American Samoa national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Boys from the Territory|
|Association||Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS)|
|Head coach||Larry Mana'o|
|Most caps||Nicky Salapu (16)|
|Top scorer||Ramin Ott (3)|
|Home stadium||Veterans Memorial Stadium|
|Current||167 (7 January 2016)|
|Highest||164 (October 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (17 May 2006)|
Western Samoa 3–1 Am. Samoa
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 20, 1983)
Tonga 3–0 American Samoa
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; September 2, 1998)
The American Samoa national football team (Samoan: Au soka Amerika Sāmoa) represents American Samoa in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation American Samoa, the governing body of the sport in the territory. American Samoa's home ground is Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pago Pago and their head coach is Larry Mana'o.
Regarded as one of the world's weakest teams, until November 2011 they were the joint lowest FIFA ranking of all countries registered for full internationals. The team holds the world record for the largest defeat in an international match, set after their 31–0 loss to Australia.
On November 23, 2011, the team defeated Tonga 2–1 in the first round of OFC World Cup Qualification, with a long-range goal by Ramin Ott, and a chip over the keeper by Shalom Luani, helping them record their first official international victory after 30 consecutive defeats.
On December 2011 the team achieved its then greatest position in the FIFA World Rankings.
The team's efforts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was chronicled in 2014 British documentary, Next Goal Wins, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. They followed this campaign with their most successful qualifying attempt in their history during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in summer 2015, winning twice and narrowly missing out on progressing to the next stage on goal difference. This rise in fortunes can be attributed to the increased number of US college based players, who experience a more professional training regime compared to the amateur players that used to dominate previous squads. These victories would take them to a new high FIFA ranking of 164th in October 2015.
American Samoa all-time record against all nations
- As of September 5, 2015 (UTC)
|Papua New Guinea||3||0||0||3||0||37||−37||0%|
|Wallis and Futuna||2||1||0||1||4||5||−1||50%|
World Cup record
World Cup qualification record
|FIFA World Cup qualification history|
|2002||Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 13 Fiji||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 8 Samoa||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 31 Australia||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 5 Tonga||Loss|
|2006||Group 1||A||American Samoa 0 – 4 Samoa||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 1 – 9 Vanuatu||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 11 Fiji||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 10 Papua New Guinea||Loss|
|2010||Group B||N||American Samoa 1 – 12 Solomon Islands||Loss|
|Group B||A||American Samoa 0 – 7 Samoa||Loss|
|Group B||N||American Samoa 0 – 15 Vanuatu||Loss|
|Group B||N||American Samoa 0 – 4 Tonga||Loss|
|2014||First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 1 Tonga||Win|
|First round||N||American Samoa 1 – 1 Cook Islands||Draw|
|First round||A||American Samoa 0 – 1 Samoa||Loss|
|2018||First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 3 Samoa||Loss|
|First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 1 Tonga||Win|
|First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 0 Cook Islands||Win|
OFC Nations Cup record
South Pacific Games record
- 1963 to 1979 — Did not enter
- 1983 — Group Stage
- 1987 — Sixth place
- 1991 to 2003 — Did not enter
- 2007 — Group Stage
- 2011 — Group Stage
The football tournament at the 1983 South Pacific Games in Western Samoa was the first time American Samoa had entered, having missed the six tournaments from 1963 to 1979. American Samoa were drawn in Group A along with Samoa, Tonga, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Two points would be awarded for a win, one for a draw, with the top two in each group advancing to the quarter-finals. Their first two games ended in defeat, losing 3–1 to Samoa and 3–2 to Tonga. In their final game against the Wallis and Futuna Islands, however, they achieved their first victory, winning by three goals to nil. The two points gained from this win, though, were not enough to finish in the top two, so American Samoa went out at the group stage.
The 1987 football tournament saw American Samoa compete for the 2nd time in their history. In a format change from the previous tournament in 1983, the entered teams were placed in one large group, with the group winner taking the gold medal. In their opening match, American Samoa were on the receiving end of a 10–0 thrashing from the hosts, New Caledonia. Their next two matches also ended in defeat, albeit less severe: 7–0 against Vanuatu and 5–1 against the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Papua New Guinea, however, were less merciful, and scored twenty without reply in what turned out to be the American Samoans' last game of the tournament, their final match against Tahiti being cancelled. American Samoa would not enter again until 2007, missing the 1991, 1995, and 2003 tournaments.
American Samoa made their 3rd appearance at the South Pacific Games football tournament in 2007. The competition also doubled as the first stage of the OFC qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the three medal winners progressing to the final qualifying group. American Samoa were drawn in Group B along with the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. In their opening match, they were defeated 12–1 by the Solomon Islands, with Ramin Ott scoring only their second goal in their FIFA World Cup qualification history. Following two more heavy defeats (7–0 against Samoa and 15–0 against Vanuatu), American Samoa went into their final game versus Tonga unable to qualify from their group. Their 4–0 defeat in this game, however, was their best result since 2006.
At the football tournament of the 2011 South Pacific Games, held in Nouméa, New Caledonia, American Samoa were drawn in Group A alongside the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Guam, Tuvalu, and the hosts New Caledonia. In their opening two games, they were defeated 4–0 first by Tuvalu and then by the Solomon Islands. Their best result came in game three, a 2–0 loss to Guam, before back-to-back 8–0 defeats to New Caledonia and Vanuatu ensured that once again American Samoa exited at the group stage. Their group stage stats: Played 5, Lost 5, Scored 0, Conceded 26.
Results and Fixtures
|27 August 2015 Friendly||Fiji||6–0||American Samoa||Nadi, Fiji|
|Kerevanua 8' (pen.)
Vakatalesau 74', 80'
|Beauchamp||Stadium: Prince Charles Park, Nadi
|31 August 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC First Round||Samoa||3–2||American Samoa||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:30 UTC+13||Fa'aiuaso 4'
|Beauchamp 38', 86'||Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Referee: Nelson Sogo (Solomon Islands)
|2 September 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC First Round||American Samoa||2–1||Tonga||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:30 UTC+13||Manao 49'
|S. Uhatahi 47'||Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Referee: Salesh Chand (Fiji)
|4 September 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC First Round||American Samoa||2–0||Cook Islands||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:00 UTC+13||Mitchell 58'
Samuelu 7', 80'
|Report||Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Referee: Ravitesh Behari (Fiji)
- Tiwo Kummings (2000)
- Anthony Langkilde (2001)
- Tunoa Lui (2001–02)
- Ian Crook (2004)
- Nathan Mease (2007)
- David Brand (2007–10)
- Iofi Lalogafuafua (2011)
- Thomas Rongen (2011)
- Larry Mana'o (2012–)
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- American Samoa's victory on November 23 came too late for this ranking period, and will be incorporated into the December rankings
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