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CONCACAF president pledges support for women's game

Posted on Aug 13 2014 | IANS

George Town (Cayman Islands), Aug 13 : The governing body of football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), is fully committed to the development of women's football throughout the region.

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, who is also the FIFA vice-president, says his confederation was fully committed to promote the women's game in the region, reports CMC.

"This is an exciting time for us here at CONCACAF," said Webb. "This Under-15 competition fulfils our pledge to fully focus on developing football in the region, not only for boys, but for our female athletes as well."

The tournament boasts of 16 teams from North, Central America and the Caribbean doing battle in four groups, with the likes of Canada, Haiti, Jamaica and Barbados all pitting their talents against each other.

This follows on the heels of the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship which was also held in the Cayman Islands in January, with the US emerging champions.

The US has been at the forefront of CONCACAF's global success in women's football and Webb said tournaments such as the Under-15 Championship were crucial for the development of the game.

"For our confederation to remain world champions in women's football, we have to continue to develop, continue to challenge our athletes and continue to give them the opportunity to develop as a group," Webb said.

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