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Nickname(s) The Soca Warriors
Association Trinidad and Tobago
Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone (CFU))
Head coach Otto Pfister
Asst coach Anton Corneal
Hutson Charles
Captain Kenwyne Jones
Most caps Angus Eve (117)
Top scorer Stern John (70)
Home stadium Hasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA code TRI
FIFA ranking 88
Highest FIFA ranking 25 (June 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 106 (October 2010)
Elo ranking 91
Highest Elo ranking 35 (January 1929)
Lowest Elo ranking 116 (September 1987)
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
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Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
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Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
Trinidad and Tobago national football team
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First international
Netherlands Dutch Guiana 3–3 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(Suriname; August 6, 1934)
Biggest win
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba Trinidad and Tobago national football team
(Grenada; June 4, 1989)
Biggest defeat
Trinidad and Tobago national football team Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(Mexico City, Mexico; October 8, 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 13 (First in 1967)
Best result Runners-Up, 1973

The Trinidad and Tobago national football team, nicknamed The Soca Warriors, is the national team of Trinidad and Tobago and is run by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. It reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals. The country currently holds the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a World Cup Finals.

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.

History 1974 World Cup qualification: Controversy

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 December 4, 1973 against hosts Haiti 2–1 after being denied five goals. The referee, José Roberto Henríquez of El Salvador and a Canadian linesman James Higuet were subsequently banned for life by FIFA for the dubious events of the match.

1990 World Cup qualification: Within grasp

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Dubbed 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 November 19, 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 World Cup: Country's first World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals 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 games. 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 playoff 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.

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 games against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.

2010 World Cup qualification

Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the Second Round with a home and away series against Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago lost the first match at home 1–2, but bounced back to win the away leg in Bermuda 2–0 to progress to the third round 3–2 on aggregate.

The Soca Warriors advanced to Group 1 of the Third Round alongside the United States, Guatemala, and Cuba. Trinidad and Tobago progressed to the Fourth Round by placing second in the group with eleven points from six games. This qualified Trinidad and Tobago for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States.

The Fourth Round was also played in a home and away format among the six teams involved. Qualification quickly turned disastrous for Trinidad and Tobago as they tied 2–2 with El Salvador after leading 2–0. They would then tie 1–1 with Honduras following a late-strike. However, three consecutive losses to the United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico found the Soca Warriors bottom of the Hexagonal with two points from their first five matches. In their sixth match, they recorded their first win of the round by defeating El Salvador 1–0. However, the victory was short lived as they suffered losses to Honduras and the United States the following month; ending their hopes to qualify for the World Cup. In their final two matches, Trinidad and Tobago lost 4-0 to Costa Rica and drew 2-2 with Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago finished last in the Hexagonal with just six points from ten matches.

2014 World Cup qualification
Teamv · d · e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Trinidad and Tobago national football team Guyana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Trinidad and Tobago national football team Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Trinidad and Tobago national football team Bermuda 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 0
Trinidad and Tobago national football team Barbados 1 0 0 1 0 2 –2 0
  Barbados Bermuda Guyana Trinidad and Tobago
Barbados Trinidad and Tobago national football team 15 Nov 7 Oct 6 Sep
Bermuda Trinidad and Tobago national football team 11 Nov 11 Oct 7 Oct
Guyana Trinidad and Tobago national football team 2–0 6 Sep 11 Nov
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago national football team 11 Oct 1–0 15 Nov


Competitive record

Trinidad and Tobago have competed the FIFA World Cup, as well as CFU and CONCACAF regional tournaments.

The team qualified for its first World Cup in 2006, with the team finishing 0–1–2 in its three First Round matches. Even though the team did not advance further in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first point from the World Cup in its first appearance.

In regional competitions, Trinidad and Tobago best finish in the CONCACAF Championship and later the Gold Cup came in 1973 when the team came in 2nd. Since then they have only advanced beyond the First Round once, which came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canada in the Semifinals.

All CFU members have competed in the Caribbean Cup as a qualification tournament for the Gold Cup since 1989. Trinidad and Tobago has won eight out of thirteen Caribbean Cups since its inception.

World Cup record
FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Group Stage (Group B) 4th 3 0 1 2 0 4
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2014 To Be Determined
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total Group Stage 1/19 3 0 1 2 0 4
Schedule and recent results

Matches from the past six months, as well as any future scheduled matches.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result T&T Scorers
August 21, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team India
IF
3–0 W
John Goal 18' (pen.)
Roberts Goal 46'84'
September 2, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Bermuda
WCQ
September 6, 2011 Barbados Waterford National Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Barbados
WCQ
October 7, 2011 Bermuda Bermuda National Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Bermuda
WCQ
October 11, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Barbados
WCQ
November 11, 2011 Guyana Providence Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Guyana
WCQ
November 15, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Hasely Crawford Stadium Trinidad and Tobago national football team Guyana
WCQ
Current squad

The following players is the squad named for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Bermuda at Hasely Crawford Stadium on September 2, 2011, and away to Barbados on September 6, 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Tony Warner May 11, 1974 (1974-05-11) (age 37) 1 0 New Zealand Wellington Phoenix
GK Marvin Phillip August 1, 1984 (1984-08-01) (age 27) 25 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection
DF Seon Power February 2, 1984 (1984-02-02) (age 27) 21 1 Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars
DF Julius James July 9, 1984 (1984-07-09) (age 27) 11 0 United States Columbus Crew
DF Akeem Adams April 13, 1991 (1991-04-13) (age 20) 4 0 Trinidad and Tobago T&TEC
MF Clyde Leon December 8, 1983 (1983-12-08) (age 27) 29 0 Colombia Itagüí Ditaires
MF Carlos Edwards October 24, 1978 (1978-10-24) (age 32) 78 4 England Ipswich Town
MF Lester Peltier September 13, 1988 (1988-09-13) (age 22) 9 1 Slovakia Trenčín
MF Khaleem Hyland June 5, 1989 (1989-06-05) (age 22) 27 3 Belgium Racing Genk
MF Keon Daniel January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16) (age 24) 46 8 United States Philadelphia Union
MF Christopher Birchall May 5, 1984 (1984-05-05) (age 27) 36 4 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
MF Andre Boucaud October 10, 1984 (1984-10-10) (age 26) 6 0 England York City
MF Jake Thomson May 12, 1989 (1989-05-12) (age 22) 2 0 England Kettering Town
MF Hayden Tinto August 31, 1985 (1985-08-31) (age 26) 15 2 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public
MF Anthony Wolfe December 23, 1983 (1983-12-23) (age 27) 23 3 Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars
FW Darryl Roberts September 26, 1983 (1983-09-26) (age 27) 19 5 Free Agent
FW Stern John October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) (age 34) 111 70 Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars
FW Kenwyne Jones October 5, 1984 (1984-10-05) (age 26) 46 4 England Stoke City
Recent call-ups

The following players were named to the 20-man squad for the friendly against India at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on August 21, 2011.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Call-up
GK Akini Adams August 1, 1988 (1988-08-01) (age 23) 0 0 Trinidad and Tobago T&TEC v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
DF Kern Cupid April 11, 1984 (1984-04-11) (age 27) 13 0 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
DF Keston Williams February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27) (age 30) 11 0 Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
DF Noel Williams February 2, 1984 (1984-02-02) (age 27) 21 1 Trinidad and Tobago Police FC v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
DF Carlyle Mitchell August 8, 1987 (1987-08-08) (age 24) 3 0 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
MF Hughton Hector October 16, 1984 (1984-10-16) (age 26) 15 4 Trinidad and Tobago W Connection v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
MF Densill Theobald June 27, 1982 (1982-06-27) (age 29) 68 2 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
MF Akim Armstrong July 28, 1988 (1988-07-28) (age 23) Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
MF Andrei Pacheco September 20, 1984 (1984-09-20) (age 26) 10 0 Trinidad and Tobago T&TEC v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
MF Akeil Guevera August 19, 1983 (1983-08-19) (age 28) 3 0 Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
FW Andre Toussaint August 26, 1981 (1981-08-26) (age 30) 29 6 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
FW Juma Clarence March 17, 1989 (1989-03-17) (age 22) 2 0 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA v. Trinidad and Tobago national football team India; August 21, 2011
Player records
Most capped players

The following players have received the caps in national team history:

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
2 Stern John 110 70 1995–
3 Marvin Andrews 101 10 1996–
4 Dennis Lawrence 89 5 2000–2010
5 Clayton Ince 79 0 1997–2010
6 Carlos Edwards 78 4 1999–
Russell Latapy 78 29 1988–2009
8 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–
9 Dwight Yorke 72 19 1989–2009
10 Densill Theobald 70 2 2002–
Top scorers

The following players are the top scorers in national team history:

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Stern John 110 70 1995–2007
2 Angus Eve 117 34 1994–2005
3 Russell Latapy 79 29 1988–2009
4 Arnold Dwarika 73 28 1993–2005
5 Cornell Glen 59 23 2002–
6 Nigel Pierre 56 22 1999–
7 Leonson Lewis 32 21 1988–1996
8 Dwight Yorke 72 19 1989–2009
9 Steve David 16 16 1972–1976
10 Kerry Baptiste 50 12 2003–
Manager history
Name From To
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair May 1997 February 2000
Scotland Ian Porterfield March 1, 2000 June 25, 2001
Brazil René Simões June 2001 May 2002
Trinidad and Tobago Hannibal Najjar October 23, 2002 April 1, 2003
Serbia Zoran Vraneš April 2, 2003 May 14, 2003
Saint Lucia Stuart Charles Fevrier May 15, 2003 January 16, 2004
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair January 16, 2004 March 31, 2005
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker March 31, 2005 June 20, 2006
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen July 11, 2006 December 4, 2007
Colombia Francisco Maturana January 4, 2008 April 8, 2009
Trinidad and Tobago Russell Latapy April 8, 2009 January 31, 2011
Germany Otto Pfister March 24, 2011 Present

Other former managers include the following:

  • Trinidad and Tobago Anton Corneal
  • Trinidad and Tobago Everald Cummings
  • Trinidad and Tobago Ronald La Forest
  • Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale (1976)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Roderick Warner
  • Netherlands Jan Zwartkruis
  • England Kevin Verity (1973–1974)
  • Hungary Americo Brunner
  • England Jimmy Hill
  • England Frank Brennan
  • England Michael Laing
  • Brazil Casa Grande
  • Germany Jochen Figge (1995)
  • England Jim McGuinness
Supporters' Groups

The major supporters' group for the Trinidad and Tobago national team is the Soca Warriors Supporters Club. Also known as The Warrior Nation, the group is a non-profit organization that formed shortly after Trinidad and Tobago secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


 
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