The American Samoa national football team (Samoan: Au soka Amerika Sāmoa) represents American Samoa in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation American Samoa, the governing body of the sport in the territory. American Samoa's home ground is Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pago Pago and their head coach is Larry Mana'o.
|Nickname(s)||The Boys from the Territory|
|Association||Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS)|
|Head coach||Larry Mana'o|
|Most caps||Nicky Salapu & Uasila'a Heleta (16)|
|Top scorer||Ramin Ott (3)|
|Home stadium||Veterans Memorial Stadium|
|Current||190 (April 4, 2019)|
|Highest||164 (October 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (May 2006)|
|Current||236 (March 27, 2019)|
|Highest||188 (August 22, 1983)|
|Lowest||238 (August 27, 2015)|
Western Samoa 3–1 American Samoa
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 20, 1983)
Tonga 3–0 American Samoa
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; September 2, 1998)
| American Samoa 3–0 Wallis and Futuna |
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 22, 1983)
| Australia 31–0 American Samoa |
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; April 11, 2001)
Regarded as one of the world's weakest teams, until November 2011 they were the joint lowest FIFA ranking of all countries registered for full internationals. The team holds the world record for the largest defeat in an international match, set after their 31–0 loss to Australia.
On November 23, 2011, the team defeated Tonga 2–1 in the first round of OFC World Cup Qualification, with a long-range goal by Ramin Ott, and a chip over the keeper by Shalom Luani, helping them record their first official international victory after 30 consecutive defeats.
In December 2011 the team achieved its then greatest position in the FIFA World Rankings.
The team's efforts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was chronicled in 2014 British documentary, Next Goal Wins, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. They followed this campaign with their most successful qualifying attempt in their history during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in summer 2015, winning twice and narrowly missing out on progressing to the next stage on goal difference. This rise in fortunes can be attributed to the increased number of US college based players, who experience a more professional training regime compared to the amateur players that used to dominate previous squads. These victories would take them to a new high FIFA ranking of 164th in October 2015.
|Papua New Guinea||3||0||0||3||0||37||−37||0%|
|Wallis and Futuna||2||1||0||1||4||5||−1||50%|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2002||Did not qualify||5th||4||0||0||4||0||57|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup qualification history|
|2002||Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 13 Fiji||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 8 Samoa||Loss|
|Group 1||A||American Samoa 0 – 31 Australia||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 5 Tonga||Loss|
|2006||Group 1||A||American Samoa 0 – 4 Samoa||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 1 – 9 Vanuatu||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 11 Fiji||Loss|
|Group 1||N||American Samoa 0 – 10 Papua New Guinea||Loss|
|2010||Group B||N||American Samoa 1 – 12 Solomon Islands||Loss|
|Group B||A||American Samoa 0 – 7 Samoa||Loss|
|Group B||N||American Samoa 0 – 15 Vanuatu||Loss|
|Group B||N||American Samoa 0 – 4 Tonga||Loss|
|2014||First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 1 Tonga||Win|
|First round||N||American Samoa 1 – 1 Cook Islands||Draw|
|First round||A||American Samoa 0 – 1 Samoa||Loss|
|2018||First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 3 Samoa||Loss|
|First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 1 Tonga||Win|
|First round||N||American Samoa 2 – 0 Cook Islands||Win|
|South Pacific Games record|
|1963 to 1979||Did not enter|
|1991 to 2003||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not enter|
|2019||To be determined|
The football tournament at the 1983 South Pacific Games in Western Samoa was the first time American Samoa had entered, having missed the six tournaments from 1963 to 1979. American Samoa were drawn in Group A along with Samoa, Tonga, and the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Two points would be awarded for a win, one for a draw, with the top two in each group advancing to the quarter-finals. Their first two games ended in defeat, losing 3–1 to Samoa and 3–2 to Tonga. In their final game against the Wallis and Futuna Islands, however, they achieved their first victory, winning by three goals to nil. The two points gained from this win, though, were not enough to finish in the top two, so American Samoa went out at the group stage.
The 1987 football tournament saw American Samoa compete for the 2nd time in their history. In a format change from the previous tournament in 1983, the entered teams were placed in one large group, with the group winner taking the gold medal. In their opening match, American Samoa were on the receiving end of a 10–0 thrashing from the hosts, New Caledonia. Their next two matches also ended in defeat, albeit less severe: 7–0 against Vanuatu and 5–1 against the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Papua New Guinea, however, were less merciful, and scored twenty without reply in what turned out to be the American Samoans' last game of the tournament, their final match against Tahiti being cancelled. American Samoa would not enter again until 2007, missing the 1991, 1995, and 2003 tournaments.
American Samoa made their 3rd appearance at the South Pacific Games football tournament in 2007. The competition also doubled as the first stage of the OFC qualification tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the three medal winners progressing to the final qualifying group. American Samoa were drawn in Group B along with the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. In their opening match, they were defeated 12–1 by the Solomon Islands, with Ramin Ott scoring only their second goal in their FIFA World Cup qualification history. Following two more heavy defeats (7–0 against Samoa and 15–0 against Vanuatu), American Samoa went into their final game versus Tonga unable to qualify from their group. Their 4–0 defeat in this game, however, was their best result since 2006.
At the football tournament of the 2011 South Pacific Games, held in Nouméa, New Caledonia, American Samoa were drawn in Group A alongside the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Guam, Tuvalu, and the hosts New Caledonia. In their opening two games, they were defeated 4–0 first by Tuvalu and then by the Solomon Islands. Their best result came in game three, a 2–0 loss to Guam, before back-to-back 8–0 defeats to New Caledonia and Vanuatu ensured that once again American Samoa exited at the group stage. Their group stage stats: Played 5, Lost 5, Scored 0, Conceded 26.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Pita Falevalu||September 18, 1985||4||0||Seattle Ba|
|23||GK||Nicky Salapu||September 13, 1980||16||0||PanSa East FC|
|2||DF||Ne'emia Kaleopa||May 9, 1996||4||0||Utulei Youth|
|4||DF||Casper Kuresa||January 7, 1991||5||0||Pago Youth|
|12||DF||Paul Collins||May 31, 1997||1||0||Lion Heart|
|13||DF||Rawlston Masaniai||May 13, 1983||6||0||PSA Elite|
|17||DF||Uasila'a Heleta||February 27, 1987||16||0||Pago Youth|
|19||DF||Ryan Samuelu||February 19, 1991||4||0||Pago Youth FC|
|3||MF||Jordan Grantz||December 5, 1992||4||0||North Carolina Wesleyan College|
|5||MF||Jason Si'i||December 27, 1983||3||0||Puebla Soccer Team|
|6||MF||Kaleopa Siligi||March 26, 1996||2||0||Utulei Youth|
|7||MF||Dylan Hardie-Jordan||October 2, 1992||4||0||Hawaii Pacific University|
|9||MF||Ramin Ott (c)||June 22, 1986||15||3||Unattached|
|10||MF||Panweichi Kaleopa||June 15, 1994||3||0||Leone Lions|
|14||MF||Justin Manao||March 25, 1993||7||2||Pacific Lutheran University|
|15||MF||Tor-Lawrence Manao||May 27, 1999||3||0||Crossfire Premier|
|21||MF||Sam Kome||May 6, 1996||2||0||Lion Heart|
|8||FW||Ryan Aloali'i Mitchell||August 12, 1994||3||1||Middle Georgia State University|
|11||FW||Demetrius Beauchamp||November 11, 1991||4||2||Mezcala SC|
|20||FW||Raphael Rocha||December 19, 1996||1||0||Pago Youth|
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Spells with Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton Utd followed and Wigan Athletic. He moved to Australia in 1976 to play with Gosnells City and West Australia and went on to play for clubs in Hong Kong Urban Services in 1978/9 and New Zealand Napier City Rovers 1980, Southport and Irlam Town in England before returning to Australia in 1981 to join Cockburn Utd in Perth.
Coaching beckoned with positions at Cockburn, Morley Windmills, Kwinana Utd, Subiaco, Armadale and Southside Utd before moving into full-time management in 1996 with the Queensland Soccer Federation in Central Queensland and Gold Coast Soccer 1998 to 2002.
Appointed National Coach of Samoa in November 2002 until May 2005 supervising all National Teams male and female. An administration project with FIFA followed in American Samoa 2005/2008, including taking the Men's National Team in the Pacific Games and World Cup Qualifiers 2007. Samoa 2008 before linking up with the Oceania Football Confederation and Papua New Guinea Football Association in 2009 to 2015.
Appointed Deputy CEO FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 Local Organising Committee.Ian Crook
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A central midfield player, who won three caps as an England B international, Crook made a lasting impression at Norwich. Notably, he was elected to be a member of the club's Hall of Fame.
After his playing career Crook went into coaching, mostly in Australia. He was serving as manager of A-League club Sydney FC in 2012, before joining the Western Sydney Wanderers football club as Assistant Manager.Iofi Lalogafuafua
Iofi Lalogafuafua is an American Samoan professional football manager.Kaleopa Siligi
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Larry Mana'o is an American football coach, currently managing American Samoa.Ne'emia Kaleopa
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Tor-Lawrence Mana'o is an American Samoan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Crossfire Select and the world wide football academy and the American Samoa national football team.Tunoa Lui
Tunoa Lui is an American Samoan football coach who trained the national team of American Samoa for a period of one year. He left resigned from the position in 2001. Since 2017 he is the coach of the American Samoa national under-18 futsal team.Veterans Memorial Stadium (Pago Pago)
Veterans Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Pago Pago Park, in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The 10,000 capacity venue is one of the smallest stadiums in Oceania, and serves as American Samoa's national stadium. It is the home venue of the American Samoa national football team, hosting all of their home games. It is currently used mostly for matches in various football codes, such as soccer, rugby league, and the territory's most popular code, American football.
|August 27, 2015 Friendly||Fiji||6–0||American Samoa||Nadi, Fiji|
|Kerevanua 8' (pen.)
Vakatalesau 74', 80'
|Beauchamp||Stadium: Prince Charles Park, Nadi|
|August 31, 2015 WCQ||Samoa||3–2||American Samoa||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:30 UTC+13||Fa'aiuaso 4'
|Report (FIFA)||Beauchamp 38', 86'||Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre|
Referee: Nelson Sogo (Solomon Islands)
|September 2, 2015 WCQ||Tonga||1–2||American Samoa||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:30 UTC+13||S. Uhatahi 47'||Report (FIFA)||Manao 49'
|Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre|
Referee: Salesh Chand (Fiji)
|September 4, 2015 WCQ||American Samoa||2–0||Cook Islands||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|15:00 UTC+13||Mitchell 58'
Samuelu 7' 80'
|Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre|
Referee: Ravitesh Behari (Fiji)
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