Cook Islands national football team

The Cook Islands national football team is the men's football team that represents the Cook Islands in international competition since 1971. It is governed by the Cook Islands Football Association which is part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and FIFA.

Cook Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCook Islands
Football Association
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachKevin Fallon
CaptainJake Stuart
Most capsTony Jamieson (20)
Top scorerTaylor Saghabi (6)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeCOK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
CurrentNR (19 December 2019)[1]
Highest166 (October 2015)
Lowest207 (April–July 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 222 Increase 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest170 (1971)
Lowest224 (2015)
First international
France Tahiti 30–0  Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
Biggest win
 Cook Islands 3–0 American Samoa 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 12 June 2000)
 Cook Islands 4–1 Tuvalu 
(Apia, Samoa; 1 September 2007)
 Cook Islands 3–0  Kiribati
(Boulari, New Caledonia; 1 September 2011)
 Tonga 0–3 Cook Islands 
(Nukuʻalofa, Tonga; 31 August 2015)
Biggest defeat
France Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best resultGroup stage, 1998 and 2000

The nation has participated in six FIFA World Cup qualification attempts since their first attempt back in 1994. They have qualified for the OFC Nations Cup twice in 1998 and 2000 OFC Nations Cup with both appearances seeing no wins from their four games that they have played.

Competition recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

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 1 4
    2002 4 0 0 4 2 25
  2006 4 0 0 4 1 17
  2010 4 1 0 3 4 9
  2014 3 0 1 2 4 6
  2018 3 2 0 1 4 2
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 20 3 1 16 16 63

Oceania Nations Cup recordEdit

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 to 1996 Did not enter
  1998 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 19
  2000 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 22
  2002 Withdrew
2004 to 2016 Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 2/9 4 0 0 4 1 41

1998 Oceania Nations CupEdit

The Cook Islands qualified for their first Oceania Nations Cup after finishing second in the 1998 Polynesia Cup, which they hosted. They faced Australia and Fiji in Group B, in what proved to be a tough draw. Australia crushed the Cook Islands 16–0 in their first match, scoring eight goals either side of the interval. In their next match against Fiji, however, the Cook Islands acquitted themselves much better, losing only 3–0, but with two defeats from two matches they failed to make the semi-finals.

2000 Oceania Nations CupEdit

In finishing 2nd at the Polynesia Cup for the second tournament running, the Cook Islands also qualified for their second successive OFC Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group A along with the Solomon Islands, and again, Australia. After their heavy defeat at the hands of Australia in the 1998 tournament, the Cook Islands hoped to avoid a repeat performance. However, they were powerless to prevent their opponents from running rampant, this time to the tune of 17–0. The Solomon Islands were up next, and in this game the Cook Islands had the consolation of scoring their first goal at the Oceania Nations Cup–the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak 5–1 defeat. After two defeats, then, the Cooks Islands again went out at the group stage.

South Pacific Games recordEdit

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963 to 1969 Did not enter
  1971 Group Stage 6th 3 0 0 3 2 61
1975 to 1991 Did not enter
  1995 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 2 37
  2003 Did not enter
  2007 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 4 9
  2011 Group stage 9th 4 1 0 3 4 15
  2015 N/A – tournament was U23
Total 0/13 15 3 0 12 12 122

Results and FixturesEdit

Recent resultsEdit

Current squadEdit

Players selected to compete in the First Round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 September 2015.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Iona Lupena (1984-05-03) 3 May 1984 (age 35) 2 0   Manukau City
20 1GK Tahiri Elikana (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 31) 9 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
3 2DF Joseph Miitamariki (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 31) 11 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
4 2DF Tyrell Baringer-Tahiri (1994-04-20) 20 April 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
5 2DF Paavo Mustonen (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 (age 34) 10 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
13 2DF Nathan Tisam (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 31) 8 0   Nikao Sokattack
17 2DF Sunai Joseph (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
2 3MF Grover Harmon (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 30) 10 1   Tupapa Maraerenga
6 3MF Arus Sem (1993-03-08) 8 March 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Western Springs
7 3MF Gichin Fuhiniu (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 31) 5 0   Manukau City
8 3MF Legend Pareta (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Metro
11 3MF Taylor Saghabi (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 29) 10 6   West Ryde Rovers
14 3MF Josh Karika (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 30) 3 0   Manukau City
15 3MF Jake Stuart (C) (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Clarence United
16 3MF Alex McGregor (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 32) 2 0   Eastern Suburbs
9 4FW Campbell Best (1986-03-12) 12 March 1986 (age 33) 10 3   Puaikura
10 4FW Harlem Simiona (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
12 4FW Emiel Burrows (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Oratia United
18 4FW Ishak Mohammed (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Tupapa Maraerenga

Recent call upsEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Keegan Inia (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Central United
2DF Paul van Eijk (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 33) 7 0   Nikao Sokattack
2DF Teriiahoroa Framhein (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
3MF Roger Manuel (1988-11-10) 10 November 1988 (age 31) 2 1   Tupapa Maraerenga
3MF Takuina Tararo (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Free agent
3MF Tuka Tisam (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 33) 10 0   Nikao Sokattack
3MF John Michael Quijano (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Nikao Sokattack
4FW Joseph Ngauora (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 30) 5 1   Picton Rangers
4FW Paavo Mustonen (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 (age 34) 7 0   Nikao Sokattack
4FW Twin Tiro (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Tupapa Maraerenga
4FW Maro Bonsu-Maro (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Auckland City

CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.

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