Trinidad and Tobago national football team
The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed the Soca Warriors, represents the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in international football. It is controlled by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and competes in both CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and the Caribbean Football Union, its sub-continental confederation. The team is ranked 93rd in the world according to the FIFA Rankings, and 89 in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 World Cup and held the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a World Cup, until the 2018 World Cup, when Iceland broke the (population) record.
|Nickname(s)||The Soca Warriors|
|Association||Trinidad and Tobago Football Association|
|Head coach||Terry Fenwick|
|Most caps||Angus Eve (117)|
|Top scorer||Stern John (70)|
|Home stadium||Hasely Crawford Stadium|
|Current||105 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||25 (June 2001)|
|Lowest||106 (October 2010)|
|Current||121 3 (26 October 2020)|
|Lowest||121 (October 2020)|
| British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago |
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)
| Trinidad and Tobago 15–0 Anguilla |
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 10 November 2019)
| Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago |
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1967)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1973)|
The national team competes in the World Cup and the Gold Cup, in addition to the Caribbean Cup and other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the World Cup came in 2006 after the team defeated Bahrain 2–1 on aggregate in the CONCACAF–AFC intercontinental play-off. The team has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on eight occasions with their best performance in 2000 after reaching the semi-finals, finishing 3rd. However, the national team has experienced great success in the Caribbean Cup having won the sub-continental competition eight times and runners-up on five occasions.
The separate Trinidad and Tobago national football teams are not related to the national team and are not directly affiliated with the game's governing bodies of FIFA or CONCACAF, but are affiliated with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
At the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, Trinidad and Tobago fell two points short of qualifying for the 1974 World Cup Finals in controversial fashion. Trinidad and Tobago lost a crucial game on 4 December 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador, and Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.
1980s to 1990s: The Strike SquadEdit
Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Nicknamed the Strike Squad during the qualifying campaign, Trinidad and Tobago needed only a draw to qualify in their final game played at home against the United States on 19 November 1989. In front of an over-capacity crowd of more than 30,000 at the National Stadium on Red Day, Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes. For the good behaviour of the crowd at the stadium, despite the devastating loss and overcrowded stands, the spectators of Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1989.
2006 FIFA World CupEdit
Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its first-ever qualification for the tournament. During their qualifying campaign, they sat at the bottom of the table in the final round of qualifying with one point from three. However, after the arrival of Leo Beenhakker as team coach and the recalling of veteran players Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, Trinidad and Tobago reversed its fortunes and placed fourth in the group. They qualified via a play-off against Bahrain, recovering from a 1–1 draw at home to win 1–0 in Manama, Bahrain to book a place in the finals. As a result, Trinidad and Tobago became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, a record they held until Iceland reached their first World Cup in 2018.
In Germany, Trinidad and Tobago were grouped with England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. They drew their first game 0–0 against Sweden despite going down to ten men early in the second half. They lost both their remaining matches against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.
2010 World Cup CycleEdit
Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the second round against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match 2–1 at home, but bounced back to win the away leg 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate. The Soca Warriors entered Group 1 alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. They then progressed to the Hexagonal round, finishing second in the group with eleven points from six games. There they faced Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. The group began badly for Trinidad and Tobago as they drew 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0, and then drew 1–1 with Honduras. Three consecutive losses, to the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, put the Soca Warriors in last place with two points from five matches. After defeating El Salvador 1–0, they suffered further losses to Honduras and the United States the following month, ending their hopes of qualifying, and they eventually finished bottom of the group.
2014 World Cup CycleEdit
Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 World Cup in the second round as a seeded team, with Guyana, Bermuda and Barbados also drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1–0) and Barbados (2–0) in their first two matches. However, on 7 October 2011, they lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2–1. The team recovered four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in the Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier. Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago were in second place, behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winners would advance to the third round, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the two matches against Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first travelled to Providence, Guyana to face the Golden Jaguars on 11 November 2011. With an early goal from Ricky Shakes and another from Leon Cort in the 81st minute, Trinidad and Tobago trailed 2–0 and faced elimination. Kenwyne Jones pull a goal back in the 93rd minute, but the match ended 2–1 to Guyana. On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked after the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.
2018 World Cup CycleEdit
Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the fourth round and were drawn into Group C with Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States. The team finished second in the group with 11 points to qualify for the Hexagonal. However, they finished in sixth place in the final round with only six points, even though they eliminated the United States from World Cup contention with a 2–1 victory in the final match.
For the first eighty years of their existence, Trinidad and Tobago played their home matches all around the country with Queen's Park Oval, generally thought of as the most picturesque and largest of the old cricket grounds in the West Indies, as the most often used venue. The cricket ground served as the country's largest stadium until the new National Stadium was built in Mucurapo, Port of Spain, to host the nation's athletics competitions and international football matches.
The stadium later was renovated and renamed after Hasely Crawford, the first person from Trinidad and Tobago to win an Olympic gold medal, prior to Trinidad and Tobago hosting the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The stadium currently has a seating capacity of 23,000 and is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government and managed through the Ministry of Sport via its special purpose state agency called SporTT.
In recent years, the TTFA have hosted matches at the smaller 10,000 seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, citing a problem with the lighting system at Hasely Crawford Stadium, lower expenses for matches at Ato Boldon, and fans being seated closer to the pitch. Trinidad and Tobago hosted two games during "The Hex" in late 2017. They lost to Honduras 1–2 on 1 September 2017. On 10 October 2017, Trinidad and Tobago defeated the United States 2–1, causing the United States to fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Ato Boldon Stadium has since hosted friendlies against Grenada, Guyana, and Panama.
The major supporters' group for the national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club or the Warrior Nation. The group is a non-profit organisation that is independent of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. Formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the supporters' club was organised by Soca Warriors Online founder Inshan Mohammed and Nigel Myers.
The group's activities include promoting teams locally and globally, lobbying the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association as representatives of football fans, advocating fair pricing and allocation of event tickets, organising travel for fans to home and away matches, providing a family-oriented fans' organisation, and promoting football among the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Trinidad and Tobago national team players.
The following players were called up for the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League A match against Honduras on 17 November 2019.
Goals and caps are updated as of 17 November 2019, after the match against Honduras.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Marvin Phillip||1 August 1984||79||0||NEROCA|
|21||GK||Glenroy Samuel||5 April 1990||1||0||La Horquetta Rangers|
|2||DF||Aubrey David||11 October 1990||52||1||Saprissa|
|4||DF||Sheldon Bateau||29 January 1991||42||3||Mechelen|
|5||DF||Daneil Cyrus||15 December 1990||90||0||Mohun Bagan|
|12||DF||Carlyle Mitchell||8 August 1987||40||3||Kaya|
|3||MF||Ross Russell||9 September 1992||5||0||La Horquetta Rangers|
|7||MF||Nathan Lewis||20 July 1990||28||4||Unattached|
|8||MF||Kevon Goddard||20 January 1996||3||0||W Connection|
|9||MF||Ataullah Guerra||14 November 1987||47||8||Charleston Battery|
|10||MF||Marcus Joseph||29 April 1991||17||6||Gokulam Kerala|
|13||MF||Jomoul Francois||4 September 1995||3||0||San Juan Jabloteh|
|18||MF||Aikim Andrews||20 June 1996||7||1||La Horquetta Rangers|
|19||MF||Matthew Ling||15 September 1996||2||0||St. Andrews|
|23||MF||Aaron Lester||29 January 1993||5||1||Defence Force|
|11||FW||Ryan Telfer||4 March 1994||6||3||York9|
|17||FW||Jerrel Britto||4 July 1992||1||0||Honduras Progreso|
|20||FW||Jomal Williams||28 April 1994||20||3||Isidro Metapán|
The following players have been called to the squad in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Nicklas Frenderup||14 December 1992||2||0||Køge||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|GK||Adrian Foncette||10 October 1988||15||0||Police||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
|DF||Mekeil Williams||24 July 1990||29||1||Municipal||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Alvin Jones||9 July 1994||25||1||Real Salt Lake||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Keston Julien||26 October 1998||3||0||Sheriff Tiraspol||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Khaleem Hyland||5 June 1989||87||4||Al-Faisaly||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Duane Muckette||1 July 1995||5||0||Memphis 901||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Dre Fortune||3 July 1996||2||0||North Carolina||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Leston Paul||11 March 1990||30||0||Memphis 901||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
|FW||Daniel Carr||30 November 1993||4||0||Apollon Limassol||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|FW||Rundell Winchester||16 December 1993||4||0||Gudja United||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|FW||Darius Lewis||11 October 1999||1||2||FC Tucson||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
Results and scheduleEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|10 November 2019 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||15–0||Anguilla||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|18:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium|
|14 November 2019 Friendly||Ecuador||3–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Portoviejo, Ecuador|
|19:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Reales Tamarindos|
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
|17 November 2019 Nations League||Honduras||4–0||Trinidad and Tobago||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|21:00 UTC−6||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
As of 29 April 2017
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.
Most capped playersEdit
FIFA World CupEdit
Trinidad and Tobago first appeared at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Soca Warriors finished bottom of the group with one point from the team's three matches. Even though the team did not advance in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the FIFA World Cup after a 0–0 draw to Sweden in its first match.
Trinidad and Tobago failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup between 1966 and 2002, then again in 2010 to 2018.
|Trinidad and Tobago's FIFA World Cup Record|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record||Manager|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1966||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||12||Braithwaite|
|1994||4||2||1||1||7||4||Isa / D'Oliviera|
|1998||8||2||1||5||15||10||de Araújo / Vraneš|
|2002||22||10||4||8||32||28||Porterfield / Simões|
|2006||Group stage||27th of 32||3||0||1||2||0||4||20||11||2||7||30||25||St. Clair / Beenhakker|
|2010||Did not qualify||18||5||5||8||22||30||Maturana / Latapy|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
- * Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
- ** Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- *** Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Record at the CONCACAF Championship/Gold CupEdit
|1963||Did Not Enter|
|1977||Did Not Qualify|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|1993||Did Not Qualify|
|2003||Did Not Qualify|
|2009||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||Did Not Qualify|
CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
- Joffre Chambers (1964)
- Amerigo Brunner (1965–1966)
- Conrad Braithwaite (1965–1967)
- Michael Laing (1968)
- Trevor Smith (1969)
- Kevin Verity (1972–1973)
- Rudi Gutendorf (1976)
- Edgar Vidale (1976)
- Alvin Corneal (1980)
- Kenneth Butcher (1980)
- Roderick Warner (1984–1985)
- Everald Cummings (1988–1989)
- Kenwyn Cooper (1989)
- Alvin Corneal (1990)
- Edgar Vidale (1990–1991)
- Muhammad Isa (1992)
- Clóvis de Oliviera (1992)
- Everald Cummings (1993)
- Kenny Joseph (1994)
- Zoran Vraneš (1994–1996)
- Jochen Figge (1996)
- Kenny Joseph (1996)
- Sebastian de Araújo (1996)
- Edgar Vidale (1997)
- Bertille St. Clair (1997–2000)
- Ian Porterfield (2000–2001)
- René Simões (2001–2002)
- Clayton Morris (2002)
- Hannibal Najjar (2002–2003)
- Zoran Vraneš (2003)
- Stuart Charles-Fevrier (2003)
- Ron La Forest (2004)
- Bertille St. Clair (2004–2005)
- Leo Beenhakker (2005–2006)
- Wim Rijsbergen (2006–2007)
- Anton Corneal (2008)
- Francisco Maturana (2008–2009)
- Russell Latapy (2009–2011)
- Otto Pfister (2011–2012)
- Hutson Charles (2012–2013)
- Jamaal Shabazz (2012–2013)
- Stephen Hart (2013–2016)
- Tom Saintfiet (2016–2017)
- Dennis Lawrence (2017–2019)
- Terry Fenwick (2019–Present)
- CFU Championship
- Caribbean Cup
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