Vanuatu national football team

The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation.[5]

Vanuatu
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationVanuatu Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachGeorge Amos
CaptainKensi Tangis
Most capsRichard Iwai (34)
Top scorerRichard Iwai (20)[1]
Home stadiumPort Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA codeVAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 164 Increase 2 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest131 (October 2007)
Lowest201 (October–November 2015)
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[3]
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[3]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[3]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1973)
Best resultFourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002 and 2008

HistoryEdit

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC Nations Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

Kit sponsorshipEdit

Kit provider[6] Period
  Lotto 2004–2011
  Nike 2012
  Veto 2013–2016
  Pasifika 2017
  Gorilla Sports 2018–2020
  KPI Sports 2020–2022
  Macron 2022–

Results and fixturesEdit

In March 2022, Vanuatu played their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

2022Edit

10 March Friendly Fiji   3–0   Vanuatu
17 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Tahiti   Cancelled[a]   Vanuatu Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Al Arabi Stadium
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Vanuatu   Cancelled[b]   Cook Islands Doha, Qatar
17:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium
27 March Friendly Fiji   2–1   Vanuatu Doha, Qatar
Roy Krishna   21',   36' Report Andre Batick   16' Stadium: Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

Position
Head coach   George Amos
Assistant coach   François Sakama
Team Manager   Peter Takaro
Goalkeeper coach   Jimmy Obed
Assistant Goalkeeper coach   Jean Yves Galinie
Physio   Albert Lata

Coaching historyEdit

New Hebrides

Vanuatu

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022.[9]

Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2022, after the match against Fiji.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Massing Kalotang (2002-08-26) 26 August 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Erakor Golden Star
1GK James Iamar 1 0 Unattached
1GK Dgen Leo (2000-08-06) 6 August 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Classic F.C.

2DF Brian Kaltak (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 28) 22 5   Auckland City
2DF Jesse Kalopong (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Erakor Golden Star
2DF Alphonse Lency (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Ifira Black Bird
2DF Jared Clark (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Croydon Kings
2DF Philip Lency (1997-06-08) 8 June 1997 (age 25) 2 0   ABM Galaxy
2DF Tasso Jeffrey (1998-08-12) 12 August 1998 (age 24) 1 0   ABM Galaxy
2DF Tom Saksak (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 22) 1 0   iCount Yatel
2DF Bethuel Ollie (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0   iCount Yatel
2DF Timothy Boulet (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Ifira Black Bird
2DF Junior Felix (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 25) 0 0   North Efate United F.C.

3MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 (age 22) 9 0   Tafea F.C.
3MF Jacky Ruben (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 26) 9 1   North Efate United F.C.
3MF Mitch Cooper (1994-09-18) 18 September 1994 (age 27) 6 5   Hume City
3MF Barry Mansale (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 29) 3 0   ABM Galaxy
3MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 25) 2 0   North Efate United F.C.
3MF John Well Wohale (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Ifira Black Bird
3MF Jayson Bule (2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 21) 1 0   North Efate United F.C.

4FW Kensi Tangis (captain) (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 32) 29 8   ABM Galaxy
4FW Andre Batick (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 29) 8 1   ABM Galaxy
4FW Jordy Tasip (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Tafea F.C.
4FW Reginold Ravo (1997-08-25) 25 August 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Malampa Revivors
4FW Edwin Bai (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 26) 0 0   North Efate United F.C.

Player recordsEdit

As of 27 March 2022[10]
Players in bold are still active with Vanuatu.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 18
  1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
    2002 4 1 0 3 11 21
  2006 9 4 1 4 21 11
  2010 12 5 1 6 30 19
  2014 3 1 0 2 8 9
  2018 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2022 Withdrew Withdrew
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 37 12 3 22 76 89

OFC Nations CupEdit

OFC Nations Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 5 10 No qualification
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 6 9
1996 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 5 12
  1998 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 2 13 4 2 1 1 8 6
  2000 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 5 8 4 2 0 2 12 7
  2002 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 2 6 Qualified automatically
  2004 Group stage 6th 5 1 0 4 5 9 4 3 1 0 16 2
2008 Fourth place 4th 6 1 1 4 5 13 6 4 0 2 25 6
  2012 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 8 9 Qualified automatically
  2016 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2020 Cancelled Cancelled
Total Fourth place 9/10 36 8 2 25 41 82 22 11 3 8 66 33

Pacific GamesEdit

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Round 1 6th 1 0 0 1 3 6
  1966 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 9 14
  1969 Group stage 5th 5 1 1 3 13 13
  1971 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 9 12
  1975 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 1 6
  1979 Fifth place 5th 6 4 0 2 19 6
  1983 Group stage 6th 1 0 0 1 0 6
  1987 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 16 13
  1991 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 9 8
  1995 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 10 9
  2003 Third place 3rd 6 3 3 0 23 3
  2007 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 25 6
  2011 Group stage 6th 5 4 0 1 18 7
  2015 See Vanuatu national under-23 football team
  2019 Round 1 5th 4 2 1 1 25 2
Total 14/14 0 Titles 60 27 9 24 180 111

Head-to-head recordEdit

Up to matches played on 27 March 2022.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
  American Samoa 4 4 0 0 39 1 +38 100.00
  Australia 4 0 0 4 0 7 −7 0.00
  Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 100.00
  Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0.00
  Fiji 34 8 7 19 35 76 −41 23.53
  Guam 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 100.00
  Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0.00
  Kiribati 1 1 0 0 18 0 +18 100.00
  New Caledonia 38 8 7 23 45 96 −51 21.05
  New Zealand 12 1 0 11 10 58 −48 8.33
  Papua New Guinea 20 8 4 8 31 27 +4 40.00
  Palau 1 1 0 0 6 2 +4 100.00
  Samoa[c] 5 5 0 0 36 1 +35 100.00
  Solomon Islands 33 6 7 20 37 75 −38 18.18
  Tahiti 26 5 3 18 28 64 −36 19.23
  Tonga 5 5 0 0 33 2 +31 100.00
  Wallis and Futuna 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 100.00
  Tuvalu 3 3 0 0 16 1 +15 100.00
Total 194 61 28 105 366 419 −53 31.44
  1. ^ On 17 March 2022, it was announced that the match between Tahiti and Vanuatu was cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the Vanuatu squad.[7]
  2. ^ a b On 19 March 2022, it was announced that Vanuatu withdrew from the tournament due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the Vanuatu squad.[8]
  3. ^ Includes results as Western Samoa.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Vanuatu (New Hebrides) – List of International matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46–0 loss to Vanuatu | Football". The Guardian. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Antigo(a) Vanuatu camisas de futebol".
  7. ^ "Statement on Tahiti v Vanuatu match". 17 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Vanuatu withdraws from the FIFA World Cup ™ Oceania Qualifiers". 19 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Vanuatu confirm squad for Oceania Qualifiers". 3 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Vanuatu". National Football Teams.

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