Samoa national football team

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Samoa
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Association Football Federation Samoa
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Matt Calcott
Most caps Desmond Fa'aiuaso (20)
Top scorerDesmond Fa'aiuaso (9)
Home stadium National Soccer Stadium
FIFA code SAM
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FIFA ranking
Current 191 Steady2.svg (6 October 2022) [1]
Highest146 (December 2007)
Lowest204 (November 2011)
First international
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 12–0 Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg
(Suva, Fiji; 31 August 1979)
Biggest win
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 0–8 Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg
(Coffs Harbour, Australia; 9 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
Flag of France.svg  Tahiti 13–0 Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg
(Honiara, Solomon Islands; 13 July 1981)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2012 )
Best resultGroup stage, 2012 and 2016

The Samoa national association football team (Samoan : Sāmoa soka au) represents Samoa in men's international football and it is controlled by the Football Federation Samoa, the governing body for football in Samoa. Samoa's home ground is Toleafoa J. S. Blatter Soccer Stadium in Apia. It was known as the Western Samoa national football team until 1997.

History

Beginnings (1979–1993)

Although they had not taken part in the first five editions of the South Pacific Games, their geographical proximity to Fiji, host of 1979 South Pacific Games, allowed them to participate for the first time. They lost both group stage matches to Wallis and Futuna 3–1 and Solomon Islands 12–0. Four years later, as hosts of the 1983 edition, they beat American Samoa 3–1, drew 3–3 with Tonga and fell again to Wallis and Futuna, but the results allowed them to advance to the next round. In the quarterfinals, Tahiti eliminated them by beating them 2–0.

Samoa entered qualification for the 1988 Summer Olympics however they were defeated by New Zealand over two legs, losing 7–0 at home before being defeated 12–0 in Auckland. In the playoffs for the next round Samoa lost to Taiwan 5–0 and were eliminated.

Regional Frustrations (1994–2010)

In 1994 they hosted the first edition of the Polynesia Cup, where they beat American Samoa, tied with Tonga and lost to Tahiti to finish in third position. In 1998 they were third again, coming within a point of the Cook Islands in second. Samoa returned to finish third again in the 2000 edition by beating Tonga and American Samoa, but losing to the Cook Islands and Tahiti.

After four tournaments absent, they returned in the 2007 South Pacific Games as hosts. They managed six points by beating Tonga and American Samoa again, but were eliminated after being losing to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

OFC Nations Cup (2011–present)

In 2011 it hosted the OFC Nations Cup qualifying tournament. There, they beat the Cook Islands 3–2, drew 1–1 with Tonga and defeated American Samoa 1–0 to qualify for the first time in their history. At the championship proper, they were beaten 10–1 by Tahiti, 5–0 by Vanuatu and 9–0 by New Caledonia.

In the 2016 qualifiers, they beat American Samoa 3–2 and lost 1–0 to the Cook Islands. In their final game, the Samoan team defeated Tonga 3–0 and qualified on goal difference, because of American Samoa's 2–0 win over the Cookian team. At the tournament, which took place in Papua New Guinea, the Samoan team lost 4–0 to Tahiti, 7–0 to New Caledonia and 8–0 to the local team. Therefore, they finished in last place in their group without a single point.

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier [2] Period
Flag of Germany.svg Puma ?
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg Lotto 2003
Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport 2005
Flag of Italy.svg Lotto 2007–13
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2015–16
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2017–

Results and fixtures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oceania, Samoa have not played any matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Matt Calcott
Assistant coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Alastair McLae
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Samoa.svg Joseph Kapisi
Team manager Flag of Samoa.svg Saolotoga Pula
Technical adviser Flag of New Zealand.svg Jess Ibrom
Gear manager Flag of Samoa.svg Bevan Kapisi
International Scout Flag of New Zealand.svg Alastair McLae
International Scout Flag of England.svg Russ Gurr

Coaching history

Players

The following players were called up for the 2019 Pacific Games. [3]

Caps and goals correct as of 18 July 2019, after the game against Vanuatu.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Faalavelave Matagi (1997-03-13) 13 March 1997 (age 25)70 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
231 GK Eti Fatu (2001-02-25) 25 February 2001 (age 21)00 Flag of Samoa.svg Vaivase-Tai

32 DF Tauati Tanoa'i (1998-04-19) 19 April 1998 (age 24)30 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
42 DF Kevin Daniells (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 23)30 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Innisfall United
52 DF Faitalia Hamilton-Pama (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 29)61 Flag of New Zealand.svg Central United
62 DF Andrew Setefano (captain) (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 35)150 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
162 DF Harlen Russell (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 22)20 Flag of New Zealand.svg Glenfield Rovers
192 DF Sean Atherton (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 23)30 Flag of New Zealand.svg Oratia United
202 DF Lawrie Letutusa (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 29)50 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
222 DF Mattew Johnston (1987-11-05) 5 November 1987 (age 35)00 Flag of New Zealand.svg Mount Albert-Ponsonby

23 MF Keone Kapisi (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 28)40 Flag of the United States.svg BYU Cougars
83 MF George Konusi (1990-01-11) 11 January 1990 (age 32)40 Flag of New Zealand.svg Manukau City
93 MF Vaa Taualai (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 24)20 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
123 MF Mike Saofaiga (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 31)100 Flag of Samoa.svg Lepea
133 MF Willie Sauiluma (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 22)40 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Goulburn Valley Suns
143 MF Darren Talilai (1995-10-23) 23 October 1995 (age 27)10 Flag of Samoa.svg Vaitele Uta
183 MF John Tumua Leo (2003-01-15) 15 January 2003 (age 19)00 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
213 MF Ritchievoy Ueligitone (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 28)20 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga

74 FW Lapalapa Toni (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 28)60 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga
104 FW Andrew Mobberley (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 30)102 Flag of New Zealand.svg Greenhithe Catimba
114 FW Vito Laloata (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 26)43 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Hekari United
154 FW Thomas Konusi (1996-06-11) 11 June 1996 (age 26)20 Flag of New Zealand.svg Mount Albert-Ponsonby
174 FW Jarvis Filimalae (2003-04-20) 20 April 2003 (age 19)20 Flag of Samoa.svg Lupe o le Soaga

Player records

As of 18 July 2019 [4]
Players in bold are still active with Samoa.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1930 to 1990 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 Did not qualify210122
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 4103918
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 4103511
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 420298
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 6213627
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 6204622
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/222691163788

Oceania Nations Cup

Oceania Cup / OFC Nations Cup recordQualification record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1973 to 1980 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of the Pacific Community.svg 1996 Did not qualify3111510
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1998 420287
Flag of French Polynesia.svg 2000 4202136
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2002 420289
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2004 4103511
Flag of the Pacific Community.svg 2008 420298
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg 2012 Group stage8th3003124321053
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 2016 Group stage8th3003019320163
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2020 CancelledCancelled
TotalGroup stage2/10600614329142135957

Pacific Games

Pacific Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
1963 to 1975 Did not enter
Flag of Fiji.svg 1979 Group Stage10th3003319
Flag of Samoa.svg 1983 Quarter-finals6th411278
1987 to 2003 Did not enter
Flag of Samoa.svg 2007 Group Stage5th420298
2011 to 2015 Did not enter
Flag of Samoa.svg 2019 Group Stage8th4103322
TotalQuarter-finals4/151541102257

Head-to-head record

As of 18 July 2019 [5]

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDWPCT
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 101000445+39100.00
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1001011110.00
Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 10010550.00
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 621389133.33
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 5005222200.00
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 10012420.00
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 4004029290.00
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2002019190.00
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 5005326230.00
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 3003020200.00
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 7007343400.00
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 11632219+1254.55
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu 10010330.00
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 5005136350.00
Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg  Wallis and Futuna 20022530.00
Total 64184428624616028.13
Source: 1979–97 results and 1998–present results

Includes results as Western Samoa.

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