Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bonitos
AssociationSolomon Islands Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachFelipe Vega-Arango
CaptainMicah Lea'alafa
Most capsHenry Fa'arodo (64)
Top scorerCommins Menapi (34)
Home stadiumLawson Tama Stadium
FIFA codeSOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 137 Increase 5 (31 March 2022)[1]
Highest120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest200 (January–March 2016)
First international
 Solomon Islands 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Suva, Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
 Solomon Islands 16–0 Cook Islands 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 21 August 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Tahiti 18–0 Solomon Islands 
(Suva, Fiji; 8 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up, 2004

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national football team of the Solomon Islands, administered by the Solomon Islands Football Federation. The Solomon Islands national football team was founded in 1978. They were officially recognised by FIFA a decade later, in 1988.[3]

History

During the 2004 Oceania World Cup qualification/Oceania Cup the team drew 2–2 with Australia and qualified for the second leg. In the second leg, the Solomon Islands national men's team were thrashed by Australia 5–1 and 6–0 in the two matches, with Australia qualifying for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

The Solomons got a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the team was thrashed by Australia 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the second played at home.

The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – having got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition.

In 2012, the Solomon Islands held the 2012 OFC Nations Cup which was also the second round of World Cup qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place after qualifying through to the knockout stage by defeating Papua New Guinea and having draws against Fiji and New Zealand. They lost in the semi-final after they lost to the champions Tahiti after Jonathan Tehau scored the only goal. They later lost to New Zealand in the third-place playoff. The third round of World Cup qualifying saw the team finish bottom of the group after only taking one win against Tahiti.

After first taking charge of the team in 2017, Spaniard Felipe Vega-Arango was appointed for his second stint in June 2021.[4]

Kit sponsorship

Kit lier Period
Italy Lotto 2004–2012
New Zealand Pasifika 2013–2016
Australia Veto 2016–2021
China UCAN 2022–

Sponsors

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Solomon Islands national football team results (1963–1999) and Solomon Islands national football team results (2000–present)

In March 2022, the Solomon Islands will play their first matches since they took part in the 2019 Pacific Games.

2022

3 March Unofficial Friendly Brisbane Roar Australia 0–1  Solomon Islands Gold Coast
19:30 AEST (UTC+10:00) Stadium: Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre
5 March Unofficial Friendly Caboolture Sports FC Australia 2–1  Solomon Islands Burpengary
19:00 AEST (UTC+10:00) Stadium: Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex
8 March Unofficial Friendly Queensland Lions FC Australia 2–4  Solomon Islands Richlands
19:30 AEST (UTC+10:00) Stadium: Lions Stadium
17 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Cook Islands  0–2  Solomon Islands Doha, Qatar
17:00 UTC+3 Report
  • Atkin Kaua 20'
  • Alwin Hou 45+1'
Stadium: Al Arabi Stadium
Referee: David Yareboinen (Papua New Guinea)
20 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Solomon Islands  Cancelled[a]  Vanuatu Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Arabi Stadium
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Solomon Islands  3–1  Tahiti Doha, Qatar
17:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium
27 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification SF Solomon Islands  3–2  Papua New Guinea Doha, Qatar
17:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al-Arabi Stadium
30 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification F Solomon Islands  0–5  New Zealand Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al-Arabi Stadium

Coaching staff

Position
Head coach Spain Felipe Vega-Arango
Assistant coach Solomon Islands Eddie Marahare
Goalkeeper coach Solomon Islands Zantas Kabini
Kit Manager Solomon Islands Augustine Hou
Team Manager Solomon Islands Patrick Miniti

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022.[8]

Caps and goals updated as of 30 March 2022, after the match against New Zealand.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Philip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 26) 26 0 Solomon Islands Central Coast
12 1GK Harold Nauania (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Solomon Islands Waneagu United
23 1GK Junior Petua (2003-12-30) 30 December 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Solomon Islands Honiara City

2 2DF Hadisi Aengari (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 33) 43 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
3 2DF Ian Kalu (1999-07-16) 16 July 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Solomon Islands Waneagu United
4 2DF Leon Kofana (2002-06-22) 22 June 2002 (age 19) 4 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
5 2DF Javin Wae (2002-11-17) 17 November 2002 (age 19) 2 0 Solomon Islands Central Coast
13 2DF Junior David (2001-09-22) 22 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Solomon Islands Honiara City
16 2DF David Supa (2000-12-21) 21 December 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Solomon Islands Isabel United
18 2DF Prince Tahunipue (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 27) 4 0 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
2DF Ronny Mani (1989-11-23) 23 November 1989 (age 32) 0 0 Solomon Islands Waneagu United

6 3MF Don Keana (2000-09-09) 9 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Solomon Islands Waneagu United
7 3MF Atkin Kaua (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 26) 25 5 Solomon Islands Laugu United
8 3MF Jerry Donga (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 31) 28 4 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
10 3MF Micah Lea'alafa (captain) (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 30) 19 6 Solomon Islands Waneagu United
11 3MF Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 29) 27 13 Solomon Islands Kossa
14 3MF Tigi Molea (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 29) 3 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
15 3MF Molis Junior Gagame (1999-09-14) 14 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
17 3MF Alwin Hou (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 25) 8 5 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
22 3MF William Komasi (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Solomon Islands Central Coast
3MF Carlos Liomasia (1994-09-17) 17 September 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Solomon Islands Real Kakamora

9 4FW Adrian Mara (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 23) 6 4 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
19 4FW Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 34) 37 7 Solomon Islands Kossa
20 4FW Raphael Lea'i (2003-09-09) 9 September 2003 (age 18) 5 4 Solomon Islands Henderson Eels
21 4FW Ali Mekawir (2000-07-27) 27 July 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Australia Adelaide City

Player records

As of 30 March 2022[9]
Players in bold are still active with Solomon Islands.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Host Round Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Did not participate Did not participate
1994  United States Did not qualify Group Stage 4 0 1 3 5 13
1998  France Group Stage 8 3 3 2 22 23
2002  South Korea
 Japan
Group Stage 4 2 0 2 17 10
2006  Germany 2nd 11 6 2 3 24 18
2010  South Africa Knockout Stage 6 4 0 2 23 6
2014  Brazil 4th 11 2 2 7 10 27
2018  Russia 2nd 10 4 1 5 11 18
2022  Qatar 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 8
2026  Canada
 Mexico
 United States
To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 57 23 9 25 118 123

OFC Nations Cup

OFC Nations Cup record Qualification record
Year Host Round Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1973  New Zealand Did not enter Did not enter
1980  New Caledonia Group stage 3 0 0 3 3 21 No qualification
1996 Multiple countries 4th 2 0 0 2 1 3 4 4 0 0 10 1
1998  Australia Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 8 7
2000  Tahiti 3rd 4 2 0 2 7 10 4 2 1 1 10 9
2002  New Zealand Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 9 Qualified automatically
2004  Australia 2nd 7 3 1 3 10 17 4 3 1 0 14 1
2008 Multiple countries Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 23 6
2012  Solomon Islands 4th 5 1 2 2 5 6 Qualified as host
2016  Papua New Guinea 4th 4 1 0 3 2 4 Qualified automatically
2020  New Zealand Cancelled Cancelled
Total 2nd 28 7 4 17 31 70 22 15 3 4 65 24

Pacific Games

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Fiji 1963 Fourth place 4th 3 1 0 2 6 26
New Caledonia 1966 Round 1 6th 2 0 1 1 4 12
Papua New Guinea 1969 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 8 19
French Polynesia 1971 Did not enter
Guam 1975 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 9 8
Fiji 1979 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 24 5
Samoa 1983 Round 1 10th 3 1 0 2 0 11
New Caledonia 1987 Did not enter
Papua New Guinea 1991 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1 0 12 3
French Polynesia 1995 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 34 10
Fiji 2003 Round 1 5th 4 2 1 1 14 4
Samoa 2007 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 23 6
New Caledonia 2011 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 0 2 21 6
Papua New Guinea 2015 See Solomon Islands national under-23 football team
Samoa 2019 Round 1 7th 5 2 1 2 30 9
Total Best: Runners-up 12/15 55 29 6 20 185 119

Wantok Cup

Head-to-head record

As of 18 July 2019
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
 American Samoa 3 3 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
 Australia 10 0 1 9 8 55 −47 0.00
 Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Cook Islands 4 4 0 0 35 2 +33 100.00
 Fiji 35 5 15 15 38 68 −30 14.29
 Guam 3 3 0 0 24 2 +22 100.00
 Kiribati 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 100.00
 Macau 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
 New Caledonia 25 9 2 14 29 53 −24 36.00
 New Zealand 12 0 2 10 11 44 −33 0.00
 Papua New Guinea 21 12 4 5 34 26 +8 57.14
 Samoa[b] 3 3 0 0 20 0 +20 100.00
 Singapore 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1 0.00
 Tahiti 23 4 3 16 23 75 −52 17.39
 Tonga 5 5 0 0 31 0 +31 100.00
 Tuvalu 4 4 0 0 29 1 +28 100.00
 Vanuatu[c] 33 20 7 6 74 37 +37 60.61
 Wallis and Futuna 3 3 0 0 23 1 +22 100.00
Total 188 78 34 76 423 370 +53 41.49
Source: 1963–99 results and 2000–present results
Notes:
  1. ^ On 19 March 2022, it was announced that Vanuatu had withdrawn from the tournament due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the Vanuatu squad.[5]
  2. ^ Includes results as Western Samoa.
  3. ^ Includes results as New Hebrides.

Honours

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Member Association – Solomon Islands". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Solomon Islands appoint new coach". 23 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Vanuatu withdraws from the FIFA World Cup ™ Oceania Qualifiers". 19 March 2022.
  6. ^ "FIFA.com". 23 June 2007. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Solomons search for new coach". Oceania Football Confederation. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Futsal stars, S-League standouts among Solomon Islands squad named for Qatar". 11 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Solomon Islands". National Football Teams.