West Indies national football team

The West Indies National Football Team is the team that represents the West Indies. It is not a member of FIFA, CFU or CONCACAF, but is a member of the N.F.-Board, an organisation for teams who are not members of FIFA. They were admitted to the N.F.-Board as a provisional member in 2013.[2]

West Indies Football Association
West Indies Football Association logo.jpg
AbbreviationWIFA
Formation2013
TypeSports
PurposeFootball
Region served
West Indies
Membership
NF-Board
President
James Baird
AffiliationsNF-Board

The West Indies FA will use Caribbean players from all over the world who have not played with their national team and give them the opportunity to represent the West Indies and let them experience international football.

The West Indies FA or WIFA will initially be based in Trinidad and Tobago and were scheduled to play in 2014's Viva World Cup.[3] Unfortunately, due to the short timescale afforded them, they were unable to take the field.

HistoryEdit

There have been many attempts to put a West Indies football team together but in the past they mostly failed although there was the British Caribbean Football Association established in 1957 and played various matches as the select team from the Caribbean mostly against English opposition.

Modern EraEdit

Re-imaged in 2013, the WIFA organisation will play at various levels and encompass all forms of association football. Although a regional squad has been formed, matches have yet to be played as the team head coach assesses the current crop of players.

Due to the nature of the organisation, players from across the region have the opportunity to participate on a world footballing stage where perhaps they wouldn't be offered that chance with their home nation.

West Indies national football team
First international
WIFA Pirates 5–4 Petrotrin Sports Club
(Trinidad and Tobago; 17 January 2015)[1]

The development squad, WIFA Pirates played their first ever proper match on January 26, 2015 in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago Football Association side Petrotrin Sports Club, winning 5–4.

WIFA will also host a Futsal team based out of London, UK.

Current ManagementEdit

WIFA have formed a group of executives, all of whom have been brought together, working in various fields, heading towards achieving the same goal.

Name Role Nationality
James Baird President  
James Baird Head Coach  
Bill Alsobrook Vice-President  
John Furlong Secretary  
Justin Lall Finance  
Debby Ann Ojar-Baird Director/ Attorney-at-Law  
Marc Roseblade Media/Website  
Nathan Langaigne Assistant Coach  
Clinton Lewis Coach  
John Sime Goalkeeper Coach  
Robert Brassett Futsal Coach  
Erik Klint Scout   Have left the FA
TBA Physio
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First colours
 
 
 
 
 
Second colours

Team colorsEdit

The WIFA will play its home matches in a blue and yellow kit and away matches in a red and yellow kit.

WIFA SquadsEdit

National SquadEdit

As of 20 January 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   SCO James Baird
GK   CUB José Manuel Miranda Boudy
GK   FRA Paul Nephtalie Decimus
DF   ENG Jerel Ifil
DF   ENG Kirkie Thomas
DF   COL Milton Correa
DF   ENG Keon Richardson
DF   CAN Clint Crouch
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   COL Julio Fernandes De La Roas
MF   SWE Jonathan Grannum
MF   ENG Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro
FW   BLZ Colville Richards
FW   TRI Keston Raphael
FW   SWE Jade Grannum
FW   MSR Jaylee Allen Hodgson
FW   ENG Craig Matthews

Local Squad (WIFA Pirates)Edit

WIFA partnered [4] with Texas Premier Soccer League club side Galveston Pirate SC on August 20, 2014. The partnership between both clubs saw the introduction of the WIFA Pirates, which would act as the WIFA development squad.

{-} Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Squad correct as of Jan 26, 2015.

No. Pos. Player Nation
GK Daniel Ringis   Trinidad and Tobago
GK Joshua Lamb   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Andrew Thomas   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Nixon Thomas   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Haylon Martin   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Shakir Thompson   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Jaheil Austin   Trinidad and Tobago
DF Gavin Luke   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Francis Rojas   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Lannel Hamilton   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Kevon Smart   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Joel Melville   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Brendon Romero   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Stephen King   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Kelson Wilson   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Marcus Alexander   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Darrion Bernard   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Khaleel Reid-Devonish   Trinidad and Tobago
MF Jerome Thomas   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Erik Ranoo   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Runako Vincent   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Tacuma Sadlow   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Jeron Melville   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Keston Raphael   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Lannel Hamilton   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Kareem Alleyen   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Che Edwards   Trinidad and Tobago
FW Javan-Marc Joseph   Trinidad and Tobago

FutsalEdit

The West Indies Futsal team is based in London UK where many of the West Indies Futsal player participate in the UK leagues. The team is headed by Englishman Robert Brassett and continues to grow since its start in 2014.

Results and fixturesEdit

Recent resultsEdit

21 January 2015 Friendly match WIFA Pirates 5–4 Petrotrin Sports Club Santa Flora, Trinidad and Tobago
18:00 Che Edwards x 3
Tacuma Sadlow
OG
Report Stadium: Petrotrin Compound

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b WIFA – List of matches
  2. ^ NF Board. "NF Board Membership". Retrieved April 12, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ T&T Newsday. "VIVA World Cup". Retrieved April 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Galveston Pirate SC. "WIFA partners with Pirates". Retrieved August 20, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)