Continuing our feature on other International Teams we today look at The British Virgin Islands who are currently ranked by FIFA in 203rd position alongside Andorra and Anguilla.
The four main Islands of the British Virgin Islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke but also includes Mosquito Island (brought for £10m in 2007) and Necker Island (brought for $180,000 in the late 70s) which are owned by Sir Richard Branson.
The British Virgin Islands Football Association was founded in 1973 and affiliated to FIFA in 1974. They first entered the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournamet for the 2002 competition being eliminated by Bermuda 14-1 on aggregate. In the 2006 tournament they were paired with St Lucia and suffered another hefty defeat 10-0 on aggregate.
The 2010 qualifying tournament saw the BVI being the only team to be unbeaten throughout the whole qualifying and actual tournament proper. They were drawn against Bermuda and played both games away from home with the second game designated their "home" fixture. The first game ended 1-1 and the second ended 2-2 which saw Bermuda go through on away goals.
For the 2014 competition they were paired with the US Virgin Islands and lost 4-1 on aggregate. They were considered favourites at the time - the USVI went on to compete in Group F in the Second Round of qualifying against Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti and Curacao losing all six of the games played scoring two and conceding 40 goals in the process.
For the 2018 competition they faced Dominica in the qualifying round and went very close to getting into the second round losing the 3-2 in the 'home' game played on Dominica and the second leg ending 0-0. These games were played in March 2015.
The BVI have played twice this year in Caribbean Cup qualifiers which resulted in a 3-0 defeat to Martinique and a 7-0 defeat to Dominica both played in March.
There is some English non-league interest in the BVI National squad - Jordan Johnson was the last player to score in the 2-3 home defeat against Dominica. He was born in Stoke-On-Trent and currently plays for Kidsgrove Athletic - He has played for Leek Town, Airbus UK Broughton, Northwich Victoria and AFC Telford United amongst other clubs. Kidsgrove Athletic, of the Evo Stik Northern Premier League Division One (South) also have Ryan Dicker and Karl Espley in their ranks who also have played for the BVI. Peter Monks of Chippenham Town has also featured for The Nature Boyz in recent games. Andre Villas-Boas also had his first job in management as 'technical director' in 2000 and 2001.
FACTS AND FIGURES
ANDY DAVIS - 14
AVONDALE WILLIAMS - 5
Williams is currently the head-coach of the team
5-0 v PUERTO RICO - 1999
5-0 v US VIRGIN ISLANDS - 2004
17-0 v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 2010