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.

Trinidad and Tobago
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Soca Warriors
AssociationTrinidad and Tobago Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachTerry Fenwick
CaptainKhaleem Hyland
Most capsAngus Eve (117)
Top scorerStern John (70)
Home stadiumHasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA codeTRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 105 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest25 (June 2001)
Lowest106 (October 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 121 Decrease 3 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest36 (1937)
Lowest121 (October 2020)
First international
 British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[3]
Biggest win
 Trinidad and Tobago 15–0 Anguilla 
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 10 November 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1967)
Best resultRunners-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 CONCACAFAFC 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.

HistoryEdit

1970sEdit

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.[4][5][6]

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,[7] Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes.[8] 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.[9]

2000sEdit

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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
  Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
  Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Team   Score   Team
Trinidad and Tobago   0–0   Sweden
England   2–0   Trinidad and Tobago
Paraguay   2–0   Trinidad and Tobago

2010sEdit

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.[10] The team recovered four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in the Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier.[11] 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.[12] On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked after the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.[13]

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.

Team imageEdit

Home stadiumEdit

 
Hasely Crawford Stadium became the home of the national team in 1980

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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.

SupportersEdit

 
Soca Warriors' supporters before the team's opening 2006 FIFA World Cup match against Sweden

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.

PlayersEdit

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Trinidad and Tobago national team players.

Current squadEdit

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 1GK Marvin Phillip (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 36) 79 0   NEROCA
21 1GK Glenroy Samuel (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 30) 1 0   La Horquetta Rangers

2 2DF Aubrey David (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 30) 52 1   Saprissa
4 2DF Sheldon Bateau (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 29) 42 3   Mechelen
5 2DF Daneil Cyrus (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 29) 90 0   Mohun Bagan
12 2DF Carlyle Mitchell (1987-08-08) 8 August 1987 (age 33) 40 3   Kaya

3 3MF Ross Russell (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 28) 5 0   La Horquetta Rangers
7 3MF Nathan Lewis (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 30) 28 4 Unattached
8 3MF Kevon Goddard (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 24) 3 0   W Connection
9 3MF Ataullah Guerra (1987-11-14) 14 November 1987 (age 32) 47 8   Charleston Battery
10 3MF Marcus Joseph (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991 (age 29) 17 6   Gokulam Kerala
13 3MF Jomoul Francois (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 25) 3 0   San Juan Jabloteh
18 3MF Aikim Andrews (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 24) 7 1   La Horquetta Rangers
19 3MF Matthew Ling (1996-09-15) 15 September 1996 (age 24) 2 0   St. Andrews
23 3MF Aaron Lester (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 5 1   Defence Force

11 4FW Ryan Telfer (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 26) 6 3   York9
17 4FW Jerrel Britto (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 28) 1 0   Honduras Progreso
20 4FW Jomal Williams (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 26) 20 3   Isidro Metapán

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1992-12-14) 14 December 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Køge v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
GK Adrian Foncette (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 32) 15 0   Police v.   Anguilla, 10 November 2019

DF Mekeil Williams (1990-07-24) 24 July 1990 (age 30) 29 1   Municipal v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
DF Alvin Jones (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 26) 25 1   Real Salt Lake v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
DF Keston Julien (1998-10-26) 26 October 1998 (age 22) 3 0   Sheriff Tiraspol v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019

MF Khaleem Hyland (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 31) 87 4   Al-Faisaly v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
MF Duane Muckette (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 25) 5 0   Memphis 901 v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
MF Dre Fortune (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 24) 2 0   North Carolina v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
MF Leston Paul (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 30) 30 0   Memphis 901 v.   Anguilla, 10 November 2019

FW Daniel Carr (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Apollon Limassol v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
FW Rundell Winchester (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Gudja United v.   Ecuador, 14 November 2019
FW Darius Lewis (1999-10-11) 11 October 1999 (age 21) 1 2   FC Tucson v.   Anguilla, 10 November 2019

Previous squadsEdit

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.

2019Edit

10 November 2019 FriendlyTrinidad and Tobago  15–0  AnguillaCouva, Trinidad and Tobago
18:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
14 November 2019 FriendlyEcuador  3–0  Trinidad and TobagoPortoviejo, Ecuador
19:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Reales Tamarindos
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)
17 November 2019 Nations LeagueHonduras  4–0  Trinidad and TobagoSan Pedro Sula, Honduras
21:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

2021Edit

RecordsEdit

As of 29 April 2017
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.[17]

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

Most capped playersEdit

Rank Player Position Caps Goals Career[18]
1 Angus Eve
MF
117 34 1994–2005
2 Stern John
FW
115 70 1995–2011
3 Marvin Andrews
DF
103 10 1996–2009
4 Densill Theobald
MF
99 2 2002–2013
5 Carlos Edwards
MF
96 4 1999–2017
6 Kenwyne Jones
FW
91 23 2003–2017
7 Dennis Lawrence
DF
89 5 2000–2010
8 Jan-Michael Williams
GK
81 0 2003–
9 Clayton Ince
GK
79 0 1997–2009
10 Russell Latapy
MF
78 29 1988–2009

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Position Goals Caps Rate Career[18]
1 Stern John
FW
70 115 0.61 1995–2011
2 Angus Eve
MF
34 117 0.29 1994–2005
3 Russell Latapy
MF
29 81 0.36 1988–2009
4 Arnold Dwarika
MF
28 73 0.38 1993–2008
5 Cornell Glen
FW
24 71 0.34 2002–2013
6 Kenwyne Jones
FW
23 91 0.25 2003–2017
7 Nigel Pierre
FW
22 57 0.39 1999–2005
8 Leonson Lewis
FW
21 31 0.68 1988–1996
9 Dwight Yorke
FW
19 72 0.26 1989–2009
10 Devorn Jorsling
FW
18 41 0.44 2007–2015
10 Kevin Molino
FW
18 39 0.46 2010–

Competitive recordEdit

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
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 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 12 Braithwaite
  1970 4 1 1 2 4 10 Laing
  1974 9 6 1 2 27 8 Verity
  1978 6 2 2 2 10 9 Vidale
  1982 4 1 2 1 1 2 Corneal
  1986 4 0 1 3 2 7 Warner
  1990 12 5 5 2 13 6 Cummings
  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
  2014 6 4 0 2 12 4 Pfister
  2018 16 5 2 9 20 28 Hart
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 1 2 0 4 138 55 28 55 200 183
* 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

CONCACAF Championship
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
  1963 Did Not Enter
  1965 Withdrew
  1967 Final Round 4th 5 2 0 3 6 10
  1969 Final Round 5th 5 1 1 3 4 12
  1971 Final Round 5th 5 1 2 2 6 12
  1973 Final Round 2nd 5 3 0 2 11 4
  1977 Did Not Qualify
  1981
1985 Group Stage 7th 4 0 1 3 2 7
1989 Final Round 3rd 8 3 3 2 7 5
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
  1991 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 4
    1993 Did Not Qualify
  1996 Group Stage 7th 2 0 0 2 4 6
  1998 Group Stage 6th 2 1 0 1 5 5
  2000 Semi-Finals 3rd 4 2 0 2 6 8
  2002 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 2
    2003 Did Not Qualify
  2005 Group Stage 10th 3 0 2 1 3 5
  2007 Group Stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  2009 Did Not Qualify
  2011
  2013 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 1 2 4 5
    2015 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 2 0 10 6
  2017 Did Not Qualify
      2019 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 9
  2021 In progress
Total 16/25 8/29 62 17 15 30 75 105


CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
  2019−20 A C 4 0 2 2 3 9   11th
  2022–23 B C 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD
Total 4 0 2 2 3 9

ManagersEdit

 
former national team manager Stephen Hart

HonoursEdit

Continental competitions

Regional competitions

Friendly competitions

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
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