Head coach: Matthew Green

Most caps: Duane Glinton (8)

Top scorer: Gavin Glinton (4)

Home stadium: TCIFA National Academy

The people of this small Caribbean nation adore football, so the national association can count upon their support and goodwill. Although the national team has not enjoyed much success on the international stage, work continues apace on developing football in the country. Work concentrates on youth football, as people are aware that footballing success is always based on youth development work.

On 27 October 2002, FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner opened the new national training centre in Providenciales. Goal and FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme bore the costs of this centre, which boasts a pitch with floodlight installations, dressing rooms and a surrounding fence. Private patrons provided the national association with the necessary land and the centre is now at the hub of football life on the islands. It is primarily used by the football-crazy youngsters, who now have the opportunity to further develop their burgeoning talents. Thanks to the new complex, an array of projects aimed at promoting youth, school and women’s football have also been launched. For small countries such as the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Goal Programme and FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme are extremely important, stressed Thomas H. Smith, the president of the Turks and Caicos Islands FA, in his opening address.

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