Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Jaguars
The Unbelizeables
AssociationFootball Federation of Belize
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachDale Pelayo Sr.
CaptainIan Gaynair
Most capsElroy Smith (61)
Top scorerDeon McCaulay (27)
Home stadiumFFB Field
FIFA codeBLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
First international
 British Honduras 1–0 Honduras 
(British Honduras; February 19, 1928)
as Belize
 El Salvador 3–0 Belize 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize 
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize 
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultGroup stage (2013)

The Belize national football team represents Belize in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize, a member of the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

Although Belize has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, it has once qualified for a CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in 2013, in which they were eliminated in the group stage. Belize has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship in which their best result was fourth place in 2013. The nickname for the players of the national team is the "Jaguars".

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Named British Honduras whilst under British colonial rule, the country's first international game came on February 19, 1928, beating Honduras 1–0. Following independence, Belize's first game came on December 8, 1983, in a 2–0 loss against Canada in Belize.[3] Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not begin to regularly play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

On March 22, 2021, after landing in Haiti for a qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the team was briefly held by gunmen.[4] The police who escorted the team negotiated with the assailants and were finally able to head to their hotel safely.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA[edit]

On June 15, 2011, Belize kicked off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for June 19 was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[5]

Stadium[edit]

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Schedule and recent results[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021[edit]

March 30 WC 1st Round Qualifying Belize Belize 5–0 Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
17:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
June 4 WC 1st Round Qualifying Nicaragua Nicaragua 3–0 Belize Belize Managua, Nicaragua
19:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Dale Pelayo Sr. Belize Head coach
Philip Marin Honduras Technical director
Jack Striders Belize Technical director
Carlos Slusher Belize Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Shaun Woodmac Belize Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars Belize Physiotherapist

Coaching history[edit]

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the training camp prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF First Round match against Nicaragua on 4 June 2021.[6]

Caps and goals updated as of 4 June 2021, after the game against  Nicaragua.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
- 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 35) 42 0 Belize Verdes FC
1 1GK Charles Tillett (2001-07-29) 29 July 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Belize Verdes FC
12 1GK Isaac Castillo (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Belize Capital United FC

7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 35) 56 2 Belize Belmopan Bandits
- 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 34) 36 0 Belize Verdes FC
3 2DF Norman Anderson (1997-01-25) 25 January 1997 (age 24) 8 0 Belize Verdes FC
- 2DF Collin Westby (1995-02-19) 19 February 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Belize Verdes FC
- 2DF Asrel Sutherland (1993-03-08) 8 March 1993 (age 28) 3 0 Belize San Pedro Pirates FC
8 2DF Deshawon Nembhard (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 26) 3 1 United States Charleston Battery
- 2DF José Urbina (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Belize Altitude FC
6 2DF Jordan Casanova (2004-04-30) 30 April 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Belize San Pedro Pirates FC
23 2DF Donel Arzu (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Belize Wagiya SC

- 3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 29) 25 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
15 3MF Denmark Casey Jr. (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 27) 20 1 Belize Verdes FC
21 3MF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) 19 January 1989 (age 32) 19 0 United States Michigan Stars FC
16 3MF Jordy Polanco (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 25) 15 0 Belize Verdes FC
- 3MF Nahjib Guerra (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Belize Verdes FC
5 3MF Ean Lewis (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 30) 5 1 Belize Belize Defence Force FC
- 3MF Tony Rocha (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 27) 3 0 United States New York City FC
17 3MF Darrel Myvett (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 27) 3 0 Belize Verdes FC
- 3MF Angelo Capello (2002-01-27) 27 January 2002 (age 19) 2 0 England Sheffield United U23s
- 3MF Jesse Smith (1991-11-24) 24 November 1991 (age 29) 1 0 Belize San Pedro Pirates FC
13 3MF Izon Gill (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Belize Verdes FC
14 3MF Jahlin Pelayo (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits

9 4FW Deon McCaulay (captain) (1987-09-20) 20 September 1987 (age 33) 56 27 United States Georgia Revolution
- 4FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 28) 15 2 United States Memphis 901 FC
20 4FW Krisean Lopez (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 22) 13 3 Belize Verdes FC
- 4FW Carlos Bernárdez (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 28) 6 2 Honduras Platense
19 4FW Gilroy Thurton (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 27) 4 0 Belize Wagiya SC
- 4FW Jesse August (1994-01-22) 22 January 1994 (age 27) 2 1 Belize Altitude FC
- 4FW Desmond Wade (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Belize Belize Defence Force FC
- 4FW Jonard Castillo (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Belize Wagiya SC
- 4FW Carlos Gonzalez (1999-07-27) 27 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Eithon Wagner (1990-05-02) 2 May 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Belize Police United FC v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021

DF Mike Atkinson (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 26) 6 0 England North Leigh v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021

MF Johny El Zein (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Cyprus Aris Limassol v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021

Records[edit]

As of 30 March 2021
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
South Korea Japan 2002 4 0 1 3 2 10
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 0 8
South Africa 2010 4 1 1 2 4 11
Brazil 2014 8 4 1 3 17 13
Russia 2018 6 2 3 1 7 6
Qatar 2022 3 1 0 2 5 5
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 29 8 6 15 37 59

Gold Cup record[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 to 1993 Did not exist
1996 to 2002 Did not qualify
United States Mexico 2003 Did not enter
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Canada United States 2015 Did not qualify
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019
United States 2021
Total Group stage 1/16 3 0 0 3 1 11

CONCACAF Nations League[edit]

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 B A 6 2 0 4 6 12 Same position 24th
2022–23 B To be determined
Total 6 2 0 4 6 12 24th

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Did not exist
Honduras 1993 Did not exist
El Salvador 1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Guatemala 1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Costa Rica 1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
Honduras 2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
Panama 2003 Did not enter
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
El Salvador 2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
Honduras 2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Panama 2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Costa Rica 2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
United States 2014 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 6
Panama 2017 Group Stage 6th 5 0 1 4 2 10
Total Fourth Place 10/13 30 1 6 23 19 69

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on November 29 in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[7] On December 1, Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. May 27, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. July 25, 2021. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Belize Football Team Briefly Held by Gunmen in Haiti". Newsndip. March 23, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
  6. ^ "Belize Men's National Football Team starts training to face Nicaragua in June in WC qualifier". Breaking Belize News.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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