Goal of tourism dollars from US football teams starts soon

The Cayman Islands Football Association has organized a visit by the University of New Haven women’s team for two friendly matches in March.

The college team will play the Cayman Islands women’s national team at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on March 15 in the first of two matches.

The University of New Haven is in Connecticut, and its women’s team competes in the Northeast-10 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The New Haven Chargers Women’s Soccer Team ended their 2014 NCAA Division II season with a six wins, nine losses and two drawn games.

“CIFA is excited for the opportunity to host the University of New Haven,” said CIFA first vice president Bruce Blake.

“Hosting collegiate teams accomplishes several goals. It provides our local players with the exposure to world class competition as part of their development.

“It also initiates scholastic opportunities for our players, through relationships built with collegiate teams and enhances our sports tourism product.”

Blake added that not only will local players benefit on and off the field, but hosting collegiate teams also increases opportunities “to make the Cayman Islands a pre-season training hub for clubs and teams throughout North America ”

The engagement with CIFA and UNH was initiated by Florida-based company, XL Soccer Tours. The team will play the national women’s team, who last competed at the Caribbean Football Union qualifiers in Turks and Caicos last year. A local select team will play the visitors on March 18, also at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

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