Antigua and Barbuda national football team

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Antigua and Barbuda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Benna Boys
Association Antigua and Barbuda Football Association
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean)
Head coach Rolston Williams
Captain George Dublin
Top scorer Peter Byers (35)
Home stadium Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua Recreation Ground
FIFA code ATG
FIFA ranking 149 Increase 2 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 83 (23 November 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 170 (15 December 2003 - 14 January 2004)
Elo ranking 141
Highest Elo ranking 130 (11 November 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 177 (November 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Trinidad & Tobago 11–1 Antigua & Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Antigua and Barbuda 10–0 USVI 
(St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda; 11 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Trinidad & Tobago 11–1 Antigua & Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)

The Antigua and Barbuda national football team is the national team of Antigua and Barbuda and is controlled by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and the Caribbean Football Union. They are nicknamed The Benna Boys due to the indigenous music of the island. Their current FIFA World ranking is 149.

The game-winning goal versus Haiti on November 11th, 2011 to advance to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

History[edit]

(1972) First international matches[edit]

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association was founded in 1928 and it became affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in 1970. The first official FIFA match played by Antigua and Barbuda was away against Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of Spain, Trinidad on 10 November 1972 for a home and away series during 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification. Trinidad and Tobago won the first match 11-1, making this result Antigua and Barbuda's worst loss in team history. The Soca Warriors also won the second leg in St. John's, Antigua 2-1 nine days later.

(2011-2012) Historical run in World Cup 2014 qualifying[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda led by Tom Curtis made a historic run to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They received a bye from the first round of CONCACAF qualifiers and were grouped with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao and Haiti in the second round. Their first match was at home to Curacao. After conceding the first goal, the Benna Boys came back to win the match 5-2. Next, Antigua and Barbuda played away to the U.S. Virgin Islands and won convincingly 8-1. In their third fixture, Antigua and Barbuda had to play a tricky away match at Curacao. Tamarley Thomas scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to give Antigua and Barbuda all 3 points. Up next in their fourth fixture of the second round was a home match versus the U.S. Virgin Islands. Antigua and Barbuda wasted little time before scoring the opening goal. In this match, the Benna Boys made history with an emphatic 10-0 win that saw Peter Byers and Tamarley Thomas both scoring hat-tricks. This was the biggest win in Antigua and Barbuda football history. While Antigua and Barbuda easily beat the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao drew away at Haiti. This meant that Haiti needed at least a draw in their next match in Antigua to stay alive in the competition. On November 11, 2011, Antigua and Barbuda played versus Haiti at home. This match proved difficult for the Benna Boys. For large spells of the match Haiti had majority of the possession and almost scored on a number of occasions including hitting the post twice in the first half. In the second half, Haiti was content on settling for a draw knowing that the next match was in Port-au-Prince and would be favoured to win. In the 82nd minute, Antigua and Barbuda opened up the deadlock with a strike from Kerry Skepple. After the goal, Haiti pressed for the equalizer and forced goalkeeper Molvin James to make some terrific saves. Antigua and Barbuda won this match 1-0 and advanced to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying thus eliminating Haiti with a game to spare. In the final match, the Benna Boys lost in the return leg in Haiti 2-1. Winning this group saw Antigua and Barbuda's FIFA World ranking go to 83rd, their highest ever.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Antigua and Barbuda 6 5 0 1 28 5 +23 15
 Haiti 6 4 1 1 21 6 +15 13
 Curaçao 6 2 1 3 15 15 0 7
 U.S. Virgin Islands 6 0 0 6 2 40 −38 0
  Antigua and Barbuda Curaçao Haiti United States Virgin Islands
Antigua and Barbuda  5–2 1–0 10–0
Curaçao  0–3* 2–4 6–1
Haiti  2–1 2–2 6–0
U.S. Virgin Islands  1–8 0–3 0–7


The Antigua and Barbuda national team in their historic World Cup 2014 qualifying match versus the United States on October 12th, 2012 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

In the third round, Antigua and Barbuda were grouped with Jamaica, Guatemala and the United States. The first fixture in his group was an away match to the United States. Most people were expecting a convincing win by the U.S. but Antigua and Barbuda made it a competitive game. After conceding the first two goals from Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey in the 8th and the 44th minute respectively, Peter Byers scored a goal on a through pass from Mikele Leigertwood to bring the match to 2-1 in the 65th minute. The Benna Boys were somehow trying to equalize but that came to an end in the 72nd minute when Hercules Gomez scored a goal. The match ended in a 3-1 loss but Antigua and Barbuda gained respect for standing toe to toe with a CONCACAF giant. Up next was a home match to Jamaica. It ended in 0-0 draw gaining their first ever point in the third round of World Cup qualifying. Next, was another tough road test versus Guatemala in the pouring rain that saw some areas of field flooded. Surprisingly, Antigua and Barbuda opened the scoring in the 39th minute from Peter Byers and took the lead into half time. In the second half, Carlos Ruiz leveled the match at 1-1 in the 60th minute. It went from bad to worse when they were reduced to 10 men. Molvin James received a second yellow card for time wasting and Ruiz scored another goal to take the lead 3 minutes later. In the 91st minute Dwight Pezzarossi sealed the match 3-1. The return leg against Guatemala in Antigua saw Guatemala win 1-0 on a wonder strike from Carlos Ruiz in the 25th minute. A home match versus the United States was the next on the schedule. The United States opened up the scoring in the 20th minute on a header from Eddie Johnson but then 5 minutes later the Benna Boys leveled the score from Dexter Blackstock from a Peter Byers pass. The match saw both teams have chances to take the lead even though the U.S. had majority of the possession. Unfortunately, Antigua and Barbuda conceded a late goal, again off of an Eddie Johnson header in the 90th minute. The match ended in a 2-1 defeat thus eliminating them from advancing to the next round. The final match of the third round was a 4-1 loss away to Jamaica ending their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13
 Jamaica 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
 Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
 Antigua and Barbuda 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1
  Antigua and Barbuda Guatemala Jamaica United States
Antigua and Barbuda  0–1 0–0 1–2
Guatemala  3–1 2–1 1–1
Jamaica  4–1 2–1 2–1
United States  3–1 3–1 1–0


Stadiums[edit]

The National Stadium of the Antigua and Barbuda football team is originally the Antigua Recreation Ground. This stadium is located in Saint John's, the capital and it can hold a capacity of 12,000 people. The national team also use the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium for some of their home matches. This state of the art facility is located in North Sound holds up to 10,000 spectators.


Saint John's North Sound
Antigua Recreation Ground Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 10,000
Antigua and Barbuda national football team (Antigua)

Antigua Recreation Ground[edit]

Antigua Recreation Ground (from the stands)
Antigua Recreation Ground (from the field)

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium[edit]

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (inside)
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (outside)

Past and present crests[edit]

These are the crest used over the years by the Antigua and Barbuda national football team.

Used 1928-2006
Used 2006-present
alternate present

Past and present kits[edit]

These are some of the kits worn over the years by the Antigua and Barbuda national football team.

2001 Home
2006 Home
2008 Home
2008 Away
Current Home
Current Away

Competition records[edit]

Latest results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Match Type Antigua and Barbuda Scorers
April 1, 2012 St. Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–1 Friendly Robinson Goal 19'
Byers Goal 51'
June 8, 2012 United States  United States 1–3 World Cup Qualifier Byers Goal 64'
June 12, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  Jamaica 0–0 World Cup Qualifier
September 7, 2012 Guatemala  Guatemala 1–3 World Cup Qualifier Byers Goal 38'
September 11, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  Guatemala 0–1 World Cup Qualifier
October 12, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  United States 1-2 World Cup Qualifier Blackstock Goal 25'
October 16, 2012 Jamaica  Jamaica 1-4 World Cup Qualifier Griffith Goal 61'
December 7, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  Dominican Republic 1-2 Caribbean Cup Byers Goal 17'
December 9, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 Caribbean Cup Griffith Goal 51'
Byers Goal 73'
December 11, 2012 Antigua and Barbuda  Haiti 0–1 Caribbean Cup
September 3, 2014 Antigua and Barbuda  Anguilla Caribbean Cup Qualifier
September 5, 2014 Antigua and Barbuda  Dominican Republic Caribbean Cup Qualifier
September 7, 2014 Antigua and Barbuda  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean Cup Qualifier
Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup
YEAR P W D L F A PTS +/- FINISH
Uruguay 1930 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Italy 1934 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
France 1938 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Brazil 1950 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Sweden 1958 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Chile 1962 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
England 1966 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Mexico 1970 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Germany 1974 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Argentina 1978 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Spain 1982 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Mexico 1986 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Italy 1990 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 1994 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
France 1998 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
South Korea Japan2002 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Germany 2006 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Brazil 2014 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/20

Gold Cup record[edit]

Gold Cup
YEAR G W D L F A PTS +/- FINISH
United States 1991 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
United States Mexico 1993 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 1996 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 1998 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2000 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2002 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States Mexico 2003 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2005 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2007 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2009 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2011 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
United States 2013 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
TOTALS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/12

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Caribbean Cup
YEAR G W D L F A PTS +/- FINISH
Barbados 1989 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Jamaica 1991 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 3 0 1 2 2 12 1 -10 Group Stage
Jamaica 1993 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Cayman IslandsJamaica 1995 3 1 0 2 3 5 3 -2 Group Stage
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Withdrew
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 -4 Group Stage
JamaicaTrinidad and Tobago 1998 5 2 0 3 11 9 6 +2 4th Place
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Barbados 2005 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Did not qualify
Jamaica 2008 3 0 2 1 3 6 2 -3 Group Stage
Martinique 2010 3 1 0 2 2 4 3 -2 Group Stage
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 3 1 0 2 3 3 3 0 Group Stage
Jamaica 2014
TOTALS 22 5 3 14 25 44 18 -19 7/16
Key

      Champion       Runners-up       3rd Place       4th Place

**Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

External links[edit]