The Antigua & Barbuda women's national team (pictured) in training for the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup, which kicks-off next month.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda -- The Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) announced Wednesday that it secured the services United States women’s under-17 staff coach Tricia Taliaferro ahead of the inaugural Caribbean Football Union Women’s Caribbean Cup.
In the regional Women’s World Cup Qualifying competition for Canada 2015, Antigua will host opening round, Group 1 play, starting on May 21 at the Antigua Recreation Grounds. Aruba, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the US Virgin Islands round out the quartet.
Taliaferro, who has worked with the Antigua U17s in the past, is also the Girls Director of Coaching and Player Development at Weston FC in Florida.
ABFA General Secretary Gordon Derrick welcomed the new addition.
“We have also had some assistance through the United States Soccer Federation,” said Derrick. “They have sent down a young lady, a top coach, who has come from time to time just to oversee what we are doing, to give us some hints and to give us some encouragement and direction.
“I know you could never have enough preparation and we are going to be sitting down with the coaching staff as we come closer and we will step up certain aspects of it, making sure that the girls are sharp and ready for the tournament.”
Antigua women’s head coach Rowan Isaac has been working with the team for nearly three months and is pleased with its progress thus far.
“The quality that you see and the IQ of the game in these girls is really impressive,” Isaac noted. “The mixture, I will also say, is very good because you have the older players who bring leadership and experience, while the younger girls can even push the older girls.”