Grenada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Spice Boys
AssociationGrenada Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMichael Findlay[1]
Most capsCassim Langaigne (72)
Top scorerRicky Charles (37)
Home stadiumKirani James Stadium
FIFA codeGRN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 171 Decrease 1 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest88 (July 2009)
Lowest176 (December 2007)
First international
Grenada Grenada 2–1 British Guiana 
(Grenada; 13 October 1934)
Biggest win
Grenada Grenada 14–1 Anguilla 
(St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; 15 April 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Curaçao 10–0 Grenada 
(Willemstad, Curaçao; 10 September 2018)
Gold Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultGroup stage (2009, 2011, 2021)

The Grenada national football team represents Grenada in international football and is controlled by the Grenada Football Association, a member of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF. The team is nicknamed The Spice Boys, a reference to the country being dubbed as the "Island of Spice" or the "Spice Isle".

Grenada has never qualified for the World Cup but have finished second in the Caribbean Cup in 1989 and 2008. Their second-place finish in the 2008 Caribbean Cup gave Grenada its first qualification to a major international competition, that being the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

History

Beginnings and early tournaments (1934–1989)

Granada played its first international match, on 13 October 1934, against British Guiana, which they defeated 2–1. They played British Guiana twice, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis before the Second World War started in 1939, winning all of those contests.

In 1961, Grenada participated in the Windward Islands Tournament, losing their opening game to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6–3, but winning their next two matches against Saint Lucia 4–0 and Dominica 8–1 to win the tournament. Grenada won the tournament again the following year, beating Saint Vincent 2–1 in the final, and for four consecutive years from 1967 to 1970.

Grenada played their first competitive match in the 1979 CFU Championship qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, losing 3–1 on aggregate. Grenada entered the 1981 CONCACAF Championship qualification but lost in the preliminary round to Guyana 8–4 over two legs. Their next competitive match came in the 1985 CFU Championship qualifiers, but they lost both matches and failed to progress past the first round. Grenada had more success in the CFU Championship's successor tournament, reaching the 1989 Caribbean Cup final before losing 2–1 to Trinidad and Tobago.

Caribbean Cup and qualifiers (1990–2010)

Grenada qualified for the 1990 Caribbean Cup but lost again to Trinidad and Tobago, this time 5–0 before drawing with Jamaica 0–0 therefore failing to advance. In the qualifiers for the 1994 Caribbean Cup, Grenada was eliminated by Barbados in an infamous match where Barbados purposefully scored an own-goal in order to force overtime and help them to advance, which they did. Grenada qualified to the 1997 Caribbean Cup, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Saint Kitts and Nevis. Grenada entered the 1998 World Cup qualifiers but after getting through the preliminary round by beating Guyana 8–1 on aggregate, they lost 7–1 over two legs to Haiti.

In the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, Grenada was knocked out by Barbados who won with a tight 5–4 aggregate score. They were luckier four years later in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, once again eliminating Guyana (8–1 on aggregate) in the first round before falling to the USA who edged them 6–2. Granada would close this decade with a new World Cup disappointment, in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, being eliminated by Costa Rica 5–2.

Gold Cup

Nineteen years after finishing runner-up in the 1989 Caribbean Cup, the Spice Boyz once again reached the final, in the 2008 edition, although they lost to the hosts, Jamaica 2–0. However, this result allowed them to qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time, however Grenada failed to score a goal in the competition whilst conceding ten times and collecting no points. In the 2010 Caribbean Cup, Grenada reached the semi-finals before again being eliminated by Jamaica though their performance earned them qualification for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup but they again failed to capitalise, losing all three group matches and scoring only a single goal.

2012–present

Since 2012, Grenada have not managed to progress to the Caribbean Cup or the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they finished bottom of their qualifying group despite being the top seed, then in 2018 World Cup qualification they were eliminated by Haiti in the third round.

In the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying, Grenada suffered its largest ever defeat, losing 10–0 against Curaçao. They'd eventually qualify for League B before earning promotion to League A for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League competition.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

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

2021

20 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Panama  3–1  Grenada Orlando, United States
23:30 UTC−5
  • Quintero 7'
  • Rodríguez 27', 64'
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

2022

February 1 Friendly Charlotte FC United States 3–0  Grenada Bradenton, Florida
12:30PM EST Obertan 30'
Bender 71'
Holcomb 89'
Report Stadium: IMG Academy
Attendance: 0
23 March Friendly Gibraltar  0–0  Grenada Gibraltar
Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland)
28 March Friendly Andorra  1–0  Grenada Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:00
Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
4 June Nations League El Salvador  3–1  Grenada San Salvador, El Salvador
20:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
Referee: Enrique Santander (Mexico)
7 June Nations League Grenada  2–2  El Salvador St. George's, Grenada
19:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium
Referee: José Torres (Puerto Rico)
10 June Nations League United States  5–0  Grenada Austin, United States
21:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Q2 Stadium
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)

2023

24 March Nations League Grenada  v  United States St. George's, Grenada
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium

Head coaches

*Player-coach

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League games against El Salvador and United States in June 2022.[4]

Caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2022, after the match against Andorra.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jason Belfon (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 32) 44 0 Grenada Paradise
1GK Reice Charles-Cook (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 28) 5 0 England Dartford
1GK Trishawn Thomas (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Grenada Queens Park Rangers

2DF Benjamin Ettienne (2003-03-13) 13 March 2003 (age 19) 7 0 United States Charleston Battery
2DF Kwesi Paul (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 28) 3 0 United States Peachtree City
2DF A. J. Paterson (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 26) 16 4 United States Charleston Battery
2DF Kraig Noel-McLeod (1999-12-11) 11 December 1999 (age 22) 9 0 England Enfield Town
2DF Tyrone Sterling (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 34) 13 0 England Dulwich Hamlet
2DF Christian James (2001-02-24) 24 February 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Grenada Camerhogne
2DF Kayden Harrack (2003-11-05) 5 November 2003 (age 18) 2 0 England Queens Park Rangers
2DF Lemoud Ogiste (2003-09-21) 21 September 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Grenada Sunsetters

3MF Alexander McQueen (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 27) 13 0 United States Indy Eleven
3MF Shavon John-Brown (1995-04-13) 13 April 1995 (age 27) 32 4 United States El Paso Locomotive
3MF Kwazim Theodore (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 26) 33 1 Unattached
3MF Josh Gabriel (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 22) 6 0 United States Westchester Flames
3MF Steffon Abraham (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 22) 8 0 Grenada Paradise
3MF Ashley Charles (1999-09-15) 15 September 1999 (age 22) 0 0 England Wealdstone
3MF Leon Braveboy (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 23) 6 0 Grenada Hard Rock

4FW Romar Frank (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 25) 17 1 Grenada Camerhogne
4FW Kairo Mitchell (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 24) 14 2 England Notts County
4FW Saydrel Lewis (1997-11-27) 27 November 1997 (age 24) 25 7 Honduras Real Juventud
4FW Dejon Noel-Williams (1998-09-22) 22 September 1998 (age 23) 6 0 England Braintree Town
4FW Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 25) 5 0 England Aldershot Town
4FW Jamal Charles (1995-11-24) 24 November 1995 (age 26) 28 14 Honduras Real Sociedad
4FW Kharlton Belmar (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 29) 6 0 United States Colorado Springs Switchbacks
4FW Lucas Akins (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 33) 0 0 England Mansfield Town

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Aaron Pierre (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 29) 15 1 England Shrewsbury Town 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Omar Beckles (1991-10-25) 25 October 1991 (age 30) 7 0 England Leyton Orient 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup

MF Oliver Norburn (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 29) 3 0 England Peterborough United 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup

FW Regan Charles-Cook (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 25) 4 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Andorra, 28 March 2022
FW Ricky German (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 23) 3 0 England Dulwich Hamlet 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Records

As of 17 July 2021[5]

Players in bold still active with Grenada.

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 to West Germany 1974 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Argentina 1978 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 4 8
Mexico 1986 Withdrew Withdrew
Italy 1990 Did not enter Declined participation
United States 1994
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 1 1 4 5
Germany 2006 4 2 0 2 10 7
South Africa 2010 3 1 1 1 12 5
Brazil 2014 6 1 1 4 7 14
Russia 2018 4 1 0 3 3 7
Qatar 2022 4 1 0 3 2 5
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - - 25 6 2 17 39 53
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup

Main article: Grenada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 to Haiti 1973 Part of  United Kingdom
Mexico 1977 Did not enter
Honduras 1981 Did not qualify
1985 Withdrew
1989 Did not enter
United States 1991
Mexico United States 1993 Did not qualify
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 0 10
United States 2011 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 1 15
United States 2013 Did not qualify
Canada United States 2015
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019
United States 2021 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 11
Total Group stage 11th 9 0 0 9 2 36

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 B A 6 4 2 0 8 4 Rise 15th
2022–23 A D To be determined
Total 6 4 2 0 8 4 15th

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Did not enter Did not enter
Suriname 1979 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 3
Puerto Rico 1981 Did not enter Did not enter
French Guiana 1983
Barbados 1985 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 8
Martinique 1988 Did not enter Did not enter
Barbados 1989 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 4 0 0 13 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 0 5 3 1 2 0 4 2
Jamaica 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 1 2
Jamaica 1993 3 1 0 2 6 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 2 1 0 1 4 4
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 2 1 0 1 2 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 3 1 1 1 3 4
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 6 8 2 1 1 0 6 2
Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica 1998 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 17 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 10 2 1 1 0 3 1
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 6 7
Barbados 2005 5 1 1 3 8 10
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 3 0 1 2 1 3
Jamaica 2008 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 8 11 5 2 1 2 10 9
Martinique 2010 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 4 3 2 0 1 5 4
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 3 4
Jamaica 2014 3 0 2 1 4 5
Martinique 2017 4 2 0 2 11 9
Total Runners-up 2nd 22 6 6 10 24 41 60 22 13 25 109 93

References

  1. ^ "Grenada Football Association Appoints New Senior Men's National Team Head Coach". Grenada Football Association. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Call ups June 2022". Twitter.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Grenada - Record International Players". RSSSF.