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Jamaica women's national football team

Jamaica
Nickname(s)Reggae Girlz
AssociationJamaica Football Federation
Head coachHue Menzies[1]
FIFA codeJAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 Increase 11 (7 December 2018)[2]
Highest53 (December 2018)
Lowest128 (November 2010)
First international
 Haiti 1–0 Jamaica 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 17 April 1991)
Biggest win
 Jamaica 14–0 Saint Lucia 
(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic; 20 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 11–1 Jamaica 
(Brazil; 18 July 2007)
 United States 10–0 Jamaica 
(Canada; 19 August 1994)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances6 (first in 2002)
Best result3rd place (2018)

Jamaica women's national football team is nicknamed the 'Reggae Girlz'. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Caribbean region along with Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In 2008 the team was disbanded after they failed to get out of the group stage of Olympic Qualifying, which notably featured the United States and Mexico. The program was restarted in 2014 after nearly a six-year hiatus. They finished second at the 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup losing 1–0 against Trinidad and Tobago in the final. The team is backed by ambassador Cedella Marley, the daughter of the late Bob Marley, she aids in raising awareness for the team and encourages development as well as providing for it financially.[3] Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever in 2019.

History

1990s

On 17 April 1991 the team had their first international match against Haiti, which they lost 1–0.[4]

In August 1994, the Reggae Girlz were defeated by the United States team with a final score of 10–0.[4]

2000s

In 2002, the Reggae Girlz qualified for the Women’s Gold Cup, but lost all of their preliminary round games.

In 2006, the team qualified for the Women’s Gold Cup again and finished in fourth place.[4]

2010s

In 2010, due to lack of funding, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) cut the senior women’s program as well as the women’s Olympic program. The team was then unable to participate in the qualifiers for the 2011 Women’s World Cup.[5]

In 2011, due to inactivity for more than 3 years, Jamaica went unranked in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.[6]

In April 2014, Cedella Marley was named the team’s official ambassador and as such she helped the team with their fundraising efforts.[7]

On 24 June 2014, the team launched the fundraising campaign "Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz!"[8] to raise $50,000 to pay for practices, travel expenses, housing, nutrition, and equipment in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship where they hoped to secure a spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[9]

In July 2014, it was announced that Jamaica was looking for players with Jamaican heritage in countries as far as the United Kingdom in order to improve their squad for the 2014 Women Caribbean Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.[10]

They again went unranked by FIFA in June 2017.[11]

In May 2018, Jamaica began the first round of Caribbean Zone qualifying, this was the first time the team had assembled in two years.[12] Jamaica won their group and advanced to the final round of Caribbean Zone qualifying. They hosted the final round tournament and won all four games securing their spot at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[13]

In 2018 Jamaica also competed in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the group stage they had a record of one win and two losses and did not advance to the knockout round.[13]

At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Jamaica was drawn into Group B alongside Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. In their first match against Canada, they played well but lost 2-0. Jamaica secured an upset 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their second match, thanks in part to the great play of goalkeeper Sydney Schneider.[14] In their final group match against Cuba, Jamaica won 9-0. As a result of Costa Rica losing their final group match, Jamaica finished second in their group and advanced to the semi-finals where they would face the number one ranked United States.[15] The US defeated Jamaica 6-0, in the semi-final. Jamaica won the third place match against Panama on penalty kicks and secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a Women's World Cup.[16]

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
France 2019 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 1/8 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Women's Championship & Gold Cup record

Women's Gold Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Haiti 1991 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
United States 1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1994 Fifth Place 3 0 0 3 2 22 −20
Canada 1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2000 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
CanadaUnited States 2002 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12
United States 2006 Fourth Place 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5
Mexico 2010 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2014 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 8 5 +3
United States 2018 Third Place 5 2 1 2 12 10 +2
Total 6/10 20 4 1 15 26 69 −43
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Match Schedule

2018

2019

Players

Up-to-date caps, goals, and statistics are not publicly available; therefore, caps and goals listed may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following 24 players were named to the squad for friendlies against  Chile on February 28 and March 3, 2019.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sydney Schneider (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 19) 8 0 United States UNC Wilmington Seahawks
13 1GK Nicole McClure (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 29) 7 0 Northern Ireland Sion Swifts WFC
23 1GK Chris-Ann Chambers (1995-10-24) 24 October 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Jamaica UWI F.C.

3 2DF Cachet Lue (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 United States Minnesota Golden Gophers
4 2DF Chantelle Swaby (1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 20) 7 0 United States Rutgers Scarlet Knights
5 2DF Konya Plummer (captain) (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 21) 14 1 United States UCF Knights
6 2DF Christina Chang (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 33) 7 2 United States FC Surge
12 2DF Sashana Campbell (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 28) 7 2 Israel Maccabi Kishronot Hadera
14 2DF Deneisha Blackwood (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 22) 11 2 United States West Florida Argonauts
16 2DF Dominique Bond-Flasza (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 22) 11 0 Netherlands PSV
17 2DF Allyson Swaby (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Roma
25 2DF Chanel Hudson-Marks 14 September 2 0 Unattached

2 3MF Lauren Silver (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 25) 18 Norway Trondheims-Ørn
7 3MF Chinyelu Asher (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 25) 21 3 Norway Stabæk
8 3MF Cheyna Matthews (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 25) 2 0 United States Washington Spirit
9 3MF Marlo Sweatman (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 24) 11 3 Hungary Szent Mihály
18 3MF Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Norway Klepp
19 3MF Laura Jackson (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) 1 0 Unattached
20 3MF Giselle Washington (2001-04-03) 3 April 2001 (age 17) 12 2 United States Concorde Fire SC
24 3MF Tiffany Cameron (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Unattached

10 4FW Jody Brown (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 16) 12 8 United States Montverde Academy
11 4FW Khadija Shaw (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 14 15 United States Tennessee Lady Volunteers
21 4FW Olufolasade Adamolekun (2001-02-21) 21 February 2001 (age 18) 2 0 United States United Soccer Alliance
22 4FW Kayla McCoy (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 22) 2 0 United States Houston Dash

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yazmeen Jamieson (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Canada Unionville-Milliken SC Training camp, January 2019
GK Teleisha Campbell (1986-07-06) 6 July 1986 (age 32) Jamaica Arnett Gardens 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE

DF Shayla Smart (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 18) Unattached Training camp, January 2019
DF Toriana Patterson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Italy Pink Sport Time Training camp, January 2019
DF Jadyn Matthews (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 19) United States Cornell Big Red Training camp, January 2019
DF Chyanne Dennis (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 19) United States South Florida Bulls Training camp, January 2019
DF Siobhan Wilson (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo Training camp, January 2019
DF Victoria Huxtable 0 0 United States Richmond Spiders Training camp, January 2019
DF Vyan Sampson (1996-07-02) 2 July 1996 (age 22) 0 0 England West Ham United Training camp, January 2019
DF Natasha Douglas (1990-02-27) 27 February 1990 (age 29) Jamaica Waterhouse 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Jayda Hylton-Pelaia (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 20) United States East Carolina Pirates 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Erin Mikalsen (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 19) United States East Carolina Pirates 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Gabrielle Gayle (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 (age 18) United States Daytona State College 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
DF Davia Smith (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 28) Jamaica Barbican 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games

MF Tarania Clarke Jamaica Waterhouse Training camp, January 2019
MF Shanise Foster (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 25) Jamaica Arnett Gardens Training camp, January 2019
MF Ashleigh Shim (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 25) Unattached v.  Panama, 17 October 2018
MF Rachelle Smith (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 22) United States Florida Gators 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
MF Sherice Clarke (2000-03-08) 8 March 2000 (age 19) Unattached 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
MF Latoya Duhaney 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship qualification

FW Trudi Carter (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 24) 12 3 Italy Roma v.  United States, 14 October 2018
FW Jazmin Grant (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 19) United States Houston Cougars 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Mireya Grey (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 20) United States Washington Huskies 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Kevena Reid (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 20) Unattached 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Shantell Thompson (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 23) United States West Florida Argonauts 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
FW Keona Simmonds 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship qualification

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Records

As of December 31, 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Jamaica.

Managers

Name Nat Position Year
Grace Butterfield Jamaica Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager 1991
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager[19][20] 1994
Jacqueline Cummings Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Team Asst Manager 1994
Elaine Walker-Brown Jamaica Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager 2014
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager 2009–Present


Jamaica Women's Football Association
Name Nat Position Year
Jean Nelson Jamaica Jamaica Women's Football Association President 1991
Elaine Walker-Brown Jamaica Jamaica Women's Football Association President 1994

Current coaching staff

Name Nat Position
Hue Menzies Jamaica[21] Head coach
Andrew Price[22] Jamaica Assistant coach
Lorne Donaldson Jamaica Assistant coach
Hubert Busby Jr. Jamaica Goalkeeping coach
Will Hitzelberger United States Physical Trainer
Jason Henry Jamaica Physical Trainer
Dr Lori-Ann Miller Jamaica Team Doctor
Saundria Codling Jamaica Physiotherapist
Omar Folkes Jamaica Equipment Manager
Sheridan Samuels[23] Jamaica Head of delegation

References

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