Jamaica to break new ground in beach football

Never before in the history of Jamaica’s football has any women’s team participated in a beach soccer tournament, but that will soon change as a team will represent the country at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas, later this month.

The opportunity was facilitated by the Jamaica Olympic Association, which has expanded the number of teams representing Jamaica at the Youth Commonwealth Games from two to seven.
A delighted Beach Soccer Head Coach Andrew Price could not hide his excitement at the opportunity that has been presented to the young ladies.

“We have gotten an opportunity from the Jamaica Olympic Association, and let me put on record that we want to thank them for the opportunity. This is a pioneering move for the beach soccer programme, especially on the women’s side. This is the first time a women’s team will represent Jamaica at a beach soccer tournament, and we have some enthusiastic young ladies who are willing to go out there and carry the flag high for Jamaica,” he said.

The games will be played at the same stadium where the senior men played in the CONCACAF qualifiers earlier this year, and Price believes that his knowledge of the facilities will help with the preparation of the team despite the short preparation period that they have had.

“They haven’t been playing for a long time, but whenever we get into the beach soccer sport we don’t have a lot of time for preparation, but we always go there and do well. We are 62nd ranked in the world in beach soccer, we are ninth in the Caribbean, and we have been to the quarter-finals on the CONCACAF Men’s Beach World Cup qualifying for the last two tournaments.
“The good thing about this situation is that the games will be played at the very stadium that the men played in earlier this year, so I am quite familiar with the facilities and I will help the girls adjust quickly so they can go out there and put in a sterling performance for their country,” noted Price. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer