T&T ramp up U-17 preparations

Trinidad and Tobago – who will host the second FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in September of 2010 - have announced a four-nation tournament to test infrastructure and inspire passion through the Caribbean nation.

A media launch was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain on 8 February, and was presided over by FIFA vice president Jack Austin Warner, who is also a special advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, and members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

Our journey to establish Trinidad and Tobago as the home of Women’s Football began last year, and now we are at another turning point in our journey.
Jack Austin Warner, CONCACAF president

The tournament is scheduled to begin on 28 February and will conclude on 5 March with all matches played at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Trinidad. “Our journey to establish Trinidad and Tobago as the home of Women’s Football began last year, and now we are at another turning point in our journey,” said Warner.

“The fact that our country can attract some of the best teams in the region is a testament to our ability to organise world class events. The tournament is another milestone achievement , it is yet another catalyst that will propel us to achieve even greater results .”

The tournament – dubbed ‘4 nation, the Tournament’ by the local organisers - will pit the host Soca Princesses against North, Central America and Caribbean rivals Canada, Jamaica and Mexico. The Trinidadian Federation, having fostered outreach with local schools and youth organisations in an effort to bolster excitement for women’s football and the upcoming U-17 World Cup, will provide free transport to the ground on matchdays.