Arin King was born in Canada but plays football for Trinidad and Tobago through her Trinidadian mother who moved to Canada where she gave birth to Arin – citizenship by virtue of her mother’s nationality makes her eligible to play for the Trinidad and Tobago National team.
Football was not the first thing that brought her to Trinidad and Tobago however, Arin has been coming to the country of her heritage for Carnival celebrations since she was just one year old.
King represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 women’s Championship in January 2010.
With respect to the transition from Canada to Trinidad and Tobago, King said it was hard to adapt from cold weather to the blazing hot sun at times but she was not about to complain about the weather change – she enjoyed a comfortable transition from the T&T Under-20’s to the Senior team.
She was tipped to make the progression to the senior T&T women’s team and was elated when she did. It was a great feeling for her when she scored a hat trick in only her second game, to lead the senior national team to a 5-0 victory over Barbados.
With the senior team training with a lot more intensity, there was the opportunity to have a lot more interaction with her team-mates while improving her skills and King made the most of the chance to be well- prepared.
Such was her dedication, at one point she actually took some time off school because she was travelling so frequently to play football with the U-20’s and the senior team – she had to miss some summer classes for the CFU games.
For the talented striker turned defender, it was all about prioritizing her schedule and time to be able to stay committed to her passion in life while still concentrating on getting a good education.
At the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Championship held in T&T in 2014, the Canada-born woman warrior was the most outstanding defender at the Championship and also the rock in the T&T defence. It was a performance which helped the Trinidad and Tobago women lift the inaugural Women’s CFU title.
With T&T not expected to do exceedingly well at the CONCACAF Final that followed especially with the USA and Guatemala in their group, King and her T&T team-mates exceeded all expectations making it to the semi-finals, a feat which took them close to qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the very first time. King was ever-present and she put in some disciplined performances, commanding the T&T defence with some well-timed and important tackles.
Trinidad and Tobago advanced to a play-off with Ecuador and despite a well-deserved 0-0 draw away they lost the return leg at home. For King it was truly a great experience bonding with her team-mates, wearing national colours, although she shared the team’s disappointment that they did not qualify.
King is intent on playing as many games as possible for T&T whenever the opportunity presents itself and hopes she will get another opportunity to play again in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final campaign.