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 83rd in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 91st in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and held the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a FIFA World Cup, until the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Iceland broke the (population) record.
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 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.
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, 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.
Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 FIFA 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 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 second smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup (only behind Iceland, who 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.
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.
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. The team quickly rebounded four days later by defeating Barbados 4–0 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a hat-trick from Lester Peltier. 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. 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.
Trinidad and Tobago entered qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Fourth Round and was drawn into Group C with Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States. The team would finish second in Group C with a total of 11 points to qualify for the Hexagonal. However, they would finish in sixth place in the final round with only 6 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.
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 Friendly matches against Grenada on 11 November and Guyana on 14 November 2017.
Goals and caps are updated as of 14 November 2017, after the match against Guyana.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marvin Phillip||1 August 1984||65||0||Point Fortin Civic|
|GK||Adrian Foncette||10 October 1988||10||0||Police|
|GK||Glenroy Samuel||5 April 1990||1||0||Morvant Caledonia United|
|GK||Greg Ranjitsingh||18 July 1993||0||0||Louisville City|
|DF||Aubrey David||11 October 1990||41||1||Kemi Kings|
|DF||Sheldon Bateau||29 January 1991||32||3||Kairat|
|DF||Curtis Gonzales||26 January 1989||29||0||Defence Force|
|DF||Mekeil Williams||24 July 1990||21||1||Richmond Kickers|
|DF||Alvin Jones||9 July 1994||12||1||W Connection|
|DF||Tristan Hodge||9 October 1993||9||0||W Connection|
|DF||Kevon Villaroel||17 December 1987||5||0||North East Stars|
|DF||Josiah Trimmingham||14 December 1996||1||0||Club Sando|
|MF||Kevin Molino||17 June 1990||43||19||Minnesota United|
|MF||Kevan George||30 January 1990||38||0||Charlotte Independence|
|MF||Leston Paul||11 March 1990||15||0||Pasaquina|
|MF||Nathan Lewis||20 July 1990||16||1||San Juan Jabloteh|
|MF||Levi Garcia||20 November 1997||15||2||AZ|
|MF||Hashim Arcia||8 October 1988||11||1||Defence Force|
|MF||Neveal Hackshaw||21 September 1995||7||0||Charleston Battery|
|MF||Jared London||6 February 1995||4||0||Club Sando|
|MF||Nathaniel Garcia||24 April 1993||3||0||Point Fortin Civic|
|MF||Neil Benjamin||20 August 1994||1||0||W Connection|
|MF||Kathon St. Hillaire||5 November 1997||1||0||St. Ann's Rangers|
|FW||Shahdon Winchester||8 January 1992||23||6||Kapaz|
|FW||Jamille Boatswain||30 September 1993||9||2||Alajuelense|
|FW||Akeem Roach||9 December 1995||5||1||Vida|
|FW||Ricardo John||10 April 1995||1||0||Toronto FC II|
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||Jan-Michael Williams (Captain)||26 October 1984||80||0||Juticalpa||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|GK||Andre Marchan||11 August 1990||0||0||Defence Force||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|DF||Daneil Cyrus||15 December 1990||71||0||Juticalpa||v. United States, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Kareem Moses||11 February 1990||7||0||Unattached||v. United States, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Carlyle Mitchell||8 August 1987||37||3||Indy Eleven||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Radanfah Abu Bakr||12 February 1987||37||2||Sūduva Marijampolė||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Carlos Edwards||24 October 1978||96||4||Central||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|DF||Maurice Forde||6 September 1996||3||0||W Connection||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|DF||Seon Power||2 February 1984||43||2||Central||v. Costa Rica, 13 June 2017|
|DF||Yohance Marshall||22 January 1986||15||1||Murciélagos||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|DF||Taryk Sampson||5 March 1997||0||0||Ma Pau Stars||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|MF||Khaleem Hyland||5 June 1989||76||4||Al-Faisaly||v. United States, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Joevin Jones||3 August 1991||66||7||Darmstadt||v. United States, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Cordell Cato||15 July 1992||24||2||Charlotte Independence||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Jomal Williams||28 April 1994||11||2||Zira||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Tyrone Charles||30 November 1988||7||1||Club Sando||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Hughtun Hector||16 October 1984||44||7||W Connection||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|MF||Sean de Silva||17 January 1990||9||0||Central||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|MF||Andre Boucaud||10 October 1984||47||2||Dagenham & Redbridge||v. Costa Rica, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Keron Cummings||28 May 1988||16||3||Central||v. United States, 8 June 2017 PRE|
|MF||Marcus Joseph||29 April 1991||11||1||Central||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|MF||Kevon Goddard||20 January 1996||0||0||W Connection||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|FW||Trevin Caesar||26 April 1989||24||5||Unattached||v. United States, 10 October 2017|
|FW||Willis Plaza||3 August 1987||29||7||East Bengal||v. Panama, 5 September 2017|
|FW||Keron Clarke||29 December 1985||1||0||Santa Rosa||v. Ecuador, 26 July 2017|
|FW||Kenwyne Jones||5 October 1984||90||23||Retired||v. Costa Rica, 13 June 2017|
|FW||Jerrel Britto||4 July 1992||1||0||Honduras Progreso||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017|
|FW||Keston George||29 January 1993||0||0||Central||v. Grenada, 29 April 2017 PRE|
|24 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||Panama||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC−4||Molino 37'||Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
|28 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||0–1||Mexico||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00 UTC−4||Report||Reyes 58'||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica)
|29 April 2017 Friendly||Grenada||2–2||Trinidad and Tobago||St. George's, Grenada|
|Report||Stadium: Grenada National Stadium
Referee: Moet Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
|8 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United States||2–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Commerce City, United States|
|18:00 UTC−6||Pulisic 52', 62'||Report||Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Referee: Óscar Moncada (Honduras)
|13 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Costa Rica||2–1||Trinidad and Tobago||San José, Costa Rica|
|20:00 UTC−6||Calvo 1'
B. Ruiz 44'
|Molino 35'||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Referee: Yadel Martínez (Cuba)
|26 July 2017 Friendly||Ecuador||3–1||Trinidad and Tobago||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|17:30 (UTC−5)||Report||Mitchell 41'||Stadium: Estradio George Capwell
Referee: Henry Gambetta (Peru)
|1 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||1–2||Honduras||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|20:00 UTC−4||J. Jones 67' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
|5 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Panama||3–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Panama City, Panama|
|21:05 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
|6 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Mexico||3–1||Trinidad and Tobago||San Luis Potosí, Mexico|
Ja. Hernández 88'
|Report||Winchester 66'||Stadium: Estadio Alfonso Lastras
Referee: Kimbell Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||United States||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Report||Pulisic 47'||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)
|11 November 2017 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||2–2||Grenada||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|18:30 (UTC−5)||Report||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
|14 November 2017 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||1–1||Guyana||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Winchester 60'||Report||Holder 20'||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Guadeloupe||0–1||Trinidad and Tobago||Les Abymes, Guadeloupe|
|17:00 (UTC–4)||Report||Jones 30'||Stadium: Stade René Serge Nabajoth
Referee: Jean-Pierre Janvillier (France)
|24 March 2018 Friendly||Martinique||0–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
|Report||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker
Referee: Steve Zabeau (France)
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.
|1||Eve, AngusAngus Eve||
|2||John, SternStern John||
|3||Andrews, MarvinMarvin Andrews||
|4||Theobald, DensillDensill Theobald||
|5||Edwards, CarlosCarlos Edwards||
|6||Jones, KenwyneKenwyne Jones||
|7||Lawrence, DennisDennis Lawrence||
|8||Williams, Jan-MichaelJan-Michael Williams||
|9||Ince, ClaytonClayton Ince||
|10||Latapy, RussellRussell Latapy||
|1||John, SternStern John||
|2||Eve, AngusAngus Eve||
|3||Latapy, RussellRussell Latapy||
|4||Dwarika, ArnoldArnold Dwarika||
|5||Glen, CornellCornell Glen||
|6||Jones, KenwyneKenwyne Jones||
|7||Pierre, NigelNigel Pierre||
|8||Lewis, LeonsonLeonson Lewis||
|9||Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke||
|10||Jorsling, DevornDevorn Jorsling||
|10||Molino, KevinKevin Molino||
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|
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