The FIFA Women’s World Cup exciting game play begins this Friday, June 7! MVA’s own Jody Brown, junior, will be playing for the Jamaican national team, nicknamed the Reggae Girlz. This is the first time that Jamaica has qualified for the World Cup.
Jody began playing soccer with Zidane, her brother, who shared a passion for the sport. Growing up in Lime Hall, a small Jamaican community, she was eager to take her soccer skills to the next level and competed for the Ocho Rios High School varsity team and the St. Ann's Football Association (SAFA) Team during her offseason. "I love soccer and every chance I get to play I want to take it," said Jody. "My dream is to play at the collegiate level and then on a professional soccer team. I will continue to work hard to make that dream become a reality."
This season, she was the lead scorer on the girls’ varsity team, and scored the winning goal in the State Championship off an assist from teammate Isabella Flanigan. The Lady Eagles enjoyed a historic undefeated season with an overall record of 23-0. Jody will now be competing on the global stage in the World Cup, playing the first game against one of her idols – Marta. She has earned numerous accolades including the best young player in the CONCACAF
at the age of 16, joining the CONCACAF XI
Female Team with the likes of Alex Morgan (Member of Team USA and Player of the Year), and receiving the Victoria Mutual Y.O.U.T.H Award which recognizes a young, outstanding, upcoming, and talented headliner. With that award, she received a trophy and a cash prize of $150,000, which she donated to the SAFA and the Lime Hall School .
Womens’ soccer in Jamaica was resurrected with support from Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest daughter, who took up the cause by donating money and making connections to the team on its journey. This ESPN article
describes the challenges that the now World Cup-bound team faced along the way.
We will hopefully see Jody on the pitch! Jamaica's first game will be against Brazil on June 9 at 9:30 a.m. They will play Italy on June 14 at 12:00 p.m. and the last game against Australia on June 18 at 3:00 p.m.
We congratulate Jody on her accomplishment and will be rooting for Jamaica in the World Cup games!