The Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s National Team is set to dominate Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands to compete in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, after the two-island republic has been drawn. in group F today.
The women Soca Warriors are one of six seed nations for the Concacaf tournament, along with Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama and Haiti. The United States and Canada automatically qualify for the Confederation Final, while the six group winners will join them.
Next year’s renowned “W Championship” is of particular significance as it serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, as well. than for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The four semi-finalists of the W championship automatically advance to the 2023 World Cup, while the two third-ranked teams from the group stage enter a FIFA play-off round.
However, only the winner of the W championship is guaranteed a place in the Olympics, with the second and third nations participating in the play-offs.
For the Women Warriors, this might be seen as a minor triumph just to get to the Concacaf tournament. Under then-head coach Stephen De Four, Trinidad and Tobago failed to qualify for the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup, following a 4-1 loss to St. Kitts and Nevis and a 0-0 draw against the Dominican Republic, despite all of their games at the Ato Boldon stadium in Couva.
Currently, the National Women, who started training last month, are led by Welsh head coach James Thomas.
The women of Trinidad and Tobago are ranked eighth in Concacaf and 70th in the world, while the other teams in Group F are Guyana (10th in Concacaf and 88th in the world), Nicaragua (15/117), Dominica (23/148) and Turks and Caicos (30/167). Turks and Caicos are the lowest ranked women’s team in Concacaf.
The Concacaf W qualifiers will be played during the FIFA women’s match windows of November 2021 and April 2022. Each nation must play two games at home and two away.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), which is currently chaired by a standards committee appointed by Fifa and chaired by Robert Hadad, has chosen not to participate in the series of boys and girls challenges of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) this month.
The TTFA has yet to officially explain the decision, although Acting Secretary-General Amiel Mohammed told a news outlet that the Covid-19 restrictions are to blame, despite the government continuing to grant exemptions to national sports teams for training.