WORLD CUP NEWS

Women's football in spotlight as France launch World Cup | 6/7/2019 10:30 am

PARIS, France (AFP) — The pressure is on France to live up to their status as one of the favourites as the host nation kick off their World Cup on Friday with the spotlight shining on women's football as never before. It looks set to be the biggest women's World Cup ever with nearly one million tickets sold for a tournament in which contenders for the title are plentiful. The opening game at the month-long tournament, between the hosts and South Korea, is a sell-out in Paris, setting off More

Women's World Cup gets underway today | 6/6/2019 6:00 pm

WITH the buzz around the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup getting into high gear, the wait is almost over as the eighth edition of this tournament kicks off today, when hosts France take on South Korea as they bid to be crowned the best team in women's football.   EVENT # 1 - The 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup Group C (Australia, Brazil, Italy and Jamaica) Australia, ranked sixth in the world, are the top seeded team in the group with their best showing at Women's World Cup being quarter-finals ber More

Women's World Cup becomes platform for social change | 6/6/2019 8:10 pm

PARIS, FRANCE (AP) — Seizing on the once in every four years spectacle, teams at the Women's World Cup are hoping that the attention the sport will get in France will bring about change at home. But it's not just about soccer, it's about respect. For the defending champion, US women's team, that means a focus on the players' fight for equitable pay. For Australia, that means increased prize money for the most prestigious tournament in women's soccer. And for Jamaica, it means more suppor More

Strike partners Shaw, Brown ready to realise World Cup dream | 6/6/2019 8:10 pm

GRENOBLE, France — The motivation for a world tournament is special and Reggae Girlz strike partners Khadija “Bunny” Shaw and Jody Brown know that all too well. Like many of their teammates, Shaw and Brown would have dreamt about and aspired to one day be a part of the Fifa Women's World Cup and so everyday they worked at maximum level, all in a bid to accomplish the feat. The journey was intense and there were struggles along the way, but now that their historic qualificatio More

Women's World Cup becomes platform for social change | 6/6/2019 6:45 pm

PARIS, France (AP) — Seizing on the once in every four years spectacle, teams at the Women's World Cup are hoping that the attention the sport will get in France will bring about change at home. But it's not just about football. It's about respect. For the defending champion US women's team, that means a focus on the players' fight for equitable pay. For Australia, that means increased prize money for the most prestigious tournament in women's soccer. And for Jamaica, it means more suppo More

ALL FOR ONE! | 6/2/2019 9:20 pm

LYON, France — Coaches will do their best to ensure the Reggae Girlz' preparation is of top quality, but the players are also well aware that the onus is on them to go out and perform accordingly. As such, captain of the Hue Menzies-conditioned squad Konya Plummer and her teammates conducted a clear-the-air meeting amongst themselves, to express thoughts and opinions regarding their approach in the Fifa Women's World Cup. Plummer believes the meeting, called by herself, striker Trudi Car More

'It's been a really great opportunity' | 6/2/2019 9:20 pm

LYON, France — Like many enthusiastic football fans, Kayla McCoy enjoyed the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup action from the comfort of her home. The thought of one day playing on that big stage might have come to her at that time, but she ever imagined that the opportunity would be at the very next edition four years later. Jamaica's historic qualification as the first Caribbean team to do so, paved the way for McCoy's inclusion in the Reggae Girlz final 23-player squad for the June 7-July More

'I think it would be great to play for Jamaica!' | 5/31/2019 10:20 pm

LONDON, England — Gabriel Clarke has never been to Jamaica and a few months ago, knew very little about the country's football or it's women's programme. And though born to Jamaican parents Novlette McLean and Alfred Clarke, the Arsenal left back had never really harboured thoughts of possibly representing Jamaica. However, having been inspired by the Reggae Girlz' story and their historic journey to qualification to the Fifa Women's World Cup in France, Clarke now hopes to one day spor More

Getting down to business | 5/31/2019 10:20 pm

LYON, France — With the loss in the warm-up game against Scotland and off-field obligations in England now behind them, Hue Menzies and his Reggae Girlz have switched into game mode as they arrived here ahead of the start to the Fifa Women's World Cup. The team went straight to work with fitness coach Will Hitzelberger and physical trainer Jason Henry shortly after docking at the Hotel Parkest here in Lyon, the capital city in France's Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, for a pre-tournament ca More

Fun, laughter, food aplenty as London opens arms to Reggae Girlz | 5/30/2019 6:20 pm

LONDON, England — If Jamaica's Reggae Girlz needed an extra bit of motivation to rebound from Tuesday's defeat to Scotland, they would have received it on their stop at the Jamaican High Commission here in London. The team arrived in London late Wednesday and on their way to the hotel, made a quick stop at the High Commission situated on Prince Consort Road, where they were feted by High Commissioner Seth Ramocan and members of the JN Group, London branch. Fun, laughter and of course som More

'We messed up with our travel arrangements!' | 5/30/2019 4:30 pm

LONDON, England — Much has been said about the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) handling of the Reggae Girlz team, particularly from a financial standpoint, but President Michael Ricketts has reaffirmed the organisation's commitment to the players and staff. Ricketts' declaration came following public outcry regarding the team's recent travel arrangements from Miami to get to Scotland. The teams travel itinerary saw them flying to Morocco to catch a connecting flight to London from wh More

Bunny is okay! | 5/29/2019 9:40 pm

GLASGOW, Scotland — The medical staff of the Reggae Girlz team has allayed fears of any serious injury to Khadija “Bunny” Shaw after the ace striker was forced out of the friendly international game against Scotland inside Hampden Park on Tuesday evening. However, Dr Lori-Ann Miller and physiotherapist Saundria Codling are unsure of the extent of the injury suffered by Shaw's replacement Kayla McCoy, who also limped out of the game with a knee injury. McCoy is slated to have a More

Shaw double not enough as Girlz go down 2-3 to Scotland | 5/28/2019 7:30 pm

    GLASGOW, Scotland — A brace by prolific striker Khadija Shaw was not enough to stop Jamaica's Reggae Girlz going down 2-3 to Scotland despite a gutsy display in a friendly contest at Hampden Park here yesterday. Shaw sent Jamaica in front in the 15th minute and added another in the 49th, but Scotland through goals from Erin Cuthbert (30th), Caroline Weir (35th) and Sophie Howard (56th), ensured it was the perfect send-off on their part. It may have been a farewell party for Scotla More

Girlz take positives from warm-up loss | 5/28/2019 7:30 pm

GLASGOW, Scotland — The final warm-up game against Scotland provided another memorable moment on the Reggae Girlz's historic path to the Fifa Women's World Cup, but it also provided a few lessons which the players are hoping to build on before getting to France. The Girlz, who have been unbeaten since their historic qualification to the World Cup, went down 2-3 to the Scotland team in front of a record 18,555 spectators at Hampden Park here yesterday. It was the biggest crowd by some dist More

Solaun committed to giving all for Jamaicax | 5/27/2019 10:00 pm

GLASGOW, Scotland — Havana Solaun knew there would be setbacks and difficulties on the road to a successful career. So she was determined to battle adversities and prepared to find ways to get past mental blocks that tried to stop her from playing the game she loves. In fact, the stout-hearted player even wrote a letter to her young self in which she stated:”Your career is your story. Don't get lost in someone else's narrative. You will experience all those moments and you will ris More


 

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