British Virgin Islands national football team

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British Virgin Islands
Nickname(s)The Nature Boys
AssociationBritish Virgin Islands
Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachAvondale Williams[1]
CaptainAndy Davis
Most capsAndy Davis (14)
Top scorerAvondale Williams (5)
Home stadiumA.O. Shirley Recreation Ground
FIFA codeVGB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 207 Steady (7 February 2019)[2]
Highest160 (March 2000, August–November 2002)
Lowest207 (October 2018 – present)
Elo ranking
Current 226 Increase 3 (2 February 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)

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.

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

History[edit]

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 qualification[edit]

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 record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 14
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 0 10
South Africa 2010 2 0 2 0 3 3
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 1 4
Russia 2018 2 0 1 1 2 3
Qatar 2022 To be determined Qualification yet to start
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 10 0 3 7 7 34

Gold Cup record[edit]

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Barbados 1989 to
Trinidad and Tobago 1994
Did not qualify
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Did not enter
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 to
Barbados 2005
Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Withdrew
Jamaica 2008 to
Martinique 2017
Did not qualify
Total 0/18 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

2018[edit]

27 July 2018 FriendlySaint Martin Collectivity of Saint Martin0–0 British Virgin IslandsSaint Barthelemy
28 July 2018 FriendlySaint Barthélemy Saint Barthélemy3–4 British Virgin IslandsSaint Barthélemy

2019[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up to the CONCACAF Nations League against Bonaire 16 November 2018

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ben Chapman (1991-05-03) 3 May 1991 (age 27) 6 0 England Leek Town
1GK Phillip Jules (2000-09-11) 11 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0 British Virgin Islands Panthers FC

4 2DF Troy Caesar (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 24) 17 0 United States Life University
6 2DF Phil Nelson (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 30) 3 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC
5 2DF James Drury (1986-07-16) 16 July 1986 (age 32) 4 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC
7 3MF Charles Medway (2002-06-02) 2 June 2002 (age 16) 4 0 England New Milton Town
2DF Chris Pease 1 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC
3 2DF Joshua Bertie (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 22) 4 0 England Andover Town

10 3MF Tsharne Gallimore (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 18) 4 0 England Westfield F.C.
3MF Carlos Septus (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 27) 10 1 British Virgin Islands Rebels FC
3MF Kristian Javier (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 22) 5 0 United States Peachtree City MOBA
11 3MF Leo Forte (1999-10-20) 20 October 1999 (age 19) 4 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC
8 3MF Jamie Wilson (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 4 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC
3MF Robbie Green (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 21) 3 0 England Hyde United

4FW Bailey Rowe (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 16) 4 1 England Weymouth FC
9 4FW Jordan Johnson (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 32) 8 2 England Leek Town
4FW Trevor Peters (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 29) 14 1 British Virgin Islands Rebels FC
3MF Tyler Forbes (2002-04-18) 18 April 2002 (age 16) 3 0 England Maldon & Triptree

Past Squads[edit]

The following players were called up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Desire Montgomery Butler (1967-01-05) 5 January 1967 (age 52) 10 0 British Virgin Islands Islanders FC
1GK Will Skingly 17 January 2001 (age 17) 0 0 England Shortford F.C.
1GK Alexander Keen 13 April 2002 (age 16) 0 0 England Unknown
2DF Allon Williams (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 22) 3 0 British Virgin Islands VG United
2DF Liam Blok (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 17) 2 0 Netherlands International School of The Hague
Karl Tuitt 0 0 British Virgin Islands unknown
2DF Ryan Dicker 22 September 1986 (age 31) 5 0 England Leek Town FC
2DF Josh Fines 7 July 1996 (age 21) 2 0 United States Memphis City FC
2DF Peter Monks 3 October 1986 (age 31) 6 0 England Unknown
2DF James Felix (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25) 1 0 British Virgin Islands Unknown
3MF Karl Espley 24 March 1986 (age 32) 4 0 England Kidsgrove Athletic
3MF James Quinn 6 July 1994 (age 23) 2 0 United States Wayland Baptist University
3MF Matthew Bell (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 27) 2 0 England Nantwich Town
3MF Fladimir Septus (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 27) 6 0 British Virgin Islands Ballstarz
10 3MF James Shearman (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 33) 12 0 British Virgin Islands Wolues FC[9]
4FW Lewis Jones 25 December 1994 (age 23) 2 0 United States Lansing United[10]
11 4FW Shamoy Thompson (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 21) 2 0 British Virgin Islands Ballstarz

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association=VGB/about.html
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 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. ^ "BVI to play Antigua ahead of 2018 WC Qualifiers". Virgin Islands News Online. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  9. ^ "Reigatians Football Club duo handed international call ups". Surrey Mirror. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  10. ^ "Fisher heads off to Jr College Life in Colorado". Virgin Islands News Online. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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