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List of CONCACAF national association football teams by nickname

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The following is a list of nicknames of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) national association football teams.


  • Nicknames in italics are commonly used in English.
Team Nickname English translation Notes Ref.
 Anguilla The Rainbow Warriors Set in the Caribbean sea and with St. Martin as a backdrop, Anguilla has one of the largest community of Dolphins in the world. [1]
The Soccer Dolphins [1]
 Antigua and Barbuda The Wadadi Boyz Wadadi is a local dance. [2]
 Aruba Seleccion Selection [3]
 Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys Rake-and-scrape is a genre of music native to the Bahamas. [4]
 Barbados Bajan Pride Bajan is a popular term for citizens of Barbados. [5]
 Bermuda Gombey Warriors The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming. [6]
 Belize The Jaguars Belize is home to one of the biggest Jaguar Populations. The Jaguar Reserve is the world's biggest and only Jaguar Preserve spanning 150 square miles. [7]
 British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz The British Virgin Islands are a collection of 60 unspoiled islands that pack the best of the Caribbean. They are commonly referred to as nature's little secrets. [8]
 Canada Canucks "Canuck" is a slang term for Canadian. [9][10]
Les Rouges The Reds From their Red uniforms. [11][12][13]
 Cayman Islands The Turtles The sea turtle is a prominent symbol in Cayman culture. Turtles adorn Caymanian money and appear on the islands' flag as part of the official coat of arms. [14]
 Costa Rica Los Ticos The Ticos From the local linguistic habit of creating diminutives by adding "tico" instead of "tito" to the end of words. [15]
La Sele Shortening of "The Selection" (in Spanish) Named after the most successful national football team in the history of Central America. Which won three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969 and 1989) and eight championships in the Copa Centroamericana and its predecessor. [16]
Los Matacampeones The Champion Killers [17]
 Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions Cuba is an island in the Caribbean and the Lion is one of the most ferocious animals on earth. [18]
 Curaçao The Blue Stars The flag of Curaçao is blue, with a yellow horizontal stripe slightly below the midline, and two white stars in the upper left corner. The blue symbolizes the sea and sky, and the yellow represents the sun. The two stars are for Curaçao and Klein Curaçao, but also stand for 'Love and Happiness.' [19]
 Dominica Dominica Team The imperial amazon or Dominican amazon, also known as the sisserou, is a parrot found only on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It has been designated as the national bird of Dominica. [20]
Los Pericos The Parrots [20]
 Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Quisqueyanos Quisqueya is one of the names of Hispaniola Island otherwise known as the Dominican Republic. It is believed to mean "mother of all lands" in the Taíno language. [21]
 El Salvador La Selecta The Selected The Selected or chosen in Spanish.
Los Cuscatlecos The Cuscatlecos [22]
 French Guiana Les Yana Dòkòs The Yana Dòkòs [23]
 Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans "Chapin" is a Spanish slang term to refer to Guatemalans. [24]
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White From the Guatemalan flag which is a tri-band of white and Blue. [25]
 Grenada Spice Boyz Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice". [26]
 Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe Guys of Guadeloupe [27]
Les Boug'Wada Gwada Boys [27]
 Guyana Golden Jaguars The jaguar is one of the largest carnivorous mammals in Central America and it is found in Guyana. The Guyanese Coat of Arms includes two jaguars holding a pickaxe. [28]
 Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers A grenadier is a specialized soldier whose specialty was throwing grenades. [29]
Le Rouge et Bleu The Red & Blue From the Haitian Flag which is Red and Blue. [30]
 Jamaica Reggae Boyz Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica. [31]
 Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz [32]
 Martinique Les Matinino The Matatino Tribute to the history of the island. [33][34]
 Montserrat Emerald Boys Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean". [31]
 Honduras Los Catrachos The Catrachos Catracho is a name for a male from Honduras. [35]
La Bicolor The Bi-color From the Honduran Flag which is Blue and White. [36]
La H The H The initial for Honduras. [37]
 Mexico El Tri / Tricolor From "Tricolor" (Tricolour) From the Tri-colors of the Mexican Flag. [38][39]
 Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues From the Nicaraguan Flag which is white and blue. [40]
Los Pinoleros The Pinole Makers "Pinolero" is slang for a citizen of Nicaragua. [40]
 Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide The Red tide is a phenomenon when a population of phytoplankton, a single-celled plant, grows very fast or "blooms" and accumulates [41]
Equipo Canalero The Canal Team In reference to the Panama Canal. [41]
 Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane From a tropical cyclone which has strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain common in the Island. [42]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis has traditionally depended on the growing and processing of sugar cane. [43]
 Saint Lucia The Piton The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires, located in Saint Lucia. [42]
 Saint Martin Saint Swallows [44]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat Shortened nickname for the island of saint Vincent. [45]
 Sint Maarten
 Suriname De Natio Short for "Nationale Selectie" The National Selection. [46]
Suriboys From the Country name and shortened. [46]
 Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Soca is a music genre that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. [47]
 Turks and Caicos Islands TCI Team TCI is the acronym of "Turks and Caicos Islands". [48]
 United States USMNT Acronym of "United States Men's National Football Team". [49][50]
Stars & Stripes Reference to the American flag. [51]
The Yanks Slang term to refer to someone of American origin. [52]
 United States (Women's) USWNT An acronym of "United States Women's National Football Team". [53][54]
Team USA Team USA or United States national team may refer to any of a number of sports team representing the United States in international competitions. [55]
The Stars and Stripes Reference to the American flag. [51]
 U.S. Virgin Islands The Dashing Eagle The eagle is the national symbol of the U.S. Virgin Islands. [56]

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