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As the teams line up for the Women’s FIFA World Cup Finals in France, the Jamaican Women’s football team – the Reggae Girlz will take their position, the first ever Caribbean team to feature in the premier tournament. Though the team would have liked to land in France with a clean all-win record in the games in preparation for the World Cup, they lost their last engagement to Scotland 3-2. The Scotland women’s football team is placed 33 ranks above the Jamaicans. The match, held in the UK, was witnessed by a huge crowd of over 18,500 spectators. Very few may be having high expectations of the Reggae Girlz, being the least-ranked among all the countries competing in France. However, football has never been short of surprises and an upset here and there cannot be ruled out.
Jamaica Placed in a Tough Group
The Reggae Girlz find themselves in Group C, along with Brazil, Australia, and Italy. All three are strong opponents with Italy ranked the lowest, 15th, while Jamaica is positioned at 53; however, ranks may not matter on the day. It is how well the teams defend their goals and make use of the chances that will determine the result. In the field of sports, however, the cliché goes ‘form is temporary, but class is permanent’.
Real Action Begins on June 9
The first Group C match for the Reggae Girlz in the FIFA World Cup in France is scheduled on June 9 and their opponent will be Brazil. Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France, will be the venue of this encounter. The two subsequent matches are slated for June 14 and June 18, against Italy and Australia respectively. The first objective would be to see if they can qualify for the next stage. For that to happen, the Reggae Girlz will have to win at least 2 of the 3 matches, a tall order as things stand now.
The fans back home will, however, be rooting for their favourite team. The Reggae Girlz will need to go out into the field and put in their best performance, come June 9.