Solomon Islands national football team

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national football team of the Solomon Islands, administered by the Solomon Islands Football Federation. The Solomon Islands national football team was founded in 1978. They were officially recognised by FIFA a decade later, in 1988.[3]

Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bonitos
AssociationSolomon Islands Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachFelipe Vega-Arango
CaptainBenjamin Totori
Most capsHenry Fa'arodo (64)
Top scorerCommins Menapi (34)
Home stadiumLawson Tama Stadium
FIFA codeSOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 141 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest200 (January–March 2016)
First international
 Solomon Islands 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Suva, Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
 Solomon Islands 16–0 Cook Islands 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 21 August 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Tahiti 18–0 Solomon Islands 
(Suva, Fiji; 8 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up, 2004

HistoryEdit

During the 2004 Oceania World Cup qualification/Oceania Cup the team drew 2–2 with Australia and qualified for the second leg. In the second leg, the Solomon Islands national men's team was humiliated by Australia 5–1 and 6–0 in the two matches, with Australia qualifying for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

The Solomons got a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the team was thrashed by Australia 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the second played at home.

The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – having got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition.

In 2012, the Solomon Islands held the 2012 OFC Nations Cup which was also the second round of World Cup qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place after qualifying through to the knockout stage by defeating Papua New Guinea and having draws against Fiji and New Zealand. They lost in the semi-final after they lost to the champions Tahiti after Jonathan Tehau scored the only goal. They later lost to New Zealand in the third-place playoff. The third round of World Cup qualifying saw the team finish bottom of the group after only taking one win against Tahiti.

After first taking charge of the team in 2017, Spaniard Felipe Vega-Arango was appointed for his second stint in June 2021.[4]

Kit sponsorshipEdit

Kit lier Period
  Lotto 2004–2012
  Pasifika 2013–2016
  Veto 2016–

SponsorsEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

In March 2022, the Solomon Islands will play their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

Forthcoming fixturesEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position
Head coach   Felipe Vega-Arango
Assistant coach   Eddie Marahare
Goalkeeper coach   Zantas Kabini
Kit Manager   Augustine Hou
Team Manager   Patrick Miniti

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the Tri-Nations Cup, which will be held in Fiji in March 2020.
Caps and goals updated as of 18 July after the match against Fiji.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Desmond Tutu (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Henderson Eels
1GK Harold Nauania (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Isabel United
1GK Joel Nanogo (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Real Kakamora

2DF Hadisi Aengari (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 33) 39 0   Solomon Warriors
2DF Emmanuel Poila (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 31) 23 1   Solomon Warriors
2DF Boni Pride (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26) 13 0   Henderson Eels
2DF Richard Hiromana (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 25) 11 0   Real Kakamora
2DF Allen Peter (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 26) 10 0   Laugu United
2DF John Aeta (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 21) 4 0   Marist
2DF Nathaniel Mosese (1994-11-28) 28 November 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Isabel United
2DF Junior Aengari (2000-04-15) 15 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Solomon Warriors
2DF William Komasi (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Central Coast
2DF Junior David (2001-09-22) 22 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Hekari United
2DF Javin Wae (2002-11-17) 17 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Central Coast
2DF Eddie Supa 0 0   Isabel United
2DF Leon Kofana (2002-06-22) 22 June 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Henderson Eels

3MF Jerry Donga (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 30) 27 4   Solomon Warriors
3MF Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 29) 25 13   Laugu United
3MF Atkin Kaua (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 25) 21 4   Laugu United
3MF Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 28) 17 4   Hekari United
3MF Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 30) 15 6   Solomon Warriors
3MF Patrick Taroga (2000-05-25) 25 May 2000 (age 21) 1 1   Suva
3MF Rodney Suri (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Henderson Eels
3MF Augustine Waita (1997-06-13) 13 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Henderson Eels
3MF Molis Junior Gagame (1999-09-14) 14 September 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Solomon Warriors
3MF Frank Kabui (2000-10-23) 23 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Malaita Kingz

4FW Adrian Mara (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 23) 3 4   Kossa
4FW Raynick Laeta (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Henderson Eels
4FW Edward Huniuehu (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Malaita Kingz
4FW Darold Kakasi (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Ba
4FW Raphael Lea'i (2003-09-09) 9 September 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Henderson Eels

Preliminary squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Philip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 26) 22 0   Central Coast
12 1GK Timothy Maerasia (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Solomon Warriors

5 2DF Michael Boso (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 30) 13 0   Suva
6 2DF Andrew Rarangia (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Henderson Eels

14 3MF Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 33) 33 7   Henderson Eels
15 3MF Alwin Hou (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 25) 4 2   Kossa
17 3MF Dennis Ifunaoa (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 30) 6 5   Solomon Warriors

9 4FW Benjamin Totori (Captain) (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 35) 52 29   Isabel United
19 4FW Andrew Abba (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 32) 7 5   Napier City Rovers

Player recordsEdit

As of 18 July 2019[7]
Players in bold are still active with Solomon Islands.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Did not participate Did not participate
  1994 Did not qualify GS 4 0 1 3 5 13
  1998 GS 8 3 3 2 22 23
    2002 GS 4 2 0 2 17 10
  2006 P/O 11 6 2 3 24 18
  2010 4th 6 4 0 2 23 6
  2014 4th 11 2 2 7 10 27
  2018 P/O 10 4 1 5 11 18
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 54 21 9 24 112 115

Oceania Nations Cup recordEdit

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Did not enter
  1980 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 21
1996 Third place 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1998 Did not qualify
  2000 Third place 3rd 4 2 0 2 7 10
  2002 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 3 9
  2004 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 1 3 10 17
2008 Did not qualify
  2012 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 5 6
  2016 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 2 4
  2020 Cancelled
Total Runners-up 7/10 28 7 4 17 31 70

Pacific Games recordEdit

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Fourth place 4th 3 1 0 2 6 26
  1966 Round 1 6th 2 0 1 1 4 12
  1969 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 8 19
  1971 Did not enter
  1975 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 9 8
  1979 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 24 5
  1983 Round 1 10th 3 1 0 2 0 11
  1987 Did not enter
  1991 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1 0 12 3
  1995 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 34 10
  2003 Round 1 5th 4 2 1 1 14 4
  2007 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 23 6
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 0 2 21 6
  2015 See Solomon Islands national under-23 football team
  2019 Round 1 7th 5 2 1 2 30 9
Total Second place 12/15 55 29 6 20 185 119

Wantok Cup recordEdit

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 18 July 2019
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
  American Samoa 3 3 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
  Australia 10 0 1 9 8 55 −47 0.00
  Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Cook Islands 4 4 0 0 35 2 +33 100.00
  Fiji 35 5 15 15 38 68 −30 14.29
  Guam 3 3 0 0 24 2 +22 100.00
  Kiribati 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 100.00
  Macau 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
  New Caledonia 25 9 2 14 29 53 −24 36.00
  New Zealand 12 0 2 10 11 44 −33 0.00
  Papua New Guinea 21 12 4 5 34 26 +8 57.14
  Samoa[a] 3 3 0 0 20 0 +20 100.00
  Singapore 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0.00
  Tahiti 23 4 3 16 23 75 −52 17.39
  Tonga 5 5 0 0 31 0 +31 100.00
  Tuvalu 4 4 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
  Vanuatu[b] 33 20 7 6 74 37 +37 60.61
  Wallis and Futuna 3 3 0 0 23 1 +22 100.00
Total 188 78 34 76 423 370 +53 41.49
  1. ^ Includes results as Western Samoa.
  2. ^ Includes results as New Hebrides.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 15 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Member Association – Solomon Islands". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Solomon Islands appoint new coach". 23 June 2021.
  5. ^ "FIFA.com". web.archive.org. 23 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Solomons search for new coach". Oceania Football Confederation. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Solomon Islands". National Football Teams.

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