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Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« on: June 07, 2018, 12:15:38 AM »
CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship set for IMG Academy in Bradenton in August.
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) has announced the details for the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. This year’s girls’ under-15, which will be the largest Concacaf tournament ever for female participants, will feature the participation of a record amount of Concacaf Member Associations and two invited teams from UEFA.

Trinidad and Tobago placed third in the 2014 competition. The current T&T U-15 girls Elite programme has been ongoing for over a year now with head coach Marlon Charles overseeing the preparations of the players with sessions held up to four days per week.

The developmental tournament is scheduled for August 6-13, 2018 at the world-renowned IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida. Concacaf returns to IMG following a successful Boys’ Under-15 Championship held there last year, which featured a record 39 teams from across the Confederation.

“This year’s Girls’ Under-15 Championship exemplifies Concacaf’s commitment to providing access to world class playing environments for more of our young players from across the region,” said Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “We’re pleased to return to IMG Academy, and we’re especially excited to see so many young women from across the region get the chance to experience a top-level Concacaf competition. This event will be a positive influence for these girls in both their playing careers and young lives.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Concacaf and its Member Associations back to our campus and community,” said IMG Academy Co-Managing Director Chip McCarthy. “Like Concacaf, our mission is to provide the best opportunities for athletes from around the world and we look forward to seeing their athletes compete on an international stage.”

As part of a year of women’s football in Concacaf that includes the Concacaf Women’s Championship, and the Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championship, the expanded Girls’ Under-15 Championship will provide access to international football for over 500 girls from across the Concacaf region, enhancing opportunity for long-term development and growth of the women’s game in the region.

In total, nearly two-thousand female athletes will participate in Concacaf championships this year across the region. Centralized tournaments such as the Girls’ Under-15 Championship and regional qualifying tournaments in the Caribbean and Central America are providing more football for more of Concacaf’s women’s teams across levels, assuring that the region’s women are well served through the One Concacaf philosophy of access to quality football for more Concacaf athletes.

The participating member association, groups, schedule and format of the tournament will be announced in the near future. To ensure sporting balance and fully leverage this unique development opportunity for the full contingent of young Concacaf and invited players, member associations will be divided into divisions. All will be guaranteed a minimum number of competitive matches during the week-long competition.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 12:57:41 AM »
"The current T&T U-15 girls Elite programme has been ongoing for over a year now with head coach Marlon Charles overseeing the preparations of the players with sessions held up to four days per week."
Would anyone know where were these training sessions held. Were the young women housed, room & board, how were they attending school and prepping for exams etc..How was this training administered, received, who were the selects,on what criteria were they selected. Where are they from, how many were selected, how was it funded. Getting people together for a National team, consisting of young school age kids, especially during school time for training for fours days a week is quite a lot, even for a club team, would like to know how it was managed. After a year, I would definitely would hope for better results than previous tournaments, otherwise, either the TTFA media is exaggerating the worthiness of the program, or the program admin, staff, selectors and possibly the type of program itself needs to be reorganized  - I have a slight suspicion there could be some measure of exclusivity, as many National teams suffer some measure of this, due to funding.  Given our country and sports financial state of affairs over the last year, I doubt we could have done this program and effectively include all the best potential athletes. Any info would be appreciated. Maybe the details were posted before, I'm not sure.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 09:49:20 AM »
From my limited knowledge they are not housed anywhere. They go to training after school and on weekends. The Tobago players fly down and back up Sat. and Sun. Not totally certain if they travel a day in the week too.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 03:52:01 AM »
T&T Under 15 Girls continue preparations for CONCACAF Championship at IMG in August.
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 15 Girls Team head coach Marlon Charles will reduce his roster to twenty five players on Friday as he approaches the final selection of the squad to participate at the CONCACAF Under 15 Girls Championship at IMG Academy, Bradenton in August.

Charles has been overseeing the preparations of the squad through the TTFA/NLCB Elite Youth development programme.

This time around, T&T will come up against Caribbean opposition having previously suffered heavy losses to United States, Mexico and Haiti, pulling off a 4-0 win over Dominican Republic at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Championship.

“This time we will be in one of the lower tiers which was actually a suggestion put forward and not because of our previous performance,” Charles told TTFA Media. “We will be playing against Curacao, Bermuda and Barbados. t’s actually better for us as I think it will give our girls who are still relatively new to the game and early in their development, an opportunity to compete against teams of a similar level.

“At this stage i am happy with where we have progressed to from a technical standpoint and at present we are working more on their tactical awareness and understanding. We have 35 players in training at the moment and I will be cutting the squad to 25 on Friday before really working towards the final selection of eighteen players for the competition in August,” Charles stated.

In terms of the competition itself, Charles is eager to take the team into action.

“This competition is really about development and I am pleased that Concacaf has maintained it because they realise the importance of it as it really is a feeder into the Under 17 Women’s Qualifiers that takes place again in two years. We have to be more on time when it comes to early development and this competition will help us to get the girls out there in terms of the much needed exposure and experience that is necessary,” Charles said.

The T&T squad currently includes four players from the previous Under 15 team and will also see Spain-based player Hayley Richards joining the contingent next month. She was born in Spain to Trinidadian parents and is currently playing at school level there.

The 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship will be held from August 6-13 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

This will be the largest Concacaf tournament ever for female participants and will feature a record number of Concacaf Member Associations as well as two invited teams from UEFA.

More on the competition

In total, nearly two-thousand female athletes will participate in Concacaf championships this year across the region. Centralized tournaments such as the Girls’ Under-15 Championship and regional qualifying tournaments in the Caribbean and Central America are providing more football for more of Concacaf’s women’s teams across all levels, assuring that the region’s women are well-served through the One Concacaf philosophy of access to quality football for more Concacaf athletes.

To ensure sporting balance and fully leverage this unique development opportunity for the full contingent of young Concacaf and invited players, member associations will be divided into divisions. All will be guaranteed a minimum number of competitive matches during the week-long competition.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2018, 12:41:38 AM »
Under 15 Girls keep on working ahead of CONCACAF Championship.
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Trinidad and Tobago Elite Women development head coach Marlon Charles believes the ability to host residential training camps for National Teams at the TTFA Home of Football Player Accommodation Hotel will be a tremendous boost to the current programme he is overseeing at the TTFA/NLCB Elite Youth development programme.

At present, Charles is overseeing a training programme which sees close to forty under 15 girls assembling at the Ato Boldon Stadium four days a week for sessions. And the squad comprises of players from various communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Efforts are made by the TTFA to offer support to those needing to reach the venue while parents are also behind their young ones s the seek to seal an opportunity of representing the country.

“We are seeing the progress of the player accommodation hotel every time we assemble for training and it is a definitely a good sight. I believe this will ease a lot of the issues we have in terms of having players coming to the venue for training and then having to sometimes leave here when the sun goes down. With the hotel it means we can now have the players in a more comfortable and conducive environment. They can eat well, they can stay together in a decent environment and it will also give us more time with them,” Charles told TTFA Media. “And with the training fields less than a stone throw away, it means we can then walk to and from training. It gives us as coaches more options as it relates to carrying out sessions and training camps,” Charles said.

The current squad includes thirty five players and Charles will finalise a team to travel to Bradenton, Florida for the CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship next month.

“Things are going pretty good. The girls are responding well and trying as we are asking them to give full commitment and effort in training. This is the competition phase because the tournament is close by. We are focusing on the principles of attack at the moment,” Charles said.

He is looking forward to seeing the team compete at the championship next month.

“The competition is about development. It is an opportunity for them to compete against the opponents we will face and this will be interesting for us. We are giving everyone a fair chance now and their selection is in their hands right now. We train Mondays. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. We try to play every Saturday. We concentrate on fitness and tactical work during the week, Each player needs to understand what they need to do when they have possession.

“We are all excited about the current programme as we have players from across both islands and this is exactly what development is about As an elite player they have to put out a lot of effort and work to improve and get to a certain level. We are continuing to work closely with them because there is a lot to be done still from a technical standpoint,” Charles said.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018, 12:47:00 AM »
T&T U-15 girls hurt after missing CONCACAF tourney.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Visa woes leave national team stranded

THE national Under-15 girls footballers and technical staff are keen to move on from the indignity of missing the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, United States.

The team was unable to compete at the Championship,which began on Monday and runs until August 13, due to their inability to get visas from the US Embassy.

Team coach Marlon Charles, in an interview last evening, commented, “The coaching staff and everybody are disappointed because these kids have worked very hard to reach to this point to represent Trinidad and Tobago. I know how much we want it. This is where the learning and the education would have taken place on the football field.”

The veteran coach added, “We have spoken to the girls, they’re ready to roll but they’re disappointed. It’s not an easy situation.”

Charles selected his team for the CONCACAF event on July 30.

But the TT Football Association (TTFA) was given an appointment date of August 28, well beyond the conclusion of the tournament.

Concerning the issue with the travel documents, Charles, who is also the assistant women’s coach, replied, “It just didn’t happen for us, getting the visas for the kids. That’s something we need to probably next time see how it works better.

“Normally it happens all the time, teams going to travel, they go into the Embassy and they get their things,” he added.

According to Charles, “There is always a procedure that used to happen all the time, you go into the Embassy and expedite things; that has been going on for years. I don’t know what’s the difference now. I can’t say much about that situation. I know where we are but we’re trying now to see what can happen next.”

Asked when the travel documents were sent to the US Embassy, Charles replied, “Even if you send it (on) Monday, they will give you an appointment time, from (there) you can get it expedited to help out a situation, which normally happens.”

Did he think CONCACAF should have intervened to get the visas expedited? Charles responded, “I’m not sure about that, I can’t say. In a situation like this, they’re supposed to step up, but I wouldn’t say something (that) I don’t know.”

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Concacaf withdraws invitation to T&T U-15 Women; St Rose mum as “elite team” grounded.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The efforts of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team players over the past year and a half ended on an anticlimactic note today, as Concacaf withdrew its invitation for the young Women Soca Warriors to participate at the confederation’s 2018 Women’s Under-15 Championship in Florida.

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Anton Corneal confirmed that Concacaf gave the two island republic until noon today to sort out its travel issues. And it meant the end of that particular journey for the players.

“Concacaf said that if we could not get anything by midday today, they will have to organise the groupings without us,” Corneal told Wired868. “There is nothing we could have done. We don’t have control over the situation at the [US] Embassy.”

Trinidad and Tobago were supposed to play Bermuda from 9am today at the IMG venue in Florida. However, despite knowing about the Concacaf tournament two years in advance, the TTFA failed to get visas in time for the trip.

Head coach Marlon Charles selected his final squad on Monday 30 July with Trinidad and Tobago’s first game carded for a week later on Monday 6 August. Manager Vernetta Flanders then had to get visas and plane tickets for the entire contingent within that time frame in the middle of the school vacation.

Flanders did not get past step one, as the US Embassy gave the TTFA an appointment date of 28 August and refused to budge. The Concacaf Women’s Under-15 Championship ends on 13 August.

“As of this afternoon, the Embassy has declined our requests from all avenues we have tried to get an early visa appointment,” said TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George, “from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs all the way through to Concacaf… We did everything we could do but they have been unable to facilitate an earlier appointment.

“I am very disappointed but we are out.”

Latapy-George suggested that the TTFA followed “normal procedure” in trying to get the women’s team to Florida but were thwarted by the heavy volume of work engaging the attention of the US Embassy staff at present.

“From the information before me, we have done nothing differently to what we always do, and our requests would usually be facilitated,” said Latapy-George. “My understanding is that they had a huge request for visas and we could not be facilitated. We have followed the same process we have [done] every single year.”

Visas were unlikely to have been the only problem for Charles’ team. The Trinidad and Tobago Boys Under-14 Team also ran into problems, as they tried to get to Curaçao for their own Caribbean Football Union (CFU) competition.

In the end, the TTFA was forced to charter a plane which got the team there with barely 12 hours to spare before their opening fixture, which they won 8-0 against Guyana.

If the US Embassy had facilitated the women’s team, the TTFA would still have had the challenge of getting them to Florida.

It meant for a chaotic start to international competition for Trinidad and Tobago’s first teams from the TTFA’s $10 million National Youth Elite Programme, which benefitted from a record TT$8 million sponsorship deal from the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).

At the launch of the Elite Programme on 14 October 2016, TTFA president David John-Williams said the boys and women’s teams would play “one friendly international game every two to three months.”

However, after a year and a half, the Boys Under-14 Team had their first international game on 4 August 2018 while the Women’s Under-15 Team just lost their first opportunity to wear national colours in battle.

“I think the [TTFA] president is better placed to speak to that [absence of international games],” said Latapy-George, who pointed out that he was hired in December 2016. “I think the coach and TD would be better placed to answer that.”

Gary St Rose, a former W Connection official, is the TTFA’s coordinator for the Elite Programme. However, he did not want to speak about the programme that he is paid to run either; and advised Wired868 to refer all questions to the local football body’s press officer.

Wired868 suggested that the Trinidad and Tobago’s forced withdrawal from a Concacaf tournament—an act that is often followed by sanctions—was beyond the remit of a press officer and asked St Rose to field questions on the matter.

St Rose did not respond. Wired868 was also unable to reach Charles or Flanders.

Latapy-George said that, although Charles would have significant say on the topic, he suspects that the next move for the Under-15 Women would be to start preparing for the CONCACAF Under-17 competition in roughly two years’ time.

In the interim, the football body is likely to follow Corneal’s advice and seek an audience with the US Embassy, in an effort to avoid a repeat of this year’s catastrophe.

“We need to engage the US Embassy to find out the dynamics involved in getting a team there for competition,” said Latapy-George. “I am not trying to take away from their sovereign rights regarding visa selections; but, as you would appreciate, most coaches would not make that decision on which players are going to a tournament, more than one or two weeks before a tournament.

“So it is about engaging the US embassy to see what can be done in the future. Maybe this was a misnomer; I don’t know.

“[…] It is not a pleasurable situation for everybody [because] these young girls have been working very hard and these kinds of opportunities are needed to measure where they are.”

While Trinidad and Tobago’s young ladies missed out, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Haiti, St Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica were among the Caribbean islands who successfully got visas and flights to Florida to participate in the Concacaf tournament, which kicked off this morning.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018, 07:10:41 AM »
"While Trinidad and Tobago’s young ladies missed out, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Haiti, St Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica were among the Caribbean islands who successfully got visas and flights to Florida to participate in the Concacaf tournament, which kicked off this morning."

The above is an excerpt from a newspaper report and it speaks volumes of our management capabilities.
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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2018, 10:34:17 AM »
US Ambassador: TTFA president is misleading public; DJW’s “failure to plan is [hurting] promising players!”
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The following statement by US Ambassador John McIntyre was issued in response to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) failure to access visas for its youth team to play at the ongoing Concacaf Women’s Under-15 Championship; and TTFA president David John Williams’ attempt to defend his body’s behaviour in the matter:

I, along with my embassy colleagues, rarely comment on visa matters due to the respect we have for the privacy of the applicants and our rules and regulations. However, I must respond to the Red Card commentary of Mr David John Williams. Why we have chosen to respond is because your failure to plan is effecting promising football (soccer) players from Trinidad and Tobago who we would welcome playing in the USA.

In addition, your comments can adversely affect our ongoing efforts to grow our sports diplomacy programs here in T and T.

I will be blunt. Mr Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process. Our Embassy for MONTHS noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA.

The Trinidad and Tobago Girls Under-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between.

No names or details about the visa applicants were provided. Even after games were rescheduled, there was too little time allowed, just two working days for an established 7-10 day process—not to mention that this is peak visa season when most people have to wait six weeks just for a visa interview.

Many groups have successfully traveled to the USA by being prepared and planning in advance. In fact, if you look at our Facebook page from a few weeks ago you will see a youth team playing in the USA at a major football (soccer) tourney.

I want to take this opportunity to again ask the Trinidad and Tobago public—as we have since April—to please plan in advance for travel to the USA.

Know, as you see in the news almost daily, we are committed to our relationship with the citizens of T and T at all levels, including sports diplomacy. Don’t let folks with cocoa in the sun mislead you.

Be well,

John McIntyre
Chargé d’Affaires
US Embassy

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 10:39:43 AM »
To the folks @Wired868: it should be noted that "Chargé d’Affaires" and "Ambassador" are not synonyms.

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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 11:55:54 AM »
To the folks @Wired868: it should be noted that "Chargé d’Affaires" and "Ambassador" are not synonyms.
That's true, but the position I believe is currently vacant, so Mr. McIntyre is the next in line to hold that position/title.
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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 01:22:03 PM »
To the folks @Wired868: it should be noted that "Chargé d’Affaires" and "Ambassador" are not synonyms.
That's true, but the position I believe is currently vacant, so Mr. McIntyre is the next in line to hold that position/title.

One in de pipeline.

http://longisland.news12.com/story/38823366/councilman-drops-bid-to-rename-sports-complex-for-mondello


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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 01:31:27 PM »
To the folks @Wired868: it should be noted that "Chargé d’Affaires" and "Ambassador" are not synonyms.
That's true, but the position I believe is currently vacant, so Mr. McIntyre is the next in line to hold that position/title.

One in de pipeline.

http://longisland.news12.com/story/38823366/councilman-drops-bid-to-rename-sports-complex-for-mondello


I stand corrected, did not know that. It was vacant for a while though.
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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 02:55:32 PM »
ah glad dey get call olut on dey BS :bs:  :yellowcard: ah want to hear Andre Baptiste........but with he stipend at risk...............
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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2018, 06:40:00 PM »
T&T football cannot endure anymore! Look Loy calls on John-Williams and his VPs to resign

https://wired868.com/2018/08/10/look-loy-ttfa-president-and-vps-must-resign-djw-blamed-for-financial-mismanagement-and-shadiness/
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Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2018, 04:42:56 PM »
United States claims Division 1 title at Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship
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The United States is the Division 1 champion of the 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship after claiming a 3-0 extra time victory over Mexico in the final on Monday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

It was a tight, tense 70 minutes of action between the two teams during regular time, with each side having a number of chances. Jaedyn Shaw came the closest to breaking the deadlock with a free kick that stung the crossbar in the 56th minute.

However, matters had to be decided in extra time and in the additional frame the U.S. attack rose to the occasion. A brilliant solo run from Alyssa Thompson ended with the forward slipping a pass into Shaw, who fired in for a 1-0 lead in the 77th minute.

Three minutes later Thompson was fouled in the area, and Shaw stepped up and coolly converted the spot kick in the 81st minute to give the U.S. a commanding 2-0 lead.

The U.S. then capped things off in style in the final minute as Thompson collected a pass and hammered in a right-footed shot to round out the 3-0 scoreline for the U.S.