Trinidad and Tobago national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Soca Warriors|
|Association||Trinidad and Tobago Football Association|
|Head coach||Stephen Hart|
|Most caps||Angus Eve (117)|
|Top scorer||Stern John (70)|
|Home stadium||Hasely Crawford Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||86 6 (18 September 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||25 (June 2001)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||106 (October 2010)|
|Highest Elo ranking||36 (1937)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||116 (September 1987)|
| British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)
| Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 23 April 1989)
| Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Round 1, 2006|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||13 (First in 1967)|
|Best result||Runners-up; 1973|
The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed the Soca Warriors, represents the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in international football. It is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and competes in both CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and the Caribbean Football Union, its sub-continental confederation. The team is ranked 71st in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 103rd in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and currently holds the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a FIFA World Cup.
The national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in addition to the Caribbean Cup and other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the FIFA World Cup came in 2006 after the team defeated Bahrain 2–1 on aggregate in the CONCACAF-AFC intercontinental play-off. The team has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on eight occasions with their best performance in 2000 after reaching the semi-finals, finishing 3rd. However, the national team has experienced great success in the Caribbean Cup having won the sub-continental competition eight times and runners-up on four occasions.
The separate Trinidad and Tobago national football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF, but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Players
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Records
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 Managers
- 8 Honours
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on 4 December 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador, and Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.
1980s to 1990s: The Strike Squad
Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Nicknamed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on 19 November 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of more than 30,000 at the National Stadium on Red Day, Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes. For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.
2006 FIFA World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining matches against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.
2010 World Cup Cycle
Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match at home 1–2, but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate. The Soca Warriors advanced to Group 1 of the Third Round alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the Fourth Round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games. This qualified Trinidad and Tobago for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. The Fourth Round was also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. Qualification quickly turned disastrous for Trinidad and Tobago as they tied 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0. They would then tie 1–1 with Honduras following a late-strike. However, three consecutive losses to the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico found the Soca Warriors bottom of the Hexagonal with two points from their first five matches. In their sixth match, they recorded their first win of the round by defeating El Salvador 1–0. However, the victory was short lived as they suffered losses to Honduras and the United States the following month; ending their hopes to qualify for the World Cup.
2014 World Cup Cycle
Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Second Round of CONCACAF as a seeded team with Guyana, Bermuda, and Barbados the other teams drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1–0) and Bardados (2–0) in their first two matches to earn a full six points. However, on 7 October 2011, Trinidad and Tobago lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2–1 to hurt its chances of advancing to the Third Round of qualification. The team quickly rebounded four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier. Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago found itself in second place behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winner would advance to the Third Round of qualification, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the next two matches both facing Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first traveled to Providence, Guyana to face the Golden Jaguars on 11 November 2011. With an early goal from Ricky Shakes and another from Leon Cort in the 81st minute, Trinidad and Tobago found itself behind 2–0 and facing elimination. Kenwyne Jones managed to pull the team within a goal in the 93rd minute, but it was too late as the match would end 2–1 in favor of Guyana. With the loss, Trinidad and Tobago were officially eliminated from qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked following a disappointing campaign which saw the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.
The major supporters' group for the national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club or the Warrior Nation. The group is a non-profit organisation that is independent of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the supporters' club was organised by Soca Warriors Online founder Inshan Mohammed and Nigel Myers.
The group's activities include promoting teams locally and globally, lobbying the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as representatives of football fans, advocating fair pricing and allocation of event tickets, organising travel for fans to home and away matches, providing a family-oriented fans' organisation, and promoting football among the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.
For the first eighty years of their existence, Trinidad and Tobago played their home matches all around the country with Queen's Park Oval, generally thought of as the most picturesque and largest of the old cricket grounds in the West Indies, as the most often used venue. The cricket ground served as the country's largest stadium until the new National Stadium was built in Mucurapo, Port of Spain, to host the nation's athletics competitions and international football matches.
The stadium later was renovated and renamed after Hasely Crawford, the first person from Trinidad and Tobago to win an Olympic gold medal, prior to Trinidad and Tobago hosting the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 27,000 and is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government under the Ministry of Sport.
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Trinidad and Tobago national team players.
The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.
Results and fixtures
|2013 OSN Cup
Semifinals 5 September 2013
|United Arab Emirates||3–3 (aet)
|Trinidad and Tobago||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Fardan 5'
|Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Referee: Fahad Al Oraini (Saudi Arabia)
|2013 OSN Cup
Third place match 9 September 2013
|Trinidad and Tobago||3–1||Saudi Arabia||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Jones 4', 5'
|Report||Hazazi 47'||Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Referee: Jameel Mohamed (Bahrain)
|Friendly 15 October 2013||Trinidad and Tobago||0–0||New Zealand||Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Stanley Lancaster (Guyana)
|Friendly 15 November 2013||Jamaica||0–1||Trinidad and Tobago||Montego Bay, Jamaica|
|20:30 (UTC-4)||Report||Guerra||Stadium: Catherine Hall Sports Complex
Referee: John Patti (Panama)
|Friendly 19 November 2013||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||Jamaica||Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago|
|20:00 (UTC-4)||Guerra 49'
K. Jones 73' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)
|Friendly 4 June 2014||Argentina||3–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|19:30 (UTC-3)||R. Palacio 45'
J. Mascherano 51'
M. Rodriguez 64'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk
|Friendly 8 June 2014||Trinidad and Tobago||0–2||Iran||São Paulo, Brazil|
|TBA (UTC-3)||Report||Hajsafi 45+1'
|Stadium: Arena Corinthians
|Friendly 6 September 2014||Trinidad and Tobago||1–1||Guadeloupe||Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago|
|16:30 (UTC-3)||Garcia 41'||Report||Piquer 81'||Stadium: Dwight Yorke Stadium
Referee: Neil Brizan
Most capped players
Top goal scorers
The team qualified for its first World Cup in 2006, with the team finishing 0–1–2 in its three First Round matches. Even though the team did not advance further in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the World Cup in its first appearance.
In regional competitions, Trinidad and Tobago best finish in the CONCACAF Championship and later the Gold Cup came in 1973 when the team came in 2nd. Since then they have only advanced beyond the First Round twice; the first came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canada in the Semifinals and the second in 2013.
All CFU members have competed in the Caribbean Cup as a qualification tournament for the Gold Cup since 1989. Trinidad and Tobago has won eight out of thirteen Caribbean Cups since its inception.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1962||Did not enter|
|1966 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2010 to 2014||Did not qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
- Caribbean Cup
- Trinidad and Tobago – List of International Matches
- Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors set to give them all in Germany, Guardian UK. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- Football: Carnival time and the Trinis are up for the party, The Independent. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- Trinidad Express – Haitian robbery: Trinidad and Tobago cheated W/Cup spot, Socawarriors.net. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- Red-Day, Nov, 19, 1989, Youtube.com. Accessed: June 23, 2008.
- Pulse: Thank You Trinidad and Tobago Warriors, Trinidad Guardian. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- FIFA Fair Play Awards, FIFA.com. Accessed June 23, 2008.
- Match Report: Bermuda – Trinidad and Tobago, 2:1 (0:0)
- Match Report: Trinidad and Tobago – Barbados, 4:0 (1:0)
- Match Report: Guyana – Trinidad and Tobago, 2:1 (1:0)
- Corneal appointed TTFF Technical Director, Otto Pfister axed
- "Queen's Park Oval". Cricinfo Staff. 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
- "Goalscorers". Inshan Mohammed (SocaWarriors.net). 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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