Jamaica women's national football team

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Jamaica
Nickname(s)Reggae Girlz
AssociationJamaica Football Federation
Head coachHue Menzies[1]
Top scorerKhadija Shaw (40)
FIFA codeJAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 51 Steady (27 September 2019)[2]
Highest51 (July 2019)
Lowest128 (November 2010)
First international
 Haiti 1–0 Jamaica 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 17 April 1991)
Biggest win
 Jamaica 14–0 Saint Lucia 
(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic; 20 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 11–1 Jamaica 
(Brazil; 18 July 2007)
 United States 10–0 Jamaica 
(Canada; 19 August 1994)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances6 (first in 2002)
Best result3rd place (2018)

Jamaica women's national football team, nicknamed the "Reggae Girlz", is 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 it 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 a nearly six-year hiatus, finishing second at the 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup after 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 helps raise awareness for the team, encourages development, and provides for it financially.[3] Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, but the team was eliminated after losing all its matches in the group stage.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Women's football in Jamaica started with the founding of the Jamaican Women's Football association (founded by Andrea Lewis its first president) in 1987.[4]

1990s[edit]

On 17 April 1991 the team competed in its first international match against Haiti, which they lost 1–0.[5] In August 1994, the Reggae Girlz were defeated 10–0 by the United States.[5]

2000s[edit]

In 2002, the Reggae Girlz qualified for the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup (the qualifying tournament for the 2003 FIFA Women's World 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.[5]

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. Subsequently, the team was unable to participate in the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.[6] In 2011, due to over three years of inactivity, Jamaica was not ranked in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.[7]

In April 2014, Cedella Marley was named the team’s official ambassador and helped the team with their fundraising efforts.[8] On 24 June 2014, the team launched the fundraising campaign "Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz!"[9] to raise $50,000 to pay for practices, travel expenses, housing, nutrition, and equipment in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship where they hoped to secure a spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[10]

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.[11] The team again went unranked by FIFA in June 2017.[12]

In May 2018, Jamaica began the first round of Caribbean Zone qualifying, this was the first time the team had assembled in two years.[13] Jamaica won their group and advanced to the final round of Caribbean Zone qualifying. They hosted the final round tournament and won all four games securing their spot at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[14] The same year, Jamaica competed in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the group stage, they had a record of one win and two losses, but did not advance to the knockout round.[14] At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Jamaica was drawn into Group B alongside Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. In their first match against Canada, they played well but lost 2–0. Jamaica secured an upset 1–0 victory over Costa Rica in their second match, thanks in part to the great play of goalkeeper Sydney Schneider.[15] In their final group match against Cuba, Jamaica won 9–0. As a result of Costa Rica losing their final group match, Jamaica finished second in their group and advanced to the semi-finals where they would face the number one ranked United States.[16] The US defeated Jamaica 6–0, in the semi-final. Jamaica won the third place match against Panama on penalty kicks, securing a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a Women's World Cup and became the first Caribbean country to have both men's and women's teams to participate in men's and women's World Cup.[17] Interestingly, its male counterparts also qualified to the only FIFA World Cup also in France.

Jamaica placed in Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil, and was considered as a dark horse, being rated the lowest in the group. Eventually, they finished last in the group after losing all matches but scored a lone goal by Havana Solaun.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999 Did Not Enter
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify
China 2007
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify
France 2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
France 2019 Group stage 9 June  Brazil L 0–3 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
14 June  Italy L 0–5 Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
18 June  Australia L 1–4 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

CONCACAF Women's Championship & 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 - - - - - - -
CanadaUnited States 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 Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2014 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 5 +3
United States 2018 Third Place 5 2 1 2 12 10 +2
Total 6/10 20 4 1 15 26 69 −43
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018[edit]

2019[edit]


2020[edit]

Players[edit]

Up-to-date caps, goals, and statistics are not publicly available; therefore, caps and goals listed may be incorrect.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the roster for the 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship qualification.[18]

Caps and goals are updated as of 8 October 2019 after the match against the  U.S. Virgin Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ricquelle Farquharson (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 21) 2 0 United States South Florida Bulls
13 1GK Chris-Ann Chambers (1995-10-24) 24 October 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Unattached
1GK Milan Dewkinandan 2000 (age 18–19) 0 0 United States Grambling State Tigers

4 2DF Chantelle Swaby (1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 21) 16 0 United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
5 2DF Konya Plummer (captain) (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 22) 19 1 United States UCF Knights
12 2DF Sashana Campbell (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 28) 32 3 Unattached
14 2DF Deneisha Blackwood (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 22) 23 7 Czech Republic Slavia Praha
16 2DF Dominique Bond-Flasza (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 23) 21 4 Netherlands PSV
17 2DF Allyson Swaby (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 23) 17 0 Italy Roma

6 3MF Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 26) 6 1 Norway Klepp
7 3MF Chinyelu Asher (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 26) 24 6 Norway Stabæk
10 3MF Shantel Bailey (1995-04-30) 30 April 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Unattached
19 3MF Reilly Paterson 22 August 2 1 United States Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts

2 4FW Tiernny Wiltshire (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 21) 3 0 United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
8 4FW Rena Gordon 1 0 Jamaica Cavalier
11 4FW Khadija Shaw (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 27 40 France Bordeaux
15 4FW Tiffany Cameron (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 28) 8 3 Norway Stabæk
18 4FW Trudi Carter (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 24) 17 9 Unattached
20 4FW Cheyna Matthews (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 26) 8 8 United States Washington Spirit
4FW Jody Brown (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 17) 18 8 United States Montverde Academy
  • Midfielder Tarania Clarke was also part of this squad. She was murdered on 31 October 2019.

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sydney Schneider (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 20) 15 0 United States UNC Wilmington Seahawks 2019 Pan American Games
GK Yazmeen Jamieson (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0 New Zealand Papakura City FC 2019 Pan American Games
GK Nicole McClure (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 29) 19 0 Northern Ireland Sion Swifts WFC 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

DF Toriana Patterson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 25) 14 0 Italy Pink Sport Time 2019 Pan American Games
DF Jayda Hylton-Pelaia (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 21) 4 0 United States East Carolina Pirates 2019 Pan American Games
DF Madiya Harriott (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 20) 3 0 United States Vanderbilt Commodores 2019 Pan American Games
DF Rachelle Smith (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Unattached 2019 Pan American Games
DF Christina Chang (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 34) 7 2 United States FC Surge v.  Panama, 19 May 2019
DF Brittany Simpson (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22) United States Yale Bulldogs v.  South Africa, 7 April 2019
DF Cachet Lue (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0 United States Minnesota Golden Gophers v.  Chile, 3 March 2019
DF Siobhan Wilson (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo Training camp, January 2019
DF Victoria Huxtable 0 0 United States Richmond Spiders Training camp, January 2019
DF Vyan Sampson (1996-07-02) 2 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0 England West Ham United Training camp, January 2019

MF Lauren Silver (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 26) 20 1 Norway Trondheims-Ørn 2019 Pan American Games
MF Jadyn Matthews (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 19) 8 0 United States Cornell Big Red 2019 Pan American Games
MF Chanel Hudson-Marks (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 22) 7 1 Unattached 2019 Pan American Games
MF Chyanne Dennis (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 20) 6 0 United States South Florida Bulls 2019 Pan American Games
MF Marlo Sweatman (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 24) 15 4 Hungary Szent Mihály 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Ashleigh Shim (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 26) 14 1 Unattached 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Laura Jackson (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) 3 0 Unattached v.  Panama, 19 May 2019
MF Giselle Washington (2001-04-03) 3 April 2001 (age 18) 12 2 United States Concorde Fire SC v.  Chile, 3 March 2019
MF Shanise Foster (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 26) 2 1 Jamaica Arnett Gardens Training camp, January 2019

FW Mireya Grey (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 21) 7 1 United States Washington Huskies 2019 Pan American Games
FW Olufolasade Adamolekun (2001-02-21) 21 February 2001 (age 18) 7 0 United States USC Trojans 2019 Pan American Games
FW Shayla Smart (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 19) 3 0 United States Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2019 Pan American Games
FW Kayla McCoy (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 23) 3 0 United States Houston Dash 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ
FW Shakira Duncan (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 30) 13 24 Israel Maccabi Holon v.  Panama, 19 May 2019

Notes:

  • INJ: Withdrew due to injury

Records[edit]

As of 8 April 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Jamaica.

Managers[edit]

Name Nat Position Year
Grace Butterfield Jamaica Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager 1991
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager[19][20] 1994
Jacqueline Cummings Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Team Asst Manager 1994
Elaine Walker-Brown Jamaica Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager 2014
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager 2009–Present


Jamaica Women's Football Association
Name Nat Position Year
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica Women's Football Association President 1991
Elaine Walker-Brown Jamaica Jamaica Women's Football Association President 1994

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Hue Menzies England Head coach
Andrew Price[21] Jamaica Assistant coach
Lorne Donaldson Jamaica Assistant coach
Hubert Busby Jr. Jamaica Goalkeeping coach
Will Hitzelberger United States Physical Trainer
Jason Henry Jamaica Physical Trainer
Dr Lori-Ann Miller Jamaica Team Doctor
Saundria Codling Jamaica Physiotherapist
Omar Folkes Jamaica Equipment Manager
Sheridan Samuels[22] Jamaica Head of delegation

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Guardian staff (28 April 2014). "Bob Marley's daughter joins Reggae Girlz' World Cup campaign". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  10. ^ Grow, Kory (2 July 2014). "Bob Marley's Daughter Aids Jamaica Soccer Team's World Cup Bid". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
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  15. ^ "Heroic Schneider takes Player-of-the-Match award in stride". 10 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
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