Bonaire
AssociationFederashon Futbòl Boneriano
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachBrian van den Bergh
Most capsRishison Frans
Igmard Gijsbertha
Rilove Janga (14)
Top scorerYurick Seinpaal (5)
Home stadiumMunicipal Stadium
FIFA codeBOE
First colours
Second colours
First international
Netherlands Aruba 4–0 Bonaire Netherlands
(Aruba; 4 February 1934)
Biggest win
 Aruba 0–5 Bonaire 
(Oranjestad, Aruba; 6 July 1984)
Biggest defeat
 Curaçao 10–0 Bonaire Netherlands
(Curaçao; 9 August 1969)

The Bonaire national football team (Dutch: Bonairiaans voetbalelftal; Papiamento: Selekshon Bonerianu di futbòl) is the national football team of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a public body of the Netherlands. It is under the control of the Bonaire Football Federation. It became a member of the CFU and an associate member of CONCACAF on 19 April 2013.[2][3][4] after which it became a full CONCACAF member on 10 June 2014[5] The team can participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Caribbean Cup because of their membership in the confederation and sub-confederation.[6] However, Bonaire is not a member of FIFA and therefore can not compete in the FIFA World Cup or other FIFA events.[7][8]

History

Between 1960 when the Bonaire Football Federation was founded and 1988, a Bonaire selection played over fifty unofficial interinsular matches against Curaçao and Aruba. The first such match was a 0–2 defeat to Curaçao on 7 March 1960.[9] On 14 January 1987 and 16 January 1991, an amateur Dutch selection played matches against Bonaire on Bonaire while touring the Caribbean. The matches ended in 1–4 and 2–5 defeats, respectively.[10][11] In June 2008, a Bonaire selection was assembled for a match against NEC Nijmegen as the club held a training camp on the Island. Approximately 1500 spectators attended the match at the Municipal Stadium. The match also marked Lasse Schöne's first appearance for the club.[12]

Until 2010 people from Bonaire competed in confederated football as part of the Netherlands Antilles national football team. After the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved as a unified political entity (a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands) on 10 October 2010, the five constituent islands took on new constitutional statuses within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[13] The Netherlands Antilles national team was succeeded by the Curaçao national football team and remained thus a CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA member, while Aruba was already a FIFA and CONCACAF member after registering their own association and leaving the Netherlands Antilles team in 1986. Sint Maarten was also already an independent member of CONCACAF.[14][15][16] Before Bonaire was a member of the CFU or CONCACAF, they competed in the ABCS Tournament, a competition between the Dutch-speaking teams of the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Suriname), since its inception in 2010 and were surprise champions in 2011.[17] Bonaire assembled a squad for a match on 28 February 2010 for a friendly against Curaçao, months before the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved. The match ended in a 4–0 victory for Curaçao. Bonaire's first match after the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved was an eventual 2–4 defeat to Suriname in the 2010 ABCS Tournament on 29 October 2010,19 days after the islands gained their new status in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.[18]

On 19 April 2013, Bonaire was accepted as an associate member of CONCACAF at CONCACAF's XXVIII Ordinary Congress held in Panama City, Panama,[2][3] a process that took two years.[6] The membership process was delayed when Bonaire's applications to join CONCACAF and the CFU went missing after being sent to president Jack Warner.[19] Around the same time that Bonaire was named an associate member of CONCACAF, it was named a full member of the Caribbean Football Union as the subconfederation's 31st member. Previously, Bonaire was a provisional member before submitting the final paperwork and adjusting the federation's statutes to meet CFU requirements.[2] Bonaire became a full member of CONCACAF at the confederation's next Ordinary Congress on 10 June 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.[5]

Although Bonaire is not a member, national team player Lacey Pauletta has expressed his desire that Bonaire becomes a FIFA member in the future.[20] FIFA statutes allow only associations of internationally recognised independent countries to become members, as well as entities "which [have] not yet gained independence" provided the "association in the country on which it is dependent" authorizes membership.[21] The requirements of independence or "gaining independence" did not apply to 17 out of the 18 members of FIFA that are not fully independent states, including all 10 Caribbean members, as they entered before the rules were changed.[22] Although the KNVB supports the BFF with training courses, infrastructure, and with goal projects, no express authorization of such a move for Bonaire is reported. Any association seeking affiliation to FIFA must observe FIFA's further regulations related to the subject.[23] In a 2007 independent report on the sports facilities of the BES islands, Bonaire's facilities were described as adequate in number but "substandard" and "hardly maintained",[24] potentially providing a further hurdle to FIFA membership because of the governing body's lengthy stadium recommendations and requirements which include, "...surrounding a football field with a running track in a modern stadium should be avoided" as part of its stance against multi-purpose stadiums.[25] In 2008, FIFA and the KNVB began a Goal Project on Bonaire, creating two full-sized and one small-sized football pitch with accommodation facilities. An extension of the existing facilities was also part of the project.[26] Goal Projects are part of the Goal Programme which has enabled beneficiary member associations to implement projects designed to develop football in their countries.[27]

It had been announced that Bonaire would host the 2013 ABCS tournament.[28] However, because of financial difficulties, it was later announced that Curaçao would host the tournament between 16 and 18 November. After initially stating that they would not take part in the tournament at all, Bonaire later announced that they would compete in the tournament.[29] Bonaire went on to play their first match after joining CONCACAF in the tournament, a 0–2 loss to Suriname on 14 November 2013.[30] The tournament, in which they finished in 3rd place, also saw them record their first victory after joining, a 2–1 victory over Aruba on 16 November 2013, and score their first goal after joining, a 74th-minute strike from Ilfred Piar in the same match.[31]

On 1 June 2014, Bonaire played their first match in a CONCACAF competition, a 2–1 victory over the US Virgin Islands during the preliminary round of 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification.[32] Two days later, Bonaire held Montserrat to a scoreless draw to top their group and advance to face Martinique, Barbados, and Suriname in the second round of qualification.[33] On 10 June 2014, only a few days after their success in the Preliminary Round of 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, Bonaire became a full member of CONCACAF.[5] After posting one win and two losses in the next round of qualifying, Bonaire was eliminated from their maiden Caribbean Cup qualifying campaign as Barbados and Martinique advanced from the group.[34] Bonaire came close to qualifying for the next round of qualifying by being the top third place team but were topped by the Dominican Republic who had a superior goal difference of +8 to −8.[35]

In March 2018 it was announced that FFB president Ludwig Balentin met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino to begin the process of gaining FIFA membership.[36] As part of the new agreement, which was supported and facilitated by the KNVB, Bonaire would be invited to future FIFA conferences.[37] Only a few days later, it was announced that Bonaire would take part in the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League.[38]

In September 2019, Bonaire's application for FIFA membership was denied. A year later, it was announced that the island's football federation was appealing the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that the proceedings had already begun.[39] Ultimately the appeal was unsuccessful and the CIS ruled in favor of FIFA.[40]

Stadium

Main article: Municipal Stadium (Kralendijk)

Municipal Stadium
LocationKaya Hermandad,
Kralendijk,
Bonaire[41]
Capacity3,000[7]
Surfaceartificial turf[43]
Construction
Renovated2007,[42] 2012[7]
Tenants
Bonaire national team
Bonaire League clubs[7]

Bonaire plays their home matches at the Municipal Stadium, currently named Digicel Kralendijk Stadium for sponsorship reasons, located in Kralendijk, Bonaire's main city. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators. In 2006, the cellular phone service provider Digicel donated USD $240,000 to the Bonaire Football Association which was, in part, used to renovate the national stadium.[42] Artificial turf was installed at the stadium, along with the Stadion Antonio Trenidat in Rincon, in 2012 with financial assistance from FIFA and the Dutch KNVB.[7][43]

Kit

Bonaire's old kit provider is Dutch sportswear company Masita. Home kits are all yellow with blue piping on the jersey[44] while the away kit is all white with blue piping on the jersey. Both jerseys include the flag of Bonaire on the left breast and the coat of arms of Bonaire on the right. Bonaire's current kit provider is Dutch sportwear company: Robey Sportwear [45]

Recent fixtures and results

Main article: Bonaire national football team results

1 October 2021 2021 ABCs Tournament Curaçao U20 Curaçao 3–4  Bonaire FFK Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Reuel Martina Goal 7'
  • Rayden Winklaar Goal 21'
  • Quinhaindri Bibiana Goal 63'
Report
3 October 2021 2021 ABCs Tournament Curaçao  1–0  Bonaire FFK Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao
Rudrick Pop Goal 76' Report

Coaching staff

As of 30 May 2014[46]
Name Nation Position
Brian van den Bergh Aruba Head coach
Celsio Mook Bonaire Assistant coach
Alsi Anthony Bonaire Assistant coach
Arviena Vis Bonaire Assistant coach
Danielo Quirindoongo Bonaire Physical therapist
Ludwig Balentin Bonaire Delegate

Manager history

Current squad

The following players were called up for the Concacaf Nations League qualifying match against  British Virgin Islands in March 2019[47]

Caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019 after the game against  British Virgin Islands..

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rishison Frans (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 31) 10 0 Bonaire Real Rincon
12 1GK Jurven Clara (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Bonaire SV Vespo
22 1GK Marnick Cicila (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Bonaire SV Atlétiko Flamingo

2 2DF Leroy Van Dongen (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 (age 29) 4 0 Bonaire Real Rincon
3 2DF Rutger Thode (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Bonaire SV Vespo
4 2DF Rudolph Kastaneer (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 30) 2 0 Aruba SV Estrella
5 2DF Igmard Gijsbertha (1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 36) 13 0 Bonaire Real Rincon
15 2DF Romeo Thomas (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Bonaire SV Vitesse
16 2DF Leomar Janga (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Bonaire SV Atlétiko Flamingo
17 2DF Julián Offerman (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Bonaire SV Atlétiko Flamingo
20 2DF Keanu Hunt (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Bonaire SV Vitesse

6 3MF Lacey Pauletta (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 33) 11 1 Bonaire Real Rincon
7 3MF Robert Frans (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 30) 5 0 Bonaire Real Rincon
11 3MF Derrick Lugo (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Bonaire SV Estrellas
13 3MF Alsy Anthony (2001-07-31) 31 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Bonaire SV Juventus
18 3MF Yannick Bekman (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Bonaire SV Atlétiko Flamingo
19 3MF Jurven Koffy (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Bonaire SV Atlétiko Flamingo
21 3MF Marnix Eustachia (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Bonaire SV Juventus

8 4FW Jerson Agostien (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Bonaire Real Rincon
9 4FW Guillermo Montero (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Netherlands Kozakken Boys
10 4FW Jermaine Windster (1994-04-29) 29 April 1994 (age 27) 5 2 Bonaire Real Rincon

Player records

Main article: List of Bonaire international footballers

As of 17 November 2019[48]
Players in bold are still active with Bonaire.

Competitive record

Key

  Champion   Runners-up   3rd Place

**Red border color indicates the tournament was held at home.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
El Salvador 1963 to United States 2013 Not eligible
CanadaUnited States 2015 Did not qualify
United States 2017 Did Not Enter
Costa RicaJamaicaUnited States 2019 Did not qualify
United States 2021 Did not qualify
Total 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 C B 4 2 1 1 10 8 Same position 34th
2022–23 C To be determined
Total 4 2 1 1 10 8 34th

Caribbean Cup

Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Barbados 1989 to Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Not eligible Not eligible
Jamaica 2014 Did not Qualify 5 2 1 2 6 13
United States 2017 Did not Enter Did not Enter
Total - 0/19 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 2 6 13

ABCS Tournament

ABCS Tournament
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Curaçao 2010 Fourth Place 2 0 1 1 5 7
Suriname 2011 Champions 2 1 1 0 5 3
Aruba 2012 Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 2 17
Curaçao 2013 Third Place 2 1 0 1 2 3
Suriname 2015 Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 1 7
Curaçao 2021 Runners-up 2 1 0 1 4 4
Total Champions 12 3 2 7 19 41

Head-to-head record

As of 26 March 2019, includes matches after CONCACAF acceptance[18]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Aruba 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Bahamas 2 0 1 1 2 3 –1
 Barbados 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
 British Virgin Islands 3 3 0 0 10 6 +4
 Curaçao 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
 Dominican Republic 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
 Jamaica 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Montserrat 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Suriname 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
 U.S. Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
Total 17 6 2 9 22 45 −23

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