WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2016

The eagerly anticipated Women’s Football League (WFL) 2016 kicked off on Sunday, May 15, 2016. With the Academy Strikers -v- Academy Warriors. Team Captains Willandra Elliott and Patrice Senior, respectively, proudly lead their teams to the field. Fierce competition immediately came into play as each team’s hunger to score goals were evident.
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Ten year old Anika Sidden the youngest participant was given an opportunity to show case her talent as her teammates from the Academy Warriors ensured that she was given multiple opportunities to score goals. However within the first twelve minutes Willandra Elliott of the Academy Warriors came charging through with her normal defiant position and scored the first goal of the day. Ms. Elliott aka “the Wall” is known for her strong stance as a defender, however, given that her team had only eight players for the day she noted that a decision was
made to have her at the fore-front for the day.

Patrice Senior, Captain for Academy Strikers held her own as the strong defender she is known for. However, Ms. Senior also stepped outside of her playing zone by taking the position as Goal Keeper for her team. Academy Strikers made a few adjustments during the game which produced a positive result as Tanealsha Huggins was able to score her teams only goal for the day. Ms. Huggins is a past player who have recently returned and her goal scored in the forty third minute of the game was an obvious motivator for both her and her team.

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The first match resulted in Academy Strikers 1 – 1 Academy Warriors.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 saw Academy Warriors -v- Academy Hurricanes. Venisha Alfrena aka “Shrimpy” from Academy Warriors immediately kicked into super fast mode as a defender to shield her goal. Given her fast pace, Ms. Alfrena was able to cover both middle and back as Academy Hurricanes moved in to secure their first goal by player Emilda Burke, Coach of the North/Middle Academy who was obviously excited to play her first league game. Academy Warriors quickly tightened their defence and moved in to even the score with a goal by the swift feet of Sarah Cenary. Evident by their fierce plays Academy Hurricanes were eager to gain control of the game as Christma Jean Louis ensured that her team gained the edge by scoring another well deserved goal.

Competition was in its highest gear during the second half as the more experienced players of the Academy Hurricanes ensured that many opportunities on goal were taken advantage of. However, this was to no avail as Ms. Cenary aka “Baller” was able to quickly move in and satisfy her undeniable taste and longing for more goals by scoring an additional two goals.

The second match resulted Academy Warriors 3 – 2 Academy Hurricanes.

Candace Hanchell, President of the Women’s Football League stated, “I am happy to see the return of players who are currently pursuing their educational studies overseas participating in the 2016 Women’s League – players like Briandi Brooks, Sarah Cenary and Shinaydine Pluvoise. This is an indication that we have made a positive contribution to their lives and they are eager to encourage others and give back.”

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Executives of the Women’s Football League continue to encourage females of all ages to get involved, regardless of their age or playing experience. Registration is ongoing to enable a larger participation within the league.

The general public is invited to attend the third match on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm. All matches will take place at the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association’s National

Academy.

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About the TCIFA: The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more information: Contact General Secretary, Candia Ewing, at (649)941-5532

CONCACAF WOMEN’S FOOTBALL DAY

CONCACAF Women’s Football Day (WFD) was celebrated on May 21st, 2016 with all 41 Member Associations participating in the day’s activities, the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) being no exception.

Sonia & Anya Williams

As the sun beamed every so brightly and provided the perfect backdrop for the day’s event, approximately forty-two U7, U9 and U15 girls full of energy filled the Academy as they registered and proudly wore the WFD t-shirts. The sound of the CONCACAF’s official anthem brought everyone to attention as the parade of girls together with the Turks & Caicos Islands National Flag and the CONCACAF flag headed out to the lush grass pitch. Christma Jean Louis, TCIFA’s National Team Player and Ambassador for FIFA Live Your Goals campaign commanded everyone’s attention as she proudly belted out the National Song of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Spectators were obviously impressed as resounding round of applause could be heard at the end of the song.

Team Huddle
Her Excellency Deputy Governor, Anya Williams brought remarks and noted that the TCIFA has been one of the fastest growing organizations within the Turks & Caicos Islands, as North/Middle Caicos and Grand Turk has now come on stream. “Thank you for doing your part in the community to involve the youth and getting them involved in a very positive programme,” stated Mrs. Williams as she extended her well wishes to the TCIFA and the young participants.

CONCACAF’s newly elected Female Member to the FIFA Council and President of the TCIFA, Sonia Bien-Aime was obviously elated to see the young participants she noted that TCIFA has now participated and partnered with CONCACAF in the WFD activities for a second consecutive year. “It is a true example of you the players, you the parents and volunteers showing that we are serious about developing and raising the profile of women’s football in our region.” Ms. Bien-Aime expressed her gratitude to all and declared the event open.

Team

The young female participants engaged in a 5 -v- 5 tournament. Given the diverse age group this allowed the older girls to act as a player-buddy to the younger participants. The hunger to score goals was evident as everyone focused on moving forward and taking their shot at goal. The tournament ended with awards of WFD medals presented to the respective teams.

Players in teams

“Last year saw participation from the South Caicos Academy and we are so happy to have our newest addition join us today, the North/Middle Caicos Academy. It is evident that female participation around the Turks & Caicos Islands is increasing. This is one of our goals and we will endeavour to sustain this,” stated Candace Hanchell, Executive Director responsible for Women’s Football.

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About the TCIFA:
The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more information: Contact General Secretary, Candia Ewing, at (649)941-5532

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL DAY 2016

All 41 of CONCACAF’s Member Association will be celebrating and participating in its upcoming second annual Women’s Football Day (“WFD”) on Saturday, March 21, 2016 with all events kicking off at 11:00am. Each Member Association will participate in various activities such as grassroots festivals, matches and/or skill challenges.

The Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (“TCIFA”) will celebrate WFD by way of a 5 aside tournament at the TCIFA’s National Academy. This tournament is open and free to all females and bears no age or experience restrictions.

CONCACAF has created the Women’s Football Day as a unique initiative to encourage greater participation from women of all ages in the game, while showing how sport can have a positive impact on education, health, and development,” said CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard. “We are convinced that there is an enormous growth potential within our region and we need to continue demonstrating that the sport offers significant opportunities to empower women beyond the pitch.”

UNICEF has committed to join in the celebration of Women’s Football Day by way of promoting messages on social networks to assist with heightening the awareness of sports and gender equality.

Candia Ewing, General Secretary of TCIFA, stated “The Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association is committed to ensuring that girls and women have equal opportunities as boys and men within our programme. We believe that on-field opportunities such as national team players, coaches and game officials together with off-field field opportunities such as mentors, administrators, executive directors, etc. are open to all regardless of gender. We are also happy to say that both CONCACAF and FIFA share in the gender equality vision.”

All football fans and participants are encouraged to use the following hashtags when promoting the WFD on social media: #WFD and/or #CONCACAFWFD .

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About the TCIFA: The TCIFA is a non-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos sIslands. For more information, contact the General Secretary at 941-5532.

SHINAYDINE PLUVIOSE IS THE 7TH PLAYER TO BENEFITS FROM FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP

The TCIFA is please to announce its 7th player to benefit from a football scholarship.

Ms. Love Shinaydine Pluviose (affectionately called Shinaydine); has been awarded a scholarship with the Garden State Community College in Kansas, USA.

SHINAYDINE PLUVIOSE

SHINAYDINE PLUVIOSE

Shinaydine, who is 17 years old, started with our grassroots program and developed to eventually play in the Women’s League on one of the two Academy teams. She has also played a very active role as a Youth Academy Coach and a Referee. After showing remarkable progress in her technical skills as a player, she was invited to train with the Boys U17 Academy Team where she made tremendous strides. Shinaydine was also a committed referee and participated in many coaching courses.

A Graduate of Clement Howell High School in 2015, she passed 9 CXCs (8 of them being either Grade 1 or 2). Over the years, this young lady has continued to be well-mannered, kind, honest, and dependable; a model any well thinking individual would be happy to adapt.

According to her coach Oliver Smith “Shinaydine has shown tremendous growth both as a player and a young lady. This is reflected in her academic achievements and her tactical and technical development as a footballer. This scholarship is reward for all her hard work and the association’s objectives; which include rewarding similar situated players as we continue to develop and grow the sport in the Turks and Caicos Islands”

Born May 24, 1998 to her mother Marie Marcelle Dorelus, Shinaydine have always been like a beacon to her siblings and other youths in her community. “I never ever have a problem with Shinaydine…”; this quote from her mom is a reflection of the qualities this young lady continues to display throughout her upbringing.

With her outstanding attributes on and off the field, the Association; through our Vice President and coach, Oliver Smith did recommend her to the Garden City College. Shinaydine started her 2-year college program on Monday January 11, 2016 and will receive an Associates degree in Business Administration on completion.

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ABOUT Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) – TCIFA is a non-for-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCIFA has been in operation since 1996, and a member of FIFA, since 1998.

Persons interested in becoming volunteers should contact the General Secretary at 941-5532.

TCIFA Hosts FIFA Futsal Coaching Course Nov. 12-15

Futsal is taking the world by storm and more youth soccer players are turning to this fast-paced and fun filled game which enhances technique and skill with 1,000s of touches on the ball.  Widely recognized as a key developmental tool by the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Assocation, the top soccer players in the world plays Futsal — yes, Ronaldo and Messi are just two of many world-class players who play Futsal.

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Craig Harrington, TCIFA Technical Director & Keith Tozer, US Men’s Futsal Coach

Keith Tozer, the current US Men’s Futsal Coach, spent 5 days with 28 coaches conducting the FIFA Futsal Coaching Course.  This course covered the basic techniques and advanced tactics of futsal. Coaches participated in discussions and training activities designed for coaches who wish to lead high level youth futsal training sessions and matches. “This was the first futsal coaching class offered in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Keith Tozer did a terrific job over the 5 day period. The coaching course was non-stop futsal to help coaches understand the game of futsal, and to apply it to our own curriculum.  It was an amazing experience,” said Craig Harrington, TCIFA Technical Director.  “The FIFA Futsal Coaching Course was such a great way to educate coaches on the fundamentals of futsal. It was eye opening experience for the coaches who completed the course.

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Participants

“Futsal is the future! Our youth is the future! From improved footwork, to better movement off the ball it’s clear that futsal enhances technical and tactical knowledge. The likes of top professional players Ronaldo, Messi and De Gea have paid tribute to the beneficial effects of playing futsal in their youth,” said Harrington.

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ABOUT Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) – TCIFA is a non-for-profit organization in the business of football development throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCIFA has been in operation since 1996, and a member of FIFA, since 1998. Persons interested in becoming volunteers should contact the General Secretary at 941-5532.

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