The Jamaican women’s flag football team will make history when they compete in the 30th annual Kelly McGillis Classic in Key West, Florida this week.
The week of activities started on Monday.
The main tournament, which features Jamaica, begins Friday and lasts three days, and is the first time the Jamaica American Football Association (JAAFA) will send a team to compete in an international tournament.
Diane Beruldsen, president and founder of the International Women’s Flag Football Association which presents the tournament, said she expected the 2022 competition to feature teams from more international countries than ever before.
In addition to Jamaica, teams are expected from the United States, Morocco, Spain, Mexico, India, Honduras, El Salvador and Sweden.
Jamaica head coach Roger Salmon said his team was ready to play in the eight-on-eight tournament.
The Jamaican team is due to leave the country on Wednesday.
Flag football is played with two teams of 5 to 8 players trying to score points by moving the ball down the field across the goal line. The team with the most points at the end of regulation time is the winner. The playing field is a rectangle, usually about 60 to 80 meters long and 20 to 30 meters wide.
Jamaica Team: Amoy Green (captain), Devoneica McDonald, Dana-Jean Patterson, Niomi Mohamid, Latoya Brown, Samantha Parchment, Jamila Fairclough, Nathalia Morrison, Kimberly Allen, Tamoy Wauchope, Taneisha Green, Sherie Hartly.