Jamaica national football team
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|Nickname(s)||The Reggae Boyz|
|Association||Jamaica Football Federation|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Winfried Schäfer|
|Most caps||Ian Goodison (120)|
|Top scorer||Luton Shelton (35)|
|Home stadium||Independence Park|
|FIFA ranking||100 15 (18 September 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||27 (August 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||116 (October 2008)|
|Highest Elo ranking||36 (February 1998)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||146 (May 1984)|
| Haiti 1–2 Jamaica
(Haiti; 22 March 1925)
| Jamaica 12–0 British Virgin Islands
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Isls.; 4 March 1994)
Jamaica 12–0 Saint-Martin
(Kingston, Jamaica; 24 November 2004)
| Costa Rica 9–0 Jamaica
(San José; 24 February 1999)
|Appearances||1 (First in 1998)|
|Best result||Round 1; 1998|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||10 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Third (shared); 1993|
Jamaica is the smallest nation to score in and win a FIFA World Cup game — two feats previously held by Northern Ireland since 1958 — when Robbie Earle scored the side's only goal in a 3–1 defeat against Croatia and then beat Japan 2–1 at the 1998 World Cup, respectively. Jamaica is also, along with United States and Costa Rica, one of the rare teams from the CONCACAF region to draw against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifier match.
- 1 History
- 2 2014
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Kits
- 5 Honours
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 Schedule and recent results
- 8 Players
- 9 Managers
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Early 20th century
Jamaica's first international appearance was against their Caribbean neighbours Haiti in 1925. They were invited to the French-speaking Caribbean island by Andre Chevalon, president of the United Sporting Society and it was for a three-match series between the 2 countries. Jamaica won all three games by 1–0, 2–1 and 3–0. The following year Jamaica hosted their Haitian counterparts at Sabina Park and won by 6–0. The Haitians remained frequent opponents and it was not until 1932 that their run of defeats was broken with a 4–1 home win in Port-au-Prince.
Between 1925 and when Jamaica gained its independence in 1962, Jamaica had regular games with Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba and clubs like Racing and Violette from Haiti, Corinthians of Britain, Tigres from Argentina, and even a series of matches with a Caribbean All Stars team in 1952. The Caribbean All Star team included such notables as Michael (The Ruin) Kruin from Suriname and also representing Jamaica were Lindy Delapenha and Gillie Heron. The four games were shared equally with Jamaica winning the second 2–1 and the fourth 1–0 and the All Stars winning the first 5–1 and the third 1–0.
Those friendly international games were the start of Jamaica's football journey with most of the home matches being played at Sabina Park. Many clubs were established during this time including Kensington, Melbourne, Kingston, Lucas and St. George's Old Boys, thus providing the talent Jamaica needed at the times.
In 1965 under the leadership of Brazilian coach Jorge Penna, Jamaica made its first attempt at World Cup qualifying. This was for the 1966 World Cup finals in England. The preliminary group included Cuba and the Netherlands Antilles. Jamaica's first game was against Cuba which they won 2–0 at Jamaica's National Stadium. In the qualifying match against the Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica also had a 2–0 victory with both goals coming. In the away games Jamaica was held to a goalless draw with the Netherlands Antilles and suffered an unexpected 2–1 defeat to Cuba. Jamaica then advanced to the final group of 3 which included Costa Rica and Mexico. The winner in this group would represent the CONCACAF region. Jamaica lost at home to Mexico 3–2 and in the return leg in Mexico City the high altitude proved too much for the Jamaicans and they were defeated 8–0.
In 1968 coach George Hamilton took leadership as Jamaica made an attempt to qualify for the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. Jamaica had only a couple remaining players from the previous World Cup team and had to rebuild because most of the players had retired or migrated to North America and England. Jamaica lost all of their qualifying games in that year. Jamaica's participation in the 1973 CONCACAF Championship qualification elimination saw the suspension of 17 players on the team because of poor behavior on a tour to Bermuda. Jamaica withdrew from the elimination in order to restructure their team.
Jamaica did not participate in the qualifyings for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, in the former due to insufficient funds and a poorly prepared team, and the later because the team was suspended for affiliation fees that were due to FIFA.
For the 1989 CONCACAF Championship qualification qualifying with coach Geoffery Maxwell, Jamaica won both preliminary games against Puerto Rico 1–0 in Jamaica and 2–0 at Puerto Rico. In the next round, the United States were their next opponents and the first leg was a goalless draw. Jamaica lost the return leg in the U.S. 5–1, ending their qualifying attempt.
In qualification for the 1994 World Cup, Jamaica first beat Puerto Rico 2–1 and was then was put in a group with Bermuda, Canada, and El Salvador, from which two teams would advance to the final round. Jamaica tied 1–1 with Canada and Bermuda and then lost 2–0 to El Salvador, 1–0 to Canada, 2–1 to El Salvador. Jamaica then beat Bermuda 3–2 but did not qualify.
In 1994, Brazilian manager René Simões was hired, along with National coach Carl Brown, with the goal of qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Simões searched for players - discovering some working at hotels, British players of Jamaican descent, and Jamaicans who played in English clubs - and funding. The Jamaican team became a "Powerhouse" in the Caribbean region and received "Best Mover" award by FIFA in 1996. Jamaica made history in 1997 becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for a World Cup.
In the 1998 World Cup, Jamaica ended in Group H, along with Argentina, Croatia, and Japan. Their first game was a 3–1 defeat to Croatia in Lens, with Robbie Earle scoring Jamaica's goal. It was followed by a 5–0 defeat to Argentina at Paris' Parc des Princes. Jamaica ended its participation with a 2–1 victory over Japan in Lyon, with Theodore Whitmore scoring both goals. The team finished 22nd out of the 32 teams.
In the 2002 World Cup Qualification, Jamaica finished 5th overall at the CONCACAF's final round.
The squad struggled in 2006 and 2007, leading some Jamaicans to dub them The Reggae Toyz. The team did not make it past the first stage of 2007 Caribbean Cup qualifying despite hosting the round, eliminating Jamaica from the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The team also fell during the second round of the 2006 World Cup qualification.
Theodore Whitmore lead the team to impressive victories over El Salvador and Guatemala in the latter part of 2007. However, with the return of former coach Renê Simões (who led Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup), there was heavy optimism in the Reggae Boyz camps. Jamaica started their Road To South Africa 2010 campaign in fine form beating Bahamas 7–0 at home, 6–0 away. They then fought to a hard 1–1 draw with Canada but lost to Mexico and Honduras due to what was considered poor team selection from Renê Simões, which then in turn lead to his firing. Jamaica announced that Jamaica-born John Barnes would take over as manager in November 2008, with former Reggae Boy Theodore Whitmore leading the team in the interim. Jamaica were at the bottom of Group 2 in the 3rd round, but high performances saw them move up in the table. The team battled hard to 1–0 victories over Mexico and Honduras. However, the Boyz fell just short of advancing to the final round. They managed an impressive 3–0 victory over Canada in their final third round match but failed to move on as Mexico advanced on goal difference after a 1–0 loss to Honduras.
After this Theodore Whitmore decided to begin early preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They vowed to play at least one friendly a month. The squad held South Africa to a goalless draw before 15,000 spectators at Vodacom Park, South Africa.
Jamaica played three friendly matches to start of 2010, a 1–0 win over Canada at the National Stadium in Jamaica during January, 21 scored by Ricardo Fuller; a 2–1 defeat to Argentina at Mar del Plata on February, with Ryan Johnson scoring a goal; and a 2–0 defeat to South Africa in Germany on April. In August, Jamaica started their preparations for defending their Digicel Cup title with a comprehensive 3–1 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. On 5 December 2010, Jamaica defended their Digicel Cup title with a 5–4 PK win in the 2010 Caribbean Championship.
2011 Gold Cup
Jamaica started off strong in their opening match against Grenada winning 4-0. Jamaica again showed a strong performance after beating Guatemala 2-0 (a brace from Demar Phillips), therefore qualifying to the quarterfinals where they faced the US. Jamaica's Gold Cup campaign ended as they lost 2-0 .
2012 World Cup Qualifications
In 2012 Jamaica successfully advanced to the CONCACAF Hexagonal under the guidance of Theodore Whitmore.
2013 CONCACAF Hexagonal
After six matches under Theodore Whitmore, the coach resigned after a series of poor results which included two draws and four losses. In July 2013, the J.F.F. announced Winfried Schäfer as Head Coach for the remain of the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. The JFF continued changing their technical staff following the resignation of Alfredo Montesso as Technical Director.
In 2014 during a friendly match Jamaica suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats 8-0 at the hands of France
The team plays their games at Independence Park, known locally as The Office, which is located in Kingston. The stadium opened in 1962 and holds 35,000 people. It got its name The Office from their 50 match unbeaten run from 1995–2001.
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The kits used from 2008 to 2011 were from Italian kit provider Kappa, they debuted in their current set at the beginning of the World Cup qualifying campaign against The Bahamas. Previously there were outfitted by Uhlsport, a German apparel company. The home kit is a yellow shirt, black shorts, and yellow socks. The away is a green, yellow, and green set. There is also a black away kit, but this has yet to be worn by the Jamaica squad.
Their current kit was introduced during a friendly game on 6 August 2011 against China. Kappa have remained as kit manufacturer.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
| 1930 to
|Did Not Enter|
| 1966 to
|Did Not Qualify|
|1978||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Enter|
| 1990 to
|Did Not Qualify|
| 2002 to
|Did Not Qualify|
CONCACAF Championship record
- 1963 - 1st round
- 1965 - Did not enter
- 1967 - Did not qualify
- 1969 - 6th place
- 1971 - Did not qualify
- 1973 - Did not enter
- 1977 - Withdrew
- 1981 - Did not enter
- 1985 - Withdrew
- 1989 - Did not qualify
Gold Cup record
- 1991 - Round 1
- 1993 - Third place shared
- 1996 - Did not qualify
- 1998 - Fourth place
- 2000 - Round 1
- 2002 - Did not qualify
- 2003 - Quarterfinals
- 2005 - Quarterfinals
- 2007 - Did not qualify
- 2009 - Round 1
- 2011 - Quarterfinals
- 2013 - Did not qualify
Caribbean Cup record
- 1989 - Did not qualify
- 1990 - Tournament abandoned before third place match, which Jamaica was due to play
- 1991 - Winners
- 1992 - Second place
- 1993 - Second place
- 1994 - Round 1
- 1995 - Round 1
- 1996 - Round 1
- 1997 - Third place
- 1998 - Winners
- 1999 - Third place shared
- 2001 - Round 2
- 2005 - Winners
- 2007 - Round 1
- 2008 - Winners
- 2010 - Winners
- 2012 - Round 1
Panamerican Games record
- 2007 Panamerican Games - Silver Medal
Copa América record
Schedule and recent results
Matches in last 12 months, as well as any future scheduled matches
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fourth Round
The representative from the six national associations met together on 19 October 2012, but could not agree on the schedule for the fourth round. The draw for the fixtures was conducted by CONCACAF and FIFA on 7 November 2012, in Miami Beach, United States.
|6 February 2013||Mexico||0 – 0||Jamaica||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City|
|21:30 UTC−5||Summary||Attendance: 43,002
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|22 March 2013||Jamaica||1 – 1||Panama||Independence Park, Kingston|
|20:30 UTC−5||Elliott 23'||Summary||L. Henríquez 66'||Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez (Honduras)
|26 March 2013||Costa Rica||2 – 0||Jamaica||Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José|
|21:00 UTC−5||Umaña 22'
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
|4 June 2013[note 1]||Jamaica||0 – 1||Mexico||Independence Park, Kingston|
|20:30 UTC−5||Report||de Nigris 47'||Attendance: 16,483
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
|7 June 2013||Jamaica||1 – 2||United States||Independence Park, Kingston|
|20:30 UTC−5||Beckford 90'||Report||Altidore 30'
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)
|11 June 2013||Honduras||2 – 0||Jamaica||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula|
|20:00 UTC−5||García 10'
|Summary||Mariappa 68', 76'||Attendance: 29,000
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)
|6 September 2013||Panama||0 – 0||Jamaica||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City|
|21:00 UTC−5||Summary||Austin 33', 58'||Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
|10 September 2013||Jamaica||1 – 1||Costa Rica||Independence Park, Kingston|
|Anderson 90+2'||Brenes 74'||Referee: Marrufo
|11 October 2013||United States||2 – 0||Jamaica||Sporting Park, Kansas City|
|Referee: Elmer Bonillas
|15 October 2013||Jamaica||2 – 2||Honduras||Independence Park, Kingston|
|Claros 3' (o.g.)
Austin 59' (pen.)
|Friendly 2 March 2014||Barbados||0 – 2||Jamaica||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|Stadium: Barbados National Stadium
|Friendly 5 March 2014||Saint Lucia||0 – 5||Jamaica||Gros Islet, St. Lucia|
|Stadium: Beausejour Cricket Ground
|Friendly 26 May 2014||Serbia||2 – 1||Jamaica||New Jersey, United States|
|Report||Seaton 53'||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)
|Friendly 30 May 2014||Switzerland||1 – 0||Jamaica||Lucerne, Switzerland|
|Drmić 84'||Report||Stadium: Swissporarena
Referee: Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
|Friendly 4 June 2014||Egypt||2 – 2||Jamaica||London, England|
|Stadium: Brisbane Road
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|Friendly 8 June 2014||France||8 – 0||Jamaica||Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France|
Matuidi 20', 66'
Benzema 37', 63'
Griezmann 77', 89'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
|Friendly 9 September 2014||Canada||3 – 1||Jamaica||Toronto, Canada|
|19:30 EST||Edgar 31'
De Jong 68'
|Report||Lawrence 30'||Stadium: BMO Field
Referee: Juan Guzmán (United States)
|Kirin Challenge Cup 2014 10 October 2014||Japan||v||Jamaica||Niigata, Japan|
|Stadium: Denka Big Swan Stadium
Win Draw Loss
The following players have also been called up to the Jamaica squad in the past 12 months.
- As of 11 October 2013
- Players in bold text are still active with Jamaica.
The term UB40 is used in Jamaica to describe players born in the United Kingdom who have gone on to represent Jamaica at international football. The term is a nod to the reggae band UB40 whose members were born in the United Kingdom.
Current coaching staff
|Winfried Schäfer ||Head coach|
|Vin Blaine||Assistant coach|
|Warren Barrett||Goalkeeping coach|
|Norman Stone||Equipment manager|
|Patrick Walters||National Coordinator|
|Roy Simpson||Team Manager|
|Linnel McLean||Head of delegation|
|Carl Brown||1990||July 1994|
|René Simões||August 1994||February 2000|
|Sebastião Lazaroni||March 2000||May 2000|
|Clovis De Olivera||June 2000||September 2001|
|Carl Brown||December 2001||August 2004|
|Sebastião Lazaroni||August 2004||November 2004|
|Wendell Downswell||November 2004||August 2006|
|Carl Brown||September 2006||October 2006|
|Bora Milutinović||November 2006||November 2007|
|Theodore Whitmore||December 2007||January 2008|
|Rene Simoes||January 2008||October 2008|
|Theodore Whitmore||October 2008||November 2008|
|John Barnes||December 2008||May 2009|
|Theodore Whitmore||June 2009||June 2013|
|Winfried Schäfer||June 2013||present|
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- Jamaican Football Federation
- The Reggae Boyz Supporterz Club (Official Site)
- The Reggae Boyz and Jamaican Football News and Forums
- Reggae Boyz 2010 World Cup campaign theme song
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