KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; MONDAY APRIL 30, 2018 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines national senior women team have been drawn into Group D of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Qualification.
The other teams in the Group are Curacao, Saint Lucia, and hosts Antigua and Barbuda.
The Vincentians will play the second game on the Group’s opening day of action on Wednesday May 23 against hosts Antigua and Barbuda at 6:30 p.m., which will be preceded by the Curacao versus Saint Lucia game at 4:00 p.m.
Then on Friday May 25, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will do battle against Saint Lucia at 4:00 p.m., which will be followed by the Curacao versus Antigua and Barbuda match at 6:30 p.m.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines final match in Group D will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday May 27, 2018 against Curacao, while Saint Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda will do battle at 6:30 p.m. in the final game of the Group.
Meanwhile coming off their participation in the just concluded Caribbean Football Union Women Challenge Series 2018 Group ‘A’ in St. Kitts and Nevis, in which St. Vincent and the Grenadines finished fourth, Head Coach Arrington Burgin has identified a number of areas which demands urgent attention.
He stated that he has already met and discussed with the management team, the areas that he has identified, and the steps needed by which to institute the corrective measures.
Mr. Burgin is cognizant of the time frame restrictions that he and his coaching staff are faced with, but remains confident that with the additional resources expected to be injected into the team, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will perform much better.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation having eight (8) of their senior players studying in the USA, used the CFU Women Challenge Series 2018 competition in St. Kitts and Nevis to have a look at young and promising players, give them a feel as to how things in regional and international competitions, while allowing the senior players to mentor them.
The overseas based players are expected to return by Friday 11th May, 2018.
The 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifier, is set to kick off on Saturday May 5, and will be contested in two stages. For the first stage of the regional qualifier, the 23 participating member associations were sorted into three groups of five, and two groups of four teams.
Round one hosts the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and Guyana, were pre-seeded into position one of Groups A, B, C, D and E, respectively.
The other 18 participating member associations were ranked and divided into three Groups of five, and one Group of three.
The final round of the Caribbean qualifying matches will be competed August 18-26, among the first stage group winners, while the top three finishers of the final round, will qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
THE 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Champion, and three teams will qualify directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The CONCACAF Women fourth-place finisher will then seek to qualify through an intercontinental playoff.
2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers Round One groupings are in Group A the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Anguilla, and Aruba.
Group B has Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Guadeloupe.
Group C consists of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, the US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada.
In Group D are Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and Curacao, while Group E has Guyana, Bermuda, Barbados, and Suriname.