The Dominican Republic national football team is the national team of Dominican Republic and is controlled by the Dominican Football Federation. The team are a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF, the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. They reached their highest ever FIFA Ranking, 86 in August 2013.
The Dominican football federation was founded in 1953 and joined FIFA in 1959. The national team played their first games in May 1967 - a two-legged qualifier against Haiti for a place in the football at the 1968 Summer Olympics of Mexico. The first leg was played at home on 21 May and Haiti won 8-0. The second leg in Haiti was won by the hosts 6-0 on 27 May, as Haiti went through 14-0 on aggregate.
The Dominican Republic did not play another match until March 1970, when they entered the fotball at the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games in Panama. They were placed in a group with Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Dominican Republic lost 5-0 to Venezuela on 4 March, then gained their first ever win on 6 March by beating Puerto Rico 5-0. They did not advance to the next round.
In 1971 the Dominican Republic entered the 1971 Pan American Games in Colombia and were drawn in a group against the Bahamas and Canada. They lost 4-2 to the Bahamas on 31 July and 4-0 to Canada on 2 August and were knocked out.
After the 1971 Pan American Games the Dominican Republic did not play a match until 16 December 1973, when they lost 1-0 away to Venezuela. In 1974 the country held the Central American and Caribbean Games, losing their first match 3-2 to Bermuda on 28 February. On 2 March the team lost 1-0 to Mexico.
The team did not play again until 16 December 1973, when they lost 1-0 away to Venezuela. In 1974 the Dominican Republic held the Central American and Caribbean Games, and lost their first match 3-2 to Bermuda on 28 February. On 2 March the team lost 1-0 to Mexico, before beating the Bahamas 2-0 on 4 March. In the final group game on 8 March the Dominican Republic lost 3-2 to Panama and were knocked out.
In 2012 the Dominicans were able to qualify for the 2012 Caribbean Cup. On December 7 they beat hosta Antigua and Barbuda 2-1 but fell 2-1 against Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago.