The 2010 Youth Olympic Football Tournament comes just at the right time for Trinidad and Tobago’s U-15 women’s side. The dual-island Caribbean nation has recently channelled an unprecedented amount of time, money and energy into promoting women’s football in the hopes of challenging CONCACAF’s major regional powers like Canada and the imperious USA.

The country’s Football Association turned to a legend of women's football earlier this year, Even Pellerud, in the hope of turning their dream of creating a competitive women’s football scene into reality. The former world champion manager with Norway in 1995 and the man who turned Canada into a genuine global power, will also coach the U-17 side in September when Trinidad and Tobago host their first FIFA women’s tournament: the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup across five venues on the islands. “The infrastructure for women’s football was seriously lacking when I arrived here, so we had to begin simply,” Pellerud recently told “First you teach them to play, then you teach them to compete, and then you teach them to win.”

Pellerud’s assistant at U-17 level, Marlon Charles, will hold the reins in Singapore after having run the rule over his charges in an exhaustive training camp. “All teams are invited to the tournament, so everyone will have a chance,” said Charles, whose side opens on 12 August against Chile. “I don’t know the Chileans, but I have an idea of how they will play. We are trying to develop our technical level and our fitness level is getting better. As a group we are really coming along. The girls are working hard enough to perform well in Singapore.”