|Nickname(s)||Les Cagous (The Kagus)|
|Association||Fédération Calédonienne de Football|
|Head coach||Dominique Wacalie|
|Most caps||Bertrand Kaï (43)|
|Top scorer||Bertrand Kaï (23)|
|Home stadium||Stade Numa-Daly Magenta|
|Current||160 (23 June 2022)|
|Highest||93 (August 2013)|
|Lowest||191 (April–May 2016)|
| New Caledonia 2–0 New Zealand |
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 19 September 1951)
| New Caledonia 18–0 Guam |
(Lae, Papua New Guinea; 3 September 1991)
New Caledonia 18–0 Micronesia
(Suva, Fiji; 1 July 2003)
| Australia 11–0 New Caledonia |
(Auckland, New Zealand; 8 July 2002)
|OFC Nations Cup|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1973 )|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2008 and 2012|
The New Caledonia national football team is the national team of New Caledonia and is controlled by the Fédération Calédonienne de Football. Although they were only admitted to FIFA in 2004, they have been participating in the OFC Nations Cup since its inception. They have been one of this relatively small region's strongest teams, finishing second in 2008 and 2012, and third in 1973 and 1980. They were the top ranked OFC nation at number 95 in September 2008,making them only the fourth country from the confederation to have reached the global top 100.
The New Caledonian Football Federation, although created in 1928,did not join FIFA or the OFC until 2004, becoming the 205th member of the former.
Previously the New Caledonian selection, due to the attachment of local institutions to the French Football Federation, could only line up during friendly matches or regional competitions, such as the Pacific Games, as well as the Oceania Football Cup, but only as a guest.
The Cagous distinguished themselves during these competitions, winning the Pacific Games on several occasions, and finishing in third place, during the first two editions of the Oceania Cup.
After failing to qualify for the 2004 OFC Nations Cup, the New Caledonian Football Federation hired Didier Chambaron as the team's new coach. During the 2007 South Pacific Games in Apia, the Cagous were placed in group A and won over their great rival Tahiti (1–0), this meeting was the first of the playoffs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They then won against Tuvalu and the Cook Islands (1–0) and (3–0). For their last group match, they draw against Fiji (1–1). The New Caledonians finished second in their group, and then beat the Solomon Islands (3–2), then in the final won the trophy against Fiji (1–0).
The Pacific Games football tournament serving as the first qualifying round for the World Cup in South Africa, the team found themselves qualified for the second round, where New Zealand blocked their way by taking first place. The Cagous however finish second in front of Fiji and Vanuatu.
In May 2011, the selection faced Reunion twice in Nouméa, matches counting for the preparation of the games of the islands of the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles of the Reunionese. The New Caledonians lost both matches. However, a few months later, during the 2011 Pacific Games, New Caledonia won in the final against the Solomon Islands, with the score of (2–0), after a victory against Tahiti (3–1).
In June 2012, on the occasion of the Oceania Nations Cup, the Cagous succeeded in beating New Zealand in the semi-finals, with a score of 2–0 (goals from Bertrand Kai and Georges Gope-Fenepej), but failed in the final against their Tahitian rivals (1–0). Nevertheless, the competition serving as a second qualifying round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, New Caledonia found itself, along with Tahiti and the semi-finalists New Zealand and the Solomon Islands qualified for the next round.
A historical sporting rivalry exists between the two French Pacific colonies, New Caledonia and Tahiti. They compete regularly in regional and, since 2006, international competitions. In 2012, Tahiti led the number of titles won (1 Oceania Nations Cup, 5 gold medals at the South Pacific Games, 2 at the South Pacific mini-games, against 6 gold at the South Pacific Games for New Caledonia. As of their last match in 2018, out of the 62 matches played since 1953, the New Caledonia has 28 wins against 25 for Tahiti and 9 draws.
Givova are the current kit provider for the national team since 2022. As of 2012, the national team's home kit is a grey jersey with red shorts and red socks. The away kit is a red jersey with red shorts and white socks.
For all past match results of the national team, see the team's 1951–99 and 2000–present results pages.
In March 2022, New Caledonia played their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.
|18 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||New Caledonia||1–2||Fiji||Doha, Qatar|
|20:00 UTC+3|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium |
Referee: Mohammed Al-Shammari (Qatar)
|21 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Papua New Guinea||1–0||New Caledonia||Doha, Qatar|
|17:00 UTC+3||Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium|
The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022.
Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2022 after the game against New Zealand.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Mickaël Ulile||16 July 1997||10||0||Magenta|
|GK||Jean-Gilles Hnamuko||2 March 1996||2||0||Alisontia Steinsel|
|GK||Rocky Nyikeine||26 May 1992||22||0||Hienghène Sport|
|DF||Emile Béaruné (captain)||7 February 1990||41||0||Hienghène Sport|
|DF||Jean-Brice Wadriako||15 February 1993||11||1||Tiga Sport|
|DF||Pierre Kauma||4 August 1995||6||0||Trio Kedeigne|
|DF||Jean-Luc Decoire||16 April 1996||2||0||Hienghène Sport|
|DF||William Rokaud||3 October 2001||1||0||AS Magenta|
|DF||Vincent Vakié||20 October 1992||1||0||AS Kunié|
|DF||Wesley Lautoa||25 August 1987||0||0||Unattached|
|DF||Rodrigue Waloné||4 April 1992||0||0||AS Wetr|
|MF||Joël Wakanumuné||30 September 1986||40||1||Tiga Sport|
|MF||Joseph Athale||11 July 1995||15||0||Hienghène Sport|
|MF||César Zeoula||29 August 1989||35||10||Cognac|
|MF||Cédric Sansot||13 April 1989||21||0||Hienghène Sport|
|MF||Richard Sele||31 August 1989||18||3||Tiga Sport|
|MF||Cédric Decoire||15 May 1994||9||3||CA Sant-Louis|
|MF||Joris Kenon||29 January 1998||3||0||Cognac|
|FW||Titouan Richard||4 December 2000||1||0||Tiga Sport|
|MF||Pierre Bako||9 August 2001||1||0||Tiga Sport|
|MF||Robert Neoere||18 April 1996||1||0||AS Kunié|
|MF||Louis Piaa||23 September 1994||1||0||AS Wetr|
|FW||Bertrand Kaï||6 June 1983||43||23||Hienghène Sport|
|FW||Georges Gope-Fenepej||23 October 1988||21||15||US Concarneau|
|FW||Jean-Philippe Saïko||29 August 1990||10||12||AS Lössi|
|FW||Morgan Mathelon||12 September 1991||3||0||Tiga Sport|
|FW||Jordan Wetria||7 July 1994||2||1||SC Ne Drehu|
|FW||Germain Haewegene||13 June 1996||2||0||AS Wetr|
|FW||Lues Waya||1 August 2001||1||0||Tiga Sport|
Most capped players
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 2002||Ineligible||Ineligible|
|2006||Did not qualify||6||2||1||1||16||2|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup qualification History|
|2006||Group 1||N||New Caledonia 0 – 0 Tahiti||Draw|
|Group 1||A||New Caledonia 0 – 2 Solomon Islands||Loss|
|Group 1||N||New Caledonia 8 – 0 Cook Islands||Win|
|Group 1||N||New Caledonia 8 – 0 Tonga||Win|
|2010||South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 1 – 0 Tahiti||Win|
|South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 1 – 0 Tuvalu||Win|
|South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 3 – 0 Cook Islands||Win|
|South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 1 – 1 Fiji||Draw|
|South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 3 – 2 Solomon Islands||Win|
|South Pacific Games||N||New Caledonia 1 – 0 Fiji||Win|
|OFC Nations Cup||A||New Caledonia 3 – 3 Fiji||Draw|
|OFC Nations Cup||H||New Caledonia 4 – 0 Fiji||Win|
|OFC Nations Cup||A||New Caledonia 1 – 1 Vanuatu||Draw|
|OFC Nations Cup||H||New Caledonia 3 – 0 Vanuatu||Win|
|OFC Nations Cup||H||New Caledonia 1 – 3 New Zealand||Loss|
|OFC Nations Cup||A||New Caledonia 0 – 3 New Zealand||Loss|
|2014||OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 5 – 2 Vanuatu||Win|
|OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 3 – 4 Tahiti||Loss|
|OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 9 – 0 Samoa||Win|
|Third Round||H||New Caledonia 0 – 2 New Zealand||Loss|
|Third Round||A||New Caledonia 4 – 0 Tahiti||Win|
|Third Round||A||New Caledonia 6 – 2 Solomon Islands||Win|
|Third Round||H||New Caledonia 5 – 0 Solomon Islands||Win|
|Third Round||A||New Caledonia 1 – 2 New Zealand||Loss|
|Third Round||H||New Caledonia 1 – 0 Tahiti||Win|
|2018||OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 1 – 1 Papua New Guinea||Draw|
|OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 7 – 0 Samoa||Win|
|OFC Nations Cup||N||New Caledonia 1 – 1 Tahiti||Draw|
|Third Round||A||New Caledonia 0 – 2 New Zealand||Loss|
|Third Round||H||New Caledonia 0 – 0 New Zealand||Draw|
|Third Round||A||New Caledonia 2 – 2 Fiji||Draw|
|Third Round||H||New Caledonia 2 – 1 New Zealand||Draw|
|2022||Group Stage||N||New Caledonia 1 – 2 Fiji||Loss|
|Group Stage||N||New Caledonia 0 – 1 Papua New Guinea||Loss|
|Group Stage||N||New Caledonia 1 – 7 New Zealand||Loss|
|OFC Nations Cup record||Qualification record|
|1973||New Zealand||Third place||5||3||0||2||10||6||No qualification|
|1980||New Caledonia||Third place||4||3||0||1||14||12||Qualified as host|
|1996||Multiple countries||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||9|
|2002||New Zealand||Group stage||3||0||0||3||1||14||4||3||0||1||25||4|
|2004||Australia||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||16||2|
|2012||Solomon Islands||Runners-up||5||3||0||2||19||7||Qualified automatically|
|2016||Papua New Guinea||Third place||4||1||2||1||9||3|
|Pacific Games record|
|1969||Papua New Guinea||Champions||5||4||1||0||20||3|
|1991||Papua New Guinea||Third place||5||3||0||2||13||8|
|2015||Papua New Guinea||See New Caledonia national under-23 football team|
Up to matches played on 20 July 2019.
|Papua New Guinea||17||12||2||3||49||15||+34||70.59|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||1||1||0||0||16||1||+15||100.00|
|Wallis and Futuna||3||3||0||0||19||1||+18||100.00|
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