Jamaica women's national football team

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Jamaica
Nickname(s) Reggae Girlz
Association Jamaica Football Federation
Head coach Hue Menzies [1]
Top scorer Khadija Shaw (42)
FIFA code JAM
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FIFA ranking
Current 50 Increase2.svg 1 (26 June 2020) [2]
Highest50 (March 2020)
Lowest128 (November 2010)
First international
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 1–0 Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 17 April 1991)
Biggest win
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 14–0 Saint Lucia  Flag of Saint Lucia.svg
(San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic; 20 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 11–1 Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg
(Brazil; 18 July 2007)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10–0 Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg
(Canada; 19 August 1994)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019 )
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances6 (first in 2002 )
Best result3rd place (2018)

Jamaica women's national football team, nicknamed the "Reggae Girlz", is one of the top women's national football teams in the Caribbean region along with Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti. In 2008, the team was disbanded after it failed to get out of the group stage of Olympic Qualifying, which notably featured the United States and Mexico. The program was restarted in 2014 after a nearly six-year hiatus, finishing second at the 2014 Women's Caribbean Cup after losing 1–0 against Trinidad and Tobago in the final. The team is backed by ambassador Cedella Marley, the daughter of the late Bob Marley; she helps raise awareness for the team, encourages development, and provides for it financially. [3] Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, but the team was eliminated after losing all its matches in the group stage.

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History

Founding

Women's football in Jamaica started with the founding of the Jamaican Women's Football association (founded by Andrea Lewis its first president) in 1987. [4]

1990s

On 17 April 1991 the team competed in its first international match against Haiti, which they lost 1–0. [5] In August 1994, the Reggae Girlz were defeated 10–0 by the United States. [5]

2000s

In 2002, the Reggae Girlz qualified for the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup (the qualifying tournament for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, but lost all of their preliminary round games. In 2006, the team qualified for the Women’s Gold Cup again and finished in fourth place. [5]

2010s

In 2010, due to lack of funding, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) cut the senior women’s program as well as the women’s Olympic program. Subsequently, the team was unable to participate in the qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. [6] In 2011, due to over three years of inactivity, Jamaica was not ranked in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. [7]

In April 2014, Cedella Marley was named the team’s official ambassador and helped the team with their fundraising efforts. [8] On 24 June 2014, the team launched the fundraising campaign "Strike Hard for the Reggae Girlz!" [9] to raise $50,000 to pay for practices, travel expenses, housing, nutrition, and equipment in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship where they hoped to secure a spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [10]

In July 2014, it was announced that Jamaica was looking for players with Jamaican heritage in countries as far as the United Kingdom in order to improve their squad for the 2014 Women Caribbean Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. [11] The team again went unranked by FIFA in June 2017. [12]

In May 2018, Jamaica began the first round of Caribbean Zone qualifying, this was the first time the team had assembled in two years. [13] Jamaica won their group and advanced to the final round of Caribbean Zone qualifying. They hosted the final round tournament and won all four games securing their spot at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. [14] The same year, Jamaica competed in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the group stage, they had a record of one win and two losses, but did not advance to the knockout round. [14] At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, Jamaica was drawn into Group B alongside Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. In their first match against Canada, they played well but lost 2–0. Jamaica secured an upset 1–0 victory over Costa Rica in their second match, thanks in part to the great play of goalkeeper Sydney Schneider. [15] In their final group match against Cuba, Jamaica won 9–0. As a result of Costa Rica losing their final group match, Jamaica finished second in their group and advanced to the semi-finals where they would face the number one ranked United States. [16] The US defeated Jamaica 6–0, in the semi-final. Jamaica won the third place match against Panama on penalty kicks, securing a spot at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a Women's World Cup and became the first Caribbean country to have both men's and women's teams to participate in men's and women's World Cup. [17] Interestingly, its male counterparts also qualified to the only FIFA World Cup also in France.

Jamaica placed in Group C with Italy, Australia and Brazil, and was considered as a dark horse, being rated the lowest in the group. Eventually, they finished last in the group after losing all matches but scored a lone goal by Havana Solaun.

2020s

Jamaica participant in the 2020 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did Not Qualify
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Did Not Enter
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Did Not Qualify
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Did Not Enter
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Did Not Qualify
Flag of France.svg 2019 Group stage3003112-11
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2023 TBD-not yet qualified
Total1/83003112-11
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
YearRoundDateOpponentResultStadium
Flag of France.svg 2019 Group stage9 JuneFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil L 0–3 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
14 JuneFlag of Italy.svg  Italy L 0–5 Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
18 JuneFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia L 1–4 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

CONCACAF Women's Championship & Gold Cup record

Women's Gold Cup
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of Haiti.svg 1991 Group Stage3003112−11
Flag of the United States.svg 1993 Did Not Enter-------
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1994 Fifth Place3003222−20
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1998 Did Not Enter-------
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Did Not Enter-------
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Group Stage3003113−12
Flag of the United States.svg 2006 Fourth Place310227−5
Flag of Mexico.svg 2010 Did Not Enter-------
Flag of the United States.svg 2014 Group Stage310285+3
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Third Place52121210+2
Total6/102041152669−43
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current coaching staff

NameNatPosition
Hue Menzies Flag of England.svg Head coach
Andrew Price [18] Flag of Jamaica.svg Assistant coach
Lorne Donaldson Flag of Jamaica.svg Assistant coach
Hubert Busby Jr. Flag of Jamaica.svg Goalkeeping coach
Will Hitzelberger Flag of the United States.svg Physical Trainer
Jason Henry Flag of Jamaica.svg Physical Trainer
Dr Lori-Ann Miller Flag of Jamaica.svg Team Doctor
Saundria Codling Flag of Jamaica.svg Physiotherapist
Omar Folkes Flag of Jamaica.svg Equipment Manager
Sheridan Samuels [19] Flag of Jamaica.svg Head of delegation

Managers

NameNatPositionYear
Grace Butterfield Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager1991
Jean Nelson Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager [20] [21] 1994
Jacqueline Cummings Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica National Women's Team Asst Manager1994
Elaine Walker-Brown Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica National Senior Women's Team Manager2014
Jean Nelson Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica National Women's Teams Manager2009–Present

Players

Up-to-date caps, goals, and statistics are not publicly available; therefore, caps and goals listed may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following players were named to the roster for the 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. [22]

Caps and goals are updated as of 4 February 2020 after the match against Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Sydney Schneider (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 20)180 Flag of the United States.svg UNC Wilmington Seahawks
31 GK Alyssa Whitehead (1989-09-12) 12 September 1989 (age 30)00Unattached
131 GK Chris-Ann Chambers (1995-10-24) 24 October 1995 (age 24)40 Flag of Jamaica.svg UWI

22 DF Chantelle Swaby (1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 21)190 Flag of the United States.svg Sky Blue
42 DF Madiya Harriott (1999-02-16) 16 February 1999 (age 21)30 Flag of the United States.svg Vanderbilt Commodores
52 DF Konya Plummer (C) (1997-08-02) 2 August 1997 (age 23)201 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride
122 DF Sashana Campbell (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 29)343 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Kishronot Hadera
142 DF Deneisha Blackwood (1997-03-07) 7 March 1997 (age 23)267 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Praha
162 DF Dominique Bond-Flasza (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 23)244 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
172 DF Allyson Swaby (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 23)200 Flag of Italy.svg Roma

63 MF Havana Solaun (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 27)92Unattached
73 MF Chinyelu Asher (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 27)276Unattached
103 MF Olufolasade Adamolekun (2001-02-21) 21 February 2001 (age 19)90 Flag of the United States.svg USC Trojans

84 FW Gabrielle Farrell (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 22)10Unattached
94 FW Kayla McCoy (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 23)62 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
114 FW Khadija Shaw (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 23)3042 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux
154 FW Tiffany Cameron (1991-10-16) 16 October 1991 (age 28)114Unattached
184 FW Trudi Carter (1994-11-18) 18 November 1994 (age 25)1910Unattached
194 FW Tiernny Wiltshire (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 22)50Unattached
204 FW Cheyna Matthews (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 26)108 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit (on hiatus)

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Yazmeen Jamieson (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 22)30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Papakura City FC 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
GK Ricquelle Farquharson (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of the United States.svg South Florida Bulls 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
GK Milan Dewkinandan (2000-11-03) 3 November 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of the United States.svg Grambling State Tigers 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE

DF Chanel Hudson-Marks (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 22)71Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Chyanne Dennis (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 21)60 Flag of the United States.svg South Florida Bulls 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Cachet Lue (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 23)10Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Nevillegail Able (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 18)00 Flag of Jamaica.svg Waterhouse 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Gabrielle Gayle (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of the United States.svg Daytona State Falcons 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Victoria Huxtable (2000-04-29) 29 April 2000 (age 20)00 Flag of the United States.svg Richmond Spiders 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Logan McFadden (2000-01-17) 17 January 2000 (age 20)00 Flag of the United States.svg Lipscomb Bisons 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Brittany Simpson (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 23)00Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Toriana Patterson (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 26)140 Flag of Italy.svg Pink Sport Time 2019 Pan American Games
DF Jayda Hylton-Pelaia (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 22)40Unattached 2019 Pan American Games
DF Rachelle Smith (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 23)10Unattached 2019 Pan American Games

MF Marlo Sweatman (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 25)154 Flag of Hungary.svg Szent Mihály 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Jadyn Matthews (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 20)80 Flag of the United States.svg Cornell Big Red 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Shantel Bailey (1995-04-30) 30 April 1995 (age 25)30 Flag of Jamaica.svg Waterhouse 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Erin Mikalsen (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of the United States.svg East Carolina Pirates 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Ebony Clarke (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 20)00Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Sherice Clarke (2000-08-03) 3 August 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of the United States.svg LSU–Eunice Bengals 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Rochell Gray (2001-10-30) 30 October 2001 (age 18)00 Flag of Jamaica.svg Waterhouse 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Alyssa Julien (1999-05-23) 23 May 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of the United States.svg Eastern Kentucky Colonels 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Peyton McNamara (2002-02-22) 22 February 2002 (age 18)00 Flag of the United States.svg Ohio State Buckeyes 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Shanel Spence (1994-10-28) 28 October 1994 (age 25)00 Flag of Jamaica.svg Arnett Gardens 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Reilly Paterson 22 August21 Flag of the United States.svg Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship qualification
MF Lauren Silver (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 27)201Unattached 2019 Pan American Games

FW Jody Brown (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 18)188 Flag of the United States.svg Florida State Seminoles 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Kevena Reid (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 21)42 Flag of Jamaica.svg Olympic Gardens FC 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Shanoska Young (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 31)10Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Marlee Fray (2000-11-02) 2 November 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of the United States.svg UCF Knights 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Jazmin Grant (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Cougars 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Simone Wark (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 23)00Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Sashana Watson (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Jamaica.svg Cavalier 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Rena Gordon 10 Flag of Jamaica.svg Cavalier 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship qualification
FW Mireya Grey (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 21)71 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Huskies 2019 Pan American Games
FW Shayla Smart (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 20)30 Flag of the United States.svg Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2019 Pan American Games

Notes:

Records

As of 8 April 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Jamaica.

Recent results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

6 August 2019 (2019-08-06) 2019 Pan American Games Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg1–0Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Lima, Peru
10:00  UTC−5 Grey Soccerball shade.svg 26' Report Stadium: Estadio Universidad San Marcos
Referee: Adriana Farfán (Bolivia)
Assistant referees: Liliana Bejarano (Bolivia)
Assistant referees: Inés Choque (Bolivia)
Fourth official: Silvia Ríos (Uruguay)
30 September 2019 (2019-09-30) 2020 Olympic qualifiers - CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone) Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg12–1Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Kingston, Jamaica
18:30  UTC−5 Blackwood Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Carter Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Matthews Soccerball shade.svg 20', 31', 62', 69'
Cameron Soccerball shade.svg 38', 53'
Paterson Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Mena Soccerball shade.svg 80' (o.g.)
Bond-Flasza Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Report Calderón Soccerball shade.svg 55'Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
Assistant referees: Shirley Perelló (Honduras)
Assistant referees: Brooke Mayo (United States)
Fourth official: Karen Abt (United States)
4 October 2019 (2019-10-04) 2020 Olympic qualifiers - CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone) Barbados  Flag of Barbados.svg0–7Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
18:30  UTC−5 Report Matthews Soccerball shade.svg 2', 23'
Brigg-Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 6' (o.g.)
Carter Soccerball shade.svg 34', 36'
Asher Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Shaw Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Cibeles Miranda (El Salvador)
Assistant referees: Lidia Ayala (El Salvador)
Assistant referees: Ivonne Ayala (El Salvador)
Fourth official: Astrid Gramajo (Guatemala)
6 October 2019 (2019-10-06) 2020 Olympic qualifiers - CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone) Saint Lucia  Flag of Saint Lucia.svg0–11Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
18:30  UTC−5 Report Shaw Soccerball shade.svg 3', 16', 34'
Matthews Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Blackwood Soccerball shade.svg 28', 68', 78'
Bond-Flasza Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Cameron Soccerball shade.svg 37'
Carter Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)
Assistant referees: Kimberly Moreira (Costa Rica)
Assistant referees: Lidia Ayala (El Salvador)
Fourth official: Karen Abt (United States)
8 October 2019 (2019-10-08) 2020 Olympic qualifiers - CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone) Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg7–0Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  U.S. Virgin Islands Kingston, Jamaica
18:30  UTC−5 Shaw Soccerball shade.svg 6', 14', 20', 28', 74'
Matthews Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Carter Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Report

2020

29 January 2020 (2020-01-29) 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg1-0Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Edinburg, Texas, U.S.A
19:00
Report Stadium: H-E-B Park
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
1 February 2020 (2020-02-01) 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg0-9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Edinburg, U.S.A
16:30 Report
Stadium: H-E-B Park
Attendance: 2,010
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
4 February 2020 (2020-02-04) 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Jamaica  Flag of Jamaica.svg7-0Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis Edinburg, U.S.A
19:30
Report Stadium: H-E-B Park
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)
Jamaica Women's Football Association
NameNatPositionYear
Jean Nelson Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Women's Football Association President1991
Elaine Walker-Brown Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Women's Football Association President1994

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