I was just thinking about all theses tiny countries that are in the qualification process for major tournaments and why they bother. eg. Faroe Islands, Lichenstein etc. The answer of course is because they are members of FIFA. So then I had a look at FIFA's website to see all the other minor members. I'm sure through this board many of you will have heard about Montserrat, mainly because they are so crap. Them, Bhutan and a couple of other small islands generally prop up FIFA's ranking system (which we all know for its gross inaccuracies). However, Montserrat is one of those dependant states. A Dependant of Great Britain in fact. Like Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands it competes in the CONCACAF qualifying and has the possibility of playing the USA and Mexico in the further stages of that qualification and then onto to the World Cup itself. So why I wonder do other Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies of Great Britain not follow suit? There are many other far flung islands like the Cayman's, St. Helena and the Falklands. But there are also many far nearer home. Gibraltar of course but also Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Jersey and Guernsey, known as the Channel Islands are basically rich boy's tax havens, so they probably wouldn't want a bunch of Eurotrash football fans stomping around their smart marinas every time there's a footy game. But the Isle of Man? They host the TT for goodness sake. teh Tourists Trophy a huge motorbike race which attracts loads of bikers from all over Europe and I'm sure they don't just sit around drinking sodas all weekend. So my question is, why on earth haven't they taken the initiative and requested membership with UEFA and FIFA. And what is the process of doing so. Do you have to have a national association in place. If so, I'll start one and run it. Do you have to have a professional league in place? Doubt it. Does San Marino, Leichenstein, Andorra, Faroe Islands etc? Infact (and if you haven't already realised how bored I am at work some days you will now) I'm going to write to them and ask them. Just for a laugh and all but if I get a reply I'll post it here.