Barbados
Nickname(s)Bajan Tridents
AssociationBarbados Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachRussell Latapy[1]
CaptainRashad Jules
Most capsNorman Forde (74)
Top scorerLlewellyn Riley (23)[2]
Home stadiumWildey Turf
FIFA codeBRB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 162 Steady (19 November 2021)[3]
Highest92 (October 2009)
Lowest181 (July 2017)
First international
 Barbados 3–0 Trinidad and Tobago 
(Barbados; 20 April 1929)
Biggest win
 Barbados 7–1 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 24 September 2006)
Biggest defeat
 British Guiana 9–0 Barbados 
(British Guiana; March 1931)
Medal record

The Barbados national football team, nicknamed Bajan Tridents, is the national association football team of Barbados and is controlled by the Barbados Football Association. It has never qualified for a major international tournament. It came close to qualifying for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it hosted the Caribbean Cup finals that acted as Gold Cup qualifiers, but finished fourth of the four teams. In 2001, it surprised many by making the semifinal round of the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. In the first game of this round, they pulled off a shock 2–1 win over Costa Rica, but lost their five remaining games. In 2004, Barbados gained a shock 1–1 draw at home to Northern Ireland.

History

Beginnings (1929–1980)

Barbados played their first international match on April 20, 1929, against Trinidad and Tobago, ending in a 3–0 victory. In the 1930s, they participated in several editions of the Martínez Shield[5] where they suffered their most severe defeat against Guyana (at that time, British Guiana), in Georgetown, in 1931, 9–0.

Barbados had to wait for the qualifying tournament for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to play its first official competition match against the amateur team of El Salvador, on July 25, 1971, in Bridgetown, a match that saw the Selecta win 0–3. Two years later, Barbados participated in the 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games, in Santo Domingo, although it did not qualify past the first round. On August 15, 1976, Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 (a brace by Victor Clarke) in the 1978 World Cup qualifiers, which doubled as qualification for the 1977 CONCACAF Championship. In the second leg, the Soca Warriors claimed their revenge (1–0) in Port of Spain, taking the tie to a third tiebreaker game, played in Bridgetown, on September 14, 1976, where Trinidad and Tobago won 1–3 eliminating Barbados.

1980–2000

In the '80s, the Bajan Braves obtained 2nd place in the 1985 CFU Championship. The following year they played the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games, where they reached the quarterfinals, before being eliminated by the hosts, Dominican Republic. At the end of the decade, Barbados hosted the first edition of the Caribbean Cup, without being able to progress beyond the group stage.

In the 90s, Barbados would return to the World Cup qualifiers, in the preliminary tournament for the 1994 World Cup, where it was again eliminated by Trinidad and Tobago (5–1). In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, after beating Dominica with an aggregate score of 2–0, Barbados was beaten down by Jamaica (0–1 in Bridgetown and 2–0 in Kingston). In the Caribbean Cup, the Bajan Braves qualified for the 1994 competition (eliminated in the first round) but subsequently failed to qualify for the annual competition from 1995–1999.

2000s

The 21st century started well for Barbados, who eliminated Cuba on penalties (5–4), after two 1–1 draws in Havana and Bridgetown, during the qualifying rounds for the 2002 World Cup. In the second round, they achieved a historic victory at home against Costa Rica (2–1), on July 16, 2000, with goals from Llewellyn Riley and Michael Forde. However after winning that match, the Barbadians lost the remaining fixtures, wasting their chance to advance to the final hexagonal.

They would return in 2001 to the final phase of the Caribbean Cup, although without much luck after being eliminated again in the first round. In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, the Saint Kitts and Nevis team eliminated Barbados in the first phase, with an aggregate score of 5–2. In 2005, Barbados hosted (for the second time) the XII edition of the Caribbean Cup, finishing in 4th place. They also qualified for the 2007 and 2008 tournaments, eliminated both times in the group stage. In the preliminary tournament for the 2010 World Cup, Barbados was eliminated by the United States, over two legs, with a crushing aggregate result of 9–0.

2010–present

The qualifiers heading to the 2014 World Cup were a real ordeal for the Bajan Braves who were placed into a group with Bermuda, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. They finished last in the group, with 2 goals scored and 14 conceded. After being eliminated in the preliminary phase of the Caribbean Cup in 2012 and after 17 months of inactivity, Barbados returned to play an international match, on March 2, 2014, against Jamaica, in Bridgetown, a match that concluded with victory for the Reggae Boyz, 2–0.

In the qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup, they would face the US Virgin Islands where they were surprised 0–1 at home, however, Barbados would overcome the deficit by a 0–4 victory on the road. Then they would face Aruba, winning 0–2 as a visitor, then beating them 1–0 at home however Barbados had fielded an ineligible player, Hadan Holligan, who was due to serve a suspension for collecting two yellow cards, therefore the second leg was awarded to Aruba 3–0, seeing them progress, eliminating Barbados.[6]

Results and fixtures

Main article: Barbados national football team results

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021

March 25 2022 World Cup qualification Panama  1–0  Barbados Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
20:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
March 30 2022 World Cup qualification Barbados  1–0  Anguilla Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium
Referee: Diego Montaño Robles (Mexico)
June 4 2022 World Cup qualification Dominican Republic  1–1  Barbados Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium
Referee: Germán Stanley Martínez Miranda (El Salvador)
June 8 2022 World Cup qualification Barbados  1–1  Dominica Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jaime Herrera Bonilla (El Salvador)
July 2 2021 Gold Cup qualification Bermuda  8–1  Barbados Fort Lauderdale, United States
19:00
Report
Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kishmar Primus (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 23) 19 0 Barbados Barbados Defence Force
18 1GK Liam Brathwaite (2000-11-06) 6 November 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Barbados UWI
21 1GK Nashton Browne (2001-04-12) 12 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Barbados Paradise

2 2DF Andre Applewhaite (2002-06-03) 3 June 2002 (age 19) 4 0 Barbados Weymouth Wales
3 2DF Krystian Pearce (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 31) 6 0 England Hereford
4 2DF Rashad Smith (1996-07-31) 31 July 1996 (age 25) 15 0 Barbados Barbados Defence Force
5 2DF Carl Hinkson (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 24) 9 0 Free agent

6 3MF Jomo Harris (1995-02-15) 15 February 1995 (age 26) 34 2 Barbados Paradise
8 3MF Mario Williams (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 29) 34 0 Barbados Weymouth Wales
10 3MF Hadan Holligan (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 25) 45 5 Barbados Weymouth Wales
11 3MF Emile Saimovici (1993-04-10) 10 April 1993 (age 28) 5 2 Free agent
16 3MF Ackeel Applewhaite (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 22) 28 1 Barbados Paradise
17 3MF Akeem Hill (1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 (age 25) 26 1 Barbados Barbados Defence Force
20 3MF Niall Reid-Stephen (2001-09-08) 8 September 2001 (age 20) 6 1 Barbados UWI
22 3MF Jamol Williams (2003-04-20) 20 April 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Barbados Saint Andrew Lions

7 4FW Omani Leacock (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 23) 17 2 Barbados Barbados Defence Force
9 4FW Hallam Hope (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 27) 9 4 England Oldham Athletic
13 4FW Romario Drakes (2000-12-31) 31 December 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Barbados Youth Milan
14 4FW Thierry Gale (2002-05-01) 1 May 2002 (age 19) 7 1 Hungary Budapest Honvéd
19 4FW Keon Atkins 3 0 Barbados Deacons
23 4FW Antone Greaves (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 21) 4 0 Barbados Weymouth Wales

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

DF Najee Holder (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Barbados Paradise vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021

MF Raheim Sargeant (1992-06-09) 9 June 1992 (age 29) 47 3 Barbados Barbados Defence Force vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021
MF Rashad Jules (captain) (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 29) 33 7 Barbados Barbados Defence Force vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021
MF Darico King (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 24) 6 0 Barbados Saint Andrew Lions vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021
MF Nicoli Brathwaite (2000-12-24) 24 December 2000 (age 20) 5 0 Barbados UWI vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021
MF Roshon Gittens (2002-02-05) 5 February 2002 (age 19) 2 1 Barbados Ellerton United vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021

FW Nick Blackman (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 32) 6 3 Free agent vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021
FW Ryan Trotman (1999-06-27) 27 June 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Netherlands FC Den Bosch vs.  Anguilla, 31 March 2021

Player records

As of 2 July 2021
Players in bold are still active with Barbados.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to West Germany 1974 Did not enter (as until 1966, British Barbados) Did not enter
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 3 5
Spain 1982 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Withdrew Withdrew
Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
France 1998 4 2 0 2 2 3
South Korea Japan 2002 12 4 3 5 17 27
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 2 5
South Africa 2010 4 1 1 2 2 10
Brazil 2014 6 0 0 6 2 14
Russia 2018 Disqualified after qualifying for third round[7][8] 4 2 0 2 6 4
Qatar 2022 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - - 41 11 6 24 38 76

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977 Did not qualify
Honduras 1981 Withdrew
1985 Did not enter
1989
United States 1991
MexicoUnited States 1993 Did not qualify
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
MexicoUnited States 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009
United States 2011
United States 2013
CanadaUnited States 2015
United States 2017
United StatesCosta RicaJamaica 2019
United States 2021
Total - - - - - - - -

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 C A 6 4 0 2 14 4 Rise 31st
2022–23 B To be determined
Total 6 4 0 2 14 4 31st

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 First Round - 2 0 1 1 0 1 -
Suriname 1979 Did not enter Did not enter
Puerto Rico 1981 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 2 2
French Guiana 1983 4 1 2 1 2 3
Barbados 1985 Runners-up 2nd 3 0 3 0 2 2 Qualified as host
Martinique 1988 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 9
Barbados 1989 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 1 3 Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Abandoned[9] - 2 1 1 0 5 4 3 2 1 0 3 1
Jamaica 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 4
Jamaica 1993 3 2 0 1 9 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 3 5 2 1 0 1 4 3
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 9 3
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 2 1 0 1 2 2
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 2 1 1 0 3 1
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 3 1 0 2 6 9
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 5 3 1 1 9 4
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 10 3 2 1 0 9 5
Barbados 2005 Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6 6 4 2 0 17 5
Jamaica 2008 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 4 8 5 4 1 0 11 6
Martinique 2010 Did not qualify 3 1 2 0 6 1
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 3 2 0 1 3 2
Jamaica 2014 6 2 1 3 12 13
Martinique 2017 2 1 0 1 1 2
Total Runners-up 9/25 24 2 8 14 22 46 63 31 16 16 113 77

Head-to-head record

These all-time records are exclusively class 'A' internationals matches.[10]

Key

  Winning record   Equal record   Losing record

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA
 Anguilla 2 2 0 0 8 1
 Antigua and Barbuda 7 5 1 1 14 8
 Aruba 6 5 0 1 16 7
 Bahamas 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Belize 2 0 1 1 0 1
 Bermuda 13 4 4 5 16 19
 Canada 3 0 0 3 2 9
 Cayman Islands 3 2 0 1 11 4
 Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 2 4
 Cuba 7 0 4 3 3 10
 Curaçao 1 1 0 0 1 0
 Dominica 12 7 2 3 18 11
 Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2 0 3
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Finland 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Grenada 18 9 7 2 32 18
 Guadeloupe 4 1 1 2 3 4
 Guatemala 3 0 1 2 1 5
 Guyana 17 5 5 7 26 24
 Haiti 2 0 0 2 2 6
 Jamaica 12 2 2 10 9 24
 Martinique 8 1 2 5 12 19
 Montserrat 1 1 0 0 5 0
 Netherlands Antilles 3 2 1 0 3 1
 Nicaragua 2 1 0 1 1 1
 Northern Ireland 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Panama 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Puerto Rico 3 1 0 2 2 2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 10 3 2 5 13 18
 Saint Lucia 8 3 2 3 16 11
 Saint Martin 2 1 0 1 4 1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 16 6 5 5 25 21
 Suriname 4 1 3 0 6 5
 Sweden 1 0 0 1 0 4
 U.S. Virgin Islands 5 4 0 1 12 1
 United States 4 0 0 4 0 20
Total 189 69 45 76 257 267

See also

References

  1. ^ "Barbados - Association Information". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Llewellyn Riley". www.soccer-db.info. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Martinez Shield". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  6. ^ "FIFA ousts Barbados from World Cup for ineligible player". AP News. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ FIFA awarded Aruba a 3–0 win as a result of Barbados fielding the ineligible player Hadan Holligan. Holligan failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the competition. The match originally ended 1–0 to Barbados
  8. ^ "Barbados sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA. 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
  9. ^ Play was suspended when Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted a coup d'état of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was abandoned altogether after Tropical storm Arthur forced the cancellation of the final round of games. Trinidad and Tobago were to meet Martinique in the final.
  10. ^ "Barbados national football team statistics and records: All-time record". 11v11.com.