The senior women of the Barbados Football Association got an early Christmas present with their five-place jump on the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings released today.
The senior Lady Tridents now stand in 131st position and have added 18 points to their name, with a total of 1002 points, up from 984. They now stand in 131st position, ahead of Bermuda, St Lucia, USVI, Belize, Antigua and Bermuda and Aruba to name a few.
Following the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Caribbean Qualifying Competition held from September to October in Jamaica, the top 20-woman squad defeated St Lucia 3-2 in their opening encounter, lost 6-1 to Cuba and 7-0 to Jamaica, before ending their campaign on a high note with a 4-0 victory against USVI.
Head Coach Tazeio Riley said, he had to give the credit to the girls.
“The glory should go to the girls really because they are the ones who worked hard and they gave me the chance to guide them. I also had lots of help so I can’t take all the glory. There was good and there was bad throughout the year, but overall I think they as a group did well for themselves and the country with little support,” he said.
Additionally, Riley said he had great hopes and plans for the future of Women’s Football, not just on the island but overall.
“Following the post mortem from the Olympic Qualifiers there would be major plans for Women’s Football heading into 2020. The recently concluded Concacacf NextPlay for girls I think was a resounding success. It is certainly a good move for the sport and for Women’s Football,” he said.