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Success of female refs speaks to depth of women’s football in Jamaica, Caribbean — Hall

Deputy Sport Editor

Thursday, December 06, 2018

CONCACAF'S chief refereeing administrator Brian Hall says the success of the Jamaican pair of Princess Brown and Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing is a manifestation of the confederation's wider development programmes.

The American added that crucially their success is a victory for women's football in Jamaica and the Caribbean in particular.

Brown and Yee Sing became the first female referees from the Caribbean to officiate in a Fifa World Cup final when they fulfild duties in the Under-17 Women's decider between Spain and Mexico in Uruguay recently.

Spain lifted the title by defeating the Concacaf giants 2-1 in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo on Saturday.

The Jamaicans were assistant referees to lead official Canada's Marie Soleil Beaudon, a full Concacaf officiating team.

But the performance of the trio has not gone unnoticed as they have been shortlisted for the Senior Women's World Cup to be held in France next year.

“It is also significant to note that there was a Concacaf team in the final in Mexico, and it shows the confidence placed in that Concacaf trio to work that game,” said Hall, Concacaf's Director of refereeing.

The success of Brown and Yee Sing completes a watershed period for women's football in Jamaica, following closely on the heels of the Senior Reggae Girlz who booked their passage to France by becoming the first Caribbean nation to do so.

“Concacaf was so pleased that the recently completed Women's Under-17 World Cup final had two Jamaicans in particular representing the Caribbean… we are really proud because this represents the bigger picture — to have full representation at every level and from every region working at the highest level of football,” Hall told the Jamaica Observer recently.

“The steps that those two ladies took in representing the Caribbean is super. And why were they successful? Because on and off the field they are fantastic people, they are dedicated and they are focused on professionalism, and they realise to be an elite official at the highest level, they have to bring something special and that's the passion they have for football, and they represent that day in and day out,” he said.

Hall, a former Fifa referee who officiated at Japan/South Korea 2002, saluted the efforts being undertaken to grow the game and refereeing in Jamaica.

“It (success of the women) speaks to the depth of women's football in the Caribbean and Jamaica, and the fact that the women qualified for the World Cup and now to have female referees qualifying, shows that the programmes, the objectives and the work that's going on in Jamaica are reaping benefits for the good of football.

“I think it is only a matter of time before that expands and grows, and we are going to see bigger and better things from Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean island,” Hall noted.