Sint Maarten national football team

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Not to be confused with Saint-Martin national football team.
Sint Maarten
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Sint Maarten
Soccer Association
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America, Central America, Caribbean)
Most caps Peter Large (9)
Home stadium Raoul Illidge Sports Complex[1]
FIFA code SXM
First international
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6—1 Sint Maarten Sint Maarten
(Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; 23 April 1989)
Caribbean Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1993)
Best result Group Stage; 1993

The Sint Maarten national football team is the football team of Sint Maarten, the Dutch half of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, and is controlled by the Sint Maarten Soccer Association. Sint Maarten is not a member of FIFA, and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup. However, the association plans to apply for FIFA membership in 2016.[2] In 2002, the Sint Maarten Soccer Association was given associate membership in CONCACAF and became full members at the XXVIII Ordinary Congress in April 2013[1][3] after becoming an independent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands after the Netherland Antillies was disolved in 2010.[4] They are also members of the Caribbean Football Union[5] and first took part in the Caribbean Cup in its inaugural edition in 1989.[6]

History[edit]

From 1992 to 2016, the team had played approximately only 25 official matches.[7] Between 2000 and 2016, only one match had been played, an unofficial 2-2 draw at home to Sint Eustatius on 20 August 2004.[8] In 2012, SMSA President Owen Nickie stated that the national team's inactivity was due to a lack of needed improvements on their home stadium. He indicated that not having enough players to choose from had also prevented the team from competing in the past but that they had more than enough players at that time. At that time, the association discussed hosting the Leeward Islands Tournament and participating in 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification as two of its objectives for the year. Nickie described not entering a team in the Caribbean Cup in the past as "unfortunate".[9] In August 2014, Sint Maarten was set to co-host the Leeward Islands Tournament which had been dormant at that time for over ten years.[10] However, the tournament was postponed after Sint Maarten withdrew as host because of difficulties with the newly-installed lights at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and Anguilla, the other host, withdrew for unspecified reasons. One report also indicated that the hosts withdrew because of an "inability to facilitate teams."[11] In May 2015, a match was organized by the SMSA as a showcase for selecting a national team player pool. It was open to all players with a Dutch passport.[12] Sint Maarten returned to international football in 2016, entering 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification and being drawn into Group 2 along with Grenada and the US Virgin Islands.[13] Sint Maarten had been absent from senior CFU competition for nineteen years as they entered the tournament.[14] However, a youth selection participated in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in August 2013[15] and Sint Maarten co-hosted the 2015 CFU Boy's Under-15 Championship[16] after the 2015 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship was canceled by CONCACAF for unspecified reasons.[17]

Stadium[edit]

Raoul Illidge Sports Complex
Location Welgelegen Road[18]
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten[19]
Capacity 3,000[18]
Surface artificial turf[20]
Construction
Opened 1987[19]
Renovated 2013[20]
Construction cost ƒ3,000,000[19]
Architect MNO Vervat St. Maarten (renovation)[20]
Tenants
Sint Maarten national teams
SMSA clubs

Sint Maarten plays its home matches at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Philipsburg. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators. It is named after Raoul Illidge, a local philanthropist who laid the groundwork and covered many expenses in the planning of the stadium as part of his support for sport and culture on the island. Unsolicited, he contributed nearly ƒ800,000 for the project.[19] After falling into disrepair, the complex was temporarily closed for renovation in July 2013. The two-part renovation included installation of a new running track, drainage system, and artificial turf, repainting of lighting poles and installation of new, brighter lights, in addition to a renovation of the complex's buildings.[20] The renovation costs were financed by the Dutch funding agency Usona and the Sint Maarten government. The international sports park was official reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens-Phillip on 7 March 2014.[21][22]

Competition history[edit]

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Sint Maarten never reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but played in the qualifications in for the 1993, 1996 and 1998 Gold Cups.

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
United States 1991 Did not enter
United StatesMexico 1993 Did not qualify
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998 Did not qualify
United States 2000 Withdrew
United States 2002 Did not enter
United StatesMexico 2003 Did not enter
United States 2005 Withdrew
United States 2007 Did not enter
United States 2009 Did not enter
United States 2011 Did not enter
United States 2013 Did not enter
United StatesCanada 2015 Did not enter
United States 2017 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

Caribbean Cup[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Barbados 1989 Qualifying 4 0 0 4 3 20
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Did not enter
Jamaica 1991 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Qualifying 2 1 1 0 5 3
Jamaica 1993[nb 1] Group stage 5 2 1 2 4 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Qualifying 3 1 0 2 5 9
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Qualifying 2 1 0 1 1 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Qualifying 2 1 0 1 4 3
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Qualifying 3 2 0 1 6 3
Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica 1998 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Did not enter
Barbados 2005 Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Did not enter
Jamaica 2008 Did not enter
Martinique 2010 Did not enter
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Did not enter
Jamaica 2014 Did not enter
United States 2017 Qualifying 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/17 21 8 2 11 28 47

Current squad[edit]

Sint Maarten's squad for 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification will be composed solely of players from Flames United SC,[23] reigning champions from the 2014/2015 Senior league competitions and the champions of the 2012/2013 Excellence Division between the islands of Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and St. Barths.[24]

All-time record[edit]

As of 2 January 2016[7]
Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
 Anguilla 3 3 0 0 8 0
 Antigua and Barbuda 3 1 0 2 3 7
 British Virgin Islands 3 2 1 0 6 2
 Cayman Islands 2 1 0 1 4 7
 Dominica 2 0 1 1 2 4
 Martinique 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Jamaica 2 0 0 2 2 5
 Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 1 1 2 3 7

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes both qualifying and final round matches

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CONCACAF applauds Sint Maarten advancement". CONCACAF. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Daily Herald's 2015 Sports Person of the Year". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "CONCACAF profile". CONCACAF. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Smith, Natanga. "Dutch Curacao, St Maarten now independent". Nation News. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "CFU profile". Caribbean Football Union. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Shell Football Cup to kick off April 1989". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "(Dutch) Sint Maarten - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "CFD profile". Caribbean Football Database. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sports: Nickey: “We have to restrict abuse of field”". Today SXM. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Return of Leeward Islands Football Competition". SKN Vibes. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Baptiste, Neto. "Leeward Islands Tournament postponed". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Soccer Association National Team". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "2016 Scotia Bank CFU Caribbean Cup Groupings". Caribbean Football Union. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "CFD Tweet". Caribbean Football Database. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Player Profiles". CONCACAF. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Nicholson, Paul. "CFU step in to fill U15 tournament gap in St Maarten and Anguilla". insideworldfootball.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "CONCACAF cancels Under-15 Boys’ Championship". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Stadium: Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Official opening of the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and Max Phelipa Zoological Gardens.". TBF. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Football Field and Running Track at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex Temporarily Closed Off as of Monday.". Sint Maarten News Network. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Appreciation for renovation of Raoul Illidge Sports Complex". Sint Maarten Today. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  22. ^ Lourens Philip, Patricia. "Minister Patricia Lourens-Philip Speech Raoul Illidge Sports Complex". Sint Maarten Government. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "SMSA represented at the CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup Draw in Antigua". soualiganewsday.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "St. Maarten draws US Virgin Islands, Grenada in first round Caribbean Cup". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

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