Goal Project boosts U.S. Virgin Islands football

(ABOVE) CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb officially opened the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation's first FIFA Goal Project on January 17, 2015, in St. Croix.

FIFA Vice President declares Administrative Headquarters officially open for business

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation (USVISF) marked a milestone on Saturday, as CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb officially opened its first FIFA Goal Project.

“The completion and opening of the new Administrative Headquarters for the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation will certainly provide further development opportunities for the islands,” said Webb.  “The Federation’s strategic plans align with our vision for development and growth and I look forward to seeing the continued advancement of football in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

During the two-day visit, Webb attended a boys and girls grassroots festival at the new headquarters in addition to meeting with Government officials and several members of the USVISF.  He also congratulated them on harvesting a high level of support for football on all the islands.

“Under the leadership of USVISF President Hillaren Frederick, our sport has grown tremendously in the areas of administration and development, focusing on improving technical and governance aspects,” Webb added.

Frederick thanked the CONCACAF President for his visit and reiterated the importance of completing the project’s first phase.

“Having a solid base for their daily operations is the first step in the long term strategic vision and plans for the Federation,” said Frederick.  “I convey my appreciation to CONCACAF and FIFA for their support, and look forward to building on this foundation to raise the profile of football in the USVI.”

The USVISF has also started the initial planning stages of its second FIFA Goal Project, a technical center that is expected to be completed within a year.