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Jamaica national football team

The Jamaica national football team, nicknamed the "Reggae Boyz", represent Jamaica in international football. The team's first match was against Haiti in 1925. The squad is under the supervising body of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is a member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and the global jurisdiction of FIFA. Jamaica's home matches have been played at Independence Park since its opening in 1962.

Jamaica
Nickname(s)Reggae Boyz
AssociationJamaica Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachTheodore Whitmore
CaptainAndre Blake
Most capsIan Goodison (128)
Top scorerLuton Shelton (35)
Home stadiumIndependence Park
FIFA codeJAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 45 Increase 2 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest27 (August 1998)
Lowest116 (October 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 60 Increase 4 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest38 (9 February 1998)
Lowest126 (29 April 1984)
First international
 Haiti 1–2 Jamaica 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti;[3] 22 March 1925)
Biggest win
 Jamaica 12–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Isls.; 4 March 1994)
 Jamaica 12–0 Saint Martin 
(Kingston, Jamaica; 24 November 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–0 Jamaica 
(San José, Costa Rica; 24 February 1999)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1998)
Best resultGroup stage, 1998
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-up, 2015 and 2017
Copa América
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage, 2015 and 2016

The national team has participated in three major football competitions. Their sole appearance in the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, where the team finished third in its group and failed to advance. The team also competed in the Caribbean Cup winning six times. Jamaica also competes in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, appearing thirteen times and finishing twice as runners-up to Mexico in 2015 and the United States in 2017. They also have been invited to the Copa América in 2015 and 2016 with both times being eliminated in the group stage.

HistoryEdit

Early history (1893–1962)Edit

 
The Jamaica squad in 1936 taking on Trinidad and Tobago

In 1893, Jamaica's first football club, the Kingston Cricket Club, was formed.[4] In 1910, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was formed and controlled all of the games; in 1925, Jamaica was invited to play Haiti in a three match series with the team winning all three games 1–0, 2–1, and 3–0.[4] In 1926, Jamaica hosted Haiti at Sabina Park and won 6–0.[4][5] At the 1930 Central American Games in Cuba, Jamaica made its first international tournament appearance and lost both games in its group.[6]

From 1925 to 1962, Jamaica had regular games with teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Cuba, as well as with clubs like the Haitian Racing CH and Violette AC, the British Corinthians, and the Argentinean Tigers.[4][5] In 1952, the Caribbean All-Star team was formed with players from Trinidad, Cuba, Haiti, and Suriname. The team played four matches against Jamaica in Sabina Park. Jamaica won the second game 2–1 and the fourth 1–0, and the All-Stars won the first game 5–1 and the third 1–0.[7]

Post-independence (1962–1989)Edit

In 1962, the same year Jamaica became independent, the JFF became a member of FIFA.[4] At the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games played in Jamaica, the national team was led by Brazilian coach Jorge Penna.[8][9] Jamaica finished in fourth place, with two wins over Puerto Rico and Cuba.[10] A year later, Jamaica competed in the first CONCACAF Championship in El Salvador, where the team finished last in its group, which included Mexico, the Netherlands Antilles, and eventual winner Costa Rica.[11]

In 1965, Jamaica attempted to qualify for the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. After finishing first in its preliminary group that included Cuba and the Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica faced Costa Rica and Mexico in the final round, where the winner would qualify for the World Cup. After a 3–2 loss at home in the opening match against Mexico, Jamaica lost the return match 8–0, with Isidoro Díaz getting a hat-trick for Mexico. Jamaica then lost 7–0 to Costa Rica and ended with a draw at home in the return match, ultimately finishing with a single point.[9] In January 1967, Jamaica attempted to qualify for the CONCACAF Championship but was eliminated after finishing third in the group of five.[12]

In 1968, George Hamilton became the new coach as Jamaica attempted to qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.[9] Most of the squad for the campaign was young with only a few remaining players from its previous attempt at qualifying being in the team. This was due to most of its players being either retired or migrated abroad.[9] Jamaica finished last with zero points from four games.[13][9] After finishing last in the 1969 CONCACAF Championship[14] and not qualifying for the following championship,[15] Jamaica had to withdraw from qualifying for the 1973 CONCACAF Championship after 17 players were suspended for poor behavior during a tour to Bermuda.[16] In 1977, Jamaica competed in qualifying for the 1977 CONCACAF Championship, which was also the qualifier for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Taking on Cuba in the first round, Jamaica lost both of its games 5–1 on aggregate.[9]

Jamaica did not attempt to qualify for the 1982 and 1986 due to insufficient funds and a poorly prepared team.[9] The team returned to international competition after qualifying for the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, which was part of the qualifiers for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. After defeating Puerto Rico 3–1 on aggregate in the preliminary round, Jamaica played the United States for a spot in the finals. After a 0–0 draw at home, Jamaica lost 5–1 in the US and was eliminated.[9]

Caribbean triumph and World Cup appearance (1990–2000)Edit

In 1990, Carl Brown was signed as head coach and led Jamaica into qualifying for the 1990 Caribbean Cup, finishing tied for third place after the final round was abandoned due to Tropical Storm Arthur.[17] In 1991, Jamaica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 to win the Caribbean Cup and qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[18] In the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished last with zero points in a group consisting of Honduras, Mexico, and Canada.[19]

After the Jamaicans lost to Trinidad and Tobago in the final of the 1992 Caribbean Cup,[20] they started their campaign in preliminary rounds of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. After defeating Puerto Rico 3–1 on aggregate in the second preliminary round, Jamaica eliminated Trinidad and Tobago and was grouped with Bermuda, Canada, and El Salvador, two of which would advance to the final round. Jamaica opened the second round with two 1–1 draws against Canada and Bermuda, but the team lost its return match in Canada after a single goal from Dale Mitchell. After a 3–2 home win over Bermuda and two losses to El Salvador, Jamaica finished in third place and was eliminated.[21]

In 1993, Jamaica finished in second place after losing on penalties to Martinique in the final of the Caribbean Cup, which was a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup which was held later that year.[22] During this tournament, the team opened with a 1–0 loss to the US before recording their first Gold Cup win against Honduras. After qualifying in second place with a 1–1 draw against Honduras, Jamaica lost 6–1 to Mexico in the semi-final in Mexico City.[23] After not qualifying for the final round of the 1994 Caribbean Cup despite recording its largest-ever win margin in a 12–0 win against the British Virgin Islands, the team decided to hire René Simões to assist Brown with the goal of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.[4] After being eliminated in the group stage of both the 1995 Caribbean Cup by virtue of head-to-head and the 1996 Caribbean Cup,[24][25] Jamaica opened its 1998 World Cup qualifiers with an 2–0 aggregate win over Suriname and defeated Barbados 3–0 in the following round.[26] In 1997, Simões scouted for players in England that had Jamaican heritage to join the national team. Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson, Deon Burton and Robbie Earle were all named in the squad due their heritage.[27] After finishing winless in the first four games of the final qualifying round, Jamaica recorded three 1–0 wins over El Salvador, Canada, and Costa Rica, with Burton scoring the winning goal in each of the latter two matches. After a 0–0 draw against Mexico, Jamaica secured its qualification and made its first-ever World Cup appearance, and the following day was declared a national holiday.[28]

In 1998, Jamaica competed at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing first in a group comprising World Cup champion Brazil, Guatemala, and El Salvador. With the help of goalkeeper Warren Barrett, Jamaica opened with a 0–0 tie against Brazil.[29] After wins over Guatemala and El Salvador, Jamaica advanced to the semi-final against Mexico. The match went into overtime before Mexican player Luis Hernandez scored the winning goal. In the third-place playoff, Jamaica lost 1–0 to Brazil, ending in fourth place.[30] At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica finished third in Group H with three points from a 2–1 win against Japan in Lyon. Theodore Whitmore scored both goals in the victory.[31]

The following month, Jamaica competed in the finals of the 1998 Caribbean Cup, which was a qualifier for the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. After finishing first in its group, Jamaica won the final 2–1 against Trinidad and Tobago, with goals from Oneil McDonald and Dean Sewell.[32] In 1999, Jamaica experienced its biggest defeat in a 9–0 loss against Costa Rica.[33] After finishing second in its group, Jamaica was eliminated by Cuba in the semi finals of the 1999 Caribbean Cup.[34] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished last in its group, losing against Colombia and Honduras 2–0 and 1–0, respectively.[35]

Struggles at continental level (2001–2009)Edit

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification semi-finals, Jamaica faced Honduras, El Salvador, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the second group. Jamaica finished second, securing a spot in the final round despite losing two games to Honduras and El Salvador. In the final round of qualifying, Jamaica finished in fifth place after being eliminating by Honduras.[36] Between the two rounds of World Cup qualifying, Jamaica was eliminated in the group stage of the 2001 Caribbean Cup by goal-difference and missed out on qualifying for the Gold Cup the following year.[37] Jamaica qualified for the 2003 Gold Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Mexico 5–0 at the Estadio Azteca.[38]

Jamaica started its 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in the second round with a 4–1 aggregate win over Haiti to reach the third round. Jamaica finished third in group play, with a 1–1 draw against the US and one point away from reaching the next round. Coach Sebastião Lazaroni was sacked due to the team's performance.[39] In the 2005 Caribbean Cup, Jamaica tied its largest-ever win margin record with a 12–0 win over Saint Martin, with Luton Shelton and Roland Dean both getting hat-tricks.[40] After reaching the final with wins against Saint Lucia and French Guiana, Jamaica claimed its third title and a spot at the Gold Cup.[41] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica reached the quarter finals before losing to the US 3–1 in Foxborough, with American player DaMarcus Beasley scoring two goals.[42]

In 2006 and 2007, Jamaica continued to struggle, with one Jamaican journalist dubbing the team "The Reggae Toyz".[43] The team failed to qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Cup after being eliminated due to goals scored, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines scoring three more goals than Jamaica.[44] Two managers later, the team only earned a single point from three matches in the third round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With coach Theodore Whitmore, Jamaica secured three wins from its remaining matches, jumping from 116th[A] to 83rd place in the world rankings.[45] Despite the team's final win over Canada, Jamaica was eliminated by goal difference after Mexico finished three goals ahead.[46] Jamaica won the 2008 Caribbean Cup, with Luton Shelton scoring both goals in the victory against Grenada to qualify for the Gold Cup.[47] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished third in its group; with a single win over El Salvador, the side finished last among the third-place teams and was eliminated.[48]

Continental finals appearances (2010–)Edit

 
Jamaica taking on the United States at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jamaica entered the final round of the 2010 Caribbean Cup after a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica.[49] After finishing first in its group, Jamaica won against Grenada in the semi-finals, then defeating first-time finalists Guadeloupe in a penalty shoot-out. Jamaica earned its fifth title, and coach Theodore Whitmore became the first to win the Caribbean Cup as both player and coach.[50][51] In the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica finished first in its group, beating Grenada 4–0, Guatemala 2–0, and Honduras 1–0 before being eliminated by the US, with goals from American players Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey.[52][53]

In qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica started in the third round and earned seven points in the first three games, which included a historic 2–1 win over the United States at home which was their first win over the Americans.[54] Jamaica later qualified with a 4–1 win over Antigua and Barbuda, finishing two goals ahead of Guatemala in its group.[55] After the team finished last in its group for the 2012 Caribbean Cup[56] and failed to record a win in six matches in the fourth round of qualifying, team manager Theodore Whitmore resigned and was replaced by German coach Winfried Schäfer.[57][58] After a 2–0 loss to the US, Jamaica finished in last place and was eliminated.[59]

After qualifying for the 2015 Gold Cup due to winning the 2014 Caribbean Cup,[60] Jamaica was invited to compete in the 2015 edition of the Copa América in Chile.[61] At the Copa America, Jamaica was drawn in Group B with Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. Jamaica finished last after losing all three of its matches 1–0, with Jobi McAnuff saying, "I don’t think many people would have given us that chance."[62] A few weeks later in the 2015 Gold Cup, Jamaica finished first in its group and defeated Haiti in the quarter-finals with a goal from Giles Barnes to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1998.[63] In the semi-final, Jamaica defeated the US 2–1 with goals from Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes, reaching its first-ever Gold Cup final. In the final, Jamaica lost to Mexico 3–1.[64][65]

In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica started in the third round and defeated Nicaragua 4–3 on aggregate to reach the fourth round.[66] In the fourth round, Jamaica started off strong with a 1–0 win over Haiti and a 1–1 draw with Costa Rica, earning four points after three games.[67] However, three straight losses, including a 2–0 loss against Panama, eliminated Jamaica from World Cup qualifying.[68] Between the fourth-round matches, Jamaican competed in the Copa América Centenario after qualifying through the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Jamaica finished with no points from their three games, scoring no goals and conceding six.[60][69]

After Whitmore returned to the team,[70] Jamaica qualified for the 2017 Caribbean Cup, reaching the final before losing to first-time finalists Curaçao 2–1, with Elson Hooi scoring both of Curaçao's goals.[71] In the 2017 Gold Cup, Jamaica upset Mexico 1–0 in the semi-finals, with Kemar Lawrence scoring the goal.[72] In the final against the US, Jamaica conceded the opening goal at the end of the first half before Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score in the 50th minute. However, after a goal in the 88th minute from Jordan Morris, the US won the title, and Jamaica finished as runner-up.[73]

StadiumEdit

 
National Stadium in 2011

Between 1926 and 1962. Jamaica played its matches at Sabina Park, which is also home to the West Indies cricket team.[74] In 1962, the football team moved to Independence Park, which was built for the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games held after the country gained independence; the first home match was a 6–1 victory over Puerto Rico.[10][75] The stadium is nicknamed The Office while the team plays.[76]

The team has also played at Jarrett Park and Trelawny Stadium in the 2008 Caribbean Cup[77][78] and the Montego Bay Sports Complex in the 2014 Caribbean Cup.[79]

KitsEdit

The national team has used four clothing manufacturers that supplied the official kit for Jamaica. The team's first supplier was Italian manufacturer Lanzera in 1995 before it merged with Kappa a year later. This deal was terminated after the 1998 World Cup.[80] In 2000, the JFF signed a deal with German sporting brand Uhlsport, which lasted until 2006.[81][82] After another three-year contract with Kappa between 2012 and 2014,[83] the JFF signed a four-year deal with Emiratie sportswear company Romai Sports for US$4.8 million.[84]

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

As of 23 October 2019, the national team has played in 545 matches, with 220 wins, 116 draws, and 209 losses since their first international match in 1925. In total, the team has scored 737 goals and conceded 721 goals.[85] The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played in the upcoming 12 months. The local time in Jamaica is shown first. If the local time is different, it will be displayed below.

2018Edit

2019Edit

Key

  Win   Draw   Loss

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League B matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana on 15 and 18 November 2019.[86]


Caps and goals as of October 16 2019 after the game against Aruba.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Andre Blake (captain) (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 28) 41 0   Philadelphia Union
23 1GK Amal Knight (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25) 5 0   UWI

2 2DF Fabian McCarthy (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 (age 29) 11 0   UWI
5 2DF Alvas Powell (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 25) 47 3   FC Cincinnati
14 2DF Shaun Francis (1986-10-02) 2 October 1986 (age 33) 24 3   Louisville City
17 2DF Damion Lowe (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 26) 27 2   Start
19 2DF Adrian Mariappa (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 (age 33) 47 1   Watford
2DF Ajeanie Talbott (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Harbour View

3MF Ricardo Morris (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 16 2   VPS
3 3MF Kevaughn Isaacs (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Mount Pleasant
4 3MF Andre Lewis (1994-08-12) 12 August 1994 (age 25) 7 0   Portmore United
3MF Peter-Lee Vassell (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 21) 14 6   Phoenix Rising
8 3MF Chavany Willis (1997-09-17) 17 September 1997 (age 22) 5 2   Bethlehem Steel
3MF Lamar Walker (1999-12-05) 5 December 1999 (age 19) 2 1   Portmore United
15 3MF Je-Vaughn Watson (1983-10-22) 22 October 1983 (age 36) 85 4   Oklahoma City Energy
21 3MF Alex Marshall (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 21) 11 0   Cavalier
3MF Bobby Decordova-Reid (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 26) 2 1   Fulham

11 4FW Shamar Nicholson (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 22) 15 7   Charleroi
4FW Javon East (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 24) 10 0   Santos de Guápiles
4FW Maalique Foster (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 6 3   Santos de Guápiles
18 4FW Brian Brown (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 26) 6 1   Partizani Tirana
4FW Kevaughn Frater (1992-12-14) 14 December 1992 (age 26) 0 0   New Mexico United

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the team in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dwayne Miller (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 32) 34 0   Syrianska 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Jeadine White (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Humble Lions v.   Guyana, 9 September 2019

DF Kemar Lawrence (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 27) 56 3   New York Red Bulls v.   Aruba, 15 October 2019
DF Michael Hector (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 27) 30 0   Chelsea 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Kevon Lambert (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 22) 12 0   Phoenix Rising 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Jamoi Topey (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Bethlehem Steel 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Ladale Richie (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 30) 19 0   Mount Pleasant 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Javain Brown (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Treasure Coast Tritons 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Kemar Bennett (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 32) 0 0   Harbour View 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Rennico Clarke (1995-08-26) 26 August 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Harbour View 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jordan Scarlett (1995-07-08) 8 July 1995 (age 24) 0 0   New York Red Bulls II 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Ricardo Thomas (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Waterhouse v.   Suriname, 17 November 2018

MF Devon Williams (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 27) 11 1   Louisville City v.   Aruba, 15 October 2019
MF Daniel Johnson (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Preston North End v.   Antigua and Barbuda, 6 September 2019 WD
MF Tyreek Magee (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Eupen 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Owayne Gordon (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 28) 17 1   Oklahoma City Energy 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Tevin Shaw (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Tivoli Gardens 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Kaheem Parris (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Domžale 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Rashawn Dally (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   FC Cincinnati 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ravel Morrison (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Sheffield United 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jamiel Hardware (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 27) 3 2   Arnett Gardens v.   Suriname, 17 November 2018
MF Leon Bailey (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 22) 6 1   Bayer Leverkusen v.   Guyana, 9 September 2019

FW Darren Mattocks (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 29) 48 18   FC Cincinnati 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Dever Orgill (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 29) 18 4   Ankaragücü v.   Aruba, 15 October 2019
FW Romario Williams (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 25) 13 2   Columbus Crew 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Junior Flemmings (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 23) 11 1   Phoenix Rising v.   Aruba, 15 October 2019
FW Dane Kelly (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 28) 4 2   Indy Eleven v.   Suriname, 17 November 2018
FW Cory Burke (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 27) 18 6   Portmore United 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

UB40Edit

The term UB40 is used in Jamaica to describe British-born players who have gone on to represent Jamaica in international football. The term is a nod to the English band UB40, who perform reggae, a genre of music that originated in Jamaica.[87][88]

Player recordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

The top 10 most capped players - players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.[89]

# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Ian Goodison 128 10 1996–2009
2 Linval Dixon 127 3 1993–2003
3 Theodore Whitmore 120 24 1993–2004
4 Ricardo Gardner 111 9 1997–2012
5 Warren Barrett 108 0 1990–2000
6 Andy Williams 107 22 1997–2008
7 Durrant Brown 102 0 1984–1998
8 Donovan Ricketts 100 0 1999–2013
9 Jermaine Taylor 99 0 2004–2017
10 Rodolph Austin 88 7 2004–2016

Top goalscorersEdit

Top Goalscorers
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Luton Shelton 35 75 2004–2013
2 Onandi Lowe 27 81 1995–2004
3 Theodore Whitmore 24 120 1993–2004
4 Andy Williams 22 97 1997–2008
= Paul Young 22 49 1989–1997
6 Walter Boyd 19 75 1991–2001
7 Paul Davis 18 61 1983–1997
8 Darren Mattocks 18 44 2012–
9 Hector Wright 16 71 1988–1997
10 Paul Hall 14 48 1997–2003
As of November 17, 2018

Competitive recordEdit

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
World Cup 0 0 0 0
Gold Cup 0 2 1 2
Caribbean Cup 6 3 2 0
Copa América 0 0 0 0

World Cup recordEdit

Jamaica's only appearance at the FIFA World Cup was in 1998. The team opened with a 3–1 loss against Croatia in Lens. After falling behind in the 27th minute, Robbie Earle scored the equalizer to close the first half. In the second half, Croatia scored two goals, causing Jamaica to lose the match.[90] The second match against Argentina saw Gabriel Batistuta getting a second half hat-trick, aiding in Jamaica's second defeat and elimination from the World Cup.[91] In the final match of the tournament, Theodore Whitmore scored a double, securing Jamaica's first World Cup win with a 2–1 win over Japan.[31]

Jamaica's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Did not qualify 8 2 3 3 8 21
  1970 4 0 0 4 2 11
  1974 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
  1982 Did not enter Declined participation
  1986 Withdrew Withdrew
  1990 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 4 6
  1994 8 2 3 3 9 11
  1998 Group stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 3 9 Squad 20 11 6 3 24 15
    2002 Did not qualify 16 6 2 8 14 18
  2006 8 2 5 1 11 6
  2010 8 5 1 2 19 6
  2014 16 3 6 7 14 19
  2018 8 2 1 5 6 21
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 1/23 3 1 0 2 3 9 102 35 28 39 112 139

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present

Jamaica's CONCACAF Championship/Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA Squad
  1963 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 16 Squad
  1965 Did Not Enter
  1967 Did Not Qualify
  1969 Round-Robin 6th 5 0 1 4 3 10 Squad
  1971 Did Not Qualify
  1973 Did Not Enter
  1977 Withdrew
  1981 Did Not Enter
1985 Withdrew
1989 Did Not Qualify
  1991 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 12 Squad
    1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 2 2 6 10 Squad
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 5 4 Squad
  2000 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3 Squad
  2002 Did not qualify
  2003 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 2 6 Squad
  2005 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 8 10 Squad
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 1 2 Squad
  2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 0 1 7 2 Squad
  2013 Did not qualify
    2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 8 6 Squad
  2017 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 7 4 Squad
      2019 Semi-finals 4th 5 2 2 1 6 6 Squad
Total Runners-up 13/25 54 18 10 26 57 91

Caribbean Cup recordEdit

Jamaica's Caribbean Cup record
Year Result Pld W T L GF GA Squad
  1989 Did Not Qualify
  1990 Abandoned[B] 2 0 2 0 0 0 Squad
  1991 Champion 4 4 0 0 13 2 Squad
  1992 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 4 3 Squad
  1993 Runner-up 5 4 1 0 17 4 Squad
  1994 Did Not Qualify
   1995 Group Stage 3 2 0 1 4 3 Squad
  1996 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 5 5 Squad
   1997 Third place 4 2 2 0 8 3 Squad
   1998 Champion 5 5 0 0 12 4 Squad
  1999 Third place 4 2 0 2 7 5 Squad
  2001 Group Stage 3 2 0 1 4 3 Squad
  2005 Champion 3 3 0 0 4 1 Squad
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  2008 Champion 5 4 1 0 11 2 Squad
  2010 Champion 5 4 1 0 12 3 Squad
  2012 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 3 Squad
  2014 Champion 4 2 2 0 6 1 Squad
  2017 Runner-up 2 0 1 1 2 3 Squad
Total 15/18 60 38 12 10 110 45

Copa América recordEdit

Jamaica was invited to the Copa América for the first time in 2015, finishing last among Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.[61] The following year, the team competed in the Copa América Centenario as winners of the 2014 Caribbean Cup, again finishing last in the group stage with a 3–0 loss to Uruguay.[60][69]

Jamaica's Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA Squad
  2015 Group Stage 12th 3 0 0 3 0 3 Squad
  2016 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 6 Squad
Total Invitation 0 titles 6 0 0 6 0 9

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Which at the time was their lowest ranking
  2. ^ 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.

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