Trinidad and Tobago Director of Women’s football Carolina Morace is optimistic about this country’s chances in the opening round of the Concacaf Caribbean Under 17 Women’s qualifying competition later this year towards the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.

The draw for the opening phase was held in Concacaf last week with T&T, hosts of Group A, being drawn to face US Virgin Islands, Curacao and Grenada. Haiti will host the final Caribbean round.

The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they are divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final Concacaf tournament as the CFU representatives.

The FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup will be played in Uruguay in December, 2018 with sixteen team participating.

“Our players came into the national team directly from the schools without any stage between so we have been working alot to get them ready for the international level,” Morace said.

“We selected young players knowing that our target is to develop players for the women’s national team. The programme has been ongoing for three months now and we are curious to understand where we are at this stage.

“We are hosting the first phase so it is important for us to be ready in order to give a good showing to the fans and also to secure our spot in the final round,” Morace said.