Andrew Price, the assistant senior women’s coach overseeing a locally based training programme, believes success will come for Jamaica through an agenda driven by consistency.
Price, the Boys’ Town head coach, noted that with FIFA mandating all member associations to place special focus on the women’s game, Jamaica will have no choice but to stay on the ball if it hopes to make forward strides.
“What we need to do is to have a consistent programme, because I don’t think we have had a consistent programme over the past five years. But we have now started a programme and we are in the first phase.
“Let us not forget that FIFA has a mandate that all member associations must take women’s football very seriously, and through Concacaf and the CFU there is going to be a lot of participation among member countries when it comes to women’s football. And Jamaica has to be at the forefront, being one of the leading football countries of the Caribbean,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Price, who also coaches the women’s beach soccer team, offered that regular competitive matches will be a crucial element as the governing Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) takes aim at building out the female game.
“We also need to get regular games with overseas opponents… we have to consistently play games which must include playing some of them overseas, especially against opponents in the Concacaf region… we have to consistently play the top teams like the USA, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
“Also, the more time we can spend together as a team and keep the programme running, the more we can improve. In the past we would just get together when we have a tournament,” Price said.