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T&T U-20 women start preparation for World Cup qualifiers
T&T’s Under-20 women’s team will head off to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday for a week-long training camp at Florida Atlantic University ahead of the Concacaf final round of qualifiers to be held in the Cayman Islands for the 2014 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The local team, runner-up in the Caribbean final earlier this year, is off a live-in training camp at Cascadia Hotel earlier this month, and will complete its preparations with two training matches in Fort Lauderdale. They first take on FC Florida’s Under-18 women’s team next on January 5, to be followed by a clash with American NCAA Division One team Florida Atlantic University on January 7. Both games will be played at the Florida Atlantic Ground. The team will be based at the Wyndham Boca Raton. Following the camp which is being supported by the Ministry of Sport, the T&T team will then depart for the Cayman Islands on Wednesday January.
T&T is led by head coach Izler Browne and has four players who were selected on the Caribbean All Star team in October, including defenders Daniella Findley and Jonelle Warrick, as well as midfield duo Patrice Campbell and Shenelle Henry. T&T opens its final round campaign against Honduras on January 10 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. They then take on host Cayman Islands on January 12 and Mexico two days later. Defending champion, the United States—seeded into Group A—kicks off against Central American foe Costa Rica. Jamaica and Guatemala initiate the tournament on January 9
The two groups of four teams will participate in round-robin play over the competition’s first six match-days. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals on January 17. The semifinal winners will contest the final, as well as qualify directly for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. The winner of the third-place match also earns a coveted ticket to the event. Concacaf will host all of the Fifa Women’s World Cup events in 2014 and 2015, starting with the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica from March 15 to April 15, 2014, followed by the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada from August 5-20, 2014, before culminating with the Fifa Women’s World Cup from June 6 to July 5, 2015, also in Canada.
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