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T&T grouped with Canada and Costa Rica for CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Couva

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-20 Team will battle with Canada, Costa Rica and a still undetermined Caribbean opponent when the CONCACAF Under-20 tournament kicks off on 18 January 2018 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

There are just two groups of four teams each and the top three nations advance to the France 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team players Tasha St Louis (left) and Mariah Shade (right) help with the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championships draw at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 7 November 2017.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

The official draw was held this morning at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain with Women Soca Warriors players Tasha St Louis and Mariah Shade both involved in the procedure.

Trinidad and Tobago, as host nation, were seeded in Group A while Group B comprises of five-time champions United States, Mexico, Nicaragua and another undetermined Caribbean team.

The two Caribbean finalists will be determined at the Caribbean Women’s Under-20 Championship in St Kitts and Nevis from 22 to 26 November 22-26. Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and hosts St Kitts and Nevis are all in the running.

For the Trinidad and Tobago team, who are coached by Jamaal Shabazz, they need three wins from as many as five outings to advance to the France tournament.

The two island republic competed in the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup as host nation in 2010. However, Trinidad and Tobago have never qualified for a FIFA women’s tournament.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Anique Walker (left) fights for the ball with Cayman Islands defender Amanda Nelson during the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
(Courtesy CONCACAF.com)

The group winner and runners-up advance to the semifinal round, from which the two finalists automatically qualify for the France World Cup while the losing semifinalists will square off in a play off for the lone remaining berth.

All 16 CONCACAF Under-20 matches will be held at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

United States won the last CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 title in 2015—their fourth straight triumph—with a 1-0 win over Canada in Honduras.

Photo: Canada Under-20 attacker Taylor Pryce tries to get a shot off under pressure from Trinidad and Tobago players (from right) Chevonne John, Naoemi Guerra, Amaya Ellis and Shaunalee Govia during 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship action.
(Copyright MexSport/CONCACAF)

CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship fixtures

At Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva

(Thursday 18 January)

Costa Rica v Canada, 4pm, Group A;
Trinidad & Tobago v Caribbean 2, 6:30pm, Group A;

(Friday 19 January)

Mexico v Caribbean 1, 4pm, Group B;

USA v Nicaragua, 6:30pm, Group B;

(Saturday 20 January)

Caribbean 2 v Costa Rica, 4pm, Group A;

Canada v Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30pm, Group A;

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniella Findley (right) tries to keep close to United States striker McKenzie Meehan during the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
(Courtesy CONCACAF.com)

(Sunday January 21)

Nicaragua v Mexico, 4pm, Group B;

Caribbean 1 v USA, 6:30pm, Group B;

(Monday 22 January)

Caribbean 2 v Canada, 4pm, Group A;

Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica, 6:30pm, Group A;

(Tuesday 23 January)

Nicaragua v Caribbean 1, 4pm, Group B;

USA v Mexico, 6:30pm, Group B;

(Friday 26 January)

1B v 2A, 4pm, Semifinal 1;

1A v 2B, 6:30pm, Semifinal 2;

Photo: Midfielder Shanelle Arjoon looks for a teammate during Trinidad and Tobago’s opening 2015 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship fixture against Canada.
(Copyright MexSport/Wired868)

(Sunday 28 January)

L13 v L14, 4pm, Third Place Play off;

W1 v W2, 6:30pm, U-20 Finals.

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  1. Proper development from a very young age is also the key and we need to see once more plenty prolific goal scorers eh the same like in my second sweetest country and we shall definitely rise again… Good luck young ladies.

  2. All the best to our young ladies…that tourney right around the corner so they have to apply themselves with hard work, dedication, commitment and passion. Preparation is key.

  3. I do hope the TTFA don’t embarrass the ladies…

  4. Sure way to fill the stadium, just charge 20.00 in uniform, girls in uniform with younger sister and mother ,free,, father walking with at least 2 children ,free,,no DNA required. If the stadium ent full 1 hour before the match,, fire the nuts man,water man,maxi man, Horner man, fire them all

  5. It looks like the final round is our World Cup. We’ve participated in all of the tournaments since 2002 (except for 2012), and our aggregate results are as follows:
    Played = 23, Wins = 7, Draws = 1, Losses = 15
    Goals Scored = 32, Goals Conceded = 74

    Here are the details:
    2002 (Group A): Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Panama
    Trinidad and Tobago 3-3 Panama
    Jamaica 1-2 Trinidad and Tobago
    Mexico 5-1 Trinidad and Tobago

    2004 (Group B): United States, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic
    Costa Rica 4-1 Trinidad and Tobago
    United States 11-1 Trinidad and Tobago
    Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 Dominican Republic

    2006 (Group A): Canada, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama
    Canada 7-1 Trinidad and Tobago
    Mexico 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 Panama

    2008 (Group A): United States, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba
    Trinidad and Tobago 0-4 United States
    Mexico 3-0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Cuba 1-6 Trinidad and Tobago

    2010 (Group B): United States, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica
    Trinidad and Tobago 1–2 Mexico
    Trinidad and Tobago 0–4 United States
    Jamaica 0–1 Trinidad and Tobago

    2012 (Did Not Qualify)

    2014 (Group B): Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Cayman Islands
    Honduras 0–2 Trinidad and Tobago
    Cayman Islands 0–4 Trinidad and Tobago
    Trinidad and Tobago 0–3 Mexico
    United States 6–0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Costa Rica 7–3 (A.E.T.) Trinidad and Tobago

    2015 (Group B): Canada, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago
    Canada 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago
    Trinidad and Tobago 0–2 Honduras
    Trinidad and Tobago 1–6 Jamaica

  6. In terms of progressing beyond the group stage, history is against us. So the girls will have to rewrite it. What have they been up to anyway? As far as preparations go, I’m only aware of them playing Charlotte Eagles in a friendly at the end of May. Of course it didn’t help dat Morace and she crew did ride out. Meanwhile, the Canadians have at least had an international tour playing the likes of USA and Australia. Costa Rica has had competitive games against Belize, Nicaragua, and Honduras. So we already behind.

  7. Who was the coach of that team Nigel?

  8. We were so close to qualifying in 2014 when we took a 2-0 lead over Costa Rica, then it was 3-1 at half-time, then 3-2 with 20 mins to go, then 3-3 at full time. Only to fall apart and lose 7-3 after extra-time. We didn’t build on the showing in that tournament, because we lost all of our matches in 2015. Let’s see what the ladies can do this time around.

  9. Would love to hear what coach Jamaal Shabazz thinks of his group…

  10. The only thing we need to be hosting is for a flash mob to get together and beat the crap out of ttfa officials

  11. They hosting tournament in that rusted run down stadium with leaking toilets etc and a chance for more flooding I swear these people have no shame at all

    • No parking, No directions, hustlers everywhere. so unsafe. Our national teams must play at the National stadium.
      With the present coaching staff No dice. Somebody help TTFA they worse than TTFF.