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Reggae Girlz to play Chile in February

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz celebrate a goal during their 4-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago at the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers at the National Stadium in August.

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz will begin serious preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France early next year.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will host Chile's senior women's team for two matches on February 28 and March 3. These will be the first two, of six friendly matches, to be played before the World Cup.

President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, told The Sunday Gleaner that the Girlz will contest the Chilean team in the first game at the National Stadium, before travelling to the Montego Bay Sports Complex for the second game.

"In the middle of January, we will be having camps here in Jamaica and then we will play the games," Ricketts said. "We want to give Jamaica an opportunity to see the team again, and also for them to come out and support the Girlz."

Ricketts said that the Girlz will also have a camp in Florida in April before playing New Zealand.

"After the New Zealand game, we go to England for the last camp, where we play Scotland, and then after Scotland, we will set up our World Cup base in France and play Spain on June 1," he said.

The Reggae Girlz will open their Women's World Cup Finals campaign against Brazil on June 9. They will face Italy on June 14 before rounding out the group stage against Australia on June 18.

- A.M.