Vanuatu national football team

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Vanuatu
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Association Vanuatu Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach George Amos
Captain Kensi Tangis
Most caps Richard Iwai (34)
Top scorer Richard Iwai (20) [1]
Home stadium Port Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA code VAN
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 164 Steady2.svg (25 August 2022) [2]
Highest131 (October 2007)
Lowest201 (October–November 2015)
First international
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides  Flag of the British New Hebrides (1906-1952).svg
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951) [3]
Biggest win
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati 0–18 Vanuatu  Flag of Vanuatu.svg
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)
Biggest defeat
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides  Flag of the British New Hebrides (1906-1952).svg
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1973 )
Best resultFourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002 and 2008

The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation. [4]

History

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC Nations Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

Kit sponsorship

Kit provider [5] Period
Flag of Italy.svg Lotto 2004–2011
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2012
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Veto2013–2016
Flag of New Zealand.svg Pasifika2017
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gorilla Sports2018–2020
Flag of Australia (converted).svg KPI Sports2020–2022
Flag of Italy.svg Macron 2022–

Results and fixtures

In March 2022, Vanuatu played their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

2022

10 March Friendly Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg3–0Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu
27 March Friendly Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg2–1Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu Doha, Qatar
Roy Krishna Soccerball shade.svg21', Soccerball shade.svg36' Report Andre Batick Soccerball shade.svg16'Stadium: Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium
21 September 2022 MSG Prime Ministers Cup Vanuatu  Flag of Vanuatu.svg2–2Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu "B" Port Villa, Vanuatu
Stadium: Korman Stadium

Coaching staff

Position
Head coach Flag of Vanuatu.svg George Amos
Assistant coach Flag of Vanuatu.svg François Sakama
Team Manager Flag of Vanuatu.svg Peter Takaro
Goalkeeper coach Flag of Vanuatu.svg Jimmy Obed
Assistant Goalkeeper coach Flag of Vanuatu.svg Jean Yves Galinie
Physio Flag of Vanuatu.svg Albert Lata

Coaching history

New Hebrides

Vanuatu

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022. [8]

Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2022, after the match against Fiji.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Massing Kalotang (2002-08-26) 26 August 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Erakor Golden Star
1 GK James Iamar 10 Unattached
1 GK Dgen Leo (2000-08-06) 6 August 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Classic F.C.

2 DF Brian Kaltak (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 29)225 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Mariners
2 DF Jesse Kalopong (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24)20 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Erakor Golden Star
2 DF Alphonse Lency (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 26)20 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Ifira Black Bird
2 DF Jared Clark (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 24)20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Croydon Kings
2 DF Philip Lency (1997-06-08) 8 June 1997 (age 25)20 Flag of Vanuatu.svg ABM Galaxy
2 DF Tasso Jeffrey (1998-08-12) 12 August 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg ABM Galaxy
2 DF Tom Saksak (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 22)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg iCount Yatel
2 DF Bethuel Ollie (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 25)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg iCount Yatel
2 DF Timothy Boulet (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Ifira Black Bird
2 DF Junior Felix (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 25)00 Flag of Vanuatu.svg North Efate United F.C.

3 MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 (age 22)90 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Tafea F.C.
3 MF Jacky Ruben (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 26)91 Flag of Vanuatu.svg North Efate United F.C.
3 MF Mitch Cooper (1994-09-18) 18 September 1994 (age 28)65 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Hume City
3 MF Barry Mansale (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 29)30 Flag of Vanuatu.svg ABM Galaxy
3 MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 25)20 Flag of Vanuatu.svg North Efate United F.C.
3 MF John Well Wohale (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 25)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Ifira Black Bird
3 MF Jayson Bule (2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 21)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg North Efate United F.C.

4 FW Kensi Tangis (captain) (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 32)298 Flag of Vanuatu.svg ABM Galaxy
4 FW Andre Batick (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 29)81 Flag of Vanuatu.svg ABM Galaxy
4 FW Jordy Tasip (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 22)10 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Tafea F.C.
4 FW Reginold Ravo (1997-08-25) 25 August 1997 (age 25)00 Flag of Vanuatu.svg Malampa Revivors
4 FW Edwin Bai (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Vanuatu.svg North Efate United F.C.

Player records

As of 27 March 2022 [9]
Players in bold are still active with Vanuatu.

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 Did not qualify4004118
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 201123
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 41031121
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 94142111
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 125163019
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 310289
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 310238
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
Total0/2237123227689

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup recordQualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1973 Fourth place4th5113510No qualification
Flag of France.svg 1980 Group stage7th300369
1996 Did not qualify4013512
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1998 Group stage5th2002213421186
Flag of French Polynesia.svg 2000 Fourth place4th4103584202127
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2002 Fourth place4th520326Qualified automatically
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2004 Group stage6th5104594310162
2008 Fourth place4th61145136402256
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg 2012 Group stage5th310289Qualified automatically
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 2016 Group stage7th310238
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2020 CancelledCancelled
TotalFourth place9/1036822541822211386633

Pacific Games

Pacific Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg 1963 Round 16th100136
Flag of France.svg 1966 Third place3rd4121914
Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg 1969 Group stage5th51131313
Flag of France.svg 1971 Runners-up2nd4211912
Flag of Guam.svg 1975 Group stage5th200216
Flag of Fiji.svg 1979 Fifth place5th6402196
Flag of Samoa.svg 1983 Group stage6th100106
Flag of France.svg 1987 Fourth place4th62131613
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 1991 Fourth place4th520398
Flag of French Polynesia.svg 1995 Fourth place4th5203109
Flag of Fiji.svg 2003 Third place3rd6330233
Flag of Samoa.svg 2007 Third place3rd6402256
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg 2011 Group stage6th5401187
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg 2015 See Vanuatu national under-23 football team
Flag of Samoa.svg 2019 Round 15th4211252
Total14/140 Titles6027924180111

Head-to-head record

Up to matches played on 27 March 2022.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDWPCT
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 4400391+38100.00
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 40040770.00
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 110081+7100.00
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 10010110.00
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 34871935764123.53
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 3300140+14100.00
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 10010660.00
Flag of Kiribati.svg  Kiribati 1100180+18100.00
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 38872345965121.05
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1210111058488.33
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 208483127+440.00
Flag of Palau.svg  Palau 110062+4100.00
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa [lower-alpha 3] 5500361+35100.00
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 33672037753818.18
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 26531828643619.23
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 5500332+31100.00
Flag of France.svg  Wallis and Futuna 2200101+9100.00
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu 3300161+15100.00
Total 19461281053664195331.44
Source: 1951–July 1980 results and July 1980–present results.
Notes:
  1. On 17 March 2022, it was announced that the match between Tahiti and Vanuatu was cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the Vanuatu squad. [6]
  2. 1 2 On 19 March 2022, it was announced that Vanuatu withdrew from the tournament due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the Vanuatu squad. [7]
  3. Includes results as Western Samoa.

See also

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