The most reliable records available indicate that soccer was introduced in Jamaica towards the end of the 19th century and 1893 is listed as the year Jamaica formed its first soccer club. It immediately found itself in competition with cricket which had established earlier popular roots in the island. This may have been partly due to the climate, which suited cricket better.Since then football has flourished in Jamaica.
One of the major successes of the JFF came when men's team qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. They did not progress beyond the first round, but managed to win their final group match against Japan, winning 2-1. They have also won the Caribbean Cup on five occasions.