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  • Elyanna Garcia

Jamaican Women's National Team Faces Financial Challenges

The Jamaican Women's National Team, also known as the Reggae Girlz, have made significant strides in women's soccer, including qualifying for the 2019 & 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, making them the first Caribbean nation to achieve this feat. However, their journey has been marred by financial difficulties and a lack of support from the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF).

The Reggae Girlz in camp. Photo courtesy of @jff_football /Twitter

Despite their historic achievements, the team has struggled to secure sufficient funding and resources. A GoFundMe campaign was initiated to raise funds for their participation in the upcoming Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July 2023. The campaign aims to cover essential expenses such as travel, accommodation, training, and other tournament-related costs.

One incident that shed light on the team's financial struggles occurred when they were left stranded in Houston after participating in the ConcacafW Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico. Insufficient funds prevented them from clearing their luggage, missing their connecting flight from Houston to Miami, and returning home. Many of the Reggae Girlz paid for their luggage out of their own pocket and some staff stayed behind with the rest of the luggage for travel the next day.

It is important to provide adequate support to the Jamaican Women's National Team, not only to ensure their participation in international tournaments but also to promote the growth and development of women's soccer in Jamaica. The team's GoFundMe campaign, which was started by Sandra Lee Phillips, Havana Solaun’s mom, offers a platform for supporters and the general public to contribute and assist in alleviating the financial burdens faced by the players.

As the team continues to overcome financial obstacles, their determination and resilience serve as an inspiration to aspiring female footballers in Jamaica and worldwide. Increased support and recognition for women's soccer can contribute to the long-term success and sustainability of the Jamaican Women's National Team and foster the growth of the sport within the country.

To support the Jamaican Women's National Team, you can contribute to their GoFundMe campaign by visiting the following link:

  1. GoFundMe campaign: Reggae Girlz Rise Up


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