Belize national football team
|Association||Football Federation of Belize|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Dale Pelayo Sr.|
|Most caps||Elroy Smith (61)|
|Top scorer||Deon McCaulay (27)|
|Home stadium||FFB Field|
|Current||170 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||114 (April–June 2016)|
|Lowest||201 (November 2007 – January 2008)|
| British Honduras 1–0 Honduras |
(British Honduras; February 19, 1928)
El Salvador 3–0 Belize
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
| Belize 7–1 Nicaragua |
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
| Costa Rica 7–0 Belize |
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
Mexico 7–0 Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2013)|
|Best result||Group stage (2013)|
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".
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. 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. 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
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.
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
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
|March 25 WC 1st Round Qualifying||Haiti||2–0||Belize||Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Stade Sylvio Cator|
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)
|March 30 WC 1st Round Qualifying||Belize||5–0||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||3–0||Belize||Managua, Nicaragua|
|19:00 UTC−6||Report||Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
|Dale Pelayo Sr.||Head coach|
|Philip Marin||Technical director|
|Jack Striders||Technical director|
|Carlos Slusher||Assistant Head coach|
|Peter Jones||Assistant Head coach|
|Kent Gabourel Sr.||Goalkeeping coach|
|Shaun Woodmac||Physical Trainer|
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[update], the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.
|Manager||Period in charge||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Leroy Sherrier Lewis||2001||5||3||1||1||60.0|
|Antonio Carlos Vieira||2006–2007||3||0||0||3||0.0|
|José de la Paz Herrera||2010–2012||7||2||2||3||28.6|
|Leroy Sherrier Lewis||2012–2013||5||1||1||3||20.0|
|Leroy Sherrier Lewis||2014–2015||3||0||0||3||0.0|
|Vincenzo Alberto Annese||2019-2020||6||2||1||3||33.3|
|Dale Pelayo Sr.||2020–present||0||0||0||0||—|
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.
- Caps and goals updated as of 4 June 2021, after the game against Nicaragua.
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||2 May 1990||0||0||Police United FC||v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021|
|DF||Mike Atkinson||2 December 1994||6||0||North Leigh||v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021|
|MF||Johny El Zein||24 March 1992||0||0||Aris Limassol||v. Turks & Caicos Islands; 30 March, 2021|
- As of 30 March 2021
- Players in bold text are still active with Belize.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||6|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Gold Cup record
|CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|1991 to 1993||Did not exist|
|1996 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not enter|
|2005 to 2011||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1991||Did not exist|
|1993||Did not exist|
|2003||Did not enter|
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. 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.
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- "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- "Belize Football Team Briefly Held by Gunmen in Haiti". Newsndip. March 23, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
- Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
- "Belize Men's National Football Team starts training to face Nicaragua in June in WC qualifier". Breaking Belize News.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)