The Guyana Senior National Women’s Football Team, commonly referred to as the ‘Lady Jags’, have improved their standing in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking, moving four places up to 79.
This is their best move yet and comes at a time when much emphasis is being placed on women’s football development in Guyana and in a month when the world observes International Women’s Day.
President Wayne Forde expressed pleasure at the improvement and outlined the plans for women’s football development: “The recently-concluded first-ever Women’s Development League is evidence of the renewed focus we are placing on women’s football. The ‘Lady Jags’ have produced some of our proudest and most memorable moments as a football nation. I do believe that the time is upon us to match their efforts with a comprehensive domestic programme. The Executive Committee is fully committed to implementing such programmes in the coming years.”
The ‘Lady Jags’ had their most notable outing when they defeated Guatemala 2-1 in the Olympic qualifier in 2016. The team is placed 14 spots behind Jamaica (65) on the world rankings, the closest Caribbean team, preceded by Trinidad and Tobago at 46. The United States of America holds the number one spot.
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) wrapped up the National Women’s Development League last Sunday with the Guyana Defence Force as winners followed by Paiwomak Warriors FC in second and St. Ignatius FC third. Additionally, as part of International Women’s Day, the GFF will profile women in football during the course of the month on its social media portals and in the mass media.