TCIFA Appoints New Director Of Women’s Football

Yunelsis Rodriguez-Baez is the latest addition to the coaching team at TCIFA having been recently appointed as the TCIFA’s first Director of Women’s Football. Ms. Baez brings a wealth of football knowledge including sixteen years of coaching experience in her native country of Cuba. She has represented Cuba in several international tournaments as a player and has coached both men’s and women’s football and futsal in her home province of Havana. Ms. Baez holds a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Culture, was a former Professor of Sports at the University of Computer Sciences in Havana, Cuba.

The announcement of Ms. Baez’s appointment is part of a range of substantial new strategic investments aimed at improving the overall structure of the FA and encouraging a greater level of engagement and performance. With this, TCIFA has taken the initiative to employ more experience coaches, and this will see the additional hiring of at least 3 Youth Coaches in early 2019.

As the Director of Women’s Football, Ms. Baez will be responsible for the entire female program from Grassroots to the Youth and Senior National Teams. She will create a strategic plan for the development of Women’s Football and will work along with the existing Coaches to bring this to fruition.

President Sonia Fulford commented on this first time appointment: “As an experienced former player and highly regarded professional coach, we are confident that Ms. Baez is the best person to guide our Women’s Football development programme forward. We at the TCIFA conducted an extensive search and through this process, she made it to the top of our list. This is all part of our commitment to increase the participation in women’s football and ensure the sustainability of successful initiatives as our girls and women get the support they require to grow. We anticipate a significant impact in the way women’s football is addressed and respected in this country and we look forward to watching the upcoming successes of our women’s and girls’ programmes on a local, regional and international world stage.”