Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Jaguars, The Unbelizeables
Association Football Federation of Belize (FFB)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Palmiro Salas[1]
Most caps Elroy Smith (53)
Top scorer Deon McCaulay (23)
Home stadium FFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA code BLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 163 Steady (16 August 2018)
Highest 114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest 201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 166 (10 September 2018)
Highest 166 (September 2018)
Lowest 189 (January 2008)
First international
 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 Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2013)
Best result Group stage, 2013

The Belize national football team is governed by the Football Federation of Belize, and is affiliated with 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.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not 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.

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.[2]

Facilities[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.

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 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 26 7 6 13 32 54

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
United States Canada 2015 Did not qualify
United States 2017
Total Group stage 1/13 3 0 0 3 1 11

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.[3] 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.

Team staff[edit]

Name Nat Position
Palmiro Salas Guatemala Head coach
Carlos Slusher Belize Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Phillip Marin Honduras Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars Belize Physiotherapist

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the Nations League qualifying match against Bahamas in 7 September 2018.
Caps and goals updated as September 7, 2018, after the game against Bahamas.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 32) 31 0 Honduras Juticalpa
1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 38) 31 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
1GK Tevin Gamboa (1994-01-22) January 22, 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Belize Belize Defence Force

2DF Elroy Smith (captain) (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 36) 54 5 Belize Verdes FC
2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 32) 46 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits
2DF Dalton Eiley (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 (age 34) 39 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
2DF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 29) 8 0 Turkey 12 Bingölspor
2DF Victor Mejia (1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Belize Verdes FC
2DF Norman Anderson (1997-01-25) January 25, 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
2DF Jahron Myvette (1995-05-09) May 9, 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Belize Verdes FC

3MF Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 30) 35 2 Belize Police United
3MF Elroy Kuylen (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 (age 35) 30 5 Belize Verdes FC
3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 26) 18 0 Belize Police United
3MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3MF Najib Guerra (1994-06-18) June 18, 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Belize Verdes FC
3MF Mike Atkinson (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 (age 23) 4 0 England Oxford City FC
3MF Trimayne Harris (1996-12-20) December 20, 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3MF Dorwin Logan (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 United States Pomona Warriors

4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 30) 44 23 United States Georgia Revolution
4FW Jarret Davis (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 29) 13 1 Belize Verdes FC
4FW Krisean Lopez (1998-11-02) November 2, 1998 (age 19) 3 3 Belize Verdes FC
4FW Randy Padilla (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Guatemala Deportivo Ayutla
4FW Alexander Peters (1990-09-16) September 16, 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Belize Freedom Fighters FC

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 Kerry González 0 0 Belize v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018

DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 31) 26 0 Belize Verdes FC v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Víctor Cruz (1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Belize Verdes FC v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF San Méndez (1994-09-21) September 21, 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Belize Verdes FC v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Collin Westby (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Belize Placencia Assasins FC v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Makonnan Clare (1994-08-29) August 29, 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Belize v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Asrel Sutherland (1995-03-08) March 8, 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Belize Police United v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Kyle Flowers (1993-03-24) March 24, 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Belize TBD v.  Grenada, March 23, 2018

MF Devon Makin (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Belize Police United v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
MF Denmark Casey (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 24) 17 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Grenada, March 23, 2018

FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 25) 11 1 Canada Ottawa Fury FC v.  Grenada, March 23, 2018
FW Jesse Smith (1991-11-24) November 24, 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Belize San Pedro Pirates v.  Grenada, March 23, 2018

Records[edit]

As of September 7, 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Managers[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.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Belize Winston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 000.0
Argentina Manuel Bilches 1999–2000 6 0 1 5 000.0
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 060.0
Brazil Eduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Belize Anthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 000.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 000.0
Guatemala Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 050.0
United States Ian Mork[4] 2008 4 0 1 3 000.0
Mexico Renan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 000.0
Honduras José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 028.6
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 020.0
Belize Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 000.0
United States Ian Mork[5] 2013–2014 4 0 1 3 000.0
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014–2015 3 0 0 3 000.0
Brazil Jorge Nunez 2015–2016 4 2 2 0 050.0
Poland Richard Orlowski 2016–2018 5 0 1 4 000.0

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Recent match results[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]