Two Tobagonian Referees are among six officials from Trinidad and Tobago currently performing duties at the 2016 CONCACAF Under 15 Girls Championship taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Disney, Orlando.
Referees Julie Ann Mc Dougall who is now on the FIFA list of women referees and Evelyn Douglas-Jacob, a candidate for the FIFA list, have already served during the games in Orlando.
The other T&T officials at the tournament are Match Commissioners Boni Bishop and Cassie Moore with Lyndelle Hoyte Sanchez and Sharon O’Brien being appointed General Coordinators.
Hoyte-Sanchez, a former National Under 20 Women’s Team manager, is part of the CONCACAF Women’s Football Leadership Group, which held its second meeting in Orlando last week with the aim of discussing the Confederation’s efforts to further develop the women’s game.
The meeting, attended by representatives from across the region, took place in Orlando ahead of the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship that kicked off on August 9. It was chaired by Sonia Bien-Aime, member of the FIFA and CONCACAF Councils, who serves as President of the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA).
The group discussed areas of need, including coaching and youth competitions, as well as proposals on how to continue fostering the game’s growth by establishing solid foundations for domestic programs that sustain development.
One of the key topics up for discussion was the preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Women’s Football Day, an initiative that unites all 41 Member Associations in support of the game.
The group also examined the possibility of hosting preparation workshops ahead of youth tournaments to allow for proper planning and the launch of the campaign “It’s Our Time”, which is geared towards increasing awareness of women’s football and promoting its benefits, while encouraging investment in the sport.
CONCACAF is also currently hosting referee academy in conjunction with the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
The course aims to prepare those referees added to the 2016 FIFA International Panel of Referees and Assistant Referees and those that Member Associations will nominate to become a FIFA referee in 2017.
From August 8-21, fitness and technical instructors are conducting sessions focused on the requirements to meet CONCACAF standards.
As part of the academy, referee training revolves around daily fitness and technical sessions conducted on the field of play as well as extensive classroom debrief session highlighting the most significant coaching points from each day’s matches.
In related news, T&T Under 15 girls team suffered their second loss of the tournament, going down 5-0 to Haiti on Saturday morning. This followed a 22-0 loss to the US and a 4-0 beating of Dominican Republic. T&T faces Mexico on Monday.
The Photo at top shows Trinidadian Lyndelle Hoyte-Sanchez (third from left) with the other members of the CONCACAF Women’s Leadership Group at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena last week.