The Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup is returning this summer, as teams from St Maarten, Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao prepare to do battle…
The second ever edition of the Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup, organised by the Oualichi Women’s Soccer Association (OWSA), will take place at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in St Maarten from 23-25 June. Oualichi Soccer officially established itself in May 2013 and strives to promote the development of women’s football across St Maarten, as well as generally in the Caribbean.
Four different nations from the Dutch Caribbean will be represented at this year’s event: Oualichi (St Maarten), Bonaire, SV Britannia (Aruba) and SUBT Korsou (Curacao). The latter two are going to be making their first appearances, while Oualichi and Bonaire played in the inaugural tournament staged in 2015. SV Oemasoso from Suriname reigned victorious that year.
The initiative is aimed at uniting, developing and promoting women’s football in the Dutch Caribbean. Newly elected president of Oualichi and general secretary of the St Maarten FA, Dagmar Daal, is encouraging as many people as possible to come and watch the matches unfold and cheer on the respective teams: “Two years ago we had a huge crowd who came out to watch the games and we hope that this year it will be two times the size of spectators.”
Things get underway on Friday 23rd with the opening ceremony at 7:30pm before St Maarten and Bonaire take to the field at 8pm to play the first game. The full competition schedule as well as information on sponsors will be made available shortly on the Dutch Caribbean Women’s Soccer Cup Facebook page, according to Oualichi Soccer.
Good luck to all the teams involved!
By Nathan Carr