TCIFA Appoints First Director of Women’s Football

Yunelsis Rodriguez-Baez, a native of Cuba, is the first Director of Women’s Football in the Turks and Caicos Islands


PROVIDENCIALIS, Turks and Caicos Islands (December 3, 2018) – The Turks and Caicos Football Association is hailing the appointment of the country’s first director of women’s football, Yunelsis Rodriguez-Baez, as a pivotal step.

Rodriguez-Baez, a native of Cuba, brings a wealth of football knowledge to the position, including 16 years’ coaching experience. A former player with international caps, Rodriguez-Baez has coached men’s and women’s football and futsal in her home province of Havana. She holds a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Culture and is a former Professor of Sports at the University of Computer Sciences in Havana, Cuba.

“The announcement of Rodriguez-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,” a release from the TCFIA said. “TCIFA has taken the initiative to employ more experienced coaches and the additional hiring of at least three youth coaches in early 2019.”

As director of Women’s Football in the TCI, Rodriguez-Baez will manage the 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 work with the coaching team to implement the plan.

TCFIA President Sonia Fulford publicly welcomed Rodriguez-Baez, noting that she is poised to realize the aims and objectives of the FA.

 “As an experienced former player and highly-regarded professional coach, we are confident that Ms. Rodriguez-Baez is the best person to guide our women’s football development program forward. We at the TCIFA conducted an extensive search and, through this process, she made it to the top of our list,” Fulford said.

“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’ programs on a local, regional and international world stage,” Fulford added.