Belize national football team

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Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Jaguars
Association Football Federation of Belize (FFB)
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Jorge Nunez
Most caps Elroy Smith (42)
Top scorer Deon McCaulay (20)
Home stadium FFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA code BLZ
FIFA ranking 128 Decrease 5 (3 September 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 118 (July 2015)
Lowest FIFA ranking 201 (November 2007, January 2008)
Elo ranking 169 (July 6, 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 167 (June 14, 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 189 (January 2008)
First colours
Second colours
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 
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2013)
Best result Group stage

The Belize national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Belice) is a national team of Belize and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize. It is affiliated to the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

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.

[1] In March 2013 it reached its highest ever ranking of 128th.[2]

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.[3]

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
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994 Did not exist
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

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
Total 1/13

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
Total 9/12 0 Titles 25 1 5 19 17 59

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.[4] 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
Jorge Nunez Brazil 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 match against Dominican Republic in June 14, 2015 .
Caps and goals updated as June 14, 2015 after the game against Dominican Republic.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 29) 21 0 Honduras C.D. Honduras
1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 (age 35) 26 0 Guatemala Suchitepéquez
1GK Keith Allen (1990-09-04) September 4, 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Belize TBD
2DF Dalton Eiley (captain) (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 (age 31) 34 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 29) 37 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits
2DF Elroy Smith (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 (age 33) 42 2 Honduras Platense
2DF Kahlil Velasquez (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 30) 5 0 Belize TBD
2DF Elroy Kuylen (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 (age 32) 20 4 Belize TBD
3MF Trevor Lennan (1983-01-05) January 5, 1983 (age 32) 28 1 Belize Police United
3MF Nahjib Guerra TBD 2 0 Belize Verdes FC
3MF Denmark Casey (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Belize Police United
3MF Dellon Torres (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Belize Sagitun Independence
3MF Jordy Leonel Polanco TBD 3 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits
3MF Amin August Jr. (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Belize TBD
3MF Harrison Roches (1983-11-29) November 29, 1983 (age 31) 37 5 Belize Police United
3MF Devon Makin (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Belize Police United
4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 27) 34 20 Belize Verdes FC
4FW Jarret Davis (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 26) 4 0 Belize Belize
4FW Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 27) 24 2 Belize Police United
4FW Evan Mariano (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 27) 16 0 Belize Police United
4FW Marlon Meza (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Belize TBD
4FW Brian Hulse TBD 0 0 Belize TBD

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past 18 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Frank Lopez (1989-12-03) December 3, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Belize Police United 2014 Copa Centroamericana
GK Rai West TBD 1 0 Belize TBD March 29, 2015 vs. Cayman Islands
DF Tyrone Pandy (1986-01-14) January 14, 1986 (age 29) 10 0 Belize Belize Defence Force 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Cristobal Gilharry (1980-09-02) September 2, 1980 (age 35) 8 0 Belize Belize 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 28) 20 0 Belize Verdes 2014 Copa Centroamericana
DF Felix Miranda (1993-01-14) January 14, 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2014 Copa Centroamericana
MF David Trapp (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 34) 15 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Harrison Tasher (1985-01-05) January 5, 1985 (age 30) 13 0 Belize Belize Defence Force 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Belize Placencia Assassins 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF John King (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2014 Copa Centroamericana
FW Ashley Torres (1985-09-15) September 15, 1985 (age 29) 5 0 Belize Placencia Assassins 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Lennox Castillo (1985-11-19) November 19, 1985 (age 29) 3 0 Belize Police United 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Clifton West (1989-04-21) April 21, 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2014 Copa Centroamericana
FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 22) 4 0 United States UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Jeromy James (1981-04-11) April 11, 1981 (age 34) 13 1 Belize Belmopan Bandits 2014 Copa Centroamericana

Records[edit]

As of June 14, 2015
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 Michael, WinstonWinston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 00.0
Argentina Bilches, ManuelManuel Bilches 1999-2000 6 0 1 5 00.0
Costa Rica Sherrier Lewis, LeroyLeroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 60.0
Brazil Santana, EduardoEduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Belize Adderly, AnthonyAnthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 00.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 00.0
Guatemala Salas, José PalmiroJosé Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 50.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[5] 2008 4 0 1 3 00.0
Mexico Couoh, RenanRenan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 00.0
Honduras José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 28.6
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 20.0
Belize Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 00.0
United States Mork, IanIan Mork[6] 2013-2014 4 0 1 3 00.0
Costa Rica Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014-2015 3 0 0 3 00.0
Brazil Jorge Nunez 2015- 4 2 2 0 50.0

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Recent match results[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]