Solomon Islands national football team

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national football team of the Solomon Islands and is 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.[4]

Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bonitos
AssociationSolomon Islands Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachWim Rijsbergen
CaptainBenjamin Totori
Most capsHenry Fa'arodo (61)
Top scorerCommins Menapi (34)[1]
Home stadiumLawson Tama Stadium
FIFA codeSOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 141 Increase 1 (19 December 2019)[2]
Highest120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest200 (January–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 169 Decrease 8 (25 November 2019)[3]
Highest109 (September 2005)
Lowest177 (November 2016)
First international
 Solomon Islands 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
 Solomon Islands 17–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Papua New Guinea; September 1991)
Biggest defeat
 French Polynesia 7-2 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
(Fiji; 17 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances5 (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.

World Cup recordEdit

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 Did not participate Did not participate
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify GS 4 0 1 3 5 13
  1998 GS 6 2 3 4 9 23
    2002 GS 4 2 0 2 17 10
  2006 P/O 9 6 2 1 23 7
  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
      2026
Total 0/21 48* 20 8 23 95 96
  • Excludes two play-off matches against Tonga during 1998 qualifiers in which they won both legs 0–4, 9–0 with 13–0 on aggregate.

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
Total Runners-Up 7/10 28 7 4 17 31 70

Pacific Games recordEdit

South 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 Round 1 8th 3 0 0 3 1 5
Total Second place 12/14 53 27 5 21 156 115

Wantok Cup recordEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

Recent resultsEdit


Record by opponentEdit

Up to matches played on 18 July 2019.

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD %W
  American Samoa 3 3 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
  Australia 10 0 1 9 8 55 −47 000.00
  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 −30 014.29
  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 −24 036.00
  New Zealand 12 0 2 10 11 44 −33 000.00
  Papua New Guinea 21 12 4 5 34 26 +8 057.14
  Samoa 3 3 0 0 30 0 +30 100.00
  Singapore 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1 000.00
  Tahiti 23 4 3 16 23 75 −52 017.39
  Tonga 5 5 0 0 31 0 +31 100.00
  Tuvalu 4 4 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
  Wallis and Futuna 3 3 0 0 23 1 +22 100.00
  Vanuatu 33 20 7 6 64 37 +27 060.61
Total 188 78 34 76 423 370 +53 041.49

Current technical staffEdit

Position
Head coach   Wim Rijsbergen
Assistant coach   Jan van Deinsen
Goalkeeper coach   Zantas Kabini
Kit Manager   Augustine Hou
Physio   Herman Tahapary
Team Manager   Patrick Miniti

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up as a pre-squad, in preparation for the 2019 Pacific Games, the training camp in the Netherlands and a friendly game against Singapore.

Caps and goals updated as of 18 July after the match against Fiji.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Philip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 24) 22 0   Kossa
12 1GK Timothy Maerasia (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Solomon Warriors
21 1GK Desmond Tutu (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Henderson Eels

2 2DF Hadisi Aengari (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 31) 39 0   Solomon Warriors
3 2DF Allen Peter (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 24) 10 0   Laugu United
4 2DF Boni Pride (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 24) 13 0   Henderson Eels
5 2DF Michael Boso (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 28) 13 0   Suva
6 2DF Andrew Rarangia (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Henderson Eels
13 2DF John Aeta (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Marist
16 2DF Emmanuel Poila (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 29) 23 1   Solomon Warriors

7 3MF Atkin Kaua (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 23) 21 4   Laugu United
8 3MF Patrick Taroga (2000-05-25) 25 May 2000 (age 19) 1 1   Henderson Eels
10 3MF Jerry Donga (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 28) 27 4   Solomon Warriors
11 3MF Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 27) 25 13   ABM Galaxy
14 3MF Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 31) 33 7   Henderson Eels
15 3MF Alwin Hou (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 23) 4 2   Kossa
17 3MF Dennis Ifunaoa (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 28) 6 5   Solomon Warriors
20 3MF Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 26) 17 4   Henderson Eels
22 3MF Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 28) 15 6   Maritzburg United

9 4FW Benjamin Totori (Captain) (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 33) 52 29   Solomon Warriors
18 4FW Raynick Laeta (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Henderson Eels
19 4FW Andrew Abba (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 30) 7 5   Napier City Rovers
23 4FW Raphael Le'ai (2003-09-09) 9 September 2003 (age 16) 0 0   Wellington Phoenix Youth

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Joel Nanogo (2000-12-13) 13 December 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Real Kakamora
GK Zantas Kabini (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 34) 2 0   Henderson Eels v.   Vanuatu, 15 December 2017

DF Richard Hiromana (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 23) 11 0   Kossa v.   Singapore, 8 June 2019
DF Fred Fakari (1989-11-09) 9 November 1989 (age 30) 4 0   Solomon Warriors
DF Junior David (2001-09-22) 22 September 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Hekari United
DF Junior Aengari (2000-04-15) 15 April 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Solomon Warriors
DF Richard Raramo (1998-08-22) 22 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Isabel United
DF Junior Ashley (2000-09-24) 24 September 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Laugu United
DF Robert Laua (1991-09-08) 8 September 1991 (age 28) 9 0   Kossa v.   Fiji, 5 September 2018
DF Junior Albert (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Henderson Eels v.   Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
DF Nelson Sale Kilifa (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 33) 35 0   Galaxy v.   New Zealand, 5 September 2017

MF Timothy Bakale (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 24) 6 0   Henderson Eels
MF Obed Ofea (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Henderson Eels
MF Rodney Suri (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Henderson Eels
MF Tigi Molea (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Solomon Warriors
MF Henley Ramo (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Malaita Kingz
MF Frank Kabui (2000-10-23) 23 October 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Malaita Kingz
MF Thomas Amasia (1998-08-25) 25 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Isabel United
MF Judd Molea (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 31) 13 3   Solomon Warriors v.   Fiji, 5 September 2018
MF Jeffery Bule (1991-11-15) 15 November 1991 (age 28) 18 2   Kossa v.   Fiji, 5 September 2018
MF Clifton Aumae (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 33) 8 0   Henderson Eels v.   Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Norman Miniti (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Solomon Warriors v.   Vanuatu, 15 December 2017
MF Henry Fa'arodo (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 37) 61 20   Wellington Olympic v.   Vanuatu, 15 December 2017

FW Adrian Mara (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 21) 3 4   Kossa
FW Mathias Iani (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Laugu United
FW Darold Kakasi (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Laugu United
FW Davidson Tome (1994-04-17) 17 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Isabel United v.   Fiji, 5 September 2018
FW Atana Fa'arodo (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0   G Camp v.   Fiji, 5 September 2018
FW James Naka (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 35) 25 3   Galaxy v.   New Zealand, 5 September 2017

HonoursEdit

CoachesEdit

SponsorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Soccer: the Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing. 19 April 2010. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7566-6318-6. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Member Association – Solomon Islands". FIFA.com. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ Solomon Islands at FIFA.com
  6. ^ "Solomons search for new coach". Oceania Football Confederation. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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