Belize
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Jaguars
The Unbelizeables
AssociationFootball Federation of Belize
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachDavid Pérez Asensio
CaptainIan Gaynair
Most capsDeon McCaulay (63)
Top scorerDeon McCaulay (28)
Home stadiumFFB Field
FIFA codeBLZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 175 Decrease 2 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest114 (April–June 2016)
Lowest201 (November 2007 – January 2008)
First international
 British Honduras 1–0 Honduras 
(British Honduras; February 19, 1928)
as Belize
 El Salvador 3–0 Belize 
(San Salvador, El Salvador; November 29, 1995)
Biggest win
 Belize 7–1 Nicaragua 
(Belize City, Belize; April 17, 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 7–0 Belize 
(San José, Costa Rica; March 17, 1999)
 Mexico 7–0 Belize 
(Monterrey, Mexico; June 21, 2008)
Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2013)
Best resultGroup stage (2013)

The Belize national football team represents Belize in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belize, a member of the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

Although Belize has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup tournament, it has once qualified for a CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in 2013, in which they were eliminated in the group stage. Belize has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship in which their best result was fourth place in 2013. The nickname for the players of the national team is the "Jaguars".

History

Overview

Named British Honduras whilst under British colonial rule, the country's first international game came on February 19, 1928, beating Honduras 1–0. Following independence, Belize's first game came on December 8, 1983, in a 2–0 loss against Canada in Belize.[3] Although Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 (and many of the UK's current colonies have international teams), Belize did not begin to regularly play international football until 1995. It made its debut at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup and was eliminated in the first round after losing to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Belize has never qualified for the World Cup but finished fourth in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana. Their fourth-place finish in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana gave Belize its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

June 2011 suspension by FIFA

On June 15, 2011, Belize kicked off its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign against minnows Montserrat, winning 2–5 away in a match played in the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. However, the return which was scheduled for June 19 was postponed by FIFA when they suspended the FFB due to governmental interference.[4]

Stadium

FFB Field in Belmopan is the home stadium for the Belize national football team. Prior to this stadium, Belize had no facilities that met FIFA specifications. Apart from this Belize has many fields to play on but with no facilities for the players.

Schedule and recent results

Main article: Belize 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.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022

29 January Friendly Nicaragua  4–0  Belize Managua, Nicaragua
19:00 (UTC−6)
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Referee: Ricardo Mendoza (Nicaragua)
1 February Friendly Nicaragua  1–1  Belize Managua, Nicaragua
19:00 (UTC−6) Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Referee: Félix Mojica (Nicaragua)
27 March Friendly Belize  0–3  Cuba Belmopan, Belize
Report
Stadium: FFB Stadium
2 June Nations League Belize  0–2  Dominican Republic Belmopan, Belize
16:00 (UTC−6) Report
Stadium: FFB Stadium
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
5 June Nations League Guatemala  2–0  Belize Guatemala City, Guatemala
13:00 (UTC−6)
Report Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
Referee: Diego Montaño (Mexico)
9 June Nations League Belize  1–1  French Guiana Belmopan, Belize
16:00 (UTC−6) Avila 74' Report Sarrucco 89' Stadium: FFB Stadium
Referee: Daniel Quintero (Mexico)
14 June Nations League French Guiana  1–0  Belize Cayenne, French Guiana
16:00 (UTC−3)
  • Sarrucco 80'
Report Stadium: Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauziere (Canada)

2023

24 March Nations League Belize  v  Guatemala Belize
Report Stadium: TBD
27 March Nations League Dominican Republic  v  Belize Dominican Republic
Report Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

Name Nat Position
David Perez Asensio Spain Head coach
Philip Marin Honduras Technical director
Jack Striders Belize Technical director
Carlos Slusher Belize Assistant Head coach
Peter Jones Belize Assistant Head coach
Kent Gabourel Sr. Belize Goalkeeping coach
Shaun Woodmac Belize Physical Trainer
Thomas Rivars Belize Physiotherapist

Coaching history

Since the creation of the national team in 1995, several coaches have been in charge of managing Belize. From 1995 to 1996, Winston Michael was appointed as Belize's first ever manager. As of January 2012, the Belize national football team has had 11 managers.

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Isaac Castillo (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Free agent
1GK Earl Dyck (2003-10-21) 21 October 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Free agent
1GK Charles Tillett (2001-07-29) 29 July 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Belize Verdes

2DF Donell Arzú (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Belize Wagiya
2DF Aarón López 0 0 Belize Wagiya
2DF Eugene Martínez 0 0 Free agent
2DF Deshawon Nembhard (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 27) 4 1 United States South Georgia Tormenta
2DF Evral Trapp (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 35) 40 0 Belize Verdes
2DF José Urbina (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Belize Altitude
2DF Horace Ávila (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Belize Wagiya

3MF Norman Anderson (1997-01-25) 25 January 1997 (age 25) 12 0 Belize Verdes
3MF Jesse August (1994-01-22) 22 January 1994 (age 28) 5 1 Belize Verdes
3MF Krisean Lopez (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 23) 17 3 Belize Verdes
3MF Nana Mensah (1989-01-19) 19 January 1989 (age 33) 22 0 United States Greek American AA
3MF Warren Moss (1999-10-13) 13 October 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Belize Wagiya
3MF Darrel Myvett (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Belize Verdes
3MF Jovaunn Ramos (2002-03-24) 24 March 2002 (age 20) 2 0 Free agent
3MF Eldon Reneau (2003-05-22) 22 May 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Belize Verdes
3MF Tony Rocha (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 28) 4 0 United States Orange County
3MF Luis Torres (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 29) 7 0 Belize Belmopan Bandits

4FW Carlos Bernárdez (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 29) 7 2 Honduras Real España
4FW Angelo Capello (2002-01-27) 27 January 2002 (age 20) 3 0 England Sheffield United
4FW Deon McCaulay (1987-09-20) 20 September 1987 (age 34) 60 28 United States Georgia Revolution

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
GK Woodrow West (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 36) 44 0 Belize Verdes v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022

DF Ian Gaynair (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 36) 57 2 Belize Belmopan Bandits v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022
DF Collin Westby (1995-02-19) 19 February 1995 (age 27) 6 0 Belize Altitude v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022
DF Alence Ayala (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Belize Verdes v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022
DF Allan Barillas (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Belize Altitude v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022

MF Denmark Casey Jr. (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 28) 22 1 Belize Garden City v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022
MF Jordy Polanco (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 26) 17 0 Belize Verdes v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022
MF Rene Leslie (1999-12-12) 12 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Belize Altitude v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022

FW Michael Salazar (1992-11-15) 15 November 1992 (age 29) 17 2 United States LA Galaxy II v.  Nicaragua, 1 February 2022

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary / Standby squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Records

As of 5 June 2022
Players in bold are still active with Belize.

Competition records

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 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982 Did not enter Declined participation
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
South Korea Japan 2002 4 0 1 3 2 10
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 0 8
South Africa 2010 4 1 1 2 4 11
Brazil 2014 8 4 1 3 17 13
Russia 2018 6 2 3 1 7 6
Qatar 2022 3 1 0 2 5 5
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 29 8 6 15 37 59

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

Main article: Belize at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Part of  United Kingdom
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981 Did not exist
1985
1989
United States 1991
Mexico United States 1993
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003 Did not enter
United States 2005 Did not qualify
United States 2007
United States 2009
United States 2011
United States 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Canada United States 2015 Did not qualify
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019
United States 2021
Total Group stage 1/16 3 0 0 3 1 11

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 B A 6 2 0 4 6 12 Same position 24th
2022–23 B D To be determined
Total 6 2 0 4 6 12 24th

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Costa Rica 1991 Did not exist
Honduras 1993 Did not exist
El Salvador 1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Guatemala 1997 Preliminary 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Costa Rica 1999 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 12
Honduras 2001 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 3 7
Panama 2003 Did not enter
Guatemala 2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 0 7
El Salvador 2007 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 3 7
Honduras 2009 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 7
Panama 2011 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Costa Rica 2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 2 4
United States 2014 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 6
Panama 2017 Group Stage 6th 5 0 1 4 2 10
Total Fourth Place 10/13 30 1 6 23 19 69

The 1995 tournament in El Salvador saw Belize's international debut. They played the hosts in their first-ever international on November 29 in Group A. El Salvador won 3–0 with all goals coming in the second half.[6] On December 1, Belize scored their first-ever international goal as they lost 2–1 to Costa Rica and were eliminated from the tournament. Both other teams advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated there, Costa Rica's conqueror Honduras beat Guatemala in the final.

Head-to-head record

Updated on 27 March 2022 after match against  Cuba[7]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent P W D L GF GA GF
 Bahamas 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 Barbados 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Canada 5 0 1 4 1 14 −13
 Cayman Islands 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Costa Rica 6 0 0 6 1 18 −17
 Cuba 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6
 Dominican Republic 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
 El Salvador 10 0 0 10 6 29 −23
 French Guiana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Grenada 5 2 0 3 11 11 0
 Guatemala 11 0 4 7 9 19 −10
 Guyana 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
 Haiti 1 0 0 1 0 2 –2
 Honduras 10 1 0 9 4 24 −20
 Jamaica 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Mexico 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9
 Montserrat 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4
 Nicaragua 12 4 3 5 19 21 –2
 Panama 6 0 2 4 3 10 −7
 Puerto Rico 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 2 1 1 5 6 −1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3
 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
 United States 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5
Total 97 23 18 56 101 191 −90

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. June 23, 2022. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. July 10, 2022. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  3. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Suspension of the Football Federation of Belize – FIFA
  5. ^ "Lasest CONCACAF Nations League call-ups". Football Federation of Belize - Facebook. May 31, 2022. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-24.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Belize". Elo Ratings. Retrieved October 24, 2018.