Northern Mariana Islands national football team

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Northern Mariana Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blue Ayuyus
Association Northern Mariana Islands Football Association
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC
Head coach Koo Luam Khen
Most caps Joe Wang Miller (10)
Top scorer Joe Wang Miller (4)
Home stadium Oleai Sports Complex
FIFA code NMI
Elo ranking 233
First colours
Second colours
First international
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands 1–2 Guam 
(Koror, Palau, 30 July 1998)
Biggest win
 Palau 2–11 Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
(Koror, Palau, 2 August 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Guam 9–0 Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
(Hagåtña, Guam; 1 April 2007)
 Palestine 9–0 Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
(Kathmandu, Nepal; 4 March 2013)

The Northern Mariana Islands national football team is the international football team of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, controlled by the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.

Overview[edit]

The association is a member of the East Asian Football Federation. In the late 1990s a Northern Mariana Islands national side competed in the Micronesian Games. In December 2006, the EAFF admitted the Northern Mariana Islands as a provisional member, granting full membership in September 2008.[1]

Lucas Knecht featured for the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association on April 1, 2007 in an East Asian Football Federation Championship Qualifier versus Guam. Knecht was 14 years and 2 days old at the time making him the youngest male player to ever appear in an international match.[2]

In July 2009 The AFC Exco agreed to accept the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) as an Associate Member of the Asian Football Confederation, after the association resigned from the Oceania Football Confederation in June 2009, paving the way to join AFC.[3] The NMIFA will be a provisional member until the next AFC Congress, when it has the chance to be ratified as a permanent Associate Member.

On June 19, 2010 the NMI earned a 1–1 draw with neighbor Guam in the 2010 Marianas Cup. The match ended in a draw as there was insufficient lighting to continue the match after the end of regulation. Joe Wang Miller scored for the NMI in the 68th minute and Jason Cunliffe answered in the 89th minute to salvage a draw for Guam.

The Northern Mariana Islands scored their first ever international win on July 23, 2014 in the preliminary round of the 2015 EAFF Championships held in Hagatna, Guam. The Blue Ayuyus had goals from Nick Swaim and Kirk Schuler to beat Macau, 2 to 1.

Selected internationals[edit]

Venue Opponents Score Competition
6 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  Bangladesh 0-4 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
4 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu  Palestine 0-9 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
2 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 0-6 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
24 November 2012  Guam 0-8 Friendly
20 July 2012  Macau 1-5 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
18 July 2012  Guam 1-3 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
19 June 2010 CNMI  Guam 1–1 2010 Marianas Cup
15 March 2009  Mongolia 1–4 2010 East Asian Cup
13 March 2009  Guam 1–2 2010 East Asian Cup
11 March 2009  Macau 1–6 2010 East Asian Cup
27 April 2008 CNMI  Guam 2–3 2008 Marianas Cup
1 April 2007  Guam 0–9 2008 East Asian Football Championship Preliminary qualification and 2007 Marianas Cup
25 March 2007 CNMI  Guam 2–3 2008 East Asian Football Championship Preliminary qualification
12 July 1999 Yap Sports Complex, Yap  F.S. Micronesia 0-7 1999 Micronesia Cup
3 August 1998 Palau Track and Field Stadium, Koror  Guam 3-0 Micronesian Games
2 August 1998 Palau Track and Field Stadium, Koror  Palau 11-2 Micronesian Games
30 July 1998 Palau Track and Field Stadium, Koror  Guam 1-2 Micronesian Games

Coaching History[edit]

Name Nat Tenure
Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski United States 2007
Jason Higgins United States 2007
Nicolas Swaim United States 2008
Sugao Kambe Japan 2009
Kiyoshi Sekiguchi Japan 2010
Mark McAllister England 2011
Johann Noetzel United States 2012
Chikashi Suzuki Japan 2012-2013
Koo Luam Khen Malaysia 2013-

Current Squad[edit]

Selected for 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup match versus Macau:[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Daniel Stafford 2 0
2 2DF Eric Cooke 2 0 Northern Mariana Islands Wild Bills
3 2DF Daniel Westphal 2 0
13 2DF Raphael Zapanta Northern Mariana Islands Paire FC
15 2DF Kenneth Domingo
3 3MF William Dunn 2 0 Northern Mariana Islands Paire FC
4 3MF Kirk Schuler 3 1 Northern Mariana Islands MP United
7 3MF Michael Barry (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 18) 5 0 United States Fredericksburg Area SA
8 3MF Steven McKagen (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 39) 6 0 Northern Mariana Islands Paire FC
9 3MF Peter Loken (1980-09-02) 2 September 1980 (age 33) 5 1 Northern Mariana Islands Inter Godfather's
20 3MF Enrico del Rosario (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 17) 2 0 Philippines Agila F.C.(U19)
10 3MF Lucas Knecht (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 21) 5 0 United States GSW Hurricanes
14 3MF Ruselle Zapanta
16 3MF Brian Lee
5 4FW Nicholas Swaim (1977-11-08) 8 November 1977 (age 36) 6 1 Northern Mariana Islands MP United
11 4FW Joe Wang Miller (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 25) 6 3 Northern Mariana Islands MP United


Note: Birth dates, caps and ages taken from the following source:[5]

References[edit]

http://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/blue-ayuyus-earn-historic-victory/

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