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U15 Footballers to face stern CONCACAF challenge

The BVIFA has entered an U15 Boys team into the second CONCACAF Tournament, scheduled for the Cayman Islands in August, 2015. Photo: Provided
Having had the benefit of participation in an Easter Tournament in 2014 and also attendance at the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Digicel Centre of Excellence, the current crop of players who fit into the U15 age group are more prepared than ever before to compete on the Regional stage. Photo: Provided
Having had the benefit of participation in an Easter Tournament in 2014 and also attendance at the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Digicel Centre of Excellence, the current crop of players who fit into the U15 age group are more prepared than ever before to compete on the Regional stage. Photo: Provided
Action from a past game in St Maarten. Photo: Provided
Action from a past game in St Maarten. Photo: Provided
Action from the BVIFA's visit to St Maarten during Easter 2014. Photo: Provided
Action from the BVIFA's visit to St Maarten during Easter 2014. Photo: Provided
However they will face a stern test of their skills as thirty-four nations from across the region have signed on to participate in the tournament -- an increase of over 50 percent in participation levels from the 2013 edition. Photo: Provided
However they will face a stern test of their skills as thirty-four nations from across the region have signed on to participate in the tournament -- an increase of over 50 percent in participation levels from the 2013 edition. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Players from the BVIFA BDO and LIME School Leagues will have an extra incentive to perform well this season as the Federation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has announced plans for the second edition of the CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship, to be held in the Cayman Islands from August 9-23, 2015.

Having had the benefit of participation in an Easter Tournament in 2014 and also attendance at the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Digicel Centre of Excellence, the current crop of players who fit into the U15 age group are more prepared than ever before to compete on the Regional stage.

However they will face a stern test of their skills as thirty-four nations from across the region have signed on to participate in the tournament -- an increase of over 50 percent in participation levels from the 2013 edition. The tournament is designed to encourage development for youths from across the Confederation, while promoting competition at the international level for all member associations – including those for which few opportunities have previously existed at this age level.

“CONCACAF is proud of the response from its member associations in their commitment towards development,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “Two years ago, the inaugural tournament provided CONCACAF a competitive environment where we observed and thoroughly enjoyed the quality on display from our junior players. The under-15 tournament now begins a transition, from a start-up event into a critical step for our development. As the Confederation works together with our Member Associations, our priority and objective is to equip our players with advanced technical and tactical skills.”

In addition to player development, CONCACAF has added a new dimension to this year’s tournament in the form of a coaching education programme, which will be held prior to and during the tournament. This affords all under-15 coaches the opportunity to learn new techniques, with the aim of implementing these with their under-15 teams during the tournament.

Interest in the under-15 tournament is high across the Confederation. From 22 participants at the inaugural CONCACAF Boys’ Championship in 2013, the list of confirmed participating teams for this year’s edition reached an astounding 34 of CONCACAF’s 41 Member Associations as inscription closed last month.

Scheduled to participate (in alphabetical order by region):

Caribbean region (24): Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,

Central American región (7): Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama,

North American region (3):Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to host what is anticipated to be the largest ever under-15 CONCACAF football tournament in August 2015,” said Cayman Islands Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, Hon. Osbourne Bodden. “With over 34 teams expected, it will also be the largest ever tournament of its kind to be held in the Cayman Islands. I am particularly pleased that this tournament will be focused on the younger football players.”

“The hosting of the first boys U-15 CONCACAF tournament two years ago injected a new energy into youth football. I am confident that with the Government’s increased financial support of the National Football Teams, we will see strong performances from our young players. I am sure that this showcase of youth football will be welcomed by players, fans and the community at large and I encourage all to come out and support this tournament,” Minister Bodden added.

Like the 2014 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship, which was also staged in the Cayman Islands, this year’s competition is provisionally scheduled for venues on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, with teams set to be divided into various groups. The top sides from each group will qualify to a knockout round which will determine the regional champion at this level.

In 2013, Honduras outlasted Guatemala, 2-1, to capture the inaugural title of the CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship, in a match contested before a crowd of over 3,000 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Grand Cayman.

4 Responses to “U15 Footballers to face stern CONCACAF challenge”

  • bn (21/02/2015, 09:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This sports is hot
  • good job (21/02/2015, 17:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good Job BVIFA i was bless to represent the b.v.i at this same U15 tournament 10 years ago... its really a good feeling to see the b.v.i still been represented at this tournament .. GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!
  • just asking.... (21/02/2015, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how come i never see my son in any of the pitcures?


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