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British Virgin Islands national football team

The British Virgin Islands national football team is the national team of the British Virgin Islands and is controlled by the British Virgin Islands Football Association.

British Virgin Islands
Nickname(s)The Nature Boyz
AssociationBritish Virgin Islands
Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachJohn Reilly[1]
CaptainTroy Caesar
Most capsDesire Montgomery Butler (20)
Top scorerAvondale Williams (5)
Home stadiumA.O. Shirley Recreation Ground
FIFA codeVGB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 205 Increase 1 (14 June 2019)[2]
Highest160 (March 2000, August–November 2002)
Lowest207 (October 2018 – February 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 226 Increase 3 (10 July 2019)[3]
Highest171 (1989)
Lowest230 (2017)
First international
 Cayman Islands 2–1 BVI 
(Basseterre, SK&N; 10 May 1991)
Biggest win
 BVI 5–0 Puerto Rico 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 19 March 1999)
 BVI 5–0 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Road Town, BVI; 30 January 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Dominican Republic 17–0 BVI 
(San Cristobal, Dominican Rep.; 14 October 2010)

A member of CONCACAF, it is among its weakest teams.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early football games in the British Virgin Islands were between British Royal Navy crew, and expatriates. In 1968, the British Virgin Islands team was founded by a team of Royal Engineers, and soon after, in 1973 the British Virgin Islands Football Association was founded. In 1974, it was affiliated by FIFA.[4] The former Tottenham, Chelsea and Porto manager, Portuguese André Villas-Boas had his first job as Technical Director of the national team British Virgin Islands in 2000 and 2001.[5]

World Cup qualificationEdit

In the qualifying rounds for the 2006 World Cup were drawn against St Lucia, and they were eliminated 10–0 on aggregate.[6]

In the qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup they were paired with the Bahamas. They lost on the away goals rule after a 3–3 draw over both legs. Both matches were actually played in the Bahamas, but British Virgin Islands were designated as the home team in the second match, which ended 2–2.[7] Despite going out of the competition in the first qualifying round, the British Virgin Islands were the only side to enter the 2010 FIFA World Cup to remain unbeaten through qualification and the finals tournament (although New Zealand was undefeated in the finals tournament, they did lose a game in qualification.)

In the qualifying rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup they were in the unusual position of being favorites to win their two-legged tie against neighbors U.S. Virgin Islands. However, after losing the first leg 2–0 and the return leg 2–1, the British Virgin Islands once again failed to advance to the next round.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds saw British Virgin Islands take on Dominica with both legs taking place in Dominica, with the first leg acting as BVI's 'home ground' due to the away goal ruling. Despite taking the lead twice, the Islanders fell to a 3 – 2 defeat at 'home' and drew 0 – 0 away. Meaning that once again first round qualification remained elusive.

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 14
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 10
  2010 2 0 2 0 3 3
  2014 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2018 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2022 To be determined Qualification yet to start
      2026
Total 0/21 10 0 3 7 7 34

Gold Cup recordEdit

Caribbean Cup recordEdit

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1989 to
  1994
Did not qualify
    1995 Withdrew
  1996 Did not enter
    1997 to
  2005
Did not qualify
  2007 Withdrew
  2008 to
  2017
Did not qualify
Total 0/18 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the CONCACAF Nations League [8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ben Chapman (1991-05-03) 3 May 1991 (age 28) 7 0   Leek Town
18 1GK Martin Smith (1970-06-11) 11 June 1970 (age 49) 0 0

2DF Charles Medway (2002-06-02) 2 June 2002 (age 17) 2 0   New Milton Town
21 2DF Phil Nelson (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 31) 4 0   Wolues FC
6 2DF James Drury (1986-07-16) 16 July 1986 (age 32) 5 0   Wolues FC
19 2DF Chris Pease (1985-05-13) 13 May 1985 (age 34) 3 0   Wolues FC
3 2DF Joshua Bertie (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 22) 5 0   Andover Town
2 2DF Jerry Wiltshire (1996-02-04) 4 February 1996 (age 23) 2 1   Des Moines Menace
14 2DF Liam Blok (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 17) 2 0   Road Town F.C.

3MF T'Sharne Gallimore (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Westfield F.C.
3MF Carson Price (2001-03-14) 14 March 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Champion Sports
4 3MF Troy Caesar (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 25) 19 1   Life University
10 3MF Carlos Septus (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 28) 13 1   Rebels FC
11 3MF Kristian Javier (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Lionsbridge FC
16 3MF Leo Forte (1999-10-20) 20 October 1999 (age 19) 5 0   Wolues FC
8 3MF Jamie Wilson (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 5 1   Wolues FC
12 3MF Robbie Green (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Andover Town

15 4FW Trevor Peters (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 30) 16 1   Rebels FC
20 3MF Tyler Forbes (2002-04-18) 18 April 2002 (age 17) 3 0   Maldon & Triptree
9 4FW Andrew Ross (1988-01-16) 16 January 1988 (age 31) 1 0 Unattached
4FW Bailey Rowe (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 17) 3 1   Portland United
4FW Jordan Johnson (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 32) 7 2   Leek Town

Past SquadsEdit

The following players were called up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Desire Montgomery Butler (1967-01-05) 5 January 1967 (age 52) 20 0   Islanders FC
1GK Will Skingly 17 January 2001 (age 17) 0 0   Shortford F.C.
1GK Alexander Keen 13 April 2002 (age 16) 0 0   Unknown
2DF Allon Williams (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 22) 3 0   VG United
7 3MF Charles Medway (2002-06-02) 2 June 2002 (age 17) 4 0   New Milton Town
Karl Tuitt 0 0   unknown
2DF Ryan Dicker 22 September 1986 (age 31) 5 0   Leek Town FC
2DF Josh Fines 7 July 1996 (age 21) 2 0   Memphis City FC
2DF Peter Monks 3 October 1986 (age 31) 6 0   Unknown
2DF James Felix (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Unknown
10 3MF T'Sharne Gallimore (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 18) 4 0   Westfield F.C.
3MF Karl Espley 24 March 1986 (age 32) 4 0   Kidsgrove Athletic
3MF James Quinn 6 July 1994 (age 23) 2 0   Wayland Baptist University
3MF Matthew Bell (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Nantwich Town
3MF Fladimir Septus (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 28) 6 0   Ballstarz
10 3MF James Shearman (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 33) 12 0   Wolues FC[10]
4FW Bailey Rowe (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 17) 4 1   Weymouth FC
9 4FW Jordan Johnson (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 32) 8 2   Leek Town
4FW Lewis Jones 25 December 1994 (age 23) 2 0   Lansing United[11]
11 4FW Shamoy Thompson (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Ballstarz

Historical list of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association=VGB/about.html
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-05-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Virgin Islands recall their days in the sun under former coach – Independent
  6. ^ St. Lucia flogs BVI 9–0 in World Cup qualifier Archived May 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – Qualifiers – North, Central America and Caribbean – All Matches". FIFA.com. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  8. ^ "British Virgin Islands Roster". CONCACAF Nations League. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  9. ^ "BVI to play Antigua ahead of 2018 WC Qualifiers". Virgin Islands News Online. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  10. ^ "Reigatians Football Club duo handed international call ups". Surrey Mirror. 2014-09-18. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  11. ^ "Fisher heads off to Jr College Life in Colorado". Virgin Islands News Online. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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