American Samoa national football team

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.[3]

American Samoa
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Boys from the Territory
AssociationFootball Federation American Samoa (FFAS)
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachLarry Mana'o
CaptainRamin Ott
Most capsNicky Salapu & Uasila'a Heleta (16)
Top scorerRamin Ott (3)
Home stadiumVeterans Memorial Stadium
FIFA codeASA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 190 Steady (April 4, 2019)[1]
Highest164 (October 2015)
Lowest205 (May 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 236 Steady (March 27, 2019)[2]
Highest188 (August 22, 1983)
Lowest238 (August 27, 2015)
First international
unofficial
 Western Samoa 3–1 American Samoa 
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 20, 1983)
FIFA recognized
 Tonga 3–0 American Samoa 
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; September 2, 1998)
Biggest win
 American Samoa 3–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Apia, Western Samoa; August 22, 1983)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 31–0 American Samoa 
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; April 11, 2001)
(international record)

Overview

Regarded as one of the world's weakest teams,[3] until November 2011 they were the joint lowest FIFA ranking of all countries registered for full internationals.[4][5] The team holds the world record for the largest defeat in an international match, set after their 31–0 loss to Australia.[6]

American Samoa achieved its first victory in a 3–0 win against Wallis and Futuna in the group stage of the 1983 South Pacific Games,[7] when neither team was a member of FIFA.

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.[3]

They followed this up with a 1–1 draw against Cook Islands, but failed to progress in their qualifying group, after losing to Samoa 1–0, the only goal being scored in the 89th minute.

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.[8][9] 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.

American Samoa all-time record against all nations

As of September 5, 2015 (UTC)
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Australia 1 0 0 1 0 31 −31 0%
 Cook Islands 4 1 1 2 6 8 −2 25%
 Fiji 2 0 0 2 0 24 −24 0%
 Guam 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 New Caledonia 3 0 0 3 0 28 −28 0%
 Papua New Guinea 3 0 0 3 0 37 −37 0%
 Samoa 10 0 0 10 5 44 −39 0%
 Solomon Islands 2 0 0 2 1 16 −15 0%
 Tahiti 3 0 0 3 1 32 −31 0%
 Tonga 9 2 0 7 10 26 −16 22.2%
 Tuvalu 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Vanuatu 4 0 0 4 1 39 −38 0%
 Wallis and Futuna 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 50%
Total 42 4 1 39 28 326 −298 4.76%

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 5th 4 0 0 4 0 57
Germany 2006 5th 4 0 0 4 1 34
South Africa 2010 5th 4 0 0 4 1 38
Brazil 2014 3rd 3 1 1 1 3 3
Russia 2018 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/22 18 3 1 14 11 136

World Cup qualification record

FIFA World Cup qualification history
Year Round H/A/N Score Result
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

OFC Nations Cup record

Pacific Games record

South Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963 to 1979 Did not enter
Samoa 1983 Group stage / 3 1 0 2 6 6
New Caledonia 1987 Group stage 6th 4 0 0 4 1 42
1991 to 2003 Did not enter
Samoa 2007 Group stage / 4 0 0 4 1 38
New Caledonia 2011 Group stage / 5 0 0 5 0 26
Papua New Guinea 2015 Did not enter
Samoa 2019 To be determined
Total 16 1 0 15 8 112

1983

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.

1987

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.

2007

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.

2011

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.

Results and fixtures

2015

Current squad

Players selected to compete in the First round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.
Caps and goals updated as of September 4, 2015.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Pita Falevalu September 18, 1985 (age 33) 4 0 United States Seattle Ba
23 GK Nicky Salapu September 13, 1980 (age 38) 16 0 American Samoa PanSa East FC

2 DF Ne'emia Kaleopa May 9, 1996 (age 22) 4 0 American Samoa Utulei Youth
4 DF Casper Kuresa January 7, 1991 (age 28) 5 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
12 DF Paul Collins May 31, 1997 (age 21) 1 0 American Samoa Lion Heart
13 DF Rawlston Masaniai May 13, 1983 (age 35) 6 0 United States PSA Elite
17 DF Uasila'a Heleta February 27, 1987 (age 32) 16 0 American Samoa Pago Youth
19 DF Ryan Samuelu February 19, 1991 (age 28) 4 0 American Samoa Pago Youth FC

3 MF Jordan Grantz December 5, 1992 (age 26) 4 0 United States North Carolina Wesleyan College
5 MF Jason Si'i December 27, 1983 (age 35) 3 0 United States Puebla Soccer Team
6 MF Kaleopa Siligi March 26, 1996 (age 23) 2 0 American Samoa Utulei Youth
7 MF Dylan Hardie-Jordan October 2, 1992 (age 26) 4 0 United States Hawaii Pacific University
9 MF Ramin Ott (c) June 22, 1986 (age 32) 15 3 Unattached
10 MF Panweichi Kaleopa June 15, 1994 (age 24) 3 0 American Samoa Leone Lions
14 MF Justin Manao March 25, 1993 (age 26) 7 2 United States Pacific Lutheran University
15 MF Tor-Lawrence Manao May 27, 1999 (age 19) 3 0 United States Crossfire Premier
21 MF Sam Kome May 6, 1996 (age 22) 2 0 American Samoa Lion Heart

8 FW Ryan Aloali'i Mitchell August 12, 1994 (age 24) 3 1 United States Middle Georgia State University
11 FW Demetrius Beauchamp November 11, 1991 (age 27) 4 2 United States Mezcala SC
20 FW Raphael Rocha December 19, 1996 (age 22) 1 0 American Samoa Pago Youth

Managers

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "American Samoa wins first ever football match after 30 straight defeats in 17 years". The Daily Telegraph. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  5. ^ American Samoa's victory on November 23 came too late for this ranking period, and will be incorporated into the December rankings
  6. ^ Rookwood, Dan (April 11, 2001). "Aussie Rules as Socceroos smash world record again". The Guardian. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Lee, Ben (November 24, 2011). "American Samoa football team celebrate first win in 18 years". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (February 3, 2014) Making Next Goal Wins screendaily.com
  9. ^ Kev Geoghegan (May 6, 2014). "Next Goal Wins for 'world's worst football team'". BBC News. Retrieved May 6, 2014.

External links

American Samoa national football team results

The following is a list of results for the American Samoa national association football team.

American Samoa national under-17 football team

The American Samoa national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of American Samoa and is controlled by Football Federation American Samoa.

American Samoa national under-20 football team

The American Samoa national under-20 football team is the national U-20 team of American Samoa and is controlled by Football Federation American Samoa.

American Samoa national under-23 football team

The American Samoa national under-23 football team, also known as American Samoa U23, represents American Samoa at U23 tournaments. The team is considered to be the feeder team for the American Samoa national football team. They are controlled by the FFAS

American Samoa women's national football team

The American Samoa women's national football team represents American Samoa in international women's association football. The team is controlled by the Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS) and managed by Beulah Oney, a former player. The Veterans Memorial Stadium is their home ground and their only goalscorer is Jasmine Makiasi, with only one goal.

American Samoa never qualified for a FIFA Women's World Cup, but entered the OFC Women's Nations Cup once, in the 1998 edition. The country also participated twice in the Pacific Games women's football tournament. Due to its poor results, American Samoa can be considerated the worst team in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

American Samoa women's national under-17 football team

The American Samoa women's national under-17 football team is the second highest women's youth team of women's football in American Samoa and is controlled by the Football Federation American Samoa, the governing body of the sport in the territory.

Australia 31–0 American Samoa

On 11 April 2001, the Australian and American Samoa national association football teams played each other in a qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the International Sports Stadium in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Australia set a world record for the largest victory (winning margin) in an international football match, winning the game 31–0. Australia's Archie Thompson also broke the record for most goals scored by a player in an international match by scoring 13 goals. David Zdrilic, the scorer of eight goals in the match, achieved the second highest number of goals in an international match since World War I.

The outcome of the match led to debates about the format of qualification tournaments, with the Australian manager Frank Farina and Thompson feeling that preliminary rounds should be introduced to avoid such unbalanced matches, views shared by the international footballing body FIFA. It eventually led to the introduction of a preliminary round in the Oceanian zone qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The unbalanced level of opponents was also addressed by Australia's move to the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.

David Brand (footballer)

David Brand was an English football manager who was in charge of the Samoa national football team and American Samoa national football team.Born in Manchester, England, Brand played as a striker for Northern Nomads as a youth player followed by Leeds/Carnegie College before joining Stockport County scoring 2 goals on his debut at Spotland against Rochdale in a Lancashire League game.

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

Ian Stuart Crook, (born 18 January 1963) is a football coach and former professional player, who began his career with Tottenham Hotspur before making 418 appearances for Norwich City.

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

Kaleopa Siligi is an American Samoan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Utulei Youth and the American Samoa national football team.

Larry Mana'o

Larry Mana'o is an American football coach, currently managing American Samoa.

Ne'emia Kaleopa

Ne'emia Kaleopa (born 9 May 1996) is an American Samoan footballer who plays as a defender for Utulei Youth in the FFAS Senior League and the American Samoa national football team.

Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins is a 2014 British documentary film directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The film chronicles the national football team of American Samoa as they try to recover from the indignity of being known as one of the weakest football teams in the world, and to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Paul Collins (American Samoan footballer)

Paul Collins (born 31 May 1997) is an American Samoan footballer who plays as a defender for Utulei Youth in the FFAS Senior League and the American Samoa national football team.

Thomas Rongen

Thomas Rongen (born 31 October 1956) is a Dutch-American football coach who has spent the majority of his playing and coaching career in the United States. In December 2016, he was named Chief Scout of the United States Men's National Team. Rongen won the MLS Coach of the Year award in MLS's inaugural season in 1996, leading the Tampa Bay Mutiny to the best regular-season record.

Tor-Lawrence Mana'o

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 FriendlyFiji 6–0 American SamoaNadi, Fiji
Kerevanua Goal 8' (pen.)
Tiwa Goal 54'
Qasevakatini Goal 61'
Warainuvalu Goal 72'
Vakatalesau Goal 74'80'
Sivoki Red card
Beauchamp Red card Stadium: Prince Charles Park, Nadi
August 31, 2015 WCQSamoa 3–2 American SamoaNuku'alofa, Tonga
15:30 UTC+13 Fa'aiuaso Goal 4'
Hamilton-Pama Goal 18'
Mobberly Goal 26'
Report (FIFA) Beauchamp Goal 38'86' Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Attendance: 100
Referee: Nelson Sogo (Solomon Islands)
September 2, 2015 WCQTonga 1–2 American SamoaNuku'alofa, Tonga
15:30 UTC+13 S. Uhatahi Goal 47' Report (FIFA) Manao Goal 49'
Ott Goal 51'
Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Attendance: 200
Referee: Salesh Chand (Fiji)
September 4, 2015 WCQAmerican Samoa 2–0 Cook IslandsNuku'alofa, Tonga
15:00 UTC+13 Mitchell Goal 58'
Manao Goal 66'
Samuelu Yellow card 7' Yellow-red card 80'
Report (FIFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Loto-Tonga Soka Centre
Attendance: 250
Referee: Ravitesh Behari (Fiji)
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