PANAMA – Behind the scenes of world football


How they qualified

Panama topped their group by winning all four games of El Salvador, Belize, Barbados and Aruba without conceding a goal but scoring 24.

star player

Panamanian goalkeeper Yenith Bailey caught the world’s attention at the 2018 tournament, aged 17. In Panama’s six-match goal, she led her team to a fourth-place finish by starting the group stage with a clean sheet in an opening 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.

But what caught the eye was his performance in the 5-0 loss to world champions USA, followed by a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Mexico. Panama narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, losing to Jamaica in a penalty shootout in the third-place game. Bailey won the Golden Glove Award by making 24 saves throughout the tournament.


Mexican Ignacio Quintana, 32, was appointed around a year and a half ago, tasked with taking the Canaleras to their first World Cup. Panama was very close to qualifying for France 2019, but lost the ticket in the play-off against Argentina. He previously coached women’s teams at Reforma Athletic Club and Lioness FC, while he was in charge of Club América’s men’s team in Vallarta and was an assistant for Nicaragua‘s women’s national teams.

What to expect

Panama, with a squad of players mostly based at home or in Central America, will be looking to qualify for the 2023 World Cup after narrowly missing out on 2019 by losing a penalty shootout to Jamaica. They open against Costa Rica who quickly improved before facing group favorites Canada and then Trinidad.


July 5 – Costa Rica vs. Panama. BBVA Stadium

July 8 – Canada vs. Panama, Estadio Universitario

July 11 – Panama vs. Trinidad, Estadio Universitario


1 – GK – Sasha Fabregas, Tauro FC (PAN)

2 – DF – Hilary Stacy, University of South Alabama (USA)

3 – DF – Carina Baltrip, unattached (PAN)

4 – MF – Katherine Castillo, Tauro FC (PAN)

5 – DF – Yomira Tibisay, Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)

6 – MF – Desire Salazar, Tauro FC (PAN)

7 – MF – Kenia Rangel, Alajuelense (CRC)

8 – MF – Laurie Batista, Tauro FC (PAN)

9 – MF – Karla Riley, Tauro FC (PAN)

10 – AT – Marta Cox, Pachuca (MEX)

11 – AT – Shayari Camarena, Tauro FC (PAN)

12 – GK – Yenith Bailey, Dimas Escazu (CRC)

13 – DF – Wendy Ysibel, America From Cali – San Miguel (PER)

14 – DF – Yerenis De Leon, Free (PAN)

15 – MF – Maria Virginai, SD Atletico Nacional (PAN)

16 – DF – Rebeca Margoth, CD Plaza Amador (PAN), Sol De America (PAR)

17 – MF – Gabriela Villagrand, Angelo State University (USA)

18 – FW – Erika Hernandez, CD Plaza Amador (PAN)

19 – AT – Lineth Cedeno, Hellas Verona FC (ITA)

20 – MF – Schiandra Gonzalez, CD Plaza Amador (PAN)

21 – AT – Whitney De Obaldia, Sporting FC (CRC)

22 – GK – Nadia Damaris, Sporting San Miguelito (PAN)

23 – MF – Rosario Vargas, Valencia CF (ESP)


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