Nicknames: Emerald Boys

Head coach: Kenny Dyer

Top scorer: Jaylee Hodgson (3)

Home stadium: Blakes Estate Stadium

The island of Montserrat was virtually destroyed by devastating volcanic eruptions a few years ago. The damage was immense and reconstruction work was arduous. The country’s youngsters were the ones to suffer the most. Crime and drug abuse were just some of the resulting problems. With the support of FIFA, the national association has launched a school programme for boys and girls, as it regards football as a means to help stabilise society and motivate people to rise to the challenges posed by the volcanic eruptions. Montserrat contested an historic international match a few months ago. The players from the small island nation wanted to beat Bhutan in order to escape from the very basement of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. They may have lost that game, but a rematch is planned – to be held in Montserrat this time.

To fulfil the vision of the House of Football, the training centre in Blakes is to be equipped with seating, lockers, toilets, dressing rooms and administrative offices. The Goal Bureau approved this plan on 3 December 2006. The government contributed to the project by paying for the costs of installing electricity.

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