Barbados Overview

Barbados is an island nation of the Lesser Antilles surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The former British colony became an independent nation and Commonwealth realm in 1966, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados has a population of 280,000 people, with around 80,000 living in Bridgetown, the largest city of the island and the country’s capital. Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region.

Sports in Barbados are many and varied. In recent years the Barbadian government has implemented a policy of Sport based tourism; the country hosted for example the 2007 Cricket World Cup and various other events like the AIBA Women’s World Championships in 2010.

Many Barbadians follow cricket religiously. Locally cricket is governed by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA). Barbados has a national team and players that are a composite part of the West Indies cricket team. Barbados has a number of famous cricketers like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott or and Sir Frank Worrell.

Football is one of the most popular sports in Barbados. It still lags behind cricket in participation and spectators but the interest in football has been growing in recent years. Football is governed by the Barbados Football Association (BFA) which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. The BFA is member of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football).