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Trinidad and Tobago national football team

This article is about Trinidad and Tobago men's national team. For the women's team, see Trinidad and Tobago women's national football team.

Trinidad and Tobago
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Soca Warriors
Association Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Stephen Hart
Captain Kenwyne Jones
Most caps Angus Eve (117)
Top scorer Stern John (70)
Home stadium Hasely Crawford Stadium
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 25 (June 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 106 (October 2010)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 36 (1937)
Lowest Elo ranking (September 1987)
First international
23x15px British Guiana 1–4 Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)[1]
Biggest win
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba 23x15px
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 23 April 1989)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Mexico 7–0 Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 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, 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 55th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 103rd in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and currently holds the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a FIFA World Cup.

The national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in addition to the Caribbean Cup and other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the FIFA 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 four 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.[2][3][4]

1980s to 1990s: The Strike Squad

Trinidad and Tobago came within one game of qualifying for the 1990 FIFA 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,[5] Paul Caligiuri of the United States scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute dashing Trinidad and Tobago's qualification hopes.[6] 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.[7]


2006 FIFA 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. 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 matches against England and Paraguay by a 2–0 margin.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
23x15px Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
23x15px Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Team   Score   Team
Trinidad and Tobago 23x15px 0–0 23x15px Sweden
England 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago
Paraguay 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago



2010 World Cup Cycle

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.

2014 World Cup Cycle

Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the Second Round of CONCACAF as a seeded team with Guyana, Bermuda, and Barbados the other teams drawn in Group B. The Soca Warriors defeated Bermuda (1–0) and Bardados (2–0) in their first two matches to earn a full six points. However, on 7 October 2011, Trinidad and Tobago lost away to Bermuda in Devonshire Parish 2–1 to hurt its chances of advancing to the Third Round of qualification.[8] The team quickly rebounded four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier.[9] Entering the final two matches in the Second Round, Trinidad and Tobago found itself in second place behind Guyana by one point. As only the group winner would advance to the Third Round of qualification, the Soca Warriors needed to take four points in the next two matches both facing Guyana to advance. Trinidad and Tobago first traveled 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 found itself behind 2–0 and facing elimination. Kenwyne Jones managed to pull the team within a goal in the 93rd minute, but it was too late as the match would end 2–1 in favor of Guyana.[10] With the loss, Trinidad and Tobago were officially eliminated from qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 12 January 2012, Otto Pfister was sacked following a disappointing campaign which saw the country's earliest exit from World Cup qualification since 1994.[11]

Team image


File:Wm 2006 dortmund stadium trinidad tobago vs sweden 2006 06 10.jpg
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.

Home stadium

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.[12] 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 27,000 and is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government under the Ministry of Sport.


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

Current squad

The following players were called up for the Friendly Match against Panama on March 27, 2015.
Goals and caps are updated as of 27 March 2015 after the match against Panama.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jan-Michael Williams (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 31) 63 0 23x15px Central
1GK Marvin Phillip (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 31) 47 0 23x15px Point Fortin Civic
2DF Justin Hoyte (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 31) 15 0 23x15px Millwall
2DF Sheldon Bateau (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 25) 11 0 23x15px Mechelen
2DF Jamal Jack (1987-12-17) 17 December 1987 (age 28) 2 0 23x15px Central
2DF Mekeil Williams (1990-07-24) 24 July 1990 (age 25) 1 1 23x15px W Connection
2DF Shannon Gomez (1996-10-05) 5 October 1996 (age 19) 1 0 23x15px W Connection
2DF Dwayne James (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 23) 1 0 23x15px North East Stars
2DF Akeem Benjamin (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Central
2DF Uriah Bentick (1989-02-05) 5 February 1989 (age 27) 0 0 23x15px Central
3MF Khaleem Hyland (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 26) 47 3 23x15px Racing Genk
3MF Ataullah Guerra (1987-11-14) 14 November 1987 (age 28) 36 5 23x15px Central
3MF Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 25) 30 12 23x15px Orlando City
3MF Marcus Joseph (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991 (age 24) 7 0 23x15px Point Fortin Civic
3MF Tyrone Charles (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px San Juan Jabloteh
3MF Neveal Hackshaw (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 20) 1 0 23x15px North East Stars
3MF Jomal Williams (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 23x15px W Connection
3MF Aikim Andrews (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 19) 0 0 23x15px Point Fortin Civic
4FW Willis Plaza (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 28) 13 5 23x15px Central
4FW Rundell Winchester (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 22) 4 0 23x15px Portland Timbers 2
4FW Hashim Arcia (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 27) 3 0 23x15px W Connection

Recent call-ups

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 Adrian Foncette (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 27) 0 0 23x15px Police 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Joevin Jones (1991-08-03) 3 August 1991 (age 24) 40 0 23x15px Chicago Fire 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Daneil Cyrus (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 25) 39 0 23x15px Hà Nội T&T 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Carlyle Mitchell (1987-08-08) 8 August 1987 (age 28) 28 0 Template:Country data KOR Seoul E-Land 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Radanfah Abu Bakr (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 29) 18 1 23x15px Køge 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Aubrey David (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 25) 18 1 23x15px Jaro 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Yohance Marshall (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 30) 9 0 23x15px Juventud Independiente 2014 Caribbean Cup
DF Alvin Jones (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 21) 1 0 23x15px W Connection v. 23x15px Antigua and Barbuda, 12 October 2014
DF Carlos Edwards (1978-10-24) 24 October 1978 (age 37) 88 4 23x15px Millwall v. Template:Country data IRN, 8 June 2014
DF Curtis Gonzales (1989-01-26) 26 January 1989 (age 27) 13 0 23x15px Defence Force v. Template:Country data IRN, 8 June 2014
DF Gavin Hoyte (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 25) 2 0 23x15px Gillingham v. Template:Country data IRN, 8 June 2014
MF Hughtun Hector (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 31) 33 7 23x15px Hà Nội T&T 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Lester Peltier (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 27) 29 5 23x15px Slovan Bratislava 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Jamal Gay (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 27) 21 7 23x15px RoPs 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Andre Boucaud (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 31) 22 1 23x15px Dagenham & Redbridge 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Kevan George (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 26) 10 0 23x15px Columbus Crew 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Cordell Cato (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 23) 6 0 23x15px San Jose Earthquakes 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Leston Paul (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 26) 4 0 23x15px Central 2014 Caribbean Cup
MF Densill Theobald (1982-06-27) 27 June 1982 (age 33) 97 2 Template:Country data IND Royal Wahingdoh v. Template:Country data IRN, 8 June 2014
MF Jlloyd Samuel (1981-03-29) 29 March 1981 (age 34) 2 0 Template:Country data IRN Paykan v. Template:Country data IRN, 8 June 2014
FW Kenwyne Jones (Captain) (1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 31) 68 18 23x15px Bournemouth 2014 Caribbean Cup
FW Shahdon Winchester (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 24) 4 0 23x15px Jaro 2014 Caribbean Cup
FW Jonathan Glenn (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Template:Country data ISL ÍBV 2014 Caribbean Cup
FW Trevin Caesar (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 26) 4 1 23x15px Austin Aztex v. 23x15px Antigua and Barbuda, 12 October 2014

Previous squads

Results and fixtures

Recent results


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 twice; the first came in 2000 where the Soca Warriors lost to the eventual winners Canada in the Semifinals and the second in 2013.

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
1930 to 1962 Did not enter
1966 to 2002 Did not qualify
23x15px 2006 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 0 4
2010 to 2014 Did not qualify
23x15px 2018 To be determined
23x15px 2022
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 1 2 0 4



Continental competitions

Regional competitions

Minor competitions

See also



External links