Football Confederation in North and Central America and the Caribbean
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football is one of FIFA’s six continental governing bodies for association football.
Its 41 member associations represent countries and territories mainly in North America, including the Caribbean and Central America, and due to geopolitical reasons, three nations from the Guianas subregion of South America — Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (an overseas region of France).
The CONCACAF’s primary functions are to organise football competitions for national teams and clubs and to conduct the FIFA World Cup and Women’s World Cup qualifying tournaments.
The CONCACAF was founded in its current form on 18th September 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico, with the merger of the NAFC and the CCCF, which made it one of the then five, now six, continental confederations affiliated with FIFA. Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao), Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and the United States were the founding members.
The CONCACAF is the third-most successful FIFA confederation. Mexico dominated the CONCACAF men’s competition early on and has won the most Gold Cups since the beginning of the tournament in its current format.
The Mexico national football team is the only CONCACAF team to win an official FIFA tournament by winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico and the USA have won all but one of the editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In recent years, Costa Rica and Panama have become powers in the region. In 2014, Costa Rica became the 4th CONCACAF country after the United States, Cuba, and Mexico to make the World Cup quarterfinals.
Panama became the eleventh country from the confederation to participate in the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The United States has been very successful in the women’s game, being the only CONCACAF member to win all three major worldwide competitions in women’s football — the World Cup (4 times), the Olympics (4 times), and the Algarve Cup (10 times). Canada is the only other member to win at least one of the major competitions, winning the Algarve Cup in 2016.
The CONCACAF federation is divided into three regional federations that have responsibility for part of the region’s geographical area:
- Caribbean Football Union (CFU) – represents all 27 nations in the Caribbean, plus Bermuda and three nations in South America.
- North American Football Union (NAFU) – represents the two countries in Northern America and Mexico.
- Union Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF) – represents the seven countries in Central America.
6 other members of the CONCACAF are Bonaire, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. These teams are not recognised by FIFA.
The Anguilla national football team is the national team of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, and is controlled by the Anguilla Football Association.
It is affiliated to the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF. Along with the teams from the Bahamas, Tonga, Bhutan, Gibraltar, Eritrea, San Marino, and Somalia, they are consistently one of the lowest ranked teams in the world in the FIFA rankings.
Ryan Liddie is the most-capped player while Girdon Connor, Terrence Rogers and Richard O’Connor are joint top scorers.
Antigua and Barbuda
The Antigua and Barbuda national football team is the national team of Antigua and Barbuda and is controlled by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and the Caribbean Football Union.
Nicknamed The Benna Boys, Peter Byers is the most capped player and Derrick Edwards is the all-time leading goalscorer for Antigua.
The Aruba national football team is the national team of Aruba, it was founded in 1932 and is affiliated with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), CONCACAF and FIFA (since 1988) and is controlled by the Arubaanse Voetbal Bond.
Theric Ruiz is the most capped footballer and Ronald Gómez is the all-time leading goalscorer. They play their home games at the Trinidad Stadium.
The Bahamas national football team is controlled by the Bahamas Football Association. It was founded in 1967 and joined FIFA in 1968.
Bahamas has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup. In 2011, they withdrew from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after playing in the first round.
Lesly St. Fleur is Bahamas’ most capped player and all-time leading goal scorer. The team plays its home games at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau.
The Barbados national football team, nicknamed Bajan Tridents, is the national association football team of Barbados and is controlled by the Barbados Football Association.
The team has never qualified for a major international tournament. It came close to qualifying for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it hosted the Caribbean Cup finals that acted as Gold Cup qualifiers, but finished fourth of the four teams.
In 2001, Barbados surprised many by making the semifinal round of the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. In the first game of this round, they pulled off a shock 2–1 win over Costa Rica but lost their five remaining games. In 2004, Barbados gained a shock 1–1 draw at home to Northern Ireland.
Norman Forde is the most capped player and Llewellyn Riley is the all-time leading goal scorer. The football team plays its home games at the Barbados National Stadium in St. Michael.
The Belize national football team represents Belize in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize, a member of the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.
Although Belize has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, it has once qualified for a CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in 2013, in which they were eliminated in the group stage.
Belize has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship in which their best result was fourth place in 2013.
Elroy Smith has the most appearances for the team and Deon McCaulay is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Jaguars.
The Bermuda national football team represents Bermuda in international football and is controlled by the Bermuda Football Association, which is a member of the CONCACAF.
The Gombey Warriors play their football at the Bermuda National Stadium in Devonshire Parish.
Damon Ming has the most appearances for the national team and Shaun Goater is the all-time leading goalscorer.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands national football team is the national team of the British Virgin Islands and is controlled by the British Virgin Islands Football Association.
The Football Association is a member of CONCACAF and FIFA. Nicknamed The Nature Boyz, British Virgin Islands plays its home games at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in Road Town.
Troy Caesar is the most-capped player and Avondale Williams is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Canada men’s national soccer team represents Canada in men’s international soccer competitions at the senior men’s level officially since 1924. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Canada is the only national team to win a Gold Cup aside from regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States. Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history. Canada will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Mexico and the United States.
Julian de Guzman is the nation’s most capped player and Dwayne De Rosario is the all-time leading goalscorer.
Alphonso Davies is Canada’s greatest ever player, however. BMO Field hosts Canada’s international games in Toronto.
The Cayman Islands national football team is the national team of the Cayman Islands, and is controlled by the Cayman Islands Football Association. It is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF.
Cayman Islands’ home ground is Truman Bodden Stadium in George Town. Prior to Pugh’s appointment, the Cayman Island’s national team had failed to win a single game in over 9 years, sinking to 206 in the FIFA World Rankings.
They have recently advanced in the rankings, winning 4 out of 6 Nations’ League Qualifiers (including a win against Barbados).
Ian Lindo is the most capped player and Lee Ramoon is the all-time leading goalscorer.
The Costa Rica national football team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica.
It has been a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) since 1927, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.
Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in history from the region of Central America. Winning three CONCACAF Championships (1963, 1969, 1989) and leading the Copa Centroamericana tournament with four championships up until 2017, when it was absorbed into the CONCACAF Nations League.
Costa Rica is the only national team in Central America to have played in five FIFA World Cup editions. Costa Rica’s national football team has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in Central America with 1597.1, and the all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in Central America, with 1806 in 2014.
Since the late 1980s, the team has continuously been visible as a solidly competitive side, with a prominent performance in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, making it to the knockout stage in their debut after finishing second in their group during the first phase, below Brazil. They also qualified for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
In 2014, Costa Rica achieved their best performance in history by finishing first in their group that consisted of three former World Cup champions – Uruguay, Italy, and England. During the round of 16, they defeated Greece 5–3 via a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw.
Moreover, during their match against the Greek team, Keylor Navas saved more than 15 shots. They reached the quarter-finals for the first time but were defeated by the Netherlands, also in a penalty shootout (3–4) after a scoreless draw. Their 2018 World Cup campaign ended in a fourth-place group stage exit, with their only point coming from a 2–2 draw against Switzerland.
Walter Centeno is the country’s most-capped player and Rolando Fonseca is the all-time leading goal scorer. Estadio Nacional is where the national team plays its home games in San Jose.
The Cuba national football team is controlled by the Football Association of Cuba, The team’s nickname is Leones del Caribe (Lions of Caribbean), The team represents all three governing bodies – FIFA, Caribbean Football Union and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
They were the first Caribbean team to get to the World Cup quarterfinals when they did so in 1938. There, they defeated Romania in a replay 2–1 after drawing against them 3–3. They were then eliminated in the quarter-finals by Sweden, 8–0. Cuba has not returned to the World Cup since.
Cuba finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1996, 1999 and 2005 and won the 2012 Caribbean Cup. They also finished second in the North American Nations Cup in 1947 in which they hosted the tournament.
The Lions of the Caribbean play their home games at the Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana. Yénier Márquez is the nation’s most capped player and Lester Moré is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Curaçao national football team represents Curaçao in international football and is controlled by the Curaçao Football Federation (Federashon Futbòl Kòrsou / FFK).
Following a constitutional change that allowed its predecessor, the Colony of Curaçao and Dependencies to become a unified constituent country consisting of several island territories as the Netherlands Antilles and its dissolution in 2010, Curaçao has played under a new constitutional status as a separate constituent country since 2011.
Both FIFA and CONCACAF recognize the Curaçao national team to be the direct and sole successor of the dependant Curaçao (1921–1958) and the Netherlands Antilles national football teams.
Cuco Martina is the most-capped player and Leandro Bacuna is the all-time leading goal scorer. Stadion Ergilio Hato is where Curacao plays its home game in Willemstad.
The Dominica national football team is the national team of Dominica and is controlled by the Dominica Football Association.
They are a member of CONCACAF. Dominica has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
Glenson Prince is the most-capped player while Julian Wade is the all-time leading goal scorer.
Windsor Park in Roseau is the home stadium for the national side.
The Dominican Republic national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de República Dominicana) represents the Dominican Republic in men’s international football and is governed by the Dominican Football Federation.
The team are a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF, the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals.
Miguel Lloyd is the most capped player and Jonathan Faña is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The El Salvador national football team is governed by the Salvadoran Football Federation (FESFUT).
In 1899, two teams from Santa Ana and San Salvador met for the first known football game in El Salvador. The national team’s first match was played in September 1921, when they were invited to participate in a tournament to celebrate 100 years of Central American Independence.
El Salvador has made two FIFA World Cup appearances – first in 1970 and again in 1982, but have never progressed beyond the first stage of a finals tournament. They were the 1943 CCCF champions and finished in second place in the 1941 and 1961 championships.
They have competed in the CONCACAF regional tournaments fourteen times, finishing as runners-up in 1963 and 1981. La Selecta also competes in the biennial UNCAF Nations Cup, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and have won two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The Estadio Cuscatlán, also known as “El Coloso de Montserrat” and “La Catedral del Espectáculo”, is the official home stadium of the El Salvador national football team.
Raúl Díaz Arce is the all-time top-scorer for the national team, while Alfredo Pacheco has the most caps.
The Grenada national football team represents Grenada in international football and is controlled by the Grenada Football Association, a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF.
The team is nicknamed The Spice Boys, a reference to the country being dubbed as the “Island of Spice” or the “Spice Isle”.
Grenada has never qualified for the World Cup but has finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1989 and 2008.
Their second-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Cup gave Grenada its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Kirani James Stadium in Saint George’s is Grenada’s home stadium. Cassim Langaigne is Grenada’s most capped player and Ricky Charles is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Guatemala national football team represents Guatemala in men’s international football and is controlled by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Founded in 1919, it has been affiliated to FIFA since 1946, and it is a member of CONCACAF.
The team has made three Olympic tournament appearances, competing at the 1968, 1976, and 1988 Olympic Games. Guatemala has never qualified for the finals tournament of the World Cup, although the side has reached the final round of qualification on four occasions.
Guatemala won the 1967 CONCACAF Championship and the 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup. The team’s best performance in a CONCACAF Gold Cup was in 1996 when they finished fourth. Guatemala has also earned a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela.
Carlos Ruiz is the nation’s greatest player having the most caps and goals. Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores is Guatemala City is the home stadium for the football team.
The Guyana national football team, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, represents Guyana in international football and is controlled by the Guyana Football Federation.
It is one of three South American nations to be a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF alongside Suriname and French Guiana.
Until the independence of Guyana in 1966, it competed as British Guiana. They qualified for the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1991, coming fourth, and in 2007.
Guyana has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but on 23rd March 2019, they qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time.
The football team plays its home games in the Providence Stadium. Walter Moore is the most capped player and Gregory Richardson is the all-time leading goalscorer.
The Haiti national football team is administered by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football (FHF), the governing body for football in Haiti. They have been a member of FIFA since 1934, a member of CONCACAF since 1961 and a member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) since 1978.
Haiti’s home ground is Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince. The nation has one of the longest football traditions in the region and were the second Caribbean team to make the World Cup, after qualifying from winning the 1973 CONCACAF Championship.
It was their only appearance in 1974, where they were beaten in the opening group stage by the other three teams, who were all pre-tournament favourites – Italy, Poland, and Argentina.
In 2016, Haiti qualified for the 100th anniversary of the Copa América, by defeating Trinidad and Tobago.
Pierre Richard Bruny is the most capped player and Emmanuel Sanon is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Honduras national football team represents Honduras in men’s international football. The team is governed by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). They are nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H.
Honduras has qualified for the World Cup three times, in 1982, 2010 and 2014, and never advanced beyond the group stage.
Outside of the FIFA World Cup tournament, Honduras has competed in several other international competitions, like the CONCACAF Championship which they won in 1981, and the Copa América which their best result was third place in 2001.
Apart from that Honduras has also won the Central American Cup championship four times, having won the final edition in 2017.
The Jamaica national football team, nicknamed the “Reggae Boyz”, represents Jamaica in international football. The team’s first match was against Haiti in 1925.
The squad is under the supervising body of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is a member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and the global jurisdiction of FIFA. Jamaica’s home matches have been played at Independence Park in Kingston since its opening in 1962.
The national team has participated in three major football competitions. Their sole appearance in the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, where the team finished third in its group and failed to advance.
The team also competed in the Caribbean Cup, winning it six times. Jamaica also competes in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, appearing thirteen times and finishing twice as runners-up to Mexico in 2015 and the United States in 2017.
They were also invited to the Copa América in 2015 and 2016, being eliminated in the group stage on both occasions.
Ian Goodison has the most caps for Jamaica and Luton Shelton has the most goals.
The Mexico national football team is governed by the Mexican Football Federation. It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups.
Mexico played France in the first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico’s best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.
Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won eleven confederation titles, including eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, one CONCACAF Cup and two gold medals of the Central American and Caribbean Games.
It is one of eight nations to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Medal.
Mexico is also the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team was regularly invited to compete in the Copa América from 1993 to 2016, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.
Claudio Suárez is the most capped Mexican player while Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Montserrat national football team represents the small Caribbean island of Montserrat in the CONCACAF football region.
Football is the second most popular sport in Montserrat, after Cricket. The team play at the Blakes Estate Stadium, near the village of Look Out.
The Montserrat football team was formed in 1973, and has entered the World Cup qualifiers since the 2002 edition, being eliminated in the first round on each occasion.
Due to the heavy volcanic activity on the island since 1995, the team has only played a handful of matches, and most of those have been away from home.
Their only victories were against neighbouring Anguilla in the qualifying tournament of the 1995 Caribbean Cup, winning 3–2 at home and 1–0 away. Apart from one other draw against Anguilla, all their other matches before 2018 have been lost. Since then, however, Montserrat has proven more competitive.
On June 30, 2002, the day of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final, Montserrat, then the lowest-ranked team in the world, played against the second-lowest ranked team, Bhutan, in a friendly match known as “The Other Final”, but lost 4–0.
Dean Mason is the most capped player while Jaylee Hodgson, Lyle Taylor and Bradley Woods-Garness share the record for most goals for Montserrat.
The Emerald Boys play their home games at Blakes Estate Stadium.
The Nicaragua national football team is controlled by the Nicaraguan Football Federation.
Nicaragua achieved its first qualification to a major international competition in 2009, as they qualified for the 2009 Gold Cup as the last entrant from Central America, after a 2–0 win over Guatemala in the fifth-place match in the 2009 Nations Cup.
However, the team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
Due to American influence throughout the country’s history, baseball has more of a following as both a pursuit and spectator event in Nicaragua than football.
La Azul y Blanco plays their home games at Nicaragua National Football Stadium in Managua. Josué Quijano is the most capped player and Juan Barrera is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Panama national football team is governed by Panamanian Football Federation. The team represents all three FIFA, CONCACAF and the regional UNCAF.
Panama qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time for the 2018 tournament in Russia and scored their first goal of the World Cup against England, although they lost the match 6–1.
Having finished dead last, it was Panama’s worst performance in its debut appearance.
Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup, losing to the United States on both occasions. Panama has also competed in the sub-regional Copa Centroamericana which they won in 2009, beating Costa Rica in the final (0–0 on full-time, 5–3 on penalties). They finished in third place on three occasions (1993, 2011, 2014), and finished as runners-up behind Honduras in the 2017 edition, which they hosted.
The national team is nicknamed “Los Canaleros” (“The Canal Men”), in reference to the Panama Canal. The Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City is the home stadium.
Gabriel Gómez has the most appearances for Panama while Luis Tejada has the most goals.
The Puerto Rico national football team is governed by the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF).
The team’s nickname is El Huracán Azul meaning The Blue Hurricane. They are members of the Caribbean Football Union, and part of CONCACAF.
The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup or the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Estadio Centroamericano in Mayaguez is the football team’s home stadium.
Héctor Ramos is the nation’s greatest ever footballer having the most goals as well as appearances.
St. Kitts and Nevis
The Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team is the national team of Saint Kitts and Nevis and is controlled by St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association.
They are affiliated with the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF.
They are nicknamed The Sugar Boyz due to the sugar cultivation on the island of St. Kitts.
Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts is where the football team plays its home games.
Thrizen Leader has the most caps for the Sugar Boyz while Keith Gumbs is the all-time leading goal scorer.
The Saint Lucia national football team is the national association football team of Saint Lucia and it represents that country in international football matches.
It is controlled by the Saint Lucia Football Association and it is part of CONCACAF.
They play their home games at the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort.
Kurt Frederick is the most capped player while Earl Jean has the most goals.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national football team is the national team of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is controlled by the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation.
The team finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1995, and participated at the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Its first FIFA World Cup qualification attempt was for the 1994 edition, and it has entered every World Cup qualification since.
Arnos Vale Stadium is the team’s home stadium and it is situated close to Kingstown, St. Vincent.
Shandel Samuel and Kendall Velox are the most capped players while the former is also the football team’s top scorer.
The Suriname national football team represents Suriname in international football.
It is controlled by the Surinamese Football Association, which is a part of the CONCACAF.
The team plays its home games at the André Kamperveen Stadion in Paramaribo. Marlon Felter is their most capped player while Stefano Rijssel is the all-time leading goal scorer.
Trinidad and Tobago
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, which is a member of CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), and the global jurisdiction of FIFA.
The national team competes in the World Cup, Gold Cup, and the Nations League, as well as 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 16 occasions with their best performance in 2000, after reaching the semi-finals, finishing third.
However, the national team did experience great success at the defunct 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 Association.
The football team plays its home games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Angus Eve is the most capped player and Stern John is the all-time leading scorer.
Turks and Caicos Islands
The Turks and Caicos Islands national football team is the national team of the Turks and Caicos Islands and is controlled by the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association.
The team plays its home games at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales.
Lenford Singh is the most capped player while Billy Forbes is the all-time leading goal scorer.
US Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands national soccer team, nicknamed The Dashing Eagle, is the national football team of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is controlled by the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation.
Though FIFA did not officially recognize the USVI team as affiliated until 1992, the Virgin Islands federation was founded in the 1970s by Trinidad native Robert T. Wills who helped build the base of the USVI Soccer Federation as it is known today.
The team played its first official international match on March 21, 1998, in a victory against the British Virgin Islands. In May 2011, the USVI soccer federation chief, Frederick Hillaren, began ambitious changes in the team and appointed Keith Griffith, former coach and captain of the Barbados national team and former coach of Trinidad and Tobago powerhouse club team Joe Public F.C., as technical director.
Within two months of Griffith’s appointment, the team shot up 51 places in the FIFA World Rankings. Football is the third most popular sport on the islands.
Dusty Good is the most capped player for US Virgin Islands while there are multiple players who have scored 2 goals for the team.
The team plays its home games at Bethlehem Soccer Stadium in Bethlehem, St. Croix.
The United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States of America (U.S./USA) in men’s international soccer competitions. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF.
The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals. The U.S. participated in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning 1–0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990.
The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil in the round of sixteen. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994 (for a total of seven straight appearances, a feat shared with only seven other nations), becoming one of the tournament’s regular competitors and often advancing to the knockout stage.
The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament. United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.
The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América.
The U.S. won six Gold Cups and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition.
Cobi Jones is the most capped player for the Americans while Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are the joint top goalscorers of all time for the USA.