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Northern Mariana Islands national football team


The Northern Mariana Islands national football team is the international football team of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, controlled by the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Selected internationals 2
  • Coaching History 3
  • Current Squad 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Overview

The association is a member of the East Asian Football Federation. In the late 1990s a Northern Mariana Islands national side competed in the Micronesian Games (Teams were 9-a-side and the matches were 80 minutes in duration and were played on a pitch which was below regulation size.[1]). In December 2006, the EAFF admitted the Northern Mariana Islands as a provisional member, granting full membership in September 2008.[2]

Lucas Knecht featured for the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association on April 1, 2007 in an East Asian Football Federation Championship Qualifier versus Guam. Knecht was 14 years and 2 days old at the time making him the youngest male player to ever appear in an international match.[3]

In July 2009 The AFC Exco agreed to accept the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) as an Associate Member of the Asian Football Confederation, after the association resigned from the Oceania Football Confederation in June 2009, paving the way to join AFC.[4] The NMIFA will be a provisional member until the next AFC Congress, when it has the chance to be ratified as a permanent Associate Member.

On June 19, 2010 the NMI earned a 1–1 draw with neighbor Guam in the 2010 Marianas Cup. The match ended in a draw as there was insufficient lighting to continue the match after the end of regulation. Joe Wang Miller scored for the NMI in the 68th minute and Jason Cunliffe answered in the 89th minute to salvage a draw for Guam.

The Northern Mariana Islands scored their first ever international win on July 23, 2014 in the preliminary round of the 2015 EAFF Championships held in Hagatna, Guam. The Blue Ayuyus had goals from Nick Swaim and Kirk Schuler to beat Macau, 2 to 1.

Selected internationals

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition
25 July 2014 GFA National Training Center, Guam 0-5 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
23 July 2014 GFA National Training Center, Guam 2-1 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
21 July 2014 GFA National Training Center, Guam 0-4 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
6 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu 0-4 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
4 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu 0-9 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
2 March 2013 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu 0-6 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
24 November 2012 0-8 Friendly(NMI U23)
20 July 2012 1-5 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
18 July 2012 1-3 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
19 June 2010 CNMI 1–1 2010 Marianas Cup
15 March 2009 1–4 2010 East Asian Cup
13 March 2009 1–2 2010 East Asian Cup
11 March 2009 1–6 2010 East Asian Cup
27 April 2008 CNMI 2–3 2008 Marianas Cup
1 April 2007 0–9 2008 East Asian Football Championship Preliminary qualification and 2007 Marianas Cup
25 March 2007 CNMI 2–3 2008 East Asian Football Championship Preliminary qualification
12 July 1999 Yap Sports Complex, Yap 0-7 1999 Micronesia Cup

Coaching History

Name Nat Tenure
Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski 2007
Jason Higgins 2007
Nicolas Swaim 2008
Sugao Kambe 2009
Kiyoshi Sekiguchi 2010
Mark McAllister 2011
Johann Noetzel 2012
Chikashi Suzuki 2012-2013
Koo Luam Khen 2013
Kiyoshi Sekiguchi 2014-

Current Squad

Selected for 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup match versus Macau:[5]
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
2 2DF Eric Cooke 2 0 Wild Bills
3 2DF Daniel Westphal 2 0
13 2DF Raphael Zapanta Paire FC
15 2DF Kenneth Domingo
3 3MF William Dunn 2 0 Paire FC
4 3MF Kirk Schuler 3 1 MP United
7 3MF Michael Barry (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 5 0 Fredericksburg Area SA
8 3MF Steven McKagen (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 6 0 Paire FC
9 3MF Peter Loken (1980-09-02) 2 September 1980 5 1 Inter Godfather's
20 3MF Enrico del Rosario (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 2 0 Stallion F.C.
10 3MF Lucas Knecht (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 5 0 GSW Hurricanes
14 3MF Ruselle Zapanta
16 3MF Brian Lee
5 4FW Nicolas Swaim (1977-11-08) 8 November 1977 6 1 MP United
11 4FW Joe Wang Miller (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 6 3 MP United

Note: Birth dates, caps and ages taken from the following source:[6]

References

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/micronesia98.html RSSSF - Micronesian Games 1998
  2. ^
  3. ^ Oldest and Youngest Players and Goal-scorers in International Football from RSSSF
  4. ^
  5. ^ Score sheet for Northern Mariana Islands v Macau, 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup, 20 July 2012
  6. ^ Northern Mariana Islands at National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 February 2013.

http://www.saipantribune.com/blue-ayuyus-earn-historic-victory/

External links

  • Official NMIFA website
  • Team information from EAFF


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