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The Montserrat national football team represents the small Caribbean island of Montserrat in the CONCACAF football region. Football is the second most popular sport in Montserrat, after Cricket. The team play at the Blakes Estate Stadium, near the village of Look Out. The Montserrat football team was formed in 1973, and has entered the World Cup qualifiers since the 2002 edition, being eliminated in the first round on each occasion.

Montserrat
Nickname(s)Emerald Boys
AssociationMontserrat Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachWillie Donachie[1]
Most capsVladimir Farrell (12)
Top scorerJaylee Hodgson, Bradley Woods-Garness (4)
Home stadiumBlakes Estate Stadium
FIFA codeMSR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 197 Increase 2 (14 June 2019)[2]
Highest165 (August 2014)
Lowest206 (January 2011 – January 2012, June 2012, August – September 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 214 Increase 11 (10 July 2019)[3]
Highest107 (February 1950)
Lowest233 (September 2012)
First international
 Saint Lucia 3–0 Montserrat 
(Saint Lucia; 10 May 1991)
Biggest win
 Montserrat 7–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Fort-de-France, Martinique; 9 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Bermuda 13–0 Montserrat 
(Hamilton, Bermuda; 29 February 2004)

Due to the heavy volcanic activity on the island since 1995, the team has only played a handful of matches, and most of those have been away from home. Their only victories were against neighboring Anguilla in the qualifying tournament of the 1995 Caribbean Cup, winning 3–2 at home and 1–0 away. Apart from one other draw against Anguilla, all their other matches before 2012 have been lost.

On June 30, 2002, the day of the 2002 World Cup Final, Montserrat, then the lowest ranked team in the world, played against the second lowest team, Bhutan, in a friendly match known jokingly as "The Other Final", but lost 4–0.

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HistoryEdit

The Montserrat national team is one of the newest in international football, having played its first senior match on 10 May 1991 during the 1991 Caribbean Cup tournament. The team suffered a 0–3 defeat to Saint Lucia at the Vieux Fort National Stadium in Saint Lucia. The team played their next match at the same venue, securing a 1–1 draw with Anguilla. Montserrat again entered the Caribbean Cup the following year but were once more knocked out in the Group Stage following heavy defeats to Saint Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. They were drawn against the same two teams for the 1994 Caribbean Cup, but again left the tournament at the Group Stage after conceding 17 goals in just two matches. In 1994, the Montserrat Football Association (MFA) was formed. Like all other Caribbean football teams, the MFA became a member of CONCACAF.

On 26 March 1995, Montserrat played their first ever home international match. They defeated Anguilla 3–2 in Plymouth, achieving their first win. The team beat Anguilla again in the next fixture to ensure progress to the Second Qualifying Round of the 1995 Caribbean Cup. The 1–0 win in the second leg was their only clean sheet in international football to date and is also their most recent victory. The side exited the competition in the next stage, losing 0–20 on aggregate over two legs against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Soon afterwards, the Soufriere Hills volcano became active and the eruptions destroyed Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, severely disrupting all football on the island. Despite the lack of football action, the MFA became a full FIFA member in 1996. However, it was a further three years until the Montserrat team played another international fixture. This was mostly because many of the island's footballers had emigrated away from the area, many of them to England.[citation needed]

After a four-year hiatus, the team entered the 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup. They were knocked out in the Preliminary Round of the tournament, losing 1–6 over two legs to the British Virgin Islands. Due to the volcanic activity, Montserrat had been unable to enter the FIFA World Cup for the 1998 tournament, so their entry into the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign was their first. Their inaugural World Cup conquest was not a success as they were defeated 0–3 away by the Dominican Republic. In the second leg, played in Trinidad and Tobago, the team fell to a 1–3 loss in front of a crowd of only 50 spectators. In 2001, the MFA visited The Football Association to raise money for a new stadium. The Blakes Estate Stadium was opened near the village of Look Out. The team's next match happened on 30 June 2002, the day of the World Cup Final, when Montserrat played Bhutan in a game known as "The Other Final". The friendly match between the two lowest-ranked teams in the world ended with a 4–0 win for Bhutan in front of 15,000 fans in Thimphu.

Montserrat entered the World Cup qualifiers once more for the 2006 edition of the competition, but again lost in the First Qualifying Round, this time losing 0–20 on aggregate to Bermuda. In the first leg at the Bermuda National Stadium they lost 0–13, which is their heaviest-ever defeat. The second leg, a 0–7 loss, was the first international match played at the team's new ground and was watched by 250 supporters. Montserrat then competed in the 2005 Caribbean Cup, but once more failed to progress past the Premilinary Round. In the team's most recent match in 2008, they were defeated 1–7 by Suriname in the First Qualifying Round of the 2010 World Cup. The match was played in Macoya because neither team's stadiums met FIFA standards.

A friendly against a Network Rail XI was played at Charlton Athletic's Valley stadium on May 19, 2012, ending in a 4–4 draw.

Montserrat achieved their first victory since 1995 and their first ever victory since joining FIFA, beating the British Virgin Islands 7–0 in a 2012 Caribbean Championship qualifying match, held in Martinique.[4]

Montserrat's fortunes changed dramatically in 2018 with the arrival of Willie Donachie and launch of the CONCACAF Nations League. The side won 3 of their four qualifying games, but missed out on qualification for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup on goal difference after Nicaragua scored with 25 minutes to go against Barbados, to take the Emerald Boys' Gold Cup place.[5]

Montserrat all-time record against all nationsEdit

As of 23 March 2019[6]
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
  Anguilla 4 2 1 1 6 7 −1 50%
  Antigua and Barbuda 1 0 0 1 4 5 −1 0%
  Aruba 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
  Barbados 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0%
  Belize 3 1 0 2 4 8 −5 33%
  Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 20 −20 0%
  Bhutan 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
  Bonaire 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
  British Virgin Islands 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 33%
  Cayman Islands 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 100%
  Curaçao 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 0%
  Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
  El Salvador 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0%
  Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0%
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9 0%
  Saint Lucia 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0%
  Suriname 2 0 0 2 2 14 −12 0%
  U.S. Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
Total 31 7 3 21 34 108 −72 23%

Note: teams in italic indicates that teams are not FIFA members.

World rankingsEdit

The poor results of the team has seen them often frequenting the lower end of the FIFA World Rankings. The loss to Bhutan in "The Other Final" saw them fall to #203 in the rankings, becoming worst-ranked side in the world. After the addition of another two teams to FIFA, Montserrat achieved a new low of #205 between July and October 2004. In July 2006, they achieved a record high rank of #196 but they fell back down to #198 the following month. As of February 2019 Montserrat are #200 out of 211 in the rankings, just ahead of Sri Lanka.[7]

The team have also traditionally languished at the lower reaches of the unofficial World Football Elo Ratings, which ranks teams directly based on their match results.

ColoursEdit

Since the team's first match in 1991, Montserrat have usually worn a first-choice kit of green, either plain green [8] or green and white hoops[9]. Currently, the away kit is red jersey, shorts and socks.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League vs   Cayman Islands on 22 March 2019.[10]

Caps/goals correct as of 23 March 2019 after the game against   Cayman Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Corrin Brooks-Meade (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 31) 6 0 Unattached
21 1GK Micah Hilton (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 33) 5 0   PC United

2 2DF Michael Williams (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 31) 8 0 Unattached
6 2DF Calvin Petrie (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 35) 6 0 Unattached
5 2DF Joey Taylor (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 21) 4 1   Hythe Town
22 2DF Craig Braham-Barrett (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 30) 4 0   Welling United
12 2DF Dajour Buffonge (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Congleton Town
4 2DF Doron Cassell (2001-03-06) 6 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Unattached

23 3MF Dean Mason (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 30) 9 0   Maidenhead United
18 3MF Alex Dyer (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 29) 7 0   Lillestrøm
19 3MF Kelvin Ponde (1985-06-26) 26 June 1985 (age 34) 6 0 Unattached
17 3MF Adrian Clifton (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 30) 5 1   Bromley
15 3MF Terrell Miller (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Redbridge
3 3MF Mark Rogers (2002-05-06) 6 May 2002 (age 17) 0 0   Ideal

8 4FW Bradley Woods-Garness (1986-06-26) 26 June 1986 (age 33) 8 4   Corinthian-Casuals
7 4FW Spencer Weir-Daley (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 33) 6 2   Peterborough Sports
9 4FW Lyle Taylor (captain) (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 29) 5 1   Charlton Athletic
20 4FW Massiah McDonald (1991-08-20) 20 August 1991 (age 27) 5 0   Rushall Olympic
13 4FW Ahijah Daley (2001-05-04) 4 May 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Flow

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the Montserrat squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF James Comley (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Maidenhead United v.   Aruba, 16 November 2018
DF Marvin Farrell (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Lewisham Borough v.   El Salvador, 9 September 2018

MF Solomon Henry (1983-10-21) 21 October 1983 (age 35) 5 0 Unattached v.   Aruba, 16 November 2018
MF Brandon Comley (1995-11-18) 18 November 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Colchester United v.   Aruba, 16 November 2018
MF Kenneth Walcott 0 0   Montserrat Secondary School v.   Belize, 14 October 2018

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Notes
Manager   Willie Donachie
Assistant Manager   George Dublin
Assistant Manager   Dennison Daley
Goalkeeping Coach   TBD
Fitness Coach   TBD

Competitive 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 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 6
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 20
  2010 1 0 0 1 1 7
  2014 2 0 0 2 3 8
  2018 2 0 1 1 3 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 9 0 1 8 8 45

Gold Cup recordEdit

  • 1991 – Did not qualify
  • 1993 – Did not enter
  • 1996 – Did not qualify
  • 1998 – Did not enter
  • 2000 to 2002 – Did not qualify
  • 2003 – Withdrew
  • 2005 – Did not qualify
  • 2007 to 2009 – Did not enter
  • 2011 to 2015 – Did not qualify
  • 2017 – Did not enter

Caribbean Cup recordEdit

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Montserrat - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Concacaf". Concacaf.globalsportsmedia.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  5. ^ Montserrat miss out on first Gold Cup qualification Euronews. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings". www.eloratings.net. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Ranking Table - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "The Montserrat Miracle Men March On". PressFrom - UK. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Teams - Montserrat - Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  10. ^ Game Detail: Cayman Islands 1-2 Montserrat CONCACAF Nations League. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  12. ^ "CNNSI.com – CNNSI.com's complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup – Bhutan routs Montserrat in 'other final' – Sunday June 30, 2002 05:39 AM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2002-06-30. Retrieved 2013-12-07.

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