The groupings have been determined for the CONCACAF Caribbean Caribbean Women’s Qualifier towards the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The competition kicks off in May with Trinidad and Tobago hosting one of the five qualifying groups. It was determined at the draw at CONCACAF Offices in Miami today that T&T will host Group C which will include the hosts, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis and US Virgin Islands. The group winners will take part in the final round scheduled for July 2018. The top three finishers of the final round will qualify for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
The CONCACAF Final Women’s Championship will take place in the United States from October 4th 17th from which the top three teams will qualify for the World Cup in France, while the fourth-placed team will advance to a play-off against the third-placed team from CONMEBOL. A total of eight teams will play in the tournament.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Women’ head coach Jamaal Shabazz in an immediate reaction to the draw, said that his team will by no means underestimate any of its four opponents in the opening round.
“Where we are now in the women’s game is not where we were in 2014,” Shabazz told TTFA Media.
“Therefore with the utmost respect we treat this draw and the opponents that we must face. It’s good that we played Panama in these two games and it answered some questions for us with regards to the team and its preparations,” he added.
“ Of course we are confident but we will by no means be cocky going forward into this competition, The preparation and approach will reflect that,” Shabazz stated.
T&T will have the CFU Women’s Challenge Series as further preparation in April. One of the groups will be hosted here. Twenty teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will be in the hunt for top honors in the CFU Women’s Challenge Series. The competition will be played across five venues, namely Warner Park Sporting Complex in St. Kitts; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence in Jamaica; Stade Sylvia Cator in Haiti; Antigua Recreation Grounds in Antigua; and Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad.
T&T’s Group includes Suriname (April 25th), Grenada (April 27th) and Guyana (April 30th).