Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Jaguars
Association Football Federation of Belize (FFB)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis
Most caps Elroy Smith (36)
Top scorer Deon McCaulay (17)
Home stadium FFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA code BLZ
FIFA ranking 161 Decrease 9 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 128 (14 March 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 201 (23 November 2007, 16 January 2008)
Elo ranking 172
Highest Elo ranking 167 (14 June 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 189 (January 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 El Salvador 3–0 Belize 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize 
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize 
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2013)
Best result Group stage

The Belize national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Belice) is a national team of Belize and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize. It is affiliated to the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1980 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

[1]In March 2013 it reached its highest ever ranking of 128th.[2]

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA[edit]

On 15 June 2011, Belize kicked-off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for 19 June was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[3]

Facilities[edit]

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994 Did not exist
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

Gold Cup record[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 to 1993 Did not exist
1996 to 2002 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 2003 Did not enter
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
United States 2015 Did not qualify
Total 1/13

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

Copa Centroamericana Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Did Not Exist
Honduras 1993 Did Not Exist
El Salvador 1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Guatemala 1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Costa Rica 1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
Honduras 2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
Panama 2003 Did Not Enter
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
El Salvador 2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
Honduras 2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Panama 2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Costa Rica 2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
United States 2014 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 6
Total 9/12 0 Titles 25 1 5 19 17 59

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on 29 November in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[4] On 1 December Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Team staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Leroy Sherrier Lewis Costa Rica Head coach
Emilio Rene Montero Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Luís Cabrera Honduras Physical Trainer
Ken Vasquez Belize Physiotherapist

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players were called up for the 2014 Copa Centroamericana.
Caps and goals updated as September 10, 2014 after the game against El Salvador.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 29) 18 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
22 1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 34) 24 0 Guatemala Suchitepéquez
27 1GK Frank Lopez (1989-12-03) December 3, 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Belize Police United
7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 28) 32 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits
8 2DF Elroy Smith (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 32) 37 2 Honduras Platense
13 2DF Dalton Eiley (captain) (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 (age 30) 29 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
18 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 27) 19 0 Belize Verdes
19 2DF Felix Miranda (1993-01-14) January 14, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3 3MF Trevor Lennan (1983-01-05) January 5, 1983 (age 31) 23 1 Belize Police United
10 3MF Harrison Roches (1983-11-29) November 29, 1983 (age 30) 32 4 Belize Police United
12 3MF Denmark Casey (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
14 3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Belize Police United
17 3MF John King (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
23 3MF Dellon Torres (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Belize Sagitun
2 4FW Clifton West (1989-04-21) April 21, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
5 4FW Highking Roberts (1994-05-23) May 23, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
6 4FW Evan Mariano (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 26) 13 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
9 4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 27) 32 17 United States Atlanta Silverbacks
11 4FW Jarret Davis (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Belize Belize
15 4FW Jerome James (1981-04-11) April 11, 1981 (age 33) 2 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
20 4FW Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 26) 19 2 Belize Police United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past 18 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Tyrone Pandy (1986-01-14) January 14, 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Belize Belize Defence Force 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Cristobal Gilharry (1980-09-02) September 2, 1980 (age 34) 8 0 Belize Belize 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Kahlil Velasquez (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Belize Belize Defence Force 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF David Trapp (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 33) 15 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Harrison Tasher (1985-01-05) January 5, 1985 (age 29) 13 0 Belize Belize Defence Force 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Devon Makin (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Belize Police United 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Belize Placencia Assassins 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Ashley Torres (1985-09-15) September 15, 1985 (age 29) 5 0 Belize Placencia Assassins 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Lennox Castillo (1985-11-19) November 19, 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Belize Police United 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 21) 3 0 United States UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Records[edit]

As of 10 September 2014
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Managers[edit]

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Belize Michael, WinstonWinston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 00.0
Argentina Bilches, ManuelManuel Bilches 1999-2000 6 0 1 5 00.0
Costa Rica Sherrier Lewis, LeroyLeroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 60.0
Brazil Santana, EduardoEduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Belize Adderly, AnthonyAnthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 00.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 00.0
Guatemala Salas, José PalmiroJosé Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 50.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[5] 2008 4 0 1 3 00.0
Mexico Couoh, RenanRenan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 00.0
Honduras José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 28.6
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 20.0
Belize Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 00.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[6] 2013-2014 4 0 1 3 00.0
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014- 3 0 0 3 00.0

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Recent match results[edit]

Category Opponent Result Date Venue Scorers (Belize) Scorers (Opponent)
CCA  Costa Rica
0–1
18 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none Costa Rica: Arrieta Goal 54'
CCA  Guatemala
0–0
20 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none none
CCA  Nicaragua
2–1
22 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Belize: Lennen Goal 29'
Deon McCaulay Goal 90+2'
Nicaragua: Figueroa Goal 85'
CCA  Honduras
0–1
25 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none Honduras: Beckeles Goal 72'
CCA  El Salvador
0–1
27 January 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica none El Salvador: Bonilla Goal 50'
Friendly  Trinidad and Tobago
0–0
23 March 2013 FFB Field, Belmopan none none
Friendly  Guatemala
0–0
11 June 2013 Estadio Pensativo, Antigua none none
GC – GS  United States
1–6
9 July 2013 Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, OR Belize: Ian Gaynair Goal 40' United States: Wondolowski Goal 12'37'41'
Holden Goal 58'
Orozco Fiscal Goal 72'
Donovan Goal 76' (pen.)
GC – GS  Costa Rica
0–1
13 July 2013 Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT none Costa Rica: Eiley Goal 49' (o.g.)
GC – GS  Cuba
0–4
16 July 2013 Rentschler Field, Hartford, CT none Cuba: Martínez Goal 38'61'84'
Márquez Goal 90+2'

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