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Tragic news from Dominica today. The national team manager Kurt Hector is among two people missing and feared dead after the vehicle in which they were travelling fell into a large hole at Pond Case.

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Feb 25 15 11:01 PM

Also, the first ever Windward Islands Women's Championship is being held in St. Vincent (8-12 April).


Men's tournament is 29 April-3 May (29.4, 1.5 and 3.5 are matchdays)

St. Lucia will play away to Guyana on 22 March in a friendly in Providence.

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The Grenada FA president says he is supporting the inclusion of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Barbados in the Windward Islands FA (currently, there are just 4 members - St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada and Dominica).

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May 15 17 9:59 AM

is the 2017 edition really planned? find nothing on websites and Facebook of the participating countries, even not on Grenada FB....has anyone more information?

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May 15 17 1:32 PM

Barbados are supposed to be competing this year (5 countries).  In their match against Martinique last month, the Barbados news says it was preparation for the WIFA tournament.


There is an event page on Grenada FA's Facebook page, saying it is 20-28 May (so should be 2 matches on 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28 May).

However, there has been no news since about March.  I have asked GFA about it, but they have not responded.  From what I can see on their Facebook page, they seem to be preparing for the 2 matches against Bermuda on 8 and 10 June (one of which is now going to be an U-23 match because of FIFA's silly "3 days between matches" rule in FIFA windows - they had originally scheduled 2 international matches, but were informed by FIFA that they could not do that).






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May 17 17 7:34 PM

It gets better:

Apparently, Grenada told FIFA that the 2nd match would be the unofficial match, and the first would be the A match.

They subsequently posted the complete opposite on their Facebook page - U-23 match on 8 June, "A" match on 10 June, .


Bermuda don't seem to know anything about it and seem to be preparing for 2 "A" matches....

I seriously doubt Bermuda will send 2 squads to Grenada.


A really stupid rule this "3 days between matches during FIFA friendly dates".  It applies to women's matches as well.  Women's teams in particular had been used to arranging 2 matches, with only 2 days between them, to cut down on accommodation costs.  This rule now forces them to either play just 1 game, stay for 3 days in the host country, or choose to play outside FIFA friendly match dates (where they can play 5 matches in 5 days if they want).

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May 18 17 6:27 PM

TheRoonBa wrote:
A really stupid rule this "3 days between matches during FIFA friendly dates".  It applies to women's matches as well.  Women's teams in particular had been used to arranging 2 matches, with only 2 days between them, to cut down on accommodation costs.  This rule now forces them to either play just 1 game, stay for 3 days in the host country, or choose to play outside FIFA friendly match dates (where they can play 5 matches in 5 days if they want).
Can't they also choose just to play the two games and then let FIFA work out later which one (if any) to add to its ranking.   The other game would just be an unranked game.  Similarly, they could just make 7 subs in one of the games just to make the point clearer?   Anyway there has to be a better way than labelling one of them as "U23" when the squad will have overage players.

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May 22 17 9:42 AM

nfm24 wrote:
TheRoonBa wrote:
A really stupid rule this "3 days between matches during FIFA friendly dates".  It applies to women's matches as well.  Women's teams in particular had been used to arranging 2 matches, with only 2 days between them, to cut down on accommodation costs.  This rule now forces them to either play just 1 game, stay for 3 days in the host country, or choose to play outside FIFA friendly match dates (where they can play 5 matches in 5 days if they want).
Can't they also choose just to play the two games and then let FIFA work out later which one (if any) to add to its ranking.   The other game would just be an unranked game.  Similarly, they could just make 7 subs in one of the games just to make the point clearer?
Of course those are options, and while on the one hand I can agree with some kind of standard to keep international football to, practically it isn't feasible for situations like this. The problem is that it's a rule created mainly serving the interests of big clubs, yet it gets applied to countries who not only are usually unaffected by this conflict, but try to make a more efficient trip* for themselves.

It does seem to be a strange loophole that as long as a match is organised outside the international window they can have as many as they want and it'll still count to the rankings... not sure if it would make it more or less ridiculous if FIFA closed that one up...



*: This is Jack Warner's lot we're talking about

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May 22 17 3:16 PM

Dates are now 28 June - 4 July. Same 5 teams. Not sure how they will fit 5 match days into only 7 days of competition. 9 days would be the minimum required with a day's rest in between matches.

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May 29 17 9:43 AM

TheRoonBa wrote:
 Not sure how they will fit 5 match days into only 7 days of competition. 9 days would be the minimum required with a day's rest in between matches.
I'm guessing they plan to do it ConIFA/IGA-style, as many matches as possible with few rest days. Again far from ideal but presumably just being practical, although you have to think they can manage 2 extra days.

To tie into the earlier stuff though, do the dates count as an international break? Obviously a lot of it falls at the same time as the Confederations Cup, but is that considered a universal break where they'll end up getting matches unrecognised?

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Jun 7 17 4:05 PM

As if by magic, they've now rectified the dates to 28 June-6 July. Match dates should therefore be 28.6, 30.6, 2.7, 4.7 and 4.7.

A request for a schedule by someone on their Facebook page brought a reply stating only the dates of the competition. I pointed this out, and said "dates of the competition" is different from "schedule of the competition". No response...

I guess the schedule will be released when they feel like it.

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Jun 7 17 8:08 PM

You're lucky to have dates !

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