ a b c Jamaica Information Service. "Football – Women’s League". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Williams, Sean A. (16 March 2010). "FIFA grants CONCACAF another Women's World Cup spot". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Davis, Kayon (13 August 2011). "The state of women's football in Jamaica". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Kenner, Rob (10 April 2014). "Interview: Cedella Marley Wants to Help Send a Jamaican Team to the Women's World Cup in 2015". Complex. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Guardian staff (28 April 2014). "Bob Marley's daughter joins Reggae Girlz' World Cup campaign". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Grow, Kory (2 July 2014). "Bob Marley’s Daughter Aids Jamaica Soccer Team's World Cup Bid". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Trinidad Express staff (6 July 2014). "Jamaica extends net to recruit women footballers". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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