TORTOLA — After four months of preparations, the British Virgin Islands under-15 boys national soccer team will take on their counterparts from the region when they open play Sunday at the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys Championships in Bradenton, Fla.

The BVI takes on Anguilla in Sunday’s match at the IMG Academy campus. In its remaining matches, the British Virgin Islands will face Montserrat on Tuesday, and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday.

The BVI is one of 39 countries represented in the tournament, which runs through Aug. 19, and is playing in Division 3’s Group J.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is also entered in the CONCACAF U-15 Boys Championships, and is also in Division 3.

However, the USVI is paired in Group I along with the Bahamas, French Guiana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines for its group-play matches.

The USVI opens group play Sunday as well, taking on the Bamahas. On Tuesday, its faces French Guiana, and closes out against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday.

Marcos Falopa of Brazil, recently appointed as the BVI Football Association’s technical director and coach, said the tournament is a chance for the team to see where they are against their counterparts based on how they’re are grouped.

Because of the level of the sport in the British Virgin Islands, this means they won’t face the likes of the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago or Mexico.

“We’re going to play with our level of soccer and we hope we reach the finals,” Falopa said. “The boys are very determined and they are motivated. They have shown good signs for us to step forward and how they can learn soccer.”

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