Caribbean Island to raise the profile of women’s football09 January 2014

TheFootballAssociationoftheCaribbeanIslandofSt.KittsandNevis(SKNFA)islookingtobuildaplatformforfemaleplayersatnationalandyouthlevelstodeveloptheirall-roundabilityandraisetheprofileofthecountry’swomen’sfootball.

Following the introduction of its first full season of women’s football in 2013, the country’s FA has revealed that the level of awareness of sports enthusiasts and the skills of women footballers has improved.

“The league is very important for the development of women’s football, because we will be able to produce national youth players and also our national senior players who will be able to participate in World Cup Qualifiers”, said the General Secretary of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), Stanley Jacobs.

To Jacobs the involvement of women in the sport is also crucial for the global development of the game.

“The President of FIFA has pointed that the future of football is feminine. And that is to say that if we are to grow the sport globally we would have to include women because they represent 50 percent of the global population. And it only makes sense to tap into that large resource of football players,” he stressed.

The SKNFA’s focus on women’s football during the 2013 season aim at developing the player’s footballing abilities and assisting young female players to develop and achieve academic scholarships.

“Currently, we have two of our national female players on football scholarships in the United States, and so it opens up a whole lot of opportunities also to our young women.” said the SKNFA General Secretary.

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