American Samoa national association football team

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American Samoa
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS)
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Uinifareti Aliva
Captain Terrence Sinapati
Most caps Nicky Salapu (17)
Top scorer Ramin Ott
Shalom Luani (2)
Home stadium Veterans Memorial Stadium
FIFA code ASA
FIFA ranking 200 Steady (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 173 (5 September 2012)
Lowest FIFA ranking 205 (17 May 2006)
Elo ranking 232 Steady
Highest Elo ranking 191 (August 22, 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking 233 (September 5, 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
unofficial
 Western Samoa 3–1 Am. Samoa American Samoa
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 20, 1983)
FIFA recognised
 Tonga 3–0 Am. Samoa American Samoa
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; September 2, 1998)
Biggest win
unofficial
American Samoa Am. Samoa 3–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 22, 1983)
FIFA recognized
American Samoa Am. Samoa 2–1 Tonga 
(Apia, Samoa; November 22, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 31–0 American Samoa American Samoa
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; April 11, 2001)
(international record)

The American Samoa national association football team (Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa soka au) represents American Samoa in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation American Samoa, the governing body the sport in the territory. American Samoa's home ground is Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pago Pago and their head coach is Uinifareti Aliva.[1]

Overview[edit]

Regarded as one of the world's weakest teams,[1] until November 2011 they were the joint lowest FIFA ranking of all countries registered for full internationals.[2][3] The team holds the world record for the largest defeat in an international match, set after their 31–0 loss to Australia.[4]

American Samoa achieved its first victory in a 3–0 win against Wallis and Futuna in the group stage of the 1983 South Pacific Games,[5] when neither team was a member of FIFA.

On November 23, 2011, the team defeated Tonga 2–1 in the first round of OFC World Cup Qualification, with a long-range goal by Ramin Ott, and a chip over the keeper by Shalom Luani, helping them record their first official international victory after 30 consecutive defeats.[1]

They followed this up with a 1–1 draw against Cook Islands, but failed to progress in their qualifying group, after losing to Samoa 1–0, the only goal being scored in the 89th minute.

On December 2011 the team achieved its greatest position in the FIFA World Rankings.

The team's efforts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was chronicled in 2014 British documentary, Next Goal Wins, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison.[6][7]

American Samoa all-time record against all nations[edit]

As of November 27, 2011 (UTC)
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Australia 1 0 0 1 0 31 −31 0%
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 0%
 Fiji 2 0 0 2 0 24 −24 0%
 Guam 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 New Caledonia 3 0 0 3 0 28 −28 0%
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 37 −37 0%
 Samoa 9 0 0 9 3 41 −38 0%
 Solomon Islands 2 0 0 2 1 16 −15 0%
 Tahiti 3 0 0 3 1 32 −31 0%
 Tonga 8 1 0 7 8 25 −17 12.5%
 Tuvalu 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Vanuatu 4 0 0 4 1 39 −38 0%
 Wallis and Futuna 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 50%
Total 42 2 1 39 22 294 −272 4.76%

World Cup record[edit]

19301998: Did not enter
20022014: Did not qualify

World Cup qualification record[edit]

FIFA World Cup qualification history
Year Round H/A/N Score Result
2002 Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 13  Fiji Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 8  Samoa Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 31  Australia Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 5  Tonga Loss
2006 Group 1 A  American Samoa 0 – 4  Samoa Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 1 – 9  Vanuatu Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 11  Fiji Loss
Group 1 N  American Samoa 0 – 10  Papua New Guinea Loss
2010 Group B N  American Samoa 1 – 12  Solomon Islands Loss
Group B A  American Samoa 0 – 7  Samoa Loss
Group B N  American Samoa 0 – 15  Vanuatu Loss
Group B N  American Samoa 0 – 4  Tonga Loss
2014 First round N  American Samoa 2 – 1  Tonga Win
First round N  American Samoa 1 – 1  Cook Islands Draw
First round A  American Samoa 0 – 1  Samoa Loss

OFC Nations Cup record[edit]

South Pacific Games record[edit]

1983[edit]

The football tournament at the 1983 South Pacific Games in Western Samoa was the first time American Samoa had entered, having missed the six tournaments from 1963 to 1979. American Samoa were drawn in Group A along with Samoa, Tonga, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Two points would be awarded for a win, one for a draw, with the top two in each group advancing to the quarter-finals. Their first two games ended in defeat, losing 3–1 to Samoa and 3–2 to Tonga. In their final game against the Wallis and Futuna Islands, however, they achieved their first victory, winning by three goals to nil. The two points gained from this win, though, were not enough to finish in the top two, so American Samoa went out at the group stage.

1987[edit]

The 1987 football tournament saw American Samoa compete for the 2nd time in their history. In a format change from the previous tournament in 1983, the entered teams were placed in one large group, with the group winner taking the gold medal. In their opening match, American Samoa were on the receiving end of a 10–0 thrashing from the hosts, New Caledonia. Their next two matches also ended in defeat, albeit less severe: 7–0 against Vanuatu and 5–1 against the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Papua New Guinea, however, were less merciful, and scored twenty without reply in what turned out to be the American Samoans' last game of the tournament, their final match against Tahiti being cancelled. American Samoa would not enter again until 2007, missing the 1991, 1995, and 2003 tournaments.

2007[edit]

American Samoa made their 3rd appearance at the South Pacific Games football tournament in 2007. The competition also doubled as the first stage of the OFC qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the three medal winners progressing to the final qualifying group. American Samoa were drawn in Group B along with the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. In their opening match, they were defeated 12–1 by the Solomon Islands, with Ramin Ott scoring only their second goal in their FIFA World Cup qualification history. Following two more heavy defeats (7–0 against Samoa and 15–0 against Vanuatu), American Samoa went into their final game versus Tonga unable to qualify from their group. Their 4–0 defeat in this game, however, was their best result since 2006.

2011[edit]

At the football tournament of the 2011 South Pacific Games, held in Nouméa, New Caledonia, American Samoa were drawn in Group A alongside the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Guam, Tuvalu, and the hosts New Caledonia. In their opening two games, they were defeated 4-0 first by Tuvalu and then by the Solomon Islands. Their best result came in game three, a 2-0 loss to Guam, before back-to-back 8-0 defeats to New Caledonia and Vanuatu ensured that once again American Samoa exited at the group stage. Their group stage stats: Played 5, Lost 5, Scored 0, Conceded 26.

Managers[edit]

Squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification against Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands. The caps is of the players is only in FIFA matches.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nicky Salapu (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 34) 16 0 American Samoa Black Roses
23 1GK Chin-Fu Ta'ase (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Unattached
24 1GK Taufaiula Mavaega (1994-06-12) 12 June 1994 (age 20) 0 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
16 2DF Johnny Saelua (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 26) 11 0 American Samoa Black Roses
18 2DF Justin Manao (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 21) 3 0 United States Pacific Lutheran University
2 2DF Liatama Amisone Jr. (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 25) 8 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
4 2DF Daru Taumua (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 26) 6 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
5 2DF Tala Luvu (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Unattached
12 2DF Terrence Sinapati (1980-10-15) 15 October 1980 (age 34) 9 0 American Samoa PanSa East FC
3 2DF Uasila'a Heleta (1987-02-27) 27 February 1987 (age 27) 15 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
19 3MF Rawlston Masaniai (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 31) 3 0 American Samoa Pago Youth B
17 3MF Natia Natia (1984-02-02) 2 February 1984 (age 30) 5 1 Unattached
9 3MF Ramin Ott (1986-06-22) 22 June 1986 (age 28) 11 2 American Samoa SKBC
7 3MF Ismael D'Angelo Herrera (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 23) 5 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
8 3MF Moe Kuresa (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 23) 3 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
26 3MF Kid Bartley (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Unattached
22 3MF Fitiuta Maiava (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Unattached
20 4FW Shalom Luani (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 20) 8 2 United States Chabot College
13 4FW Rambo Tapui (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 28) 3 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
15 4FW Gene Neemia (1988-02-06) 6 February 1988 (age 26) 0 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
11 4FW Diamond Ott (1981-06-27) 27 June 1981 (age 33) 3 0 American Samoa Pago Youth FC
14 4FW Charlie Uhrle (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 22) 8 0 American Samoa Pago Youth FC
21 4FW Suani Uelese (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 (age 23) 4 0 American Samoa Pago Youth FC
6 4FW Roy Luani (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 American Samoa Tafuna Jets

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "American Samoa wins first ever football match after 30 straight defeats in 17 years". The Daily Telegraph. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ American Samoa's victory on November 23 came too late for this ranking period, and will be incorporated into the December rankings
  4. ^ Rookwood, Dan (April 11, 2001). "Aussie Rules as Socceroos smash world record again". The Guardian. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lee, Ben (November 24, 2011). "American Samoa football team celebrate first win in 18 years". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (3 February, 2014) Making Next Goal Wins screendaily.com
  7. ^ Kev Geoghegan (6 May 2014). "Next Goal Wins for 'world's worst football team'". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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