Trinidad and Tobago national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Soca Warriors|
|Association||Trinidad and Tobago Football Association|
|Head coach||Dennis Lawrence|
|Most caps||Angus Eve (117)|
|Top scorer||Stern John (70)|
|Home stadium||Hasely Crawford Stadium|
|Current||77 1 (1 June 2017)|
|Highest||25 (June 2001)|
|Lowest||106 (October 2010)|
|Current||96 (7 May 2017)|
|Lowest||116 (September 1987)|
| British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)
| Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 23 April 1989)
| Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2006|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||15 (first in 1967)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1973|
The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed the Soca Warriors, represents the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in international football. It is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and competes in both CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and the Caribbean Football Union, its sub-continental confederation. The team is ranked 76th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 91st in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and currently hold the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a FIFA World Cup.
The national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in addition to the Caribbean Cup and other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the FIFA World Cup came in 2006 after the team defeated Bahrain 2–1 on aggregate in the CONCACAF–AFC intercontinental play-off. The team has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on eight occasions with their best performance in 2000 after reaching the semi-finals, finishing 3rd. However, the national team has experienced great success in the Caribbean Cup having won the sub-continental competition eight times and runners-up on five occasions.
The separate Trinidad and Tobago national football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF, but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Players
- 4 Results and schedule
- 5 Records
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 Managers
- 8 Honours
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on 4 December 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador, and Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.
1980s to 1990s: The Strike Squad
Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Nicknamed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on 19 November 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of more than 30,000 at the National Stadium on Red Day, Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes. For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.
2006 FIFA World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a playoff against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining matches against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.
2010 World Cup Cycle
Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match at home 1–2, but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate. The Soca Warriors advanced to Group 1 of the Third Round alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the Fourth Round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games. This qualified Trinidad and Tobago for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. The Fourth Round was also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. Qualification quickly turned disastrous for Trinidad and Tobago as they tied 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0. They would then tie 1–1 with Honduras following a late-strike. However, three consecutive losses to the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico found the Soca Warriors bottom of the Hexagonal with two points from their first five matches. In their sixth match, they recorded their first win of the round by defeating El Salvador 1–0. However, the victory was short lived as they suffered losses to Honduras and the United States the following month; ending their hopes to qualify for the World Cup.
2014 World Cup Cycle
Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Second Round of CONCACAF as a seeded team with Guyana, Bermuda, and Barbados the other teams drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1–0) and Bardados (2–0) in their first two matches to earn a full six points. However, on 7 October 2011, Trinidad and Tobago lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2–1 to hurt its chances of advancing to the Third Round of qualification. The team quickly rebounded four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier. Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago found itself in second place behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winner would advance to the Third Round of qualification, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the next two matches both facing Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first traveled to Providence, Guyana to face the Golden Jaguars on 11 November 2011. With an early goal from Ricky Shakes and another from Leon Cort in the 81st minute, Trinidad and Tobago found itself behind 2–0 and facing elimination. Kenwyne Jones managed to pull the team within a goal in the 93rd minute, but it was too late as the match would end 2–1 in favor of Guyana. With the loss, Trinidad and Tobago were officially eliminated from qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked following a disappointing campaign which saw the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.
For the first eighty years of their existence, Trinidad and Tobago played their home matches all around the country with Queen's Park Oval, generally thought of as the most picturesque and largest of the old cricket grounds in the West Indies, as the most often used venue. The cricket ground served as the country's largest stadium until the new National Stadium was built in Mucurapo, Port of Spain, to host the nation's athletics competitions and international football matches.
The stadium later was renovated and renamed after Hasely Crawford, the first person from Trinidad and Tobago to win an Olympic gold medal, prior to Trinidad and Tobago hosting the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 23,000 and is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government and managed through the Ministry of Sport via its special purpose state agency called SporTT.
The major supporters' group for the national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club or the Warrior Nation. The group is a non-profit organisation that is independent of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the supporters' club was organised by Soca Warriors Online founder Inshan Mohammed and Nigel Myers.
The group's activities include promoting teams locally and globally, lobbying the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as representatives of football fans, advocating fair pricing and allocation of event tickets, organising travel for fans to home and away matches, providing a family-oriented fans' organisation, and promoting football among the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Trinidad and Tobago national team players.
The following 23 players were called up for World Cup Qualifiers against United States and Costa Rica on June 8 and 13, 2017.
Goals and caps are updated as of June 13, 2017 after the match against Costa Rica.
The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Glenroy Samuel||5 April 1990||1||0||Ma Pau Stars||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|GK||Greg Ranjitsingh||18 July 1993||0||0||Louisville City||v. United States, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Tristan Hodge||9 October 1993||6||0||W Connection||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|DF||Seon Power||2 February 1984||43||2||Central||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|DF||Yohance Marshall||22 January 1986||15||1||Murciélagos||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|DF||Taryk Sampson||5 March 1997||0||0||Ma Pau Stars||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|DF||Maurice Forde||6 September 1996||3||0||W Connection||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|DF||Jesús Pérez||11 September 1995||1||0||W Connection||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|DF||Carlyle Mitchell||8 August 1987||35||2||Unattached||v. Haiti, 8 January 2017|
|DF||Jelani Peters||17 December 1993||0||0||Toronto FC II||v. Honduras, 15 November 2016|
|MF||Cordell Cato||15 July 1992||22||2||San Jose Earthquakes||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|MF||Keron Cummings||28 May 1988||16||3||Central||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|MF||Jomal Williams||28 April 1994||10||2||Murciélagos||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|MF||Jared London||6 February 1995||2||0||Club Sando||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|MF||Marcus Joseph||29 April 1991||11||1||Central||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|MF||Kevon Goddard||20 January 1996||0||0||W Connection||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|MF||Sean de Silva||17 January 1990||8||0||Central||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|MF||Darren Mitchell||10 January 1990||3||0||Davao Aguilas||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|MF||Jomoul Francois||1||0||St. Ann's Rangers||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|MF||Akeem Humphrey||25 November 1995||0||0||Club Sando||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|MF||Aikim Andrews||20 June 1996||6||1||Toronto FC II||v. Haiti, 8 January 2017|
|MF||Tyrone Charles||30 November 1988||5||1||San Juan Jabloteh||v. Haiti, 8 January 2017|
|MF||Neveal Hackshaw||21 September 1995||6||0||Charleston Battery||v. Honduras, 15 November 2016|
|MF||John Bostock||15 January 1992||0||0||Lens||v. Honduras, 15 November 2016|
|FW||Willis Plaza||3 August 1987||26||7||East Bengal||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|FW||Akeem Roach||9 December 1995||4||1||Club Sando||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|FW||Jerrel Britto||4 July 1992||1||0||Honduras Progreso||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|FW||Keston George||29 January 1993||0||0||Central||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|FW||Levi Garcia||20 November 1997||11||2||AZ||v. Mexico, 28 March 2017|
|FW||Jameel Perry||18 September 1987||1||0||Police||v. Barbados, 10 March 2017|
|FW||Cornell Glen||21 October 1980||72||24||Ozone||v. Haiti, 8 January 2017|
|FW||Trevin Caesar||26 April 1989||14||3||Sacramento Republic||v. Haiti, 8 January 2017|
Results and schedule
|2 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||2–2||Guatemala||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|J. Jones 45+1', 62'||Report (FIFA)
|Ruiz 38', 87'||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Jhon Pitti (Panama)
|6 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United States||4–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Jacksonville, United States|
Altidore 59', 63'
|Report||Stadium: EverBank Field
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|5 October 2016 2017 Caribbean Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||4–0||Dominican Republic||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Molino 14', 18', 55'
|Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
|11 October 2016 2017 Caribbean Cup Q||Martinique||2–0 (a.e.t.)||Trinidad and Tobago||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
|20:00 UTC−4||Parsemain 105'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker
|11 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||0–2||Costa Rica||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC−4||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)
|15 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Honduras||3–1||Trinidad and Tobago||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|16:05 UTC–6||Quioto 16'
|Report||Mitchell 51'||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|27 December 2016 Friendly||Nicaragua||2–1||Trinidad and Tobago||Managua, Nicaragua|
|18:30 UTC-6||Peralta 3'
|Report||Arcia 75'||Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Oscar Davila (Nicaragua)
|30 December 2016 Friendly||Nicaragua||1–3||Trinidad and Tobago||Managua, Nicaragua|
|18:30 UTC-6||Cadena 25'||Report||Glen 37'
|Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium
Referee: Oscar Davila (Nicaragua)
|4 January 2017 Caribbean Cup Fifth place playoff||Trinidad and Tobago||1–2 (a.e.t.)||Suriname||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC-4||Charles 81'||Report||Kwasie 76'
|Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Kimbell Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|8 January 2017 Caribbean Cup Fifth place playoff||Haiti||4–3 (a.e.t.)||Trinidad and Tobago||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|17:00 UTC-4||Etienne 20'
Jean-Baptiste 111', 117'
|Report||Winchester 1', 25', 113'||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Ricangel de Leca (Aruba)
|10 March 2017 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||Barbados||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC-4||Boatswain 37', 45+1'||Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
|24 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||Panama||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC-4||Molino 37'||Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
|28 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||0–1||Mexico||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC-4||Report||Reyes 58'||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica)
|29 April 2017 Friendly||Grenada||2–2||Trinidad and Tobago||St. George's, Grenada|
|Report||Stadium: Grenada National Stadium
Referee: Moet Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
|8 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United States||2–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Commerce City, United States|
|18:00 UTC-6||Pulisic 52', 62'||Report||Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)
|13 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Costa Rica||2–1||Trinidad and Tobago||San José, Costa Rica|
|20:00 UTC−6||Calvo 1'
B. Ruiz 44'
|Molino 35'||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Referee: Yadel Martínez (Cuba)
|1 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||v||Honduras||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
|5 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Panama||v||Trinidad and Tobago||Panama City, Panama|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommerl Fernandez
|6 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Mexico||v||Trinidad and Tobago||Mexico|
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||v||United States||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
As of 29 April 2017
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.
Most capped players
|1||Eve, AngusAngus Eve||
|2||John, SternStern John||
|3||Andrews, MarvinMarvin Andrews||
|4||Theobald, DensillDensill Theobald||
|5||Edwards, CarlosCarlos Edwards||
|6||Lawrence, DennisDennis Lawrence||
|6||Jones, KenwyneKenwyne Jones||
|8||Ince, ClaytonClayton Ince||
|9||Latapy, RussellRussell Latapy||
|10||Williams, Jan-MichaelJan-Michael Williams||
|1||John, SternStern John||
|2||Eve, AngusAngus Eve||
|3||Latapy, RussellRussell Latapy||
|4||Dwarika, ArnoldArnold Dwarika||
|5||Glen, CornellCornell Glen||
|6||Jones, KenwyneKenwyne Jones||
|7||Lewis, LeonsonLeonson Lewis||
|8||Pierre, NigelNigel Pierre||
|9||Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke||
|10||Jorsling, DevornDevorn Jorsling||
|10||Molino, KevinKevin Molino||
FIFA World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago first appeared at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and currently holds the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a FIFA World Cup. The Soca Warriors finished bottom of the group with one point from the team's three matches. Even though the team did not advance in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the FIFA World Cup after a 0–0 draw to Sweden in its first match.
Trinidad and Tobago failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup between 1966 and 2002, then again in 2010 and 2014.
|Trinidad and Tobago's FIFA World Cup Record|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record||Manager|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1966||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||12||Braithwaite|
|1994||4||2||1||1||7||4||Isa / D'Oliviera|
|1998||8||2||1||5||15||10||de Araújo / Vraneš|
|2002||22||10||4||8||32||28||Porterfield / Simões|
|2006||Group stage||27th of 32||3||0||1||2||0||4||20||11||2||7||30||25||St. Clair / Beenhakker|
|2010||Did not qualify||18||5||5||8||22||30||Maturana / Latapy|
|2018||Qualification in progress||4||3||1||0||11||3||Hart|
- * Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
- ** Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- *** Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
- George Chambers (1964)
- Amerigo Brunner (1965–1966)
- Conrad Braithwaite (1965–1967)
- Michael Laing (1968)
- Trevor Smith (1969)
- Kevin Verity (1972–1973)
- Rudi Gutendorf (1976)
- Edgar Vidale (1976)
- Alvin Corneal (1980)
- Kenneth Butcher (1980)
- Roderick Warner (1984–1985)
- Everald Cummings (1988–1989)
- Kenwyn Cooper (1989)
- Alvin Corneal (1990)
- Edgar Vidale (1990–1991)
- Muhammad Isa (1992)
- Clóvis de Oliviera (1992)
- Everald Cummings (1993)
- Kenny Joseph (1994)
- Zoran Vraneš (1994–1995)
- Jochen Figge (1995)
- Kenny Joseph (1996)
- Sebastian de Araújo (1996)
- Edgar Vidale (1997)
- Bertille St. Clair (1997–2000)
- Ian Porterfield (2000–2001)
- René Simões (2001–2002)
- Clayton Morris (2002)
- Hannibal Najjar (2002–2003)
- Zoran Vraneš (2003)
- Stuart Charles-Fevrier (2003)
- Ron La Forest (2004)
- Bertille St. Clair (2004–2005)
- Leo Beenhakker (2005–2006)
- Wim Rijsbergen (2006–2007)
- Anton Corneal (2008)
- Francisco Maturana (2008–2009)
- Russell Latapy (2009–2011)
- Otto Pfister (2011–2012)
- Hutson Charles (2012–2013)
- Jamaal Shabazz (2012–2013)
- Stephen Hart (2013–2016)
- Tom Saintfiet (2016–2017)
- Dennis Lawrence (2017-recent)
- CONCACAF Championship
- CONCACAF Gold Cup
- Third place (1): 2000
- CFU Championship
- Caribbean Cup
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