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Jamaica women's national football team

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.[3] Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever in 2019, but lost all its matches and left the tournament from the group stage.

Jamaica
Nickname(s)Reggae Girlz
AssociationJamaica Football Federation
Head coachHue Menzies[1]
FIFA codeJAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 51 Increase 2 (12 July 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)

Contents

HistoryEdit

Pre-1990sEdit

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]

1990sEdit

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]

2000sEdit

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]

2010sEdit

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 inactivity for more than 3 years, 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 and secured 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.[17] Placed in Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil. They finished last in the group.

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 Did Not Qualify
  1995
  1999 Did Not Enter
  2003 Did Not Qualify
  2007
  2011 Did Not Enter
  2015 Did Not Qualify
  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
  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 recordEdit

Women's Gold Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
  1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  1994 Fifth Place 3 0 0 3 2 22 −20
  1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  2000 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
   2002 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12
  2006 Fourth Place 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5
  2010 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  2014 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 5 +3
  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.

Match ScheduleEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

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

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were named to the roster for the 2019 Pan American Games.[18]

Caps and goals are updated as of 9 June 2019 after the match against   Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sydney Schneider (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 19) 11 0   UNC Wilmington Seahawks
1GK Yazmeen Jamieson (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Papakura City FC

2DF Konya Plummer (captain) (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 21) 18 1   UCF Knights
2DF Den-Den Blackwood (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 22) 15 3 Unattached
2DF Toriana Patterson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 25) 10 0   Pink Sport Time
2DF Jadyn Matthews (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 19) 7 0   Cornell Big Red
2DF Chanel Hudson-Marks (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Unattached
2DF Chyanne Dennis (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 20) 3 0   South Florida Bulls
2DF Jayda Hylton-Pelaia (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 21)   East Carolina Pirates
2DF Rachelle Smith (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 22) Unattached
2DF Madiya Harriott (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Vanderbilt Commodores

3MF Sashana Campbell (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 28) 24 3   Maccabi Kishronot Hadera
3MF Chantelle Swaby (1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 20) 11 0   Rutgers Scarlet Knights
3MF Tarania Clarke   Waterhouse

4FW Jody Brown (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 17) 14 8   Montverde Academy
4FW Olufolasade Adamolekun (2001-02-21) 21 February 2001 (age 18) 3 0   USC Trojans
4FW Mireya Grey (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Washington Huskies
4FW Shayla Smart (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 19)   Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Nicole McClure (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 29) 19 0   Sion Swifts WFC 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
GK Chris-Ann Chambers (1995-10-24) 24 October 1995 (age 23) 2 0   UWI F.C. v.   Panama, 19 May 2019
GK Teleisha Campbell (1986-07-06) 6 July 1986 (age 33)   Arnett Gardens v.   Nottingham Forest, 28 October 2018

DF Dominique Bond-Flasza (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 22) 17 2   PSV 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Lauren Silver (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 26) 17 1   Trondheims-Ørn 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Allyson Swaby (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 22) 14 0   Roma 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Christina Chang (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 34) 7 2   FC Surge v.   Panama, 19 May 2019
DF Brittany Simpson (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22)   Yale Bulldogs v.   South Africa, 7 April 2019
DF Cachet Lue (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Minnesota Golden Gophers v.   Chile, 3 March 2019
DF Siobhan Wilson (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Sassuolo Training camp, January 2019
DF Victoria Huxtable 0 0   Richmond Spiders Training camp, January 2019
DF Vyan Sampson (1996-07-02) 2 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0   West Ham United Training camp, January 2019
DF Erin Mikalsen (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0   East Carolina Pirates v.   Nottingham Forest, 28 October 2018
DF Natasha Douglas (1990-02-27) 27 February 1990 (age 29)   Waterhouse 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Gabrielle Gayle (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 (age 18)   Daytona State College 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
DF Davia Smith (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 28)   Barbican 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games

MF Chinyelu Asher (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 26) 22 5   Stabæk 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Marlo Sweatman (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 24) 15 4   Szent Mihály 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Ashleigh Shim (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 25) 14 1 Unattached 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Klepp 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   Concorde Fire SC v.   Chile, 3 March 2019
MF Shanise Foster (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 25) 2 1   Arnett Gardens Training camp, January 2019
MF Alyssa Julien   Eastern Kentucky Colonels v.   Nottingham Forest, 28 October 2018
MF Shantell Thompson (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 23) Unattached 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
MF Sherice Clarke (2000-03-08) 8 March 2000 (age 19) Unattached 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games

FW Khadija Shaw (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 24 31   Bordeaux 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Trudi Carter (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 24) 13 4   Roma 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Tiffany Cameron (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Stabæk 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Cheyna Matthews (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Washington Spirit 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Kayla McCoy (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0   Houston Dash 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ
FW Shakira Duncan (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 30) 13 24   Maccabi Holon v.   Panama, 19 May 2019
FW Shanoska Young (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 30) 1 0   Maccabi Holon v.   Nottingham Forest, 28 October 2018
FW Shanel Spence   Arnett Gardens v.   Nottingham Forest, 28 October 2018
FW Jazmin Grant (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 20)   Houston Cougars 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Kevena Reid (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 20) 4 2 Unattached 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Oshay Nelson-Lawes (1996-06-27) 27 June 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Oakville Bluedevils 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games

Notes:

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

RecordsEdit

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

ManagersEdit

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


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

Current coaching staffEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
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  4. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130101/sports/sports2.html
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  6. ^ Williams, Sean A. (16 March 2010). "FIFA grants CONCACAF another Women's World Cup spot". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  7. ^ Davis, Kayon (13 August 2011). "The state of women's football in Jamaica". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
  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.
  11. ^ Trinidad Express staff (6 July 2014). "Jamaica extends net to recruit women footballers". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  12. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Jamaica". FIFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
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  14. ^ a b "JAMAICA". Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Heroic Schneider takes Player-of-the-Match award in stride". 10 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  16. ^ "JFF hopes Reggae Girlz 9–0 win will 'ignite' interest in women's football among Jamaicans". 12 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Jamaica qualify for Women's World Cup with help from Bob Marley's daughter". 18 October 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  18. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20190712/jff-announces-reggae-girlz-pan-am-squad
  19. ^ "Jamaica Observer Football". www.jamaicaobserver.com. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  20. ^ Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Khadija Shaw is a treasure, says Girlz Manager Nelson". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
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  22. ^ Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Girlz staff revel in historic feat". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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