Jamaica
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Reggae Boyz
AssociationJamaica Football Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachPaul Hall
CaptainAndre Blake
Most capsIan Goodison (128)
Top scorerLuton Shelton (35)
Home stadiumIndependence Park
FIFA codeJAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 64 Decrease 2 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest27 (August 1998)
Lowest116 (October 2008)
First international
 Haiti 1–2 Jamaica 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti;[2] 22 March 1925)
Biggest win
 Jamaica 12–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; 4 March 1994)
 Jamaica 12–0 Saint Martin 
(Kingston, Jamaica; 24 November 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Costa Rica 9–0 Jamaica 
(San José, Costa Rica; 24 February 1999)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1998)
Best resultGroup stage (1998)
Gold Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-up (2015, 2017)
Copa América
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage (2015, 2016)

The Jamaica national football team, nicknamed the "Reggae Boyz", represents Jamaica in international football. The team's first match was against Haiti in 1925. The squad is under the supervising body of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is a member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and the global jurisdiction of FIFA. Jamaica's home matches have been played at Independence Park since its opening in 1962.

Their sole appearance in the FIFA World Cup was in 1998, where the team finished third in its group and failed to advance. The team also competed in the Caribbean Cup winning six times. Jamaica also competes in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, appearing thirteen times and finishing twice as runners-up to Mexico in 2015 and the United States in 2017. They were also invited to the Copa América in 2015 and 2016, being eliminated in the group stage on both occasions.

History

Early history (1893–1962)

The Jamaica squad in 1936 taking on Trinidad and Tobago
The Jamaica squad in 1936 taking on Trinidad and Tobago

In 1893, Jamaica's first football club, the Kingston Cricket Club, was formed.[4] In 1910, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was formed and controlled all of the games; in 1925, Jamaica was invited to play Haiti in a three match series with the team winning all three games 1–0, 2–1, and 3–0.[4] In 1926, Jamaica hosted Haiti at Sabina Park and won 6–0.[4][5] At the 1930 Central American Games in Cuba, Jamaica made its first international tournament appearance and lost both games in its group.[6]

From 1925 to 1962, Jamaica had regular games with teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, and Cuba, as well as with clubs like the Haitian Racing CH and Violette AC, the British Corinthians, and the Argentinean Tigers.[4][5] In 1952, the Caribbean All-Star team was formed with players from Trinidad, Cuba, Haiti, and Suriname. The team played four matches against Jamaica in Sabina Park. Jamaica won the second game 2–1 and the fourth 1–0, and the All-Stars won the first game 5–1 and the third 1–0.[7]

Post-independence (1962–1989)

In 1962, the same year Jamaica became independent, the JFF became a member of FIFA.[4] At the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games played in Jamaica, the national team was led by Brazilian coach Jorge Penna.[8][9] Jamaica finished in fourth place, with two wins over Puerto Rico and Cuba.[10] A year later, Jamaica competed in the first CONCACAF Championship in El Salvador, where the team finished last in its group, which included Mexico, the Netherlands Antilles, and eventual winner Costa Rica.[11]

In 1965, Jamaica attempted to qualify for the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. After finishing first in its preliminary group that included Cuba and the Netherlands Antilles; Jamaica faced Costa Rica and Mexico in the final round, where the winner would qualify for the World Cup. Opening the final round campaign with a 3–2 loss at home against Mexico,[12] Jamaica lost the return match 8–0, with Isidoro Díaz getting a hat-trick for Mexico. Jamaica then lost 7–0 to Costa Rica and ended with a draw at home in the return match, ultimately finishing with a single point.[9] In January 1967, Jamaica attempted to qualify for the CONCACAF Championship but was eliminated after finishing third in the group of five.[13]

In 1968, George Hamilton became the new coach as Jamaica attempted to qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.[9] Most of the squad for the campaign was young with only a few remaining players from its previous attempt at qualifying being in the team. This was due to most of its players being either retired or migrated abroad.[9] Jamaica finished last with zero points from four games.[14][9] After finishing last in the 1969 CONCACAF Championship[15] and not qualifying for the following championship,[16] Jamaica had to withdraw from qualifying for the 1973 CONCACAF Championship after 17 players were suspended for poor behavior during a tour to Bermuda.[17] In 1977, Jamaica competed in qualifying for the 1977 CONCACAF Championship, which was also the qualifier for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Taking on Cuba in the first round, Jamaica lost both of its games 5–1 on aggregate.[9]

Jamaica did not attempt to qualify for the 1982 and 1986 due to insufficient funds and a poorly prepared team.[9] The team returned to international competition after qualifying for the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, which was part of the qualifiers for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. After defeating Puerto Rico 3–1 on aggregate in the preliminary round, Jamaica played the United States for a spot in the finals. After a 0–0 draw at home, Jamaica lost 5–1 in the US and was eliminated.[9]

Caribbean triumph and World Cup appearance (1990–2000)

In 1990, Carl Brown was signed as head coach and led Jamaica into qualifying for the 1990 Caribbean Cup, finishing tied for third place after the final round was abandoned due to Tropical Storm Arthur.[18] In 1991, Jamaica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 to win the Caribbean Cup and qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[19] In the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished last with zero points in a group consisting of Honduras, Mexico, and Canada.[20]

After the Jamaicans lost to Trinidad and Tobago in the final of the 1992 Caribbean Cup,[21] they started their campaign in preliminary rounds of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. After defeating Puerto Rico 3–1 on aggregate in the second preliminary round, Jamaica eliminated Trinidad and Tobago and was grouped with Bermuda, Canada, and El Salvador, two of which would advance to the final round. Jamaica opened the second round with two 1–1 draws against Canada and Bermuda, but the team lost its return match in Canada after a single goal from Dale Mitchell. After a 3–2 home win over Bermuda and two losses to El Salvador, Jamaica finished in third place and was eliminated.[22]

In 1993, Jamaica finished in second place after losing on penalties to Martinique in the final of the Caribbean Cup, which was a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup which was held later that year.[23] During this tournament, the team opened with a 1–0 loss to the US before recording their first Gold Cup win against Honduras. After qualifying in second place with a 1–1 draw against Honduras, Jamaica lost 6–1 to Mexico in the semi-final in Mexico City.[24] After not qualifying for the final round of the 1994 Caribbean Cup despite recording its largest-ever win margin in a 12–0 win against the British Virgin Islands, the team decided to hire Brazilian René Simões to assist Brown with the goal of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.[4] After being eliminated in the group stage of both the 1995 Caribbean Cup by virtue of head-to-head and the 1996 Caribbean Cup,[25][26] Jamaica opened its 1998 World Cup qualifiers with an 2–0 aggregate win over Suriname and defeated Barbados 3–0 in the following round.[27] In 1997, Simões, by then promoted to head coach, scouted for players in England that had Jamaican heritage to join the national team. Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson, Deon Burton and Robbie Earle were all named in the squad due their heritage.[28] After finishing winless in the first four games of the final qualifying round, Jamaica recorded three 1–0 wins over El Salvador, Canada, and Costa Rica, with Burton scoring the winning goal in each of the latter two matches. After a 0–0 draw against Mexico, Jamaica secured its qualification and made its first-ever World Cup appearance, and the following day was declared a national holiday.[29]

In 1998, Jamaica competed at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing first in a group comprising World Cup champion Brazil, Guatemala, and El Salvador. With the help of goalkeeper Warren Barrett, Jamaica opened with a 0–0 tie against Brazil.[30] After wins over Guatemala and El Salvador, Jamaica advanced to the semi-final against Mexico. The match went into overtime before Mexican player Luis Hernandez scored the winning goal. In the third-place playoff, Jamaica lost 1–0 to Brazil, ending in fourth place.[31] At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica finished third in Group H with three points from a 2–1 win against Japan in Lyon. Theodore Whitmore scored both goals in the victory.[32]

The following month, Jamaica competed in the finals of the 1998 Caribbean Cup, which was a qualifier for the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. After finishing first in its group, Jamaica won the final 2–1 against Trinidad and Tobago, with goals from Oneil McDonald and Dean Sewell.[33] In 1999, Jamaica experienced its biggest defeat in a 9–0 loss against Costa Rica.[34] After finishing second in its group, Jamaica was eliminated by Cuba in the semi finals of the 1999 Caribbean Cup.[35] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished last in its group, losing against Colombia and Honduras 2–0 and 1–0, respectively.[36]

Struggles at continental level (2001–2009)

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification semi-finals, Jamaica faced Honduras, El Salvador, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the second group. Jamaica finished second, securing a spot in the final round despite losing two games to Honduras and El Salvador. In the final round of qualifying, Jamaica finished in fifth place after being eliminating by Honduras.[37] Between the two rounds of World Cup qualifying, Jamaica was eliminated in the group stage of the 2001 Caribbean Cup by goal-difference and missed out on qualifying for the Gold Cup the following year.[38] Jamaica qualified for the 2003 Gold Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Mexico 5–0 at the Estadio Azteca.[39]

Jamaica started its 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in the second round with a 4–1 aggregate win over Haiti to reach the third round. Jamaica finished third in group play, with a 1–1 draw against the US and one point away from reaching the next round. Coach Sebastião Lazaroni was sacked due to the team's performance.[40] In the 2005 Caribbean Cup, Jamaica tied its largest-ever win margin record with a 12–0 win over Saint Martin, with Luton Shelton and Roland Dean both getting hat-tricks.[41] After reaching the final with wins against Saint Lucia and French Guiana, Jamaica claimed its third title and a spot at the Gold Cup.[42] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica reached the quarter finals before losing to the US 3–1 in Foxborough, with American player DaMarcus Beasley scoring two goals.[43]

In 2006 and 2007, Jamaica continued to struggle, with one Jamaican journalist dubbing the team "The Reggae Toyz".[44] The team failed to qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Cup after being eliminated due to goals scored, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines scoring three more goals than Jamaica.[45] Two managers later, the team only earned a single point from three matches in the third round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With coach Theodore Whitmore, Jamaica secured three wins from its remaining matches, jumping from 116th[A] to 83rd place in the world rankings.[46] Despite the team's final win over Canada, Jamaica was eliminated by goal difference after Mexico finished three goals ahead.[47] Jamaica won the 2008 Caribbean Cup, with Luton Shelton scoring both goals in the victory against Grenada to qualify for the Gold Cup.[48] At the Gold Cup, Jamaica finished third in its group; with a single win over El Salvador, the side finished last among the third-place teams and was eliminated.[49]

Continental finals appearances (2010–2019)

Jamaica taking on the United States at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jamaica taking on the United States at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jamaica entered the final round of the 2010 Caribbean Cup after a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica.[50] After finishing first in its group, Jamaica won against Grenada in the semi-finals, then defeating first-time finalists Guadeloupe in a penalty shoot-out. Jamaica earned its fifth title, and coach Theodore Whitmore became the first to win the Caribbean Cup as both player and coach.[51][52] In the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica finished first in its group, beating Grenada 4–0, Guatemala 2–0, and Honduras 1–0 before being eliminated by the US, with goals from American players Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey.[53][54]

In qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica started in the third round and earned seven points in the first three games, which included a historic 2–1 win over the United States at home which was their first win over the Americans.[55] Jamaica later qualified with a 4–1 win over Antigua and Barbuda, finishing two goals ahead of Guatemala in its group.[56] After the team finished last in its group for the 2012 Caribbean Cup[57] and failed to record a win in six matches in the fourth round of qualifying, team manager Theodore Whitmore resigned and was replaced by German coach Winfried Schäfer.[58][59] After a 2–0 loss to the US, Jamaica finished in last place and was eliminated.[60]

After qualifying for the 2015 Gold Cup due to winning the 2014 Caribbean Cup,[61] Jamaica was invited to compete in the 2015 edition of the Copa América in Chile.[62] At the Copa America, Jamaica was drawn in Group B with Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. Jamaica finished last after losing all three of its matches 1–0, with Jobi McAnuff saying, "I don't think many people would have given us that chance."[63] A few weeks later in the 2015 Gold Cup, Jamaica finished first in its group and defeated Haiti in the quarter-finals with a goal from Giles Barnes to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1998.[64] In the semi-final, Jamaica defeated the US 2–1 with goals from Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes, reaching its first-ever Gold Cup final. In the final, Jamaica lost to Mexico 3–1.[65][66]

In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica started in the third round and defeated Nicaragua 4–3 on aggregate to reach the fourth round.[67] In the fourth round, Jamaica started off strong with a 1–0 win over Haiti and a 1–1 draw with Costa Rica, earning four points after three games.[68] However, three straight losses, including a 2–0 loss against Panama, eliminated Jamaica from World Cup qualifying.[69] Between the fourth-round matches, Jamaica competed in the Copa América Centenario after qualifying through the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Jamaica finished with no points from their three games, scoring no goals and conceding six.[61][70]

After Whitmore returned to the team,[71] Jamaica qualified for the 2017 Caribbean Cup, reaching the final before losing to first-time finalists Curaçao 2–1, with Elson Hooi scoring both of Curaçao's goals.[72] In the 2017 Gold Cup, Jamaica upset Mexico 1–0 in the semi-finals, with Kemar Lawrence scoring the goal.[73] In the final against the US, Jamaica conceded the opening goal at the end of the first half before Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score in the 50th minute. However, after a goal in the 88th minute from Jordan Morris, the US won the title, and Jamaica finished as runner-up.[74]

Post-pandemic (2020–present)

In 2020, Jamaica played a single international friendly versus Bermuda before all international football was placed on hold by FIFA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[75]

In 2021, Jamaica reached the 2021 Gold Cup quarterfinals, where they lost 0–1 to the USA.[76]

On 9 December 2021, Theodore Whitmore was dismissed as senior national team head coach. [77]

Stadium

Main article: Independence Park (Jamaica)

National Stadium in 2011
National Stadium in 2011

Between 1926 and 1962. Jamaica played its matches at Sabina Park, which is also home to the West Indies cricket team.[78] In 1962, the football team moved to Independence Park, which was built for the 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games held after the country gained independence; the first home match was a 6–1 victory over Puerto Rico.[10][79] The stadium is nicknamed The Office while the team plays.[80]

The team has also played at Jarrett Park and Trelawny Stadium in the 2008 Caribbean Cup.[81][82] They have also played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in the 2014 Caribbean Cup.[83]

Kits

The national team have used four clothing manufacturers to supply the official kit for Jamaica. The team's first supplier was Italian manufacturer Lanzera in 1995 before it merged with Kappa a year later. This deal was terminated after the 1998 World Cup.[84] In 2000, the JFF signed a deal with German sporting brand Uhlsport, which lasted until 2006.[85][86] After another three-year contract with Kappa between 2012 and 2014,[87] the JFF signed a four-year deal with Emiratie sportswear company Romai Sports for US$4.8 million.[88]

In 2021, Umbro was the kit provider for Jamaica.[89]

Results and fixtures

Main article: Jamaica national football team results

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

12 July 2021 (2021-07-12) Gold Cup GS Jamaica  2–0  Suriname Orlando, United States
18:30
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 6,403
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
16 July 2021 (2021-07-16) Gold Cup GS Guadeloupe  1–2  Jamaica Orlando, United States
18:30
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 6,527
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
20 July 2021 (2021-07-20) Gold Cup GS Costa Rica  1–0  Jamaica Orlando, United States
19:00
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 10,264
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25) Gold Cup QF United States  1–0  Jamaica Arlington, United States
20:30
Report Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 41,318
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Mexico  2–1  Jamaica Mexico City, Mexico
21:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio_Azteca
Attendance: 0[90][91]
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Jamaica  0–3  Panama Kingston, Jamaica
17:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Independence Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Costa Rica  1–1  Jamaica San José, Costa Rica
19:00 UTC−6
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying United States  2–0  Jamaica Austin, United States
18:30 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Q2 Stadium
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Jamaica  0–0  Canada Kingston, Jamaica
17:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Independence Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Honduras  0–2  Jamaica San Pedro Sula, Honduras
18:05 UTC−6 Report
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
12 November 2021 2022 FIFA WC qualifying El Salvador  1–1  Jamaica San Salvador, El Salvador
20:00 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: José Raúl Torres Rivera (Puerto Rico)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 FIFA WC qualifying Jamaica  1–1  United States Kingston, Jamaica
17:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Independence Park
Attendance: 4,100
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)

2022

20 January 2022 Friendly Peru  3–0  Jamaica Lima, Perú
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Fernando Echenique (Argentina)
27 January 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica  1–2  Mexico Kingston, Jamaica
19:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Independence Park
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
30 January 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Panama  3–2  Jamaica Panama City, Panama
17:05 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Attendance: 0
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
2 February 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica  0–1  Costa Rica Kingston, Jamaica
19:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Independence Park
Referee: Marco Ortiz (Mexico)
24 March 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica  1–1  El Salvador Kingston, Jamaica
18:05 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Independence Park
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
27 March 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Canada  4–0  Jamaica Toronto, Canada
16:05 UTC−4
Report Stadium: BMO Field
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
29 March 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica  2–1  Honduras Kingston, Jamaica
20:05 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Independence Park
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
25 May 2022 Friendly Catalonia  6–0  Jamaica Girona, Spain
18:45 Deulofeu 3', 28', 44'
Bartra 35'
Jutglà 74'
Puado 88'
Report Stadium: Estadi Montilivi
Attendance: 6.124
Referee: Victor Garcia Verdura
4 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Suriname  1–1  Jamaica Paramaribo, Suriname
20:00 UTC−3 Knight 84' (o.g.) Report Flemmings 39' Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion
Attendance: 3,032
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
7 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Jamaica  3–1  Suriname Kingston, Jamaica
20:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
14 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Jamaica  1–1  Mexico Kingston, Jamaica
19:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)

2023

26 March 2023 2022–23 Nations League Mexico  v  Jamaica Mexico
Report Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Jamaica Paul Hall
Assistant coach Jamaica Akeem Drake
Assistant coach Jamaica Malcolm Rowland
Goalkeeper coach Jamaica Jamal Winchester

Technical staff

Position Name
Technical Director Jamaica Wendell Downswell
General manager Jamaica Sam Parody

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named in the squad for the CONCACAF Nations League matches against Suriname on 4 June 2022 and 7 June 2022.[92] There were five changes to the squad for the CONCACAF Nations League match against Mexico on 14 June 2022. [93]

Caps and goals as of 8 June 2022, after the match against Suriname.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Andre Blake (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 31) 55 0 United States Philadelphia Union
23 1GK Jahmali Waite (1998-12-24) 24 December 1998 (age 23) 0 0 United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds
13 1GK Kemar Foster (1992-08-30) 30 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Jamaica Portmore United

17 2DF Damion Lowe (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 29) 42 2 United States Inter Miami
2DF Ricardo Thomas (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 32) 9 0 Jamaica Waterhouse
21 2DF Javain Brown (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 23) 11 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps
3 2DF Jamoi Topey (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 22) 4 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant
2DF Kenroy Campbell (2003-03-02) 2 March 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Jamaica Cavalier
4 2DF Amari'i Bell (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 28) 6 0 England Luton Town
6 2DF Jordan Scarlett (1995-07-08) 8 July 1995 (age 26) 0 0 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies

22 3MF Devon Williams (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 30) 25 1 United States Miami
12 3MF Junior Flemmings (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 26) 25 4 France Toulouse
19 3MF Kevon Lambert (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 25) 17 0 United States Phoenix Rising
8 3MF Tyreek Magee (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 22) 10 0 Belgium Eupen
10 3MF Ravel Morrison (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 29) 9 2 England Derby County
14 3MF Oquassa Chong (2001-03-06) 6 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Denmark Esbjerg fB
20 3MF Rolando Aarons (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 26) 1 0 England Huddersfield Town

11 4FW Shamar Nicholson (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 25) 30 10 Russia Spartak Moscow
7 4FW Leon Bailey (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 24) 16 1 England Aston Villa
16 4FW Kaheem Parris (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Slovenia Koper
9 4FW Jamal Lowe (1994-07-21) 21 July 1994 (age 27) 4 2 England AFC Bournemouth
18 4FW Atapharoy Bygrave (1993-11-12) 12 November 1993 (age 28) 3 0 Jamaica Dunbeholden
15 4FW Daniel Green (1997-06-10) 10 June 1997 (age 25) 3 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the team in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Amal Knight (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 28) 12 0 Jamaica Harbour View v.  Suriname, 7 June 2022
GK Dillon Barnes (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 26) 2 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
GK Corey Addai (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Denmark Esbjerg fB v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
GK Dwayne Miller (1987-07-14) 14 July 1987 (age 34) 36 0 Sweden Eskilstuna City v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
GK Jeadine White (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Jamaica Cavalier v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
GK Akeem Chambers (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 24) 2 0 Jamaica Waterhouse v.  Suriname, 7 June 2022

DF Richard King (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Jamaica Cavalier v.  Suriname, 7 June 2022
DF Ajeanie Talbott (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 24) 5 0 Jamaica Harbour View v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
DF Joel Latibeaudiere (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Wales Swansea City v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
DF Adrian Mariappa (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 (age 35) 62 1 Australia Macarthur v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
DF Greg Leigh (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 27) 5 0 England Morecambe v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
DF Kemar Lawrence (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 29) 73 3 United States Minnesota United v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
DF Alvas Powell (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 27) 54 2 United States Cincinnati v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
DF Liam Moore (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 29) 7 0 England Stoke City v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
DF Ethan Pinnock (1993-05-29) 29 May 1993 (age 29) 3 0 England Brentford v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
DF Maliek Howell (1999-01-27) 27 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0 United States University of Memphis v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
DF Oniel Fisher (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 30) 20 0 United States Minnesota United v.  United States, 16 November 2021
DF Wes Harding (1996-10-20) 20 October 1996 (age 25) 2 0 England Rotherham United v.  Panama, 5 September 2021
DF Michael Hector (1992-07-19) 19 July 1992 (age 29) 35 0 England Fulham v.  Guadeloupe, 17 July 2021
DF Ladale Richie (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 32) 19 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Curtis Tilt (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 30) 2 0 England Wigan Athletic 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

MF Blair Turgott (1994-05-22) 22 May 1994 (age 28) 6 0 Sweden BK Häcken v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Ramone Howell (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 (age 27) 4 0 Jamaica Waterhouse v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Tarick Ximines (2004-10-07) 7 October 2004 (age 17) 2 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Jordan Cousins (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 28) 1 0 England Wigan Athletic v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Omari Hutchinson (2003-10-29) 29 October 2003 (age 18) 1 0 England Arsenal v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Kameron Lacey (2001-01-16) 16 January 2001 (age 21) 1 0 United States Charlotte 49ers v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
MF Lamar Walker (2000-09-26) 26 September 2000 (age 21) 10 1 United States Miami v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
MF Demar Rose (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 24) 1 0 Jamaica Portmore United v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
MF Christopher Pearson (2003-01-01) 1 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Jamaica Cavalier v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
MF Peter-Lee Vassell (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 24) 19 6 United States Hartford Athletic v.  Canada, 27 March 2022
MF Daniel Johnson (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 29) 8 2 England Preston North End v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
MF Kevin Stewart (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 28) 1 0 England Blackpool v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
MF Je-Vaughn Watson (1983-10-22) 22 October 1983 (age 38) 95 4 Jamaica Humble Lions v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
MF Tevin Shaw (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 25) 6 0 United States Tucson v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
MF Anthony Grant (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 35) 2 0 England Scunthorpe United v.  United States, 16 November 2021
MF Owayne Gordon (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 30) 18 1 United States Richmond Kickers 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Kemal Malcolm (1989-11-19) 19 November 1989 (age 32) 9 2 United States Union Omaha 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Kevaughn Isaacs (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 26) 6 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Chevone Marsh (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 28) 5 2 Costa Rica Jicaral Sercoba 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jahshaun Anglin (2001-05-06) 6 May 2001 (age 21) 3 0 Unattached 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Luca Levee (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 25) 1 0 England Dulwich Hamlet 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Kasey Palmer (1996-11-09) 9 November 1996 (age 25) 1 0 England Coventry City 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

FW Neco Brett (1992-03-22) 22 March 1992 (age 30) 1 0 United States New Mexico United v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
FW Jonson Clarke-Harris (1994-07-21) 21 July 1994 (age 27) 1 0 England Peterborough United F.C v.  Catalonia, 25 May 2022
FW Andre Gray (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 30) 12 3 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
FW Alex Marshall (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 24) 11 0 Canada HFX Wanderers v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
FW Nicholas Nelson (1998-11-22) 22 November 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Jamaica Molynes United v.  Honduras, 30 March 2022
FW Cory Burke (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 30) 22 7 United States Philadelphia Union v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
FW Bobby Decordova-Reid (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 29) 16 2 England Fulham v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
FW Javon East (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 27) 16 2 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
FW Michail Antonio (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 32) 6 3 England West Ham United v.  Costa Rica, 2 February 2022
FW Jourdaine Fletcher (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 24) 4 1 India Gokulam Kerala v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
FW Deshane Beckford (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 24) 1 0 United States San Antonio v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
FW Devonte Campbell (2003-10-25) 25 October 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Jamaica Mount Pleasant v.  Peru, 20 January 2022
FW Kemar Roofe (1993-01-06) 6 January 1993 (age 29) 4 1 Scotland Rangers v.  United States, 16 November 2021
FW Romario Williams (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 27) 13 2 Kuwait Al-Qadsia v.  Mexico, 2 September 2021
FW Norman Campbell (1999-11-24) 24 November 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Serbia Čukarički v.  Mexico, 2 September 2021
FW Dever Orgill (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 32) 18 4 Turkey Manisa 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Chavany Willis (1997-09-17) 17 September 1997 (age 24) 9 2 United States Union Omaha 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Brian Brown (1992-12-29) 29 December 1992 (age 29) 9 1 United States Tulsa 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Dane Kelly (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 31) 3 2 United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Colorado Murray (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Jamaica Waterhouse 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

COV Withdrew from the squad due to COVID-19.
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
WD Withdrew from the squad for personal reasons.
PRE Preliminary squad / standby.
RET Retired from the national team.

UB40

The term UB40 is used in Jamaica to describe British-born players who have gone on to represent Jamaica in international football. The term is a nod to the English band UB40, who perform reggae, a genre of music that originated in Jamaica.[94][95]

Player records

As of 20 January 2022[96]
Players in bold are still active with Jamaica.

Competitive record

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
World Cup 0 0 0 0
Gold Cup 0 2 1 2
Caribbean Cup 6 3 2 0
Copa América 0 0 0 0

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Jamaica at the FIFA World Cup

Jamaica's only appearance at the FIFA World Cup was in 1998. The team opened with a 3–1 loss against Croatia in Lens. After falling behind in the 27th minute, Robbie Earle scored the equalizer to close the first half. In the second half, Croatia scored two goals, causing Jamaica to lose the match.[97] The second match against Argentina saw Gabriel Batistuta getting a second half hat-trick, aiding in Jamaica's second defeat and elimination from the World Cup.[98] In the final match of the tournament, Theodore Whitmore scored a double, securing Jamaica's first World Cup win with a 2–1 win over Japan, whilst also allows Jamaica to become the second team from the Caribbean after Cuba to have won a World Cup game.[32]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad 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 Did not qualify 8 2 3 3 8 11
Mexico 1970 4 0 0 4 2 11
West Germany 1974 Withdrew Withdrew
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
Spain 1982 Did not enter Declined participation
Mexico 1986 Withdrew Withdrew
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 4 6
United States 1994 8 2 3 3 9 11
France 1998 Group stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 3 9 Squad 20 11 6 3 24 15
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 16 6 2 8 14 18
Germany 2006 8 2 5 1 11 6
South Africa 2010 8 5 1 2 19 6
Brazil 2014 16 3 6 7 14 19
Russia 2018 8 2 1 5 6 21
Qatar 2022 14 2 5 7 12 22
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/22 3 1 0 2 3 9 116 37 33 46 124 161

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Main article: Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 16 Squad Qualified automatically
Guatemala 1965 Did not enter Did not enter
Honduras 1967 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 4 4
Costa Rica 1969 Round-robin 6th 5 0 1 4 3 10 Squad 2 1 1 0 3 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
Haiti 1973 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1977 Withdrew Withdrew
Honduras 1981 Did not enter Did not enter
1985 Withdrew Withdrew
1989 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 4 6
United States 1991 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 12 Squad 4 4 0 0 13 2
Mexico United States 1993 Third place 3rd 5 1 2 2 6 10 Squad 5 4 1 0 10 1
United States 1996 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 4 3
United States 1998 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 5 4 Squad 7 5 2 0 18 5
United States 2000 Group stage 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3 Squad 5 5 0 0 12 4
United States 2002 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 4 3
United States 2003 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 2 6 Squad 6 4 2 0 17 4
United States 2005 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 8 10 Squad 10 8 2 0 38 5
United States 2007 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 7 2
United States 2009 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 1 2 Squad 5 4 1 0 11 2
United States 2011 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 0 1 7 2 Squad 5 4 1 0 12 3
United States 2013 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 3
Canada United States 2015 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 8 6 Squad 4 2 2 0 6 1
United States 2017 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 7 4 Squad 4 2 1 1 7 5
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Fourth place 4th 5 2 2 1 6 6 Squad 4 3 0 1 12 3
United States 2021 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 4 3 Squad 6 5 1 0 21 1
Total Runners-up 14/26 58 20 10 28 61 94 89 60 19 10 204 60

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 B C 6 5 1 0 21 1 Rise 13th
2022–23 A A To be determined
Total 6 5 1 0 21 1 13th

Copa América

Main article: Jamaica at the Copa América

Jamaica was invited to the Copa América for the first time in 2015, finishing last among Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.[62] The following year, the team competed in the Copa América Centenario as winners of the 2014 Caribbean Cup, again finishing last in the group stage with a 3–0 loss to Uruguay.[61][70]

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Chile 2015 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 0 3 Squad
United States 2016 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 6 Squad
Total Invitation 0 titles 6 0 0 6 0 9

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 3
Suriname 1979 4 2 0 2 4 9
Puerto Rico 1981 2 1 0 1 2 4
French Guiana 1983 Did not enter Did not enter
Barbados 1985
Martinique 1988
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 2 6
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Abandoned[B] 2 0 2 0 0 0 Squad 3 2 1 0 4 0
Jamaica 1991 Champions 4 4 0 0 13 2 Squad Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 4 3 Squad Qualified as champions
Jamaica 1993 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 17 4 Squad Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 18 5
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Group stage 3 2 0 1 4 3 Squad Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Group stage 3 1 0 2 5 5 Squad 2 1 0 1 2 2
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Third place 4 2 2 0 8 3 Squad 3 3 0 0 10 2
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 12 4 Squad Qualified as host
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Third place 4 2 0 2 7 5 Squad Qualified as champions
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group stage 3 2 0 1 4 3 Squad Qualified automatically
Barbados 2005 Champions 3 3 0 0 4 1 Squad 7 5 2 0 34 4
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 7 2
Jamaica 2008 Champions 5 4 1 0 11 2 Squad Qualified as host
Martinique 2010 Champions 5 4 1 0 12 3 Squad Qualified as champions
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 3 Squad Qualified as champions
Jamaica 2014 Champions 4 2 2 0 6 1 Squad Qualified as host
Martinique 2017 Runners-up 2 0 1 1 2 3 Squad 2 1 1 0 5 2
Total 16/25 60 38 12 10 110 45 35 19 6 10 89 39

Head-to-head record

As of 17 November 2021, the national team has played in 569 matches, with 227 wins, 124 draws, and 218 losses since their first international match in 1925. In total, the team has scored 752 goals and conceded 744 goals.[99] Jamaica's highest winning margin is twelve goals, which has been achieved on two occasions: against the British Virgin Islands in 1994 (12–0) and against Saint Martin in 2004 (12–0).[5] Their longest winning streak is seven wins and their unbeaten record is 22 consecutive official matches.[5]

The following table shows Jamaica's all-time international record, correct as of 2 February 2022. Teams in italics aren't member of FIFA.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

FIFA World Ranking

See also: FIFA World Rankings

Last update was on 27 May 2021 Source:[100]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Jamaica's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
45 2021
47 2020 47 Increase 1 48 Steady
48 2019 45 Increase 5 56 Decrease 3
54 2018 48 Increase 5 59 Decrease 4
54 2017 54 Increase 19 79 Decrease 5
77 2016 46 Increase 9 80 Decrease 16
54 2015 52 Increase 21 79 Decrease 11
75 2014 71 Increase 42 113 Decrease 15
80 2013 49 Increase 4 82 Decrease 28
56 2012 50 Increase 8 66 Decrease 9
54 2011 38 Increase 17 64 Decrease 16
58 2010 58 Increase 24 83 Decrease 3
81 2009 64 Increase 11 81 Decrease 7
65 2008 65 Increase 33 116 Decrease 14
97 2007 56 Increase 3 103 Decrease 25
57 2006 42 Increase 20 78 Decrease 32
42 2005 40 Increase 5 47 Decrease 3
49 2004 46 Increase 4 54 Decrease 5
46 2003 45 Increase 2 51 Decrease 1
51 2002 51 Increase 8 60 Decrease 2
53 2001 43 Increase 3 54 Decrease 7
48 2000 39 Increase 14 60 Decrease 5
41 1999 39 Increase 3 44 Decrease 6
33 1998 27 Increase 6 33 Decrease 3
39 1997 30 Increase 2 40 Decrease 7
32 1996 32 Increase 7 58 Decrease 2
56 1995 51 Increase 30 95 Decrease 7
96 1994 70 Increase 5 96 Decrease 10
80 1993 76 Increase 7 83 Decrease 16

Honours

Major competitions

Minor competitions

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Which at the time was their lowest ranking
  2. ^ 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.

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