Saint Kitts and Nevis
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Sugar Boyz
AssociationSt. Kitts and Nevis Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachAustin Huggins
Most capsThrizen Leader (76)
Top scorerKeith Gumbs (24)
Home stadiumWarner Park
FIFA codeSKN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 141 Increase 1 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest73 (October 2016, March 2017)
Lowest176 (November 1994)
First international
British Leeward Islands Saint Christopher and Nevis 2–4 Grenada 
(Saint Christopher and Nevis; 18 August 1938)
Biggest win
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 10–0 Montserrat 
(Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis; 17 April 1992)
 Saint Martin 0–10 Saint Kitts and Nevis 
(The Valley, Anguilla; 14 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 8–0 Saint Kitts and Nevis 
(Monterrey, Mexico; 17 November 2004)

The Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team is the national team of Saint Kitts and Nevis and is controlled by the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association. They are affiliated to the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF.

They are nicknamed The Sugar Boyz due to the sugar cultivation on the island of St. Kitts.

History

Beginnings (1938–1990)

Saint Kitts and Nevis played their first match on 18 August 1938, against Grenada, a match that ended in a 2–4 defeat.[3] They participated in the Leeward Islands Tournament from 1949 however had to wait until 1979 to play their first official matches, in the qualifying rounds for the 1979 CFU Championship, losing twice to Jamaica, both results finishing 2–1. They would again fail to qualify for the final phase of the 1983 CFU Championship, after advancing due to Jamaica's withdrawal, they'd be eliminated by Martinique, who won 12–0 on aggregate.

1990–2000

The Sugar Boyz qualified for their first tournament at the 1993 Caribbean Cup, defeating Dominican Republic (3–2) and British Virgin Islands (5–0) to top their qualifying group. In the tournament proper, they finished second behind Jamaica to reach the semi-finals, before losing to Martinique on penalties. In the match for third place, they were defeated 3–2 by Trinidad and Tobago. Saint Kitts and Nevis finished bottom of their group in 1996 but in the 1997 Caribbean Cup, they advanced into the knock-out after finishing level on points with both Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique, then defeated Grenada 2–1 in extra-time with both goals scored by Keith Gumbs, but they succumbed to Trinidad and Tobago 0–4 in the final. Since they'd reached the final, Saint Kitts and Nevis were entered into a play-off against Cuba – runner-up in the 1996 Caribbean Cup – for the last ticket to the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but they lost 2–0.

Saint Kitts and Nevis participated for the first time in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. After benefiting from the withdrawal of the Bahamas, they beat Saint Lucia 5–1 in Basseterre and 1–0 in Castries, but fell in the third knockout round against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, losing thanks to the away goals rule.

2000s

In the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, after comfortably beating the Turks and Caicos Islands with an aggregate result of 14–0, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines once again dispatched the Sugar Boyz, winning both in Kingstown (1–0) as in Basseterre (1–2). However, the situation would improve in the 2006 qualifiers, since Saint Kitts and Nevis advanced to the second group phase after leaving the US Virgin Islands and Barbados on the way. They shared Group 3 with Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but as expected, finished in last place, with 6 losses in as many appearances. They also experienced the worst defeat in their history, 8–0 against Mexico. In the preliminary round for the 2010 qualifiers, they were unable to repeat what they had done four years ago and were unceremoniously eliminated by Belize, who won 4–2 on aggregate.

In the Caribbean Cup , the Sugar Boyz did not repeat the successes of the '90s and could only qualify to the final phase of the 2001 Caribbean Cup, although they did not advance beyond the group phase. They have not returned to a final phase since that edition.

2010–present

Qualifying directly to the second round of the 2014 qualifiers, Saint Kitts and Nevis was drawn in Group D along with Canada, Puerto Rico and Saint Lucia. They finished in 3rd place, with 7 points. It was only defeated by Canada in Toronto (4–0). In the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Saint Kitts and Nevis defeated the Turks and Caicos Islands in the first round by a lofty aggregate 12–4 before falling in the second phase, at the hands of El Salvador, 6–3 on aggregate, but not before obtaining a 2–2 draw at home. In November 2015, they played 2 friendlies against European teams, Andorra (1–0) and Estonia (0–3). Devaughn Elliott scored the only goal in the victory over Andorra, becoming the first St. Kitts and Nevis player to score against a European side.[4] The result was also the first away victory for a CFU team over a European side on their home soil.[5]

In October 2016, it reached its highest ranking in the FIFA world ranking (73rd place) thanks to its good performance in the 2nd round of the 2017 Caribbean Cup of Nations qualifiers. However, two defeats against French Guiana (0-1) and Haiti at home (0-2 a.e.t.) stopped the Sugar Boyz in the 3rd round of these qualifiers. The year ends with a 1-1 draw in Basseterre against Estonia on November 19, 2016, in a friendly match, one year after playing against the same team in Tallinn.

In June 2017, the team went on a second European tour and played Armenia on June 4 in Yerevan and Georgia three days later in Tbilisi. Both games ended in equally bad losses, 5-0 and 3-0, respectively. St. Kitts and Nevis continues its pattern of international tours and travels in August 2017 to Mumbai to meet Mauritius and India in a friendly tournament, the 2017 Hero Tri-Nation Series. Both matches ended in draws acquired by the same score of one goal each.

The Sugar Boyz will meet Andorra again on March 25, 2022, six and a half years after their only confrontation, for a friendly match in Andorra la Vella. This time the Principality's selection wins against Saint Kitts and Nevis on its home stadium (1-0).

Fixtures and results

Main article: Saint Kitts and Nevis 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

2021

15 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying El Salvador  2–0  Saint Kitts and Nevis San Salvador, El Salvador
19:30 UTC−6
  • Pérez 24'
  • Mayen 87'
Report Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)

2022

25 March Friendly Andorra  1–0  Saint Kitts and Nevis Andorra la Vella, Andorra
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
9 June Nations League Aruba  2–3  Saint Kitts and Nevis Willemstad, Curaçao
18:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Stadion Rignaal Jean Francisca
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
12 June Nations League Saint Kitts and Nevis  1–1  Saint Martin Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
19:00 UTC−4
  • Clarke 90+2'
Report
  • Arne 34'
Stadium: Warner Park
Referee: Jaime Herrera (Salvadoran Football Federation)

2023

23 March Nations League Saint Martin  v  Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Martin
Report Stadium: TBD
26 March Nations League Saint Kitts and Nevis  v  Aruba Saint Kitts and Nevis
Report Stadium: TBD

Coaches

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Julani Archibald (1991-05-18) 18 May 1991 (age 31) 45 0 Malta Birkirkara
1GK Clifford Samuel (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 32) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Conaree
1GK Zaykeese Smith (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars

2DF Andre Burley (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 22) 5 0 England Wycombe Wanderers
2DF Dennis Flemming (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 25) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars
2DF Ordell Flemming (1993-09-16) 16 September 1993 (age 28) 11 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars
2DF Kareem Harris (1988-01-06) 6 January 1988 (age 34) 16 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Peters Strikers
2DF Ezrick Nicholls 0 0 Free agent
2DF Dijhorn Simmonds (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
2DF Petrez Williams (2000-06-18) 18 June 2000 (age 22) 7 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United

3MF Kalonji Clarke (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St Paul's United
3MF Jayan Duncan (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
3MF Yohannes Mitchum (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24) 22 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis Newtown United
3MF Raheem Somersall (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 25) 13 0 United States North Carolina
3MF Omari Sterling-James (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 28) 13 3 England Kidderminster Harriers
3MF Tyquan Terrell (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 24) 6 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Peters Strikers
3MF Gerard Williams (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 34) 73 2 India TRAU

4FW Carlos Bertie (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26) 13 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
4FW Vinceroy Nelson (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 26) 11 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United
4FW Kimaree Rogers (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 28) 26 5 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars

Recent call ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Thrizen Leader (1984-07-03) 3 July 1984 (age 38) 76 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis St Paul's United v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
DF Malique Roberts (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 21) 3 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
DF Xavier French (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis SPD United v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021

MF Theo Wharton (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 27) 19 2 Wales Barry Town United v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
MF Raheem Francis (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 26) 4 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
MF Romaine Sawyers (1991-11-02) 2 November 1991 (age 30) 30 5 England Stoke City v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021

FW Rowan Liburd (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 29) 12 4 England Billericay Town v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
FW Harry Panayiotou (1994-10-28) 28 October 1994 (age 27) 29 10 Scotland Livingston v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
FW Keithroy Freeman (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 28) 8 4 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
FW Tiquanny Williams (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Portugal Ovarense v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021
FW Tahir Hanley (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 25) 9 1 Honduras Real de Minas v.  El Salvador, 15 June 2021

Player records

As of 9 June 2022
Players in bold are still active with Saint Kitts & Nevis.

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 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
Mexico 1986 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not enter Declined participation
France 1998 Did not qualify 4 2 2 0 8 3
South Korea Japan 2002 4 2 0 2 15 3
Germany 2006 10 4 0 6 18 26
South Africa 2010 2 0 1 1 2 4
Brazil 2014 6 1 4 1 6 8
Russia 2018 4 2 1 1 15 10
Qatar 2022 6 3 0 3 8 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 36 14 8 14 72 62

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1991 to United States 2021 Did not qualify
Total 0/13

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 1 2 3 8 8 Fall 25th
2022–23 C B To be determined
Total 6 1 2 3 8 8 25th

Caribbean Cup

Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1990
Jamaica 1991
Trinidad and Tobago 1992
Jamaica 1993 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 16 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Did not qualify
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 10
Antigua and BarbudaSaint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Second place 4 2 0 2 4 8
Trinidad and TobagoJamaica 1998 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 9
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group stage 3 1 1 1 7 8
Barbados 2005 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007
Jamaica 2008
Martinique 2010
Antigua and Barbuda 2012
Jamaica 2014
Martinique 2017
Total 5/18 18 5 3 10 26 43

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "Saint Kitts and Nevis - List of International Matches". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "St. Kitts and Nevis vs. Andorra". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ "'Sugar Boyz' defeat Andorra in historic European win". miyvue.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Our Sugar Boyz ambassadors has taken off to face @avbaruba in the 2022-2023". St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association - Facebook. 6 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.