Solomon Islands national football team

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Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bonitos
Association Solomon Islands Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Moses Toata
Most caps Henry Fa'arodo (61)
Top scorer Commins Menapi (34)[1]
Home stadium Lawson Tama Stadium
FIFA code SOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 Decrease 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest 200 (January–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 160 Increase 3 (7 September 2018)
Highest 94 (September 2004)
Lowest 171 (7 November 2016)
First international
 Solomon Islands 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
 Solomon Islands 17–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Papua New Guinea; September 1991)
Biggest defeat
 French Polynesia 18–0 Solomon Islands 
(Fiji; 17 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1980)
Best result Runners-up, 2004

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national football team of Solomon Islands and is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation. The Solomon Islands national football team was founded in 1978. They were officially recognised by FIFA a decade later, in 1988.[2]

History[edit]

During the 2004 Oceania World Cup qualification/Oceania Cup the team drew 2–2 with Australia and qualified for the second leg. However, in the second leg the Solomon Islands national men's team was humiliated by Australia 5–1 and 6–0 in the two matches, with Australia qualifying for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

The Solomons got a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the team was thrashed by Australia 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the second played at home.

The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – having got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition.

In 2012, the Solomon Islands held the 2012 OFC Nations Cup which was also the second round of World Cup qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place after qualifying through to the knockout stage by defeating Papua New Guinea and having draws against Fiji and New Zealand. They lost in the semi-final after they lost to the champions Tahiti after Jonathan Tehau scored the only goal. They later lost to New Zealand in the third-place playoff. The third round of World Cup qualifying saw the team finish bottom of the group after only taking one win against Tahiti.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not participate Did not participate
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 Did not qualify GS 4 0 1 3 5 13
France 1998 GS 6 2 3 4 9 23
South Korea Japan 2002 GS 4 2 0 2 17 10
Germany 2006 P/O 9 6 2 1 23 7
South Africa 2010 4th 6 4 0 2 23 6
Brazil 2014 4th 11 2 2 7 10 27
Russia 2018 P/O 10 4 1 5 11 18
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 48* 20 8 23 95 96
  • Excludes two play-off matches against Tonga during 1998 qualifiers in which they won both legs 0–4, 9–0 with 13–0 on aggregate.

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did Not Enter
New Caledonia 1980 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 21
1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
Australia 1998 Did Not Qualify
French Polynesia 2000 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 7 10
New Zealand 2002 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 3 9
Australia 2004 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 1 3 10 17
2008 Did Not Qualify
Solomon Islands 2012 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 5 6
Papua New Guinea 2016 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 2 4
Total Runners-Up 7/10 28 7 4 17 31 70

Pacific Games record[edit]

South Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Fiji 1963 Fourth place 4th 3 1 0 2 6 26
New Caledonia 1966 Round 1 6th 2 0 1 1 4 12
Papua New Guinea 1969 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 8 19
French Polynesia 1971 Did not enter
Guam 1975 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 9 8
Fiji 1979 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 24 5
Samoa 1983 Round 1 10th 3 1 0 2 0 11
New Caledonia 1987 Did not enter
Papua New Guinea 1991 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1 0 12 3
French Polynesia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 34 10
Fiji 2003 Round 1 5th 4 2 1 1 14 4
Samoa 2007 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 23 6
New Caledonia 2011 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 0 2 21 6
Papua New Guinea 2015 Round 1 8th 3 0 0 3 1 5
Total Second place 12/14 53 27 5 21 156 115

Wantok Cup record[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Macau and Fiji.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 September after the match against Fiji.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Philip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 23) 16 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
12 1GK Desmond Tutu (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels

2 2DF Hadisi Aengari (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 29) 24 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
4 2DF Richard Hiromana (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 21) 11 0 Solomon Islands Real Kakamora
5 2DF Robert Laua (1991-09-08) 8 September 1991 (age 27) 9 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
6 2DF Boni Pride (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
16 2DF Emmanuel Poila (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 28) 17 1 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
2DF John Aeta (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 18) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist

7 3MF Atkin Kaua (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 22) 15 3 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
8 3MF Jeffery Bule (1991-11-15) 15 November 1991 (age 26) 18 2 Fiji Suva
10 3MF Judd Molea (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 30) 13 3 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
11 3MF Alwin Hou (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 22) 2 1 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
14 3MF Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 30) 23 4 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
17 3MF Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 27) 13 5 New Zealand Auckland City
19 3MF Timothy Bakale (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Solomon Islands Western United
3MF Patrick Taroga (2000-05-25) 25 May 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist

9 4FW Benjamin Totori (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 32) 47 22 Fiji Lautoka
4FW Jerry Donga (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 27) 19 3 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
4FW Davidson Tome (1994-04-17) 17 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Solomon Islands Marist
4FW Atana Fa'arodo (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Solomon Islands G Camp


Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Zantas Kabini (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 33) 2 0 Solomon Islands Marist v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017

DF Junior Albert (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
DF Nelson Sale Kilifa (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 32) 35 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan v.  New Zealand, 5 September 2017
DF Michael Boso (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 27) 7 0 New Zealand Team Wellington v.  New Zealand, 5 September 2017
DF Andrew Rarangia (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Toti City Dwellers v.  New Zealand, 5 September 2017

MF Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 27) 12 4 New Zealand Auckland City v.  Macau, 28 August 2018 PRE
MF Clifton Aumae (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 32) 8 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 24) 9 2 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Jeffery Bule (1991-11-15) 15 November 1991 (age 26) 18 2 Fiji Suva v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Norman Miniti (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Solomon Islands Real Kakamora v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Henry Fa'arodo (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 36) 61 20 New Zealand Wellington Olympic v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017

FW Adrian Mara (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 20) 3 4 Solomon Islands Real Kakamora v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
FW Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 26) 18 3 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors v.  Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
FW James Naka (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 34) 25 3 Vanuatu Nalkutan v.  New Zealand, 5 September 2017

Honours[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soccer: the Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing. 19 April 2010. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7566-6318-6. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Member Association - Solomon Islands". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  3. ^ Solomon Islands at FIFA.com
  4. ^ "Solomons search for new coach". Oceania Football Confederation. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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