Cayman Islands national football team

The Cayman Islands national football team is the national team of the Cayman Islands, and is controlled by the Cayman Islands Football Association. It is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF. Cayman Islands' home ground is Truman Bodden Stadium in George Town, and their head coach is Benjamin Pugh. Prior to Pugh's appointment, the Cayman Island's national team had failed to win a single game in over 9 years, sinking to 206 in the FIFA World Rankings. They have recently advanced 13 places in the rankings; winning 4 out of 6 Nation's League Qualifiers (including a win against Barbados).

Cayman Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCayman Islands
Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachBenjamin Pugh[1]
Most capsIan Lindo (23)
Top scorerLee Ramoon (12)
Home stadiumTruman Bodden Sports Complex
FIFA codeCAY
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 195 Steady (31 March 2022)[2]
Highest127 (November 1995)
Lowest206 (April 2019)
First international
 Dominica 2–1 Cayman Islands 
(Roseau, Dominica; 3 March 1985)
Biggest win
 Cayman Islands 5–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; 2 March 1994)
 Cayman Islands 5–0 Sint Maarten 
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; 4 March 1994)
Biggest defeat
 Cayman Islands 0–11 Canada 
(Bradenton, United States; 29 March 2021)

HistoryEdit

1985–2000Edit

The Caymanian soccer team played its first international match on 3 March 1985, against Dominica, in Roseau, as part of the 1985 CFU Championship. They lost that match 2–1 with Lee Ramoon - who would go on to become the team's top scorer - opening the scoring.

They qualified for the 1991 Caribbean Cup, falling in the first round. They returned to the tournament in 1994, suffering the same fate. However, the following year, the Cayman Islands jointly organized with Jamaica the 1995 Caribbean Cup, reaching the semi-finals. It fell to Trinidad and Tobago by a scandalous 2–9, the worst defeat in its history. In the match for 3rd place, they were defeated by Cuba 0–3. They would qualify again in 1998 although they failed to get past the group stage. They have not played a Caribbean Cup final phase since then.

The Cayman Islands participated in their first World Cup qualifying tie in the 1998 where they succumbed in the first round at the hands of Cuba, who eliminated them after winning twice 0–1 and 0–5.

2000–2010Edit

In 2000, given the status of the Cayman Islands as one of the British overseas territories, the national team attempted to use this as a loophole to call up a number of uncapped players possessing British passports but who had no specific links to the islands. Barry McIntosh, a football agent, was called in to scout players for an upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cuba and ultimately he secured eight players i.e. Wayne Allison (Tranmere Rovers), Ged Brannan (Motherwell), David Barnett (Lincoln City), Martin O'Connor (Birmingham City), Dwayne Plummer (Bristol City), Barry Hayles (Fulham), Neville Roach (Southend United) and Neil Sharpe (Boreham Wood). With the exception of Allison the players all appeared in a 5–0 friendly defeat against D.C. United but before they could appear in any official internationals FIFA stepped in and barred the players from representing the Cayman Islands due to their failure to satisfy the existing rules for national team eligibility.[4] Of the eight players only Hayles went on to play international football, appearing for Jamaica ten times.

In the first round of the 2002 qualifiers, Cayman Islands was once again eliminated by Cuba, winning 4–0 in Havana and drawing 0–0 in George Town. History repeated itself four years later, in the 2006 qualifiers, since the Cubans eliminated the Caymanian team from the World Cup for the third time in a row (1–2 in George Town and 4–0 in Havana).

Things didn't change significantly for the 2010 qualifiers, only this time it was Bermuda that eliminated the Cayman Islands in the first round, 4–2 on aggregate. Regardless, this tie saw the Caymanians earn their first points away from home, earning a 1–1 draw at Hamilton on 3 February 2008, with Allean Grant scoring in the 87th minute.

2010–presentEdit

Qualifying directly into the second round of the 2014 qualifiers, the Cayman Islands were drawn in group A along with their peers from El Salvador, the Domincan Republic and Suriname. They lost 5 games out of 6, rescuing a 1-1 draw on the last day, on 14 November 2011, against the Dominicans. The Caymanian team did not play any match again in the next few years, since declining their participation in the 2012 and 2014 Caribbean Cups. But they returned to the 2018 qualifiers, facing Belize in the first round. The first leg in Belmopan finished 0–0 and the second leg in George Town finished 1–1, ending 1–1 on aggregate, but being eliminated on the away goal rule. With this unbeaten elimination, Cayman Islands can say that they are one of the few teams in the world that did not qualify for a FIFA World Cup despite not losing a single match.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

2 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Cayman Islands   1–3   Aruba Bradenton, United States
18:00 UTC−4
  • Ebanks   30' (pen.)
Report
Stadium: IMG Academy
Referee: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre (Mexico)
8 June WC 1st Round Qualifying Bermuda   1–1   Cayman Islands Bradenton, United States
21:05 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: IMG Academy
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (United States)

2022Edit

2023Edit

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Aruba and Bermuda on 2 and 8 June 2021.[citation needed]

Caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2021, after the match against Aruba.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Albertini Holness (2000-03-06) 6 March 2000 (age 22) 8 0   Cayman Athletic
12 1GK David Lee 1 0   Academy
22 1GK Johnathan McLean (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 24) 0 0

2 2DF Cameron Gray (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Flackwell Heath
3 2DF Wesley Robinson (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 28) 9 0   Elite
4 2DF Ackeem Hyde (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 (age 22) 10 1
5 2DF Joshewa Frederick-Charlery (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 25) 14 0   Bodden Town
6 2DF Andre McFarlane (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 32) 13 0   Future
19 2DF Tyler Lee (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 27) 6 0   Future
23 2DF Jabari Campbell (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 (age 22) 4 0   Academy

11 3MF Trey Ebanks (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Academy
13 3MF Romario Dixon (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 25) 5 0   Academy
14 3MF Barry-Dre Tibbetts (2002-06-15) 15 June 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Dakota Wesleyan Tigers
15 3MF Kion Parchmont (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Leiston
16 3MF D'Andre Rowe (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 5 0   Cayman Athletic
17 3MF Mason Duval (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Elon Phoenix
18 3MF Kareem Foster (2000-09-06) 6 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Westfield
20 3MF Jonah Ebanks (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 26) 13 3   Scholars International
21 3MF Justin Byles (2005-01-22) 22 January 2005 (age 17) 2 0   Academy

7 4FW Jamaal Seymour (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Academy
8 4FW Andrew Browning 1 0   East End United
9 4FW Mark Ebanks (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 31) 22 6   Future
10 4FW Theron Wood (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 32) 21 1   Bodden Town

Recent call-upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


MF Jackson Kirkconnell (2003-08-30) 30 August 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Brooke House College vs.   Canada, 29 March 2021
MF Jermaine Wilson (1995-02-05) 5 February 1995 (age 27) 11 0   Academy vs.   Canada, 29 March 2021

FW Christopher Reeves (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 25) 11 0   Elite vs.   Canada, 29 March 2021
FW Gunnar Studenthofft (2002-04-05) 5 April 2002 (age 20) 1 0 vs.   Canada, 29 March 2021

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • TRA = Training player
  • WD = Withdrew (non-injury)
  • RET = Retired

Player recordsEdit

As of 2 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Cayman Islands.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
    2002 2 0 1 1 0 4
  2006 2 0 0 2 1 5
  2010 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2014 6 0 1 5 2 15
  2018 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2022 4 0 1 3 2 18
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 20 0 6 14 8 53

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify
   1993
  1996
  1998 Withdrew
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002
   2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013 Withdrew
   2015
  2017
    2019 Did not qualify
  2021
Total 0 Titles 0/16 0 0 0 0 0 0

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
  2019−20 C A 6 4 0 2 7 8   33rd
  2022–23 C D To be determined
Total 6 4 0 2 7 8 33rd

Caribbean CupEdit

Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Pld W D[1] L GF GA
  1989 Did not enter
  1990 Did not qualify
  1991 Group stage 2 0 0 2 3 5
  1992 Did not qualify
  1993
  1994 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 6
    1995 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 7 14
  1996 Did not qualify
    1997 Withdrew
    1998 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 5
  1999 Did not qualify
  2001
  2005
  2007
  2008
  2010
  2012 Did not enter
  2014
  2017
Total 4/19 13 3 2 8 15 30
  1. ^ Draws include knockout matches decided via a penalty shoot-out.

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 29 March 2021 after match against   Canada[5]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Anguilla 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
  Antigua and Barbuda 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
  Aruba 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Bahamas 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5
  Barbados 3 1 0 2 4 11 −7
  Belize 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
  Bermuda 8 1 2 5 7 14 −7
  British Virgin Islands 4 3 1 0 10 3 +7
  Canada 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11
  Cuba 15 0 3 12 4 46 −42
  Dominica 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Dominican Republic 5 1 1 3 2 14 −12
  El Salvador 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7
  French Guiana 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Grenada 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2
  Guadeloupe 1 0 0 1 1 7 −6
  Guyana 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2
  Haiti 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
  Jamaica 13 1 1 11 10 40 −30
  Martinique 5 0 2 3 2 13 −11
  Montserrat 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Netherlands Antilles 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Nicaragua 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Puerto Rico 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Saint Lucia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Saint Martin 6 2 1 3 8 12 −4
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4
  Sint Maarten 3 1 1 1 8 5 +3
  Suriname 4 0 0 4 0 7 −7
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 0 3 2 19 −17
  Turks and Caicos Islands 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
  United States 1 0 0 1 1 8 −7
  U.S. Virgin Islands 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
Total 104 20 19 65 101 260 −159

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Member Associations". origin1904-p.cxm.fifa.com.[dead link]
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  4. ^ Footballers whose loved ones have told them who to play for, The Guardian, 5 March 2008
  5. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Cayman Islands". eloratings.net. Elo Ratings. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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