Jamaica’s women’s soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, made history by qualifying for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. They were the first women’s soccer team from a Caribbean country to quality for the prestigious soccer tournament.
Just a few years ago Jamaica didn’t even have a national women’s soccer team.
The Jamaican Football Federation disbanded the Reggae Girlz after they failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Then, after they were resurrected, the Federation suspended funding for them again while facing budget shortfalls in 2016.
Over the last five years, the Jamaican women’s team has had to fight not just to survive but to fund their own training camps. The players didn’t have their own uniforms.
They lost 3-0 yesterday at the tournament in France against the highly-rated team from Brazil.
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