USVI Soccer Association to Host FIFA Delegation

The lighted field at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix. (Photo courtesy of the USVI Soccer Association)
The lighted field at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix. (Photo courtesy of the USVI Soccer Association)

The US Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s President Hillaren Frederick and the members of the executive committee will host a FIFA delegation of infrastructure specialists on Saturday, according to a press release issued Friday.

The delegation will be inspecting the Bethlehem Soccer Complex in Estate Bethlehem on St. Croix. Capital improvement projects at the property are funded by a financial assistance program available to members of the FIFA network, according to the release. FIFA Forward Program’s aim is to give custom-designed assistance for soccer development worldwide, it stated. 

To date, the total investment in infrastructure at BSC has produced an administration office, a soccer field with lighting and bleachers, locker rooms, public bathrooms, a concession, and cafeteria. The total cost of investment is $2,573,834, the release stated.

FIFA and CONCACAF fully funded all construction and projects. The next immediate plans are to construct a two-story dormitory building of approximately 12,398 square feet with a total of 17 dormitories, including 15 double rooms and two for officials, with a fitness gym on St. Croix. The future goal is to build a soccer academy for elite USVI soccer players, the release stated.

Members of the FIFA delegation are:
Alejandro Calvente- Development Programmes Manager
Hervé Blanchard – Regional Office Development Manager
David Rosa – FIFA Infrastructure Consultant
Malaika Church- Regional Office Development Coordinator

For more information on USVI Soccer Association programs, contact the USVI Soccer Association office at 340-719-9707 or email usvisoccer@gmail.com. Follow them on Facebook at USVI Soccer Association.