American Samoa national football team

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American Samoa
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Boys from the Territory
AssociationFootball Federation American Samoa (FFAS)
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachTunoa Lui
CaptainRamin Ott
Most capsNicky Salapu (22)
Top scorerSamuel Hayward[1]
Ramin Ott (3)
Home stadiumVeterans Memorial Stadium
FIFA codeASA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 194 Decrease 4 (July 25, 2019)[2]
Highest164 (October 2015)
Lowest205 (May 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 236 Steady (July 30, 2019)[3]
Highest188 (August 22, 1983)
Lowest238 (August 27, 2015)
First international
unofficial
 Western Samoa 3–1 American Samoa 
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 20, 1983)
FIFA recognized
 Tonga 3–0 American Samoa 
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; September 2, 1998)
Biggest win
 American Samoa 3–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 22, 1983)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 31–0 American Samoa 
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; April 11, 2001)
(international record)

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 Tunoa Lui.[4]

Overview[edit]

Regarded as one of the world's weakest teams,[5] until November 2011 they were the joint lowest FIFA ranking of all countries registered for full internationals.[6][7] The team holds the world record for the largest defeat in an international match, set after their 31–0 loss to Australia.[8]

American Samoa achieved its first victory in a 3–0 win against Wallis and Futuna in the group stage of the 1983 South Pacific Games,[9] when neither team was a member of FIFA.

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.[5]

They followed this up with a 1–1 draw against Cook Islands, but failed to progress in their qualifying group, after losing to Samoa 1–0, the only goal being scored in the 89th minute.

In 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.[10][11] 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[edit]

As of July 18, 2019 (UTC)
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Australia 1 0 0 1 0 31 −31 000.00
 Cook Islands 4 1 1 2 6 8 −2 025.00
 Fiji 4 0 0 4 0 39 −39 000.00
 Guam 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
New Caledonia 4 0 0 4 0 33 −33 000.00
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 37 −37 000.00
 Samoa 10 0 0 10 5 44 −39 000.00
 Solomon Islands 3 0 0 3 1 29 −28 000.00
 Tahiti 4 0 0 4 2 40 −38 000.00
 Tonga 9 2 0 7 10 28 −18 022.22
 Tuvalu 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 000.00
 Vanuatu 4 0 0 4 1 39 −38 000.00
Wallis and Futuna 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 050.00
Total 51 4 2 45 30 340 −310 007.84

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 5th 4 0 0 4 0 57
Germany 2006 5th 4 0 0 4 1 34
South Africa 2010 5th 4 0 0 4 1 38
Brazil 2014 3rd 3 1 1 1 3 3
Russia 2018 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/22 18 3 1 14 11 136

World Cup qualification record[edit]

FIFA World Cup qualification history
Year Round H/A/N Score Result
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 N  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 N  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 N  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[edit]

Pacific Games record[edit]

South Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963 to 1979 Did not enter
Samoa 1983 Group stage / 3 1 0 2 6 6
New Caledonia 1987 Group stage 6th 4 0 0 4 1 42
1991 to 2003 Did not enter
Samoa 2007 Group stage / 4 0 0 4 1 38
New Caledonia 2011 Group stage / 5 0 0 5 0 26
Papua New Guinea 2015 Did not enter
Samoa 2019 To be determined
Total 16 1 0 15 8 112

1983[edit]

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.

1987[edit]

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.

2007[edit]

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.

2011[edit]

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[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa
Caps and goals updated as of 18 July 2019 after the game against Tahiti.


No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nicky Salapu (1980-09-13) September 13, 1980 (age 38) 22 0 American Samoa PanSa East
23 1GK Hengihengi Ikuvalu (2002-12-02) December 2, 2002 (age 16) 1 0 American Samoa Pago Youth

2 2DF Takai Pouli (2000-07-18) July 18, 2000 (age 19) 4 0 American Samoa Vaiala Tongan
3 2DF Jaiyah Saelua (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 31) 15 0
4 2DF Ryan Samuelu (1991-02-19) February 19, 1991 (age 28) 9 0 American Samoa Utulei Youth
5 2DF Ueli Tualaulelei (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 19) 5 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
13 2DF Matthew Taga'i (2002-03-28) March 28, 2002 (age 17) 2 0 American Samoa Ilaoa and To'omata
14 2DF Palauni Tapusoa (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 25) 0 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
19 2DF Tuaki Latu (2000-07-15) July 15, 2000 (age 19) 2 0 American Samoa Vaiala Tongan
20 2DF Uasila'a Heleta (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 32) 17 0 American Samoa Pago Youth

6 3MF Kuresa Taga'i (2000-08-04) August 4, 2000 (age 19) 5 0 American Samoa Ilaoa and To'omata
7 4FW Austin Kaleopa (2001-11-24) November 24, 2001 (age 17) 5 0 American Samoa Utulei Youth
8 3MF Roy Ledoux (2000-06-26) June 26, 2000 (age 19) 5 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
11 3MF Milo Tiatia (2002-02-18) February 18, 2002 (age 17) 5 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
12 3MF Mark Taga'i (2002-03-28) March 28, 2002 (age 17) 2 0 American Samoa Ilaoa and To'omata
18 3MF Puni Samuelu (1996-08-16) August 16, 1996 (age 23) 4 0 American Samoa Pago Youth

9 4FW Walter Pati (2002-03-31) March 31, 2002 (age 17) 5 1 American Samoa Pago Youth
10 4FW MJ Faoa-Danielson (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 American Samoa Vaiala Tongan
15 4FW Chris Faamoana (2001-08-02) August 2, 2001 (age 18) 5 1 American Samoa Pago Youth
16 4FW Junior Teoni 1 0
17 4FW King Moe 1 0

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soccer: the Ultimate Guide. Penguin. April 19, 2010. p. 109. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "American Samoa men's National Team ready to play". Football Federation American Samoa. July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "American Samoa wins first ever football match after 30 straight defeats in 17 years". The Daily Telegraph. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  7. ^ American Samoa's victory on November 23 came too late for this ranking period, and will be incorporated into the December rankings
  8. ^ Rookwood, Dan (April 11, 2001). "Aussie Rules as Socceroos smash world record again". The Guardian. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  9. ^ Lee, Ben (November 24, 2011). "American Samoa football team celebrate first win in 18 years". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (February 3, 2014) Making Next Goal Wins screendaily.com
  11. ^ Kev Geoghegan (May 6, 2014). "Next Goal Wins for 'world's worst football team'". BBC News. Retrieved May 6, 2014.

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