|Nickname(s)||The Soca Warriors|
|Association||Trinidad and Tobago Football Association|
|Head coach||Dennis Lawrence|
|Most caps||Angus Eve (117)|
|Top scorer||Stern John (70)|
|Home stadium||Hasely Crawford Stadium|
|Current||104 2 (28 November 2019)|
|Highest||25 (June 2001)|
|Lowest||106 (October 2010)|
|Current||119 21 (25 November 2019)|
|Lowest||119 (November 2019)|
(British Guiana; 21 July 1905)
| Trinidad and Tobago 15-0 Anguilla |
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 10 November 2019)
| Mexico 7-0 Trinidad and Tobago |
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 October 2000)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1967)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1973)|
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 93rd in the world according to the FIFA Rankings, and 89 in the World Football Elo Ratings. They reached the first round of the 2006 World Cup and held the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a World Cup, until the 2018 World Cup, when Iceland broke the (population) record.
The national team competes in the World Cup and the Gold Cup, in addition to the Caribbean Cup and other competitions by invitation. The Soca Warriors lone appearance at the 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 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 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 play-off 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 smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, a record they held until Iceland 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.
In recent years, the TTFA have hosted matches at the smaller 10,000 seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, citing a problem with the lighting system at Hasely Crawford Stadium, lower expenses for matches at Ato Boldon, and fans being seated closer to the pitch. Trinidad and Tobago hosted two games during "The Hex" in late 2017. They lost to Honduras 1-2 on September 1, 2017. On October 10, 2017, Trinidad and Tobago defeated the United States 2-1, causing the United States to fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Ato Boldon Stadium has since hosted friendlies against Grenada, Guyana, and Panama.
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 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League A match against Honduras on 17 November 2019.
Goals and caps are updated as of 17 November 2019, after the match against Honduras.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Marvin Phillip||1 August 1984||79||0||NEROCA|
|21||GK||Glenroy Samuel||5 April 1990||1||0||Terminix La Horquetta Rangers|
|2||DF||Aubrey David||11 October 1990||52||1||Saprissa|
|4||DF||Sheldon Bateau||29 January 1991||42||3||Mechelen|
|5||DF||Daneil Cyrus||15 December 1990||90||0||Mohun Bagan|
|12||DF||Carlyle Mitchell||8 August 1987||40||3||San Juan Jabloteh|
|3||MF||Ross Russell||9 September 1992||5||0||Terminix La Horquetta Rangers|
|7||MF||Nathan Lewis||20 July 1990||28||4||Lansing Ignite|
|8||MF||Kevon Goddard||20 January 1996||3||0||W Connection|
|9||MF||Ataullah Guerra||14 November 1987||47||8||Charleston Battery|
|10||MF||Marcus Joseph||29 April 1991||17||6||Gokulam Kerala|
|13||MF||Jomoul Francois||4 September 1995||3||0||San Juan Jabloteh|
|18||MF||Aikim Andrews||20 June 1996||7||1||Terminix La Horquetta Rangers|
|19||MF||Matthew Ling||15 September 1996||2||0||St. Andrews|
|23||MF||Aaron Lester||29 January 1993||5||1||Defence Force|
|11||FW||Ryan Telfer||4 March 1994||6||3||Toronto FC|
|17||FW||Jerrel Britto||4 July 1992||1||0||Honduras Progreso|
|20||FW||Jomal Williams||28 April 1994||20||3||Isidro Metapán|
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||Nicklas Frenderup||14 December 1992||2||0||Køge||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|GK||Adrian Foncette||10 October 1988||15||0||Police||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
|GK||Greg Ranjitsingh||18 July 1993||0||0||Minnesota United||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|GK||Jan-Michael Williams||26 October 1984||81||0||HFX Wanderers||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
|DF||Mekeil Williams||24 July 1990||29||1||OKC Energy||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Alvin Jones||9 July 1994||25||1||Real Salt Lake||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Keston Julien||26 October 1998||3||0||Tren?ín||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Curtis Gonzales||26 January 1989||34||0||Defence Force||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|DF||Isaiah Garcia||22 April 1998||2||0||W Connection||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|DF||Josiah Trimmingham||14 December 1996||1||0||Club Sando||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|DF||Jameel Neptune||19 July 1993||2||0||Central||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|DF||Justin Garcia||26 October 1995||1||0||Unattached||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|DF||Malik Mieres||7 January 2000||0||0||Morvant Caledonia United||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|DF||Leland Archer||8 January 1996||0||0||Charleston Battery||v. Canada, 10 June 2019|
|DF||Tristan Hodge||9 October 1993||14||0||Memphis 901||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
|DF||Kareem Moses||11 February 1990||7||0||Edmonton||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
|MF||Khaleem Hyland||5 June 1989||87||4||Al-Faisaly||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Duane Muckette||1 July 1995||5||0||Memphis 901||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Dre Fortune||3 July 1996||2||0||North Carolina||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Leston Paul||11 March 1990||30||0||Memphis 901||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
|MF||Kevan George||30 January 1990||50||0||Charlotte Independence||v. Venezuela, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Levi Garcia||20 November 1997||26||2||Beitar Jerusalem||v. Venezuela, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Neveal Hackshaw||21 September 1995||13||0||Indy Eleven||v. Venezuela, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Joevin Jones||3 August 1991||74||8||Seattle Sounders||v. Honduras, 10 October 2019|
|MF||Kevin Molino||17 June 1990||50||21||Minnesota United||v. Honduras, 10 October 2019|
|MF||Judah García||24 October 2000||3||0||Point Fortin||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|MF||Dwane James||4 December 1988||3||0||Cunupia||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|MF||Nicholas Thomas||21 March 1997||1||0||Club Sando||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|MF||Nathaniel Garcia||24 April 1993||5||0||Gokulam Kerala||v. Martinique, 9 September 2019|
|MF||Akeem Humphrey||25 November 1995||4||0||Club Sando||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|MF||Kathon St. Hillaire||5 November 1997||4||0||Sere?||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|MF||Jelani Felix||22 November 1993||1||0||North East Stars||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|MF||John Paul Rochford||5 January 2000||1||0||Portland Timbers 2||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|MF||Jabari Mitchell||1 May 1997||0||0||Club Sando||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|MF||Cordell Cato||15 July 1992||31||2||OKC Energy||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|MF||Dylon King||17 January 1994||0||0||Defence Force||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
|FW||Daniel Carr||30 November 1993||4||0||Apollon Limassol||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|FW||Rundell Winchester||16 December 1993||4||0||Gudja United||v. Ecuador, 14 November 2019|
|FW||Darius Lewis||11 October 1999||1||2||KI||v. Anguilla, 10 November 2019|
|FW||Akeem Garcia||11 September 1996||3||0||HFX Wanderers||v. Venezuela, 14 October 2019|
|FW||Jameel Perry||18 September 1987||2||0||Police||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|FW||Adriel Kerr||15 September 1997||1||0||Police||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|FW||Christian Thomas||5 October 1990||1||0||Police||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|FW||Nion Lammy||31 January 2000||0||0||Club Sando||v. Mexico, 2 October 2019|
|FW||Neil Benjamin||20 August 1994||3||0||Nam nh||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|FW||Reon Moore||22 September 1996||3||0||Defence Force||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|FW||Isaiah Lee||21 September 1999||2||0||Monroe Mustangs||v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 11 August 2019|
|FW||Lester Peltier||13 September 1988||41||6||Al-Orobah||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|FW||Shahdon Winchester||8 January 1992||27||6||W Connection||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|FW||Willis Plaza||3 August 1987||24||7||Churchill Brothers||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
|FW||Akeem Roach||9 December 1995||4||1||Mosta||2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE|
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.
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 / Vrane?|
|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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|