The Barbados team during their first training session in Guyana.
The Barbados U17 Girls National Team left Barbados on Sunday for Guyana where they will contest Group D of the CONCACAF U17 Girls Championship.
Their first game will be against host country Guyana on Wednesday August 9th with their final match on Friday against Cuba. All matches will be played at the Guyana National Track & Field Center.
The team has been together for close to a year and is made up of players who participated in last year’s U-15 tournament in the USA.
Coach Thomas Jordan said the women are well prepared, given the fact that the Barbados Football Association has been actively pursuing and helping to sustain a systematic youth development programme, starting from the U-13 level.
The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay as the CONCACAF representatives.
In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU)-member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.
Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.
The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they are divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.
Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.
The full squad is as follows:
Rowland KIRTON- BROWNE