The Tahiti national football team (French: Équipe de football de Tahiti) represents French Polynesia and is controlled by the Fédération Tahitienne de Football. The team consists of a selection of players from French Polynesia, not just Tahiti, and has competed in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) since 1990.
|Nickname(s)||Toa Aito (Les guerriers de fer; Iron Warriors)|
|Association||Tahitian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Samuel Garcia|
|Most caps||Teaonui Tehau (35)|
|Top scorer||Teaonui Tehau (24)|
|Home stadium||Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
|Current||162 (22 December 2022)|
|Highest||111 (August 2002)|
|Lowest||196 (April–May 2016)|
| French Polynesia 2–2 New Zealand |
(Papeete, Tahiti; 21 September 1952)
| Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands |
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
| New Zealand 10–0 Tahiti |
(Adelaide, Australia; 4 June 2004)
Spain 10–0 Tahiti
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 20 June 2013)
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||9 (first in 1973)|
|Best result||Champions, 2012|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2013)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2013|
Tahiti is traditionally one of the stronger footballing nations of the Pacific Islands, with the second-best record at the football section of the South Pacific Games, with five victories. They were runners-up in the first three instalments of the Nations Cup (1973, 1980 and 1996). The nation went through a period of less success, but showed promise when it qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. This success was followed up with the title of 2012 OFC Nations Cup, becoming the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to win the competition.
Tahiti played its first full match on 21 September 1952, at home against New Zealand, drawing 2–2. Seven days later, the two teams played again and New Zealand won 5–3. On 30 September, they played each other for a third time, and Tahiti gained its first victory, by 2–0. However, it is unknown whether this was a full international match.
In September 1953, Tahiti played three matches in New Caledonia against its national side, losing the first 5–0 and the later two 4–1. They then travelled to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and beat its national side 4–2 twice. In 1969, touring World Champions England beat Tahiti 4–1 in an exhibition match. In 1989, under the leadership of Napoleon Spitz, the official federation was created.
Tahiti entered its first World Cup qualification with the aim of reaching the 1994 World Cup, held in the United States. They were placed in Group A alongside Australia and the Solomon Islands, and played their first match away to the Solomon Islands in Honiara on 11 July 1992. Eric Etaeta equalised for Tahiti to make it 1–1 in the 76th minute. On 11 September, Tahiti hosted Australia in Papeete and lost 3–0. The next fixture was again against Australia, and resulted in a 2–0 away defeat in Brisbane on 20 September. On 9 October, in Papeete, Tahiti defeated the Solomon Islands 4–2. Tahiti's first goal was scored as an 8th-minute penalty from Reynald Temarii, a politician and current president of the OFC. However, Tahiti finished second to Australia in the group and did not advance.
2012 OFC Nations CupEdit
In 2012, the new edition of the tournament occurred in the Solomon Islands with the host country, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa (winner of the qualifying tournament) playing the competition. Tahiti defeated New Caledonia in the final in Lawson Tama Stadium 1–0 with a goal by Steevy Chong Hue and became the first team other than Australia (no longer part of OFC) and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions.
2013 Confederations CupEdit
By winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup, held in Brazil, for the first time. Tahiti is the first – and so far only – team which has participated in the Confederations Cup but has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. On 17 June 2013, Tahiti lost 1–6 to Nigeria in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte, with Jonathan Tehau scoring the goal for Tahiti in the second half with a header from a corner; Tahiti fans still rejoiced in the prospect of scoring a goal in an international tournament. On 20 June, Tahiti lost 10–0 against Spain to equal their largest ever loss against New Zealand nine years earlier. On 23 June 2013, Tahiti was beaten 8–0 by Uruguay.
In all, Tahiti conceded 24 goals and scored 1 to end with a goal differential of −23, the worst of any national team in any major competition. However, even with the poor record and heavy defeats, Tahiti's underdog qualities gathered significant respect from the people of Brazil, who always cheered for them in every match. Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque, and strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa – who scored four and three goals respectively against Tahiti – complimented the team's fair play.
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)Edit
After two matches canceled due to COVID-19, the Tahitians have finally returned to the qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Qatar. Unfortunately, the Toa Aito couldn't beat Solomon Islands and finished second in Group A. Solomon Islands led in the score in the 20th minute, the Tahitians came back into the match thanks to Alvin Tehau's equalizer in the 26th minute. Solomon Islands then made the difference on the return from the half on a lightning counterattack before taking the lead more widely at the end of the match 1–3.
Fixtures and resultsEdit
In March 2022, Tahiti will play their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games
|20 March Friendly Match||Tahiti||0–2||New Caledonia||Pirae, Tahiti|
|20:00 UTC−10||Report||Stadium: Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
|23 March Friendly Match||Tahiti||2–1||New Caledonia||Pirae, Tahiti|
||Stadium: Stade Pater Te Hono Nui|
- Freddy Vernaudon (1973)
- Richard Vansam (1980)
- François Ferez (1992)
- Bernard Vahirua (1992)
- Umberto Mottini (1995–1996)
- Gerard Kautai (1996)
- Richard Vansam (1997)
- Alain Rousseau (1998)
- Leon Gardikiotis (1999–2000)
- Patrick Jacquemet (2001–2003)
- Gerard Kautai (2004–2007)
- Eddy Etaeta (2010–2015)
- Ludovic Graugnard (2015–2018)
- Naea Bennett (2018-2019)
- Samuel Garcia (2019–present)
Players were called up for the friendly matches.
- Match date: 20 and 23 March 2023
- Opposition: New Caledonia
- Caps and goals correct as of: 27 March 2022, after the match against New Zealand.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Anapa Debruyne||22 September 2003||0||0||Dragon|
|GK||Moana Pito||25 January 2000||0||0||Tefana|
|GK||Teave Teamotuaitau||17 April 1992||9||0||Vénus|
|DF||Kévin Barbe||2 September 1997||8||1||Vénus|
|DF||Matatia Paama||3 October 1992||11||0||Pirae|
|DF||Hennel Tehaamoana||12 April 1999||0||0||Free agent|
|DF||Tevaihau Tehuritaua||4 March 1990||0||0||Dragon|
|DF||Tevaitini Teumere||2 April 2003||0||0||Pirae|
|DF||Taumihau Tiatia||25 July 1991||5||0||Pirae|
|DF||Teiki Vaea||1 September 1995||0||0||Dragon|
|MF||Heimano Bourebare||15 May 1989||28||1||Pirae|
|MF||Terai Bremond||16 May 2001||2||0||Vénus|
|MF||Louis Gitton||2 April 2002||1||0||Pirae|
|MF||Tehauarii Holozet||3 June 2002||0||0||Tefana|
|MF||Ariiura Labaste||26 July 2002||0||0||Pirae|
|MF||Kavai'ei Morgant||8 October 2001||0||0||Trélissac|
|MF||Frank Papaura||Unknown||6||2||Free agent|
|FW||Benoit Mathon||5 April 1989||0||0||Pirae|
|FW||Manuarii Shan||23 February 2004||0||0||Vénus|
|FW||Sandro Tau||30 April 1997||4||1||Pirae|
|FW||Roonui Tehau||15 December 1999||2||0||Vénus|
|FW||Teaonui Tehau||1 September 1992||33||24||Vénus|
|FW||Roonui Tinirauarii||14 March 1997||1||0||Pirae|
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
- As of 24 March 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Tahiti.
Most capped playersEdit
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1954||did not exist||did not exist|
|1958 to 1990||did not enter||did not enter|
|1994||did not qualify||4||1||1||2||5||8|
|2026||to be determined||to be determined|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992 to 1995||No OFC representative invited|
|1997 to 2009||did not qualify|
|2017||did not qualify|
OFC Nations CupEdit
|Oceania Cup / OFC Nations Cup record||Qualification record|
|2000||Group stage||5th||2||0||0||2||2||5||Qualified as host|
|2002||Third place||3rd||5||3||0||2||8||9||Qualified automatically|
|2008||did not qualify||4||1||1||2||2||6|
Coupe de l'Outre-MerEdit
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- ^ "Qatar 2022 : Tahiti s'incline 3-1 face à Salomon". TNTV News. TNTV. 24 March 2022. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
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