President Webb: Raise standards & progress

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(From CONCACAF.com) - CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb proclaimed the confederation’s continued commitment to women’s football at a Thursday press conference, launching the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands.

The biennial competition kicks-off later in the day with a doubleheader at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

“We must raise standards so that we keep challenging teams in women’s football,” expressed Webb.  “This is how we progress and provide sustainability of programs.”

Women’s football has long been a source of pride for CONCACAF, especially as the United States has created a global model for success.

While Canada and Mexico have established consistently strong programs, Webb believes that the sport can continue to grow in the Caribbean and Central America.

Jamaica has demonstrated robust progress, hosting and finishing fourth at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.  Many of the standouts from that team are on the Reggae Girlz’s current under-20 roster.

Additionally, Guatemala will participate in its third straight under-20 CONCACAF finals, a Central American record.

“The objective is to build exposure to women’s football in this region, so that a legacy remains,” Webb continued.  “That’s why these competitions are so important.”

The United States is the only CONCACAF nation to qualify for every FIFA U-19/20 Women’s World Cup, but the FIFA Vice President is confident that others can replicate that path.

“We have to invest in the game, particularly in the long term development of women’s football,” Webb finished.

The CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, which runs January 9-19, will qualify three teams for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

One Comment

  • Ritchey Ebanks says:

    I believe that the standard of women’s football can be raised to a much higher level if there were no football politics played in the process – meaning that there is no football club being the one to make the selection for the national team. My suggestion is that for such selections there be a commission/body formed independently outside the various football clubs to make such selections.

    As I see now, this is the problem and until we make change to fix it, we will never see any significant improvement and will always be the victims in such tournaments.

    The aforementioned comments apply to the men’s national team as well.

    Ritchey Ebanks