Solomon Islands national football team

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Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bonitos
Association Solomon Islands Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Jacob Moli
Home stadium Lawson Tama Stadium
FIFA code SOL
FIFA ranking 173 Increase 2 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 184 (April 2012)
Elo ranking 155
Highest Elo ranking 99 (September 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 167 (1988)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Solomon Islands Solomons 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
Solomon Islands Solomons 17–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Papua New Guinea; September 1991)
Biggest defeat
France French Polynesia 18–0 Solomons Solomon Islands
(Fiji; 17 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1980)
Best result Second; 2004

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national team of Solomon Islands and is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation.

Overview[edit]

The team shocked the football world in the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup (which doubles as World Cup Qualifying), tying Australia 2–2 to nip heavily favored New Zealand for second place and a spot in a championship playoff against Australia. Although they lost to the Socceroos 5–1 and 6–0, finishing second in the confederation is a remarkable achievement for the island nation.

The Solomons would get a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 World Cup, and lost 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the 2nd played at home.

The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup particularly as they were seen[by whom?] as the favourites to challenge New Zealand for the Oceanian qualifying slot. They got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, but defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition.

World Cup record[edit]

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did Not Enter
New Caledonia 1980 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 21
1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
Australia 1998 Did Not Qualify
French Polynesia 2000 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 7 10
New Zealand 2002 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 3 9
Australia 2004 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 1 3 10 17
2008 Did Not Qualify
Solomon Islands 2012 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 5 6
2016 To Be Determined
Total Runners-Up 6/9 24 6 4 14 29 66

Pacific Games record[edit]

  • 1963 – Fourth place
  • 1966 – Round 1
  • 1969 – Sixth place
  • 1971Did not enter
  • 1975 – Third place
  • 1979 – Third place
  • 1983 – Round 1
  • 1987Did not enter
  • 1991 – Second place
  • 1995 – Second place
  • 2003 – Round 1
  • 2007 – Fourth place
  • 2011 – Second place

Wantok Cup record[edit]

Fixtures and Results[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers for Solomon Islands
7 July 2008 Wantok Cup Solomon Islands Honiara, Solomon Islands  Vanuatu 1–2 Lency Saeni

Current Squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Samson Koti (1991-12-11) 11 December 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
20 1GK Felix Ray (1983-09-12) 12 September 1983 (age 30) 4 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz
2 2DF Emmanuel Poila (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
7 2DF Freddie Kini (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Solomon Islands Western United
17 2DF Nelson Sale Kilifa (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 27) 25 0 Solomon Islands Western United
16 2DF Loni Qaraba (1984-11-08) 8 November 1984 (age 29) 4 0 Solomon Islands Western United
13 2DF George Ladoga (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 New Zealand Auckland United
15 2DF Andrew Maeribu (1993-03-20) 20 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
6 3MF Coleman Makau (1992-11-25) 25 November 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz
5 3MF Henry Fa'arodo (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 31) 38 15 New Zealand Team Wellington
3 3MF Mostyn Beui (1980-01-21) 21 January 1980 (age 34) 14 0 Solomon Islands Koloale FC Honiara
14 3MF Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 26) 14 4 Vanuatu Tafea
19 3MF Alex Waimora (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 New Zealand Auckland United
4 3MF Jeffery Bule (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 23) 10 1 Solomon Islands Western United
8 3MF Moffat Kilifa (1989-01-17) 17 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
18 3MF Himson Teleda (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 21) 4 2 Solomon Islands Western United
9 4FW Benjamin Totori (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 28) 22 14 New Zealand Western United
11 4FW Ian Paia (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23) 4 1 Solomon Islands Koloale FC Honiara
17 4FW Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 20) 3 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
12 4FW Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Solomon Islands Western United
10 4FW Joe Luwi (1983-07-18) 18 July 1983 (age 31) 12 3 Solomon Islands Koloale FC Honiara

List of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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