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Parishes of Jersey FC prepare to make 'international' bow

Parishes of Jersey FC hope to qualify for Conifa's 'World Football Cup' in 2020. Credit: ITV

Jersey will host an 'international' football match on Sunday as some of the island's top players turn out for Parishes of Jersey FC for the first time.

The newly-formed side face Yorkshire IFA at St Peter FC in their inaugural game since becoming a member of Conifa - an alternative governing body which organises tournaments for unrecognised nations.

Parishes of Jersey was set-up by former Muratti defender James Scott to provide more competitive opportunities for local players following the island's rejection by Uefa earlier this year.

They hope to qualify for Conifa's next World Football Cup in 2020, which would see them come up against teams from across the world.

The 2018 edition of the tournament was held in London and attracted crowds in the low thousands and considerable media attention.

I don't think we could have, for a one-off game like this, picked a better squad than what we've got so I'm really, really pleased with that. Being from Jersey, these lads don't often get these opportunities to play against people they've never played before, so it's going to be a challenge for them. It'll be interesting to see how they step up to that challenge and we're looking for a bit of a reaction. Hopefully they play well and we get the result that we want.

– James Scott, Manager, Parishes of Jersey FC
Jack Boyle, who captained Jersey in the 2017 Muratti Vase final, will lead Parishes of Jersey FC in their first match on Sunday. Credit: ITV

Parishes of Jersey's first squad includes many of the island's recent representative players, including 2017 Muratti captain Jack Boyle - who will skipper the side on Sunday - and man-of-the-match James Queree.

Former Jersey captain Luke Watson, who starred for the island before stepping away from the game two years ago, is also set for a return to football after being included in a 15-man squad.

The match will be Yorkshire's fourth as Conifa members, and second away from home, since their formation in 2017.

  • Parishes of Jersey FC squad to face Yorkshire on Sunday (KO 3:30pm, St Peter FC): Jack Boyle (captain), Euan van der Vliet, Michael Weir, Jack Cannon, Adam Trotter, Zeljko Martinovic, Luke Watson, Harry Curtis, Matt Donaldson, Calvin Weir, Luke Campbell, Jake Baker, Tom Harris, Karl Hinds, James Queree.