Jaiyah Saelua

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Jaiyah Saelua
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Playing position Defender (center back)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010- American Samoa 10 (0)
† Appearances (Goals).

Jaiyah Saelua (born Johnny Saelua) is an American Samoan international football player and the first fa'afafine player to compete in a men's FIFA World Cup qualifier.[2]

In December 2011, Saelua was the subject of a BBC World Football radio show.[3]

Saelua is a performing arts student from the University of Hawaii.[3]

Saelua starred in the Football Documentary Film Next Goal Wins released 19 April, 2014.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Johnny Saelua FIFA profile". FIFA.com. 
  2. ^ Cockerill, Michael (26 November 2011). "Finally making history for all the right reasons". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ a b The Remarkable Story of American Samoa, BBC World Service, 23 December 2011 
  4. ^ "Next Goal WIns". NBC Sports Radio. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood treatment for American Samoa". FIFA World. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014.