Antigua and Barbuda women's national football team

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 Antigua and Barbuda
Nickname(s) Benna Girls
Association Antigua and Barbuda
Football Association
Confederation Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
Sub-confederation Caribbean Football Union (CFU)
Head coach Christopher Vaugn
Home stadium Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
FIFA code ATG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current NR (24 March 2017)
Highest 92 (December 2009)
Lowest 145 (September 2015)
First international
 Antigua and Barbuda 1–0 Anguilla 
(Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda; 28 August 2004)
Biggest win
 Antigua and Barbuda 3–0 Dominica 
(Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda; 3 October 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Antigua and Barbuda 0–12 Jamaica 
(Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda; 5 October 2007)

The Antigua and Barbuda women's national football team, nicknamed The Benna Girls, is the national women's football team of Antigua and Barbuda and is overseen by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union.

History[edit]

First Internationals (2004)[edit]

On 28 August 2004, after 34 years the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association became affiliated with the FIFA, Antigua and Barbuda women's football team had its first official match with Anguilla in Saint John. The game finished in favour of Antigua and Barbuda, with a 1–0 victory. The next day, they faced again and this time, the winning team was Anguilla.

Women's Caribbean Cup (2006)[edit]

The 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup qualification round was the first official competition in which Antigua and Barbuda participated in, also one of the qualifying stages was the second edition of the CFU Women's Caribbean Cup, who took place in Trinidad & Tobago. In the way, they faced Barbados in the first stage; the aggregate score between them was 1–0, product of a away victory and a goalless draw. The Benna Girls automatically advanced to the next stage.

Group C
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Jamaica 9 3 3 0 0 27 0 +27
 Saint Lucia 6 3 2 0 1 5 8 −3
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 3 1 0 2 5 16 −11
 Antigua and Barbuda 0 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13

In the First Round, the team was drawn in a Group (C) with Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis. However, the results were negative, as they lost the three games they played. Antigua and Barbuda played all of its matches in Kingston, Jamaica. The three goalscorers for Antigua and Barbuda were Whitney Jacobs, Odeal Simon and Shennell Henry, with one goal each. The Benna Girls failed to qualify for the final tournament.

Unfavorable results at international competitions (2007–2010)[edit]

2008 Summer Olympics

During the 2008 Summer Olympics qualifiers, Antigua and Barbuda was sharing the group with Jamaica, Bermuda and Dominica. The only victory they had was in the first game, to Dominica by 3–0, and the first of two in 2007–2010. The Benna Girls achieved their worst defeat on the second match with Jamaica, a 12–0. The closing encounter with Bermuda had a 4–0 result, again from the rivals.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Jamaica 3 3 0 0 24 0 +24 9
 Bermuda 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6
 Antigua and Barbuda 3 1 0 2 3 16 −13 3
 Dominica 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0

2010 Gold Cup qualifiers

Antigua and Barbuda opened the qualifying round for the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, who took place in Mexico, down by 2–1 against St. Lucia. The second game marked the second win during 2007–2010. The game was with the US Virgin Islands and counted with the goals of Lewis, Simon and Thomas. Both games were in home venue at Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, the country's capital city. Thanks to their only victory, they advanced to the Second Round.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saint Lucia 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 Antigua and Barbuda 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9 0

The team was drawn in Group G during the Second Round. Antigua and Barbuda was beaten by the three teams who played with them, with a margin of more than three goals. The Benna Girls scored first goal of two in this round in a 4–1 loss with Haiti. The encounters with both Puerto Rico and Cuba finished in heavy defeats, with 8–0 and 6–1 respectively. All the games were played in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Haiti 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9
 Cuba 3 2 0 1 10 7 +3 6
 Puerto Rico 3 1 0 2 11 6 +5 3
 Antigua and Barbuda 3 0 0 3 2 18 −16 0

Women's Caribbean Cup (2014)[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda was registered on the qualification tournament of the 2014 CFU Women's Caribbean Cup, who also served as the qualifying tournament for both the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Antigua & Barbuda and the other members of the group played the games on Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John's, the country's capital city. The Benna Girls won the three games, all of them with 1–0 versus U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Aruba. Antigua and Barbuda qualified for the final tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Antigua and Barbuda (H) 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3 9 Final round
2  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
3  U.S. Virgin Islands 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4  Aruba 3 0 0 3 0 4 −4 0
Source: CFU
(H) Host.

For the final tournament, the team was in Group B with the hosts Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique and St. Kitts & Nevis. It had a bad debut with Martinique in Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, due to a 2–0 loss. The second game with the host country also finished on a defeat of a margin of three goals to zero. The team had their farewell with a 2–1 lost game against St. Kitts and Nevis. They finished the tournament with zero points and a –6 goal difference. The only goalscorer for the Benna Girls was Breanna Humphreys.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Trinidad and Tobago (H) 3 3 0 0 20 0 +20 9 CONCACAF Women's Championship and Final
2  Martinique 3 2 0 1 3 7 −4 6 CONCACAF Women's Championship and Match for third place
3  Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 1 0 2 2 12 −10 3
4  Antigua and Barbuda 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: CFU
(H) Host.

Past and present crests[edit]

These are the crest used over the years by the Antigua and Barbuda national football team.

Used 2004–2006
Used presently (alternate logo)

Kit[edit]

The current kit of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team are manufactured by Chinese company Peak Sportswear. The Benna Girls have worn the brand since 2012. The team has five different coloured uniforms. One for each colour of the flag. The yellow uniform is the primary one, normally used for home matches. The black ones are the usually for away matches. The team also has red, blue and white alternates.

Kit Manufacturer Period
Germany
Adidas Logo.svg
Adidas
2006–2011
China
Peak Logo.svg
Peak
2012–current

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
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 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1994 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2000 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United StatesCanada 2002 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2006 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 2010 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2014 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/9 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Latest results[edit]

Date Host country and Venue Opponent Score Match Type Antigua and Barbuda Scorers
August 20, 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Martinique 0–2 Women's Caribbean Cup
August 22, 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 0–3 Women's Caribbean Cup
August 24, 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–2 Women's Caribbean Cup B. Humphreys Goal 5'
Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

Record against other nations[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Anguilla 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Aruba 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Barbados 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Bermuda 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 Cuba 1 0 0 1 1 6 -5
 Dominica 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3
 Haiti 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3
 Jamaica 2 0 0 2 0 22 -22
 Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8
 Saint Lucia 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 0 2 3 5 -2
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
Total 23 9 1 13 23 61 -38

Current Squad[edit]

Team called in for 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup.