Nine Caribbean teams in CONCACAF U-17

Barbados Captain Olianna Bishop (L) close-marks USVI’s forward Tania Weyland in a qualifier march that the Bajans won 1-0.
Photo by George Alleyne

They did not lose a game, registering two wins and one draw, in their three matches but Barbados’ young Lady Tridents were Sunday booted out of the 2020 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship because of a lower goal difference.

The Bajans will have to watch from home as nine Caribbean teams compete in this prestigious Championship next year.

In the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifiers playoff to decide which of the lower-ranked teams would go through for the finals next year, Barbados matched Belize with seven points in Group C, but had to give way to the Central Americans on goal difference.

Belize, with whom hosts Barbados had played to a draw in the opening game at the Wildey, AstroTurf, proved more prolific in scoring 10 goals while conceding only four. Barbados on the other hand managed just three goals in the three matches while taking in one goal.

This means that Belize goes on to the 2020 CONCACAF championship.

The qualifiers tournament for the 16 lowest ranked Caribbean teams were split into four groups of four teams each, with group playoffs being hosted in Barbados, Honduras, Cayman Islands, and Curacao.

Guyana and the Cayman Islands were the only other Caribbean teams qualifying for next year’s tournament.

Caribbean teams already in the championship by virtue of being in the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 top 16 ranking are Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Grenada.

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