The Barbados senior women’s national football team will face regional opponents St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominican Republic and Bermuda after being drawn in Group B of League C on the 2023 Road to Concacaf W Gold Cup.
The draw was conducted by sports anchor Carmen Boquin and included Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montaglian.
The road to the first-ever Concacaf W Gold Cup begins in September, with 35 Concacaf women’s national teams. They were split into three leagues according to their Concacaf Women’s Ranking as of March 2023 and sub-divided into groups.
Head coach Mario Harte said “Honestly, I am happy with the draw. I think it is the best that we could have hoped for. Not saying that we are afraid of the Central American teams but the atmosphere in those countries with the crowds, really get behind their teams.
The other teams in the group are ranked higher than us but I honestly believe we can get some wins, especially at home as long as we have the support.”
The matches will be played during the official FIFA match windows in September, October and November 2023, the group winners in each of the League A groups (three teams) will qualify for the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup Group Stage. The first-place finishers in each of the League B groups (three teams) will advance to the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup Prelims.
Group A: Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, and Dominica.
Group B: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Martinique.
Group C: Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados.
Concacaf will announce the 2023 Road to W Gold Cup schedule at a later date.