As of April 2012, Kiribati has played only ten games in its history, all at the South Pacific Games, two in 1979, four in 2003, and four in 2011. The biggest wins for Fiji and Vanuatu have been against Kiribati, 24–0 and 18–0 respectively. Kiribati have yet to win an international match, and have never played at home, not least because there is no adequate playing ground suitable for an international match. Bairiki National Stadium is a sand pitch rather than a grass field. In ten games, Kiribati has scored four goals and conceded 122.
In 2012, Scotsman Kevin McGreskin became the team's coach, with the aim of improving its results and obtaining recognition from FIFA.
Kiribati have only ever played 10 International matches up to 28 June 2012. Kiribati's first match took place in Fiji on 22 August 1979 when they played Papua New Guinea, losing 13-0 in a South Pacific Games match. The side have never won a match but came very close when they lost 3-2 to fellow minnows Tuvalu on 30 June 2003 in Pool A of the South Pacific Games in Fiji. Kiribati's only 2 goals in the 2011 Pacific games were scored by Karotu Bakaane versus Papua New Guinea and Erene Bakineti versus Tahiti; but in the 2003 competition both goals against Tuvalu came from Lawrence Nemeia on 26 minutes and 46 minutes.
The Kiribati team for the 2003 South Pacific games was as follows versus Tuvalu: Tarariki Tarotu, Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri (Naingmea Beiaruru 86’), Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti, Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia,Betaia Ioana (David Collins 54’), Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Atantaake Tooma, Palamo Kulene.
Solomon Islands which was lost 7-0: Kiteone Kairoronga, Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri, Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti (Takinoa Tekaei 63), Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia, Betaia Ioana (David Collins 46’), Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Naingmea Beiaruru (Eritara Riteti 55), Palamo Kulene.
v Fiji lost 12-0: Kiteone Kairoronga (Tarariki Tarotu 37’), Tebwaia Baikawa, Nabaruru Batiri, Tokabi Kaiorake, Ukenio Kobuti (Naingmea Beiaruru 34’), Ruevita Iotin, Lawrence Nemeia, David Collins, Nabuaka Itimaroroa, Atantaake Tooma, Palamo Kulene.