The Barbados national football team, nicknamed Bajan Tridents, is the national association football team of Barbados and is controlled by the Barbados Football Association. It has never qualified for a major international tournament. It came close to qualifying for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it hosted the Caribbean Cup finals that acted as Gold Cup qualifiers, but finished fourth of the four teams. In 2001, it surprised many by making the semifinal round of the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. In the first game of this round, they pulled off a shock 2–1 win over Costa Rica, but lost their five remaining games. In 2004, Barbados gained a shock 1–1 draw at home to Northern Ireland.
|Association||Barbados Football Association|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Russell Latapy|
|Most caps||Norman Forde (74)|
|Top scorer||Llewellyn Riley (23)|
|Home stadium||Wildey Turf|
|Current||162 (19 November 2021)|
|Highest||92 (October 2009)|
|Lowest||181 (July 2017)|
| Barbados 3–0 Trinidad and Tobago |
(Barbados; 20 April 1929)
| Barbados 7–1 Anguilla |
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 24 September 2006)
| British Guiana 9–0 Barbados |
(British Guiana; March 1931)
Barbados played their first international match on April 20, 1929, against Trinidad and Tobago, ending in a 3–0 victory. In the 1930s, they participated in several editions of the Martínez Shield where they suffered their most severe defeat against Guyana (at that time, British Guiana), in Georgetown, in 1931, 9–0.
Barbados had to wait for the qualifying tournament for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to play its first official competition match against the amateur team of El Salvador, on July 25, 1971, in Bridgetown, a match that saw the Selecta win 0–3. Two years later, Barbados participated in the 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games, in Santo Domingo, although it did not qualify past the first round. On August 15, 1976, Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 (a brace by Victor Clarke) in the 1978 World Cup qualifiers, which doubled as qualification for the 1977 CONCACAF Championship. In the second leg, the Soca Warriors claimed their revenge (1–0) in Port of Spain, taking the tie to a third tiebreaker game, played in Bridgetown, on September 14, 1976, where Trinidad and Tobago won 1–3 eliminating Barbados.
In the '80s, the Bajan Braves obtained 2nd place in the 1985 CFU Championship. The following year they played the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games, where they reached the quarterfinals, before being eliminated by the hosts, Dominican Republic. At the end of the decade, Barbados hosted the first edition of the Caribbean Cup, without being able to progress beyond the group stage.
In the 90s, Barbados would return to the World Cup qualifiers, in the preliminary tournament for the 1994 World Cup, where it was again eliminated by Trinidad and Tobago (5–1). In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, after beating Dominica with an aggregate score of 2–0, Barbados was beaten down by Jamaica (0–1 in Bridgetown and 2–0 in Kingston). In the Caribbean Cup, the Bajan Braves qualified for the 1994 competition (eliminated in the first round) but subsequently failed to qualify for the annual competition from 1995–1999.
The 21st century started well for Barbados, who eliminated Cuba on penalties (5–4), after two 1–1 draws in Havana and Bridgetown, during the qualifying rounds for the 2002 World Cup. In the second round, they achieved a historic victory at home against Costa Rica (2–1), on July 16, 2000, with goals from Llewellyn Riley and Michael Forde. However after winning that match, the Barbadians lost the remaining fixtures, wasting their chance to advance to the final hexagonal.
They would return in 2001 to the final phase of the Caribbean Cup, although without much luck after being eliminated again in the first round. In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, the Saint Kitts and Nevis team eliminated Barbados in the first phase, with an aggregate score of 5–2. In 2005, Barbados hosted (for the second time) the XII edition of the Caribbean Cup, finishing in 4th place. They also qualified for the 2007 and 2008 tournaments, eliminated both times in the group stage. In the preliminary tournament for the 2010 World Cup, Barbados was eliminated by the United States, over two legs, with a crushing aggregate result of 9–0.
The qualifiers heading to the 2014 World Cup were a real ordeal for the Bajan Braves who were placed into a group with Bermuda, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. They finished last in the group, with 2 goals scored and 14 conceded. After being eliminated in the preliminary phase of the Caribbean Cup in 2012 and after 17 months of inactivity, Barbados returned to play an international match, on March 2, 2014, against Jamaica, in Bridgetown, a match that concluded with victory for the Reggae Boyz, 2–0.
In the qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup, they would face the US Virgin Islands where they were surprised 0–1 at home, however, Barbados would overcome the deficit by a 0–4 victory on the road. Then they would face Aruba, winning 0–2 as a visitor, then beating them 1–0 at home however Barbados had fielded an ineligible player, Hadan Holligan, who was due to serve a suspension for collecting two yellow cards, therefore the second leg was awarded to Aruba 3–0, seeing them progress, eliminating Barbados.
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|March 25 2022 World Cup qualification||Panama||1–0||Barbados||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez|
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
|March 30 2022 World Cup qualification||Barbados||1–0||Anguilla||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Diego Montaño Robles (Mexico)
|June 4 2022 World Cup qualification||Dominican Republic||1–1||Barbados||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Germán Stanley Martínez Miranda (El Salvador)
|June 8 2022 World Cup qualification||Barbados||1–1||Dominica||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Jaime Herrera Bonilla (El Salvador)
- Daniel Reid
- Tom Burke
- Jordan Emmett
- Ryan Kontoh
- Kevin Millard (1992)
- Keith Griffith (1994)
- Edward Smith (1996)
- Eyre Sealy (1998)
- Horace Beckles (2000)
- Sherlock Yarde (2001)
- Keith Griffith (2002)
- Allison John (2003)
- Kenville Layne (2003–04)
- Mark Doherty (2005)
- Eyre Sealy (2007–08)
- Keith Griffith (2008)
- Thomas Jordan (2008–10)
- Colin Forde (2011–14)
- Marcos Falopa (2014–15)
- Colin Harewood (2015–17)
- Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed (2017–2019)
- Russell Latapy (2019–present)
- The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
- Match dates: 5 and 8 June 2021
- Opposition: Dominican Republic and Dominica
- Caps and goals correct as of: 2 July 2021, after the match against Bermuda.
The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Najee Holder||5 October 1998||0||0||Paradise||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Raheim Sargeant||9 June 1992||47||3||Barbados Defence Force||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Rashad Jules (captain)||24 June 1992||33||7||Barbados Defence Force||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Darico King||29 May 1997||6||0||Saint Andrew Lions||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Nicoli Brathwaite||24 December 2000||5||0||UWI||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Roshon Gittens||5 February 2002||2||1||Ellerton United||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|FW||Nick Blackman||11 November 1989||6||3||Free agent||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
|FW||Ryan Trotman||27 June 1999||3||0||FC Den Bosch||vs. Anguilla, 31 March 2021|
- As of 2 July 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Barbados.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1974||Did not enter (as until 1966, British Barbados)||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify||3||1||0||2||3||5|
|1982||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||5|
|2018||Disqualified after qualifying for third round||4||2||0||2||6||4|
|2022||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||3||3|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|1985||Did not enter|
|1993||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
CFU Caribbean CupEdit
|CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record||Qualification record|
|1979||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1981||Did not qualify||2||0||2||0||2||2|
|1985||Runners-up||2nd||3||0||3||0||2||2||Qualified as host|
|1988||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||9|
|1989||Group stage||5th||2||1||0||1||1||3||Qualified as host|
|1991||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1992||Did not qualify||3||1||1||1||4||4|
|1995||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||9||3|
|2005||Fourth place||4th||3||0||0||3||2||7||Qualified as host|
|2010||Did not qualify||3||1||2||0||6||1|
These all-time records are exclusively class 'A' internationals matches.
Winning record Equal record Losing record
|Antigua and Barbuda||7||5||1||1||14||8|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||10||3||2||5||13||18|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||16||6||5||5||25||21|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||5||4||0||1||12||1|
- "Barbados - Association Information". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
- "Llewellyn Riley". www.soccer-db.info. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
- "Martinez Shield". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
- "FIFA ousts Barbados from World Cup for ineligible player". AP News. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
- FIFA awarded Aruba a 3–0 win as a result of Barbados fielding the ineligible player Hadan Holligan. Holligan failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the competition. The match originally ended 1–0 to Barbados
- "Barbados sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA. 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
- Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Trinidad and Tobago were to meet Martinique in the final.
- "Barbados national football team statistics and records: All-time record". 11v11.com.
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