The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team will begin their France 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign on 19 May when they host the US Virgin Islands in a five-team group at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The Women Soca Warriors, who host Group C, will also face Dominica (21 May), St Kitts and Nevis (25 May) and Grenada (27 May). Only the winners of each of the five groups will advance to the Caribbean Final round, which kicks off on 21 July at a still undetermined venue.
The Caribbean’s top three nations will advance to the CONCACAF Final Round from 4-17 October in the United States. The top three teams in the confederation will qualify automatically for the France World Cup while the fourth-placed team will head to a play-off against the CONMEBOL’s third-placed team.
Four years ago, Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth in CONCACAF but lost 1-0 on aggregate to Ecuador.
At present, the Women Warriors are the defending Caribbean champions and they warmed up for the qualifiers by cantering to a win in their CFU Challenge Series group. In the process, team captain Tasha St Louis led her charges to a healthy 8-1 win over Grenada.
Trinidad and Tobago utility player Karyn “Bibi” Forbes told the TTFA Media that the Challenge Series—which they won with 18 goals scored and two conceded—has boosted the confidence of the team.
“Basically, I think we needed these games last week to build our confidence,” said Forbes. “Playing these games allows us to come out and build that cohesiveness around the team and it was a great opportunity to build off these games and prepare for the other harder matches coming up.
“We are in good shape now but definitely need to stay grounded and keep working to improve our level of play… Those games were a building process and I think we can fix the errors and continue to progress from there.”