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Trinidad and TobagoÕs Soca Warrior captain Dwight Yorke (left) juggling a ball while teammates watch, at the teamÕs final training session in Germany, in preparation for todayÕs first World Cup match against Sweden. (Picture from the Trinidad Express.)

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Trinidad and Tobago's fans cheering their players at the end of yesterday's thrilling match. (AP Picture)

NEWS FLASH - June 10, 2006

RED FEVER. It was a draw, but it felt like a win. To all Trinidad and Tobago football fans it felt like Soca Warriors had won the World Cup. , in Dortmund, Germany, in front of more than 60 000 fans and more than a billion television viewers, they battled hard for a 0-0 draw against fancied Sweden, with just ten men playing the entire second half. It was a result that shocked the footballing world and gave the Soca Warriors their first points in the prestigious company of football's greatest.

The amazing result put the 47th ranked Trinidad and Tobago literally at the ;centre of the universe'. It's the smallest country ever to play in the World Cup and yesterday's heroics set up a huge mouth-watering battle when they face England on Thursday. Here, patrons waving the Trinidad flag while cheering on the Soca Warriors at Lucky Horseshoe in Worthing, Christ Church. (PS) (Picture by Charles Grant.)  

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Trinidad and Tobago's captain Dwight Yorke celebrating at the end of the Sweden v Trinidad and Tobago, Group B, World Cup 2006 soccer match. The match ended in a scoreless draw.

rinidad and Tobago's captain Dwight Yorke celebrating at the end of the Sweden v Trinidad and Tobago, Group B, World Cup 2006 soccer match.

Trinidad and Tobago's keeper Shaka Hislop and teammate Dennis Lawrence celebrating at the end of the draw against Sweden. (AP Picture)

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Trinidad and Tobago's keeper Shaka Hislop and teammate Dennis Lawrence celebrating at the end of the draw against Sweden. (AP Picture)

It was mas and celebration on June 24, 2006 in Trinidad when hundreds went to Piarco International Airport to welcome heroes Soca Warriors home after competing in the FIFA World Cup. Among those at the airport was Prime Minister Patrick Manning who gave captain Dwight Yorke (inset right) and his team a hero's welcome.

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In a region where cricket has traditionally had a stronghold, Football has gradually been making incursions into the consciousness of sports fans. Trinidad & Tobago' s national team has been prominent for a while, taking part in regional competition as well as world cup qualifying matches and the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica were great favourites when they competed in the 1998 world cup. Barbados is also taking football seriously with an enthusiastic youth team that is doing well in international fixtures


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Former national coach Keith Griffith (centre) poses with the citation he received recently from the Barbados Football Association (BFA) for his contribution to the sport in Barbados. At right is BFA president, Ronald Jones, and at left is Lisle Austin, a vice-president of the sportÕs world governing body, FIFA.

The Barbados Football association was founded in 1910 and cele- brated its 90th anniversary in 2000. The BFA was orginally named the Barbados Amateur Football Association. The name was changed in 1925. The Barbados Football Association became affiliated to FIFA in 1968. It is also an affiliate of the Caribbean Football Union and CONCACAF.

Masters Football in Barbados is in a healthy state with over fifteen teams competing in the local championships. Some known to you are the Cockspurs Wanderers and the Texaco Black Rock team all playing at top level.
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Ronald Jones: BFA gets go ahead for smaller project.

May-2004 by Philip Spooner in Grenada

The Barbados Football Association (BFA) has been given the green light to proceed with its controversial stadium project at Wildey, St Michael.

This is according to BFA president Ronald Jones, who yesterday told the DAILY NATION that the Town and Country Planning Department had given them the go-ahead, but the project had to be scaled down.

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In the World Cup of 1998 the Reggae Boyz reigned supreme and for a while football was on every Jamaican's mind.
In France, people attending the world cup matches were asked who they would pick after their own home team to win and an overwhelming majority picked Jamaica! Testament to the effort and character displayed by the team and a matter of great pride for the country.

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