Cook Islands national football team

Cook Islands
Association Cook Islands
Football Association
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Captain Jake Stuart
Most caps Tony Jamieson (20)
Top scorer Taylor Saghabi (6)
Home stadium National Stadium
FIFA code COK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 192 (16 August 2018)
Highest 166 (October 2015)
Lowest 207 (April–July 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 221 15 (6 March 2018)
First international
Tahiti 30–0  Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
Biggest win

 Cook Islands 3–0 American Samoa 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 12 June 2000)

 Cook Islands 4–1 Tuvalu 
(Apia, Samoa; 1 September 2007)
 Tonga 0–3 Cook Islands 
(Nuku'alofa, Tonga; 31 August 2015)
Biggest defeat
Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands 
(Papeete, Tahiti; 2 September 1971)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
Best result Group stage, 1998 and 2000

The Cook Islands national football team is the national team of the Cook Islands and is controlled by the Cook Islands Football Association. With a population of around 18,000 people it remains one of the smallest FIFA teams.

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to
1994
Did not enter Did not enter
1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
2002 4 0 0 4 2 25
2006 4 0 0 4 1 17
2010 4 1 0 3 4 9
2014 3 0 1 2 4 6
2018 3 2 0 1 4 2
2022 To be determined
Total 0/22 20 3 1 16 16 63

Oceania Nations Cup record

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 to 1996 Did not enter
1998 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 19
2000 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 22
2002 Withdrew
2004 to 2016 Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 2/9 4 0 0 4 1 41

Performance at the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup

The Cook Islands qualified for their first Oceania Nations Cup after finishing second in the 1998 Polynesia Cup, which they hosted. They faced Australia and Fiji in Group B, in what proved to be a tough draw. Australia crushed the Cook Islands 16–0 in their first match, scoring eight goals either side of the interval. In their next match against Fiji, however, the Cook Islands acquitted themselves much better, losing only 3–0, but with two defeats from two matches they failed to make the semi-finals.

Performance at the 2000 Oceania Nations Cup

In finishing 2nd at the Polynesia Cup for the second tournament running, the Cook Islands also qualified for their second successive OFC Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group A along with the Solomon Islands, and again, Australia. After their heavy defeat at the hands of Australia in the 1998 tournament, the Cook Islands hoped to avoid a repeat performance. However, they were powerless to prevent their opponents from running rampant, this time to the tune of 17–0. The Solomon Islands were up next, and in this game the Cook Islands had the consolation of scoring their first goal at the Oceania Nations Cup–the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak 5–1 defeat. After two defeats, then, the Cooks Islands again went out at the group stage.

South Pacific Games record

Pacific Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963 to 1969 Did not enter
1971 Group Stage 6th 3 0 0 3 2 61
1975 to 1991 Did not enter
1995 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 2 37
2003 Did not enter
2007 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 4 9
2011 Group stage 9th 4 1 0 3 4 15
2015 N/A – tournament was U23
Total 0/13 15 3 0 12 12 122

Results and Fixtures

2015

Current squad

Players selected to compete in the First Round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 September 2015.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Iona Lupena (1984-05-03) 3 May 1984 2 0 Manukau City
20 1GK Tahiri Elikana (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 9 0 Avatiu
3 2DF Joseph Miitamariki (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 11 0 Tupapa Maraerenga
4 2DF Tyrell Baringer-Tahiri (1994-04-20) 20 April 1994 3 0 Puaikura
5 2DF Paavo Mustonen (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 10 0 Tupapa Maraerenga
13 2DF Nathan Tisam (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 8 0 Avatiu
17 2DF Sunai Joseph (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 0 0 Tupapa Maraerenga
2 3MF Grover Harmon (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 10 1 Puaikura
6 3MF Arus Sem (1993-03-08) 8 March 1993 1 0 Western Springs
7 3MF Gichin Fuhiniu (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 5 0 Manukau City
8 3MF Legend Pareta (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 3 0 Metro
11 3MF Taylor Saghabi (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 10 6 West Ryde Rovers
14 3MF Josh Karika (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 3 0 Manukau City
15 3MF Jake Stuart (C) (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 3 0 West Ryde Rovers
16 3MF Alex McGregor (1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 2 0 Eastern Suburbs
9 4FW Campbell Best (1986-03-12) 12 March 1986 10 3 Puaikura
10 4FW Harlem Simiona (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 3 0 Ngongotaha
12 4FW Emiel Burrows (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 3 0 Oratia United
18 4FW Ishak Mohammed (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 2 0 Manukau City

Recent call ups

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Keegan Inia (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 0 0 Central United
2DF Paul van Eijk (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 7 0 Nikao Sokattack
2DF Teriiahoroa Framhein (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 1 0 Tupapa Maraerenga
3MF Roger Manuel (1988-11-10) 10 November 1988 2 1 Tupapa Maraerenga
3MF Takuina Tararo (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 0 0 Free agent
3MF Tuka Tisam (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 10 0 Nikao Sokattack
3MF John Michael Quijano (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 2 0 Nikao Sokattack
4FW Joseph Ngauora (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 5 1 Picton Rangers
4FW Paavo Mustonen (1986-01-13) 13 January 1986 7 0 Nikao Sokattack
4FW Twin Tiro (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 0 0 Tupapa Maraerenga

Coaches

See also

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