Belize national football team

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.

Belize
Nickname(s)The Jaguars, The Unbelizeables
AssociationFootball Federation of Belize (FFB)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachVincenzo Alberto Annese
Most capsElroy Smith (57)
Top scorerDeon McCaulay (26)
Home stadiumFFB Field, Belmopan
FIFA codeBLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 (19 December 2019)[1]
Highest114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 175 4 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest166 (September 2018)
Lowest189 (January 2008)
First international
 British Honduras 1–0 Honduras 
(British Honduras; February 19, 1928)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize 
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultGroup stage, 2013

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.

History

Overview

Named British Honduras whilst under British colonial rule, the country's first international game came on February 19, 1928, beating Honduras 1–0. Following independence, Belize's first game came on December 8, 1983, in a 2–0 loss against Canada in Belize.[3] Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not begin to regularly play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA

On June 15, 2011, Belize kicked off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for June 19 was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[4]

Facilities

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Declined participation
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
2002 4 0 1 3 2 10
2006 2 0 0 2 0 8
2010 4 1 1 2 4 11
2014 8 4 1 3 17 13
2018 6 2 3 1 7 6
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total 0/21 26 7 6 13 32 54

Gold Cup record

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 to 1993 Did not exist
1996 to 2002 Did not qualify
2003 Did not enter
2005 to 2011 Did not qualify
2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
2015 Did not qualify
2017
2019
Total Group stage 1/14 3 0 0 3 1 11

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
1991Did not exist
1993Did not exist
1995Group Stage6th200215
1997Preliminary7th201112
1999Group Stage6th2002112
2001Group Stage6th201137
2003Did not enter
2005Group Stage7th300307
2007Group Stage7th300337
2009Group Stage7th301237
2011Group Stage7th301238
2013Fourth Place4th511324
2014Group Stage7th300316
2017Group Stage6th5014210
Total Fourth Place 10/13 30 1 6 23 19 69

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on November 29 in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[5] On December 1, Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Team staff

Name Nat Position
Vincenzo Alberto Annese Head coach
Jack Striders Technical director
Carlos Slusher Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Goalkeeping coach
Shaun Woodmac Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars Physiotherapist

Current squad

The following 19 players were called up for the Nations League qualifying match against Guyana in March 23, 2019.
Caps and goals updated as November 16, 2018, after the game against Puerto Rico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 33 0 Juticalpa
22 1GK Shane Orio (1980-08-07) August 7, 1980 31 0 Belmopan Bandits

8 2DF Elroy Smith (captain) (1981-11-30) November 30, 1981 56 5 Verdes FC
7 2DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 47 1 Belmopan Bandits
13 2DF Dalton Eiley (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 40 0 Belmopan Bandits
2DF Trevor Lennen (1983-06-05) June 5, 1983 36 1 Belmopan Bandits
18 2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 28 0 Verdes FC
23 2DF Mike Atkinson (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 5 0 Oxford City FC

3MF Elroy Kuylen (1983-06-06) June 6, 1983 32 5 Verdes FC
20 3MF Daniel Jimenez (1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 37 2 Belmopan Bandits
14 3MF Andrés Makin (1992-04-11) April 11, 1992 20 0 Police United
21 3MF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 10 0 Michigan Stars FC
3MF Nahjib Guerra (1994-08-18) August 18, 1994 6 0 Verdes FC
16 3MF Krisean Lopez (1998-11-02) November 2, 1998 5 3 Verdes FC
3MF San Méndez (1994-09-21) September 21, 1994 2 0 Verdes FC

9 4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 46 23 Georgia Revolution FC
4FW Harrison Róchez (1983-11-29) November 29, 1983 39 5 Police United
4FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 11 1 RGVFC Toros
4 4FW Randy Padilla (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 2 0 Chimal FC

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tevin Gamboa (1994-01-22) January 22, 1994 2 0 Belize Defence Force v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
GK Kerry González (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 0 0 v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018

DF Norman Anderson (1997-01-25) January 25, 1997 2 0 Belmopan Bandits v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
DF Collin Westby (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 2 0 Verdes FC v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
DF Victor Mejia (1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 5 0 Verdes FC v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018INJ
DF Jahron Myvette (1995-05-09) May 9, 1995 0 0 Verdes FC v.  Bahamas, September 7, 2018
DF Makonnan Clare (1994-08-29) August 29, 1994 2 0 v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018
DF Asrel Sutherland (1995-03-08) March 8, 1995 1 0 Police United v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018

MF Denmark Casey Jr. (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 18 1 Verdes FC v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
MF Trimayne Harris (1997-12-20) December 20, 1997 4 0 Belmopan Bandits v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
MF Angelo Appello 0 0 Sheffield United U-18 v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
MF Luis Torres (1993-03-02) March 2, 1993 5 0 Belmopan Bandits v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018INJ
MF Dorwin Logan (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 1 0 Pomona Warriors v.  Bahamas, September 7, 2018
MF Devon Makin (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 14 0 Police United v.  Barbados, August 5, 2018

FW Jarret Davis (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 15 1 Verdes FC v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
FW Alexander Peters (1991-10-16) October 16, 1991 2 0 Freedom Fighters FC v.  Puerto Rico, November 16, 2018
FW Jonard Castillo (1999-12-11) December 11, 1999 0 0 Wagiya v. Montserrat, October 14, 2018

Records

As of March 23, 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Belize.

Managers

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Manager Period in charge Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Winston Michael 1995–1996 4 0 0 4 000.0
Manuel Bilches 1999–2000 6 0 1 5 000.0
Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2001 5 3 1 1 060.0
Eduardo Santana 2003 0 0 0 0 !
Anthony Adderly 2004–2006 5 0 0 5 000.0
Antonio Carlos Vieira 2006–2007 3 0 0 3 000.0
Palmiro Salas 2008 2 1 0 1 050.0
Ian Mork[6] 2008 4 0 1 3 000.0
Renan Couoh 2008–2009 3 0 1 2 000.0
José de la Paz Herrera 2010–2012 7 2 2 3 028.6
Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2012–2013 5 1 1 3 020.0
Charlie Slusher 2013 1 0 1 0 000.0
Ian Mork[7] 2013–2014 4 0 1 3 000.0
Leroy Sherrier Lewis 2014–2015 3 0 0 3 000.0
Jorge Nunez 2015–2016 4 2 2 0 050.0
Richard Orlowski 2016–2018 5 0 1 4 000.0
Palmiro Salas 2018-2019 6 3 1 2 050.0
Vincenzo Alberto Annese 2019-2020 6 2 1 3 033.3

Schedule and recent results

Recent match results

References

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. December 19, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  3. "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  4. Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. As World Cup soccer coach, Mork's gotta Belize Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine – San Diego Union Tribune
  7. As World Cup soccer coach, Mork's gotta Belize Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine – San Diego Union Tribune
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