On Sunday 19 January, the national U20 women’s football team will play an historic match, that if they win, will see Trinidad and Tobago make its first appearance at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. Sunday’s game will be shown live on CTV from 5:00pm. The ‘Soca Princesses’ face off against Costa Rica in a playoff game to determine the final Concacaf spot at the World Cup to be held in Canada this August.
The Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport is behind the move to broadcast the game for the benefit of the national audience, who have demonstrated avid support of the youth women’s team in their qualifying campaign. Minister Roberts said, “it would be a pivotal moment for women’s sport in Trinidad and Tobago, should this team advance to the World Cup finals. The Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company will be doubling its efforts this year to advance the cause of women and girls in sport. Television coverage of women’s sport is critical to building support and respect for the hard work put in by the athletes and the Sport Company’s sponsorship of this broadcast is one means to highlight the esteem in which we hold our national teams.”
The U20 women won two of their four games thus far in qualification, beating Honduras 2-0 and tournament hosts Cayman Islands 4-0 but conceding 0-3 to Mexico and 0-6 to USA. The playoff versus Costa Rica kicks off on Sunday at 5:00pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands, where the qualification tournament is being played.