Jordan Women’s National Team has kicked off its first training session under newly appointed head coach Michael Dickey on Sunday, May 29, ahead of the two friendly internationals against Algeria as part of the first phase of preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which Jordan will host in April 2018.

Jordan will take on Algeria on 16 and 19 June, during the holly month of Ramadan, as arrangements rise gradually in preparation for the Women’s Asian Cup and World Cup qualification.

The National Team’s first training session was held at the Polo Women’s Training pitch in Amman, consisting of passing drills, focusing on one-touch passes and passing in tight spaces. The session also covered positioning tactics in both defensive and attacking roles, focusing on how to spread out across the field and open play from both the center and flanks.

The girls also practiced on shooting from distance in both feet, and going one-on-one against goalkeepers.

Head coach Michael Dickey expressed his delight with his first session in charge of the Women’s National Team, as he hailed the spirit and chemistry within the team: “I was happy with today’s session, you can sense the good energy and the positive vibes within the girls once you meet them and get on with the trainings.”

He added: “Although we have set our sessions’ intensity in consideration with the holly month of Ramadan, but the girls showed tremendous efforts and quick response and adaptation to my instructions. And I’m looking forward to our next training session.”

“We will work on improving the players both individually and as a group, and we will work on improving the physical and technical aspects of each player until we reach our maximum potential before the start of the Women’s Asian Cup.” Dickey concluded.

Jordan will face Algeria in two friendly matches in June, with plans to enrich the group’s international experience by playing against various teams from Asia, Europe, and America in the upcoming months leading towards the Women’s Asian Cup, and World Cup qualification dream.