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Antigua and Barbuda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Benna Boys
Association Antigua and Barbuda Football Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation Caribbean Football Union (Caribbean)
Head coach Mikele Leigertwood
Captain Quinton Griffith
Most caps Peter Byers (93)
Top scorer Peter Byers (44)
Home stadium Antigua Recreation Ground
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
FIFA code ATG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 126 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 70 (October 2014)
Lowest 170 (December 2003 – January 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 167 Decrease 5 (3 March 2019)
Highest 131 (November 2010)
Lowest 179 (November 2007)
First international
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–1 Antigua and Barbuda 
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Antigua and Barbuda 10–0 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(North Sound, Antigua & Barbuda; 11 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–1 Antigua and Barbuda 
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)
Medal record
CFU Caribbean Cup
Silver 1988 Martinique Team

The Antigua and Barbuda national football team is the national team of Antigua and Barbuda and is controlled by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).

History

First international match

On November 10th, 1972, Antigua and Barbuda's first match was a 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying match versus Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. The match was a 11-1 thrashing which to this day is this national team's worst defeat.

Friendlies against European teams

On 17 December 2005, the Antigua and Barbuda national team played their first match against a European opponent after the Hungarian Football Federation invited "the Benna Boys" to play Hungary in an international friendly at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was the first match coached by former national striker Derrick Edwards. Hungary defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3–0.

On 2 May 2016, the Estonian Football Association announced that their national team would play Antigua and Barbuda in an international friendly on 22 November. It was the team's second match against a European opponent. Estonia won the game 1–0.

Team image

Nicknames

The official nickname of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team is "the Benna Boys", due to the indigenous music of the country. The name was selected in a contest with the fanbase in 2012 after the team advanced to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. "The Benna Boys" beat out other entries in the contest such as "Beach Boys", "Iron Bandits", "Rhythm Warriors" and "Party Crashers". In the past, the national team was unofficially known as "the Wadadli Boys", another name that was in the contest but did not win.

Kit suppliers

The kit of the national team has been manufactured by Spanish-based Joma since March 2021, ahead of the first round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Kit manufacturer Time period
Admiral 1995–1999
Virma [it] 2000–2003
Adidas 2006–2011
Peak 2012–2016
Admiral 2016–2020
Joma 2021–present

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2022

2023

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

Name Position
Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood Head coach
Antigua and Barbuda Neil Schyan Jeffers Assistant coach
Antigua and Barbuda Lenny Hewlett Assistant coach
Antigua and Barbuda Janiel Simon Goalkeeper coach
Antigua and Barbuda Evans Jones Trainer
Cuba Julio Gonzalez Physiotherapist
Antigua and Barbuda Malcolm Challenger Equipment manager

Manager history

Piotr Nowak in 2016
Polish manager Piotr Nowak was at the helm of Antigua and Barbuda when they achieved their highest FIFA ranking (70) in October 2014.

The following is a list of head coaches of the Antigua and Barbuda national team throughout the years.

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Notes
West Germany Rudi Gutendorf 1976
Serbia and Montenegro Zoran Vraneš 1998–2000 Fourth place at the 1998 Caribbean Cup
Brazil Walter Gama 2001–2002
Antigua and Barbuda Rolston Williams 2004
Antigua and Barbuda Derrick Edwards 2005–2008
Scotland Willie Donachie 2008 16 8 3 5
Antigua and Barbuda Rowan Benjamin 2008–2011 11 4 3 4
England Tom Curtis 2011–2012 21 8 3 10 Semifinal round of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers
Antigua and Barbuda Rolston Williams 2012–2014 6 4 0 2
Poland Piotr Nowak 2014–2015 12 5 2 5 Highest FIFA Ranking (70) under his tenure
Antigua and Barbuda Rolston Williams 2015–2018 8 3 0 5
Antigua and Barbuda Derrick Edwards 2018–2019 6 2 1 3
Democratic Republic of the Congo Michél Dinzey 2019–2020 10 4 0 6
Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood 2021– 8 4 1 3

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League matches against Barbados, Guadeloupe and Cuba (twice) on 2, 5, 9 and 12 June 2022, respectively.

Caps and goals are correct as of 12 June 2022, after the match against Cuba.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jayden Martin (2002-11-07) 7 November 2002 (age 21) 1 0 Finland Atlantis
18 1GK Nick Townsend (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 29) 4 0 Wales Newport County
21 1GK Jahkefie Jeffers (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Antigua and Barbuda All Saints United

2 2DF Daniel Bowry (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 25) 14 1 England Worthing
3 2DF Vashami Allen (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Antigua and Barbuda Jennings
4 2DF Karanja Mack (1987-08-24) 24 August 1987 (age 36) 57 0 Antigua and Barbuda Parham
5 2DF Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 32) 6 0 Scotland Airdrieonians
8 2DF Kendukar Challenger (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 27) 8 0 Antigua and Barbuda All Saints United
17 2DF Zaine Francis-Angol (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 30) 25 0 England Oldham Athletic
20 2DF Denie Henry (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 25) 5 0 Antigua and Barbuda Cedar Grove
2DF Leroy Graham (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 24) 11 0 Antigua and Barbuda Five Islands

6 3MF TJ Bramble (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 22) 7 0 Free agent
7 3MF Eugene Kirwan (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 31) 21 1 Antigua and Barbuda Greenbay
9 3MF Myles Weston (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 35) 12 8 England Dagenham & Redbridge
11 3MF Quinton Griffith (Captain) (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 31) 70 9 Antigua and Barbuda Five Islands
12 3MF Ashley Nathaniel-George (1995-06-14) 14 June 1995 (age 28) 4 0 England Maidenhead United
15 3MF Shavorn Phillip (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 27) 15 1 Antigua and Barbuda Liberta
23 3MF Josh Parker (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 33) 36 5 England Oxford City

10 4FW Junior Benjamin (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 31) 19 3 Antigua and Barbuda Ottos
13 4FW Raheem Deterville (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 24) 4 1 Spain La Albatalía-La Arboleja
14 4FW D'Jarie Sheppard (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 20) 3 0 Antigua and Barbuda Willikies
16 4FW Rodney Lawrence (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 25) 2 0 Antigua and Barbuda Greenbay
19 4FW D'Andre Bishop (2002-10-02) 2 October 2002 (age 21) 15 3 Croatia NK Belisce
22 4FW Javorn Stevens (1998-05-09) 9 May 1998 (age 25) 21 1 Antigua and Barbuda Greenbay

Individual records

Players in bold are still active with Antigua and Barbuda.
Peter-Byers-09-05-27
Peter Byers is Antigua and Barbuda's top goalscorer and most-capped player.

Most appearances

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Peter Byers 93 44 2004–2021
2 Quinton Griffith 70 9 2009–present
3 George Dublin 67 4 2000–2012
4 Tamorley Thomas 64 12 2002–2021
5 Karanja Mack 57 0 2006–present
6 Ranjae Christian 54 5 1998–2012
7 Randolph Burton 52 15 2008–2016
Akeem Thomas 52 2 2008–2018
9 Gayson Gregory 49 8 2000–2014
Molvin James 49 0 2007–2021

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Peter Byers 44 93 0.47 2004–2021
2 Derrick Edwards 18 20 0.9 1988–2000
3 Randolph Burton 15 52 0.29 2008–2016
4 Tamorley Thomas 12 64 0.19 2002–2021
5 Jamie Thomas 10 31 0.32 2006–2011
6 Quinton Griffith 9 70 0.13 2009–present
7 Myles Weston 8 12 0.67 2014–present
Garfield Gonsalves 8 29 0.28 1992–2008
Kerry Skepple 8 34 0.24 2002–2012
Gayson Gregory 8 49 0.16 2000–2014

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round 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
Mexico 1970
Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 3 22
Argentina 1978 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
Italy 1990 2 0 0 2 1 4
United States 1994 4 1 1 2 5 6
France 1998 2 0 1 1 4 6
South Korea Japan2002 6 1 2 3 4 15
Germany 2006 2 1 0 1 2 3
South Africa 2010 4 2 0 2 7 8
Brazil 2014 12 5 1 6 32 18
Russia 2018 4 2 0 2 6 6
Qatar 2022 4 2 1 1 6 5
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 46 15 6 25 72 98

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 3 22
Mexico 1977 Did not enter Did not enter
Honduras 1981
1985 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
1989 2 1 1 0 1 4
United States 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
United States Mexico 1993 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 1
United States 1996 3 1 2 2 6 11
United States 1998 2 0 0 2 1 5
United States 2000 11 4 2 5 24 17
United States 2002 3 0 1 2 4 5
United States Mexico 2003 5 0 1 4 1 8
United States 2005 3 1 0 2 6 8
United States 2007 6 2 0 4 8 17
United States 2009 9 4 3 2 19 16
United States 2011 6 2 2 2 4 5
United States 2013 3 1 0 2 3 3
United States Canada 2015 9 4 2 3 14 11
United States 2017 6 3 0 3 10 8
United States Costa Rica Jamaica 2019 4 2 0 2 10 8
United States 2021 6 3 0 3 8 17
Total 0/26 86 30 14 42 125 171

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 4 8 Squad 2 1 1 0 3 0
Suriname 1979 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 2
Puerto Rico 1981 Did not enter Did not enter
French Guiana 1983 Fourth place 4th 7 2 2 3 11 10 Squad 4 2 2 0 10 5
Barbados 1985 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 2
Martinique 1988 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 4 0 5 4 Squad 2 1 1 0 2 1
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 4 2
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 3 0 1 2 2 5
Jamaica 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12 Squad 3 3 0 0 8 0
Jamaica 1993 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 2 1 0 1 10 3
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 3 8 Squad 2 0 2 0 3 3
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Withdrew Withdrew
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 5 Squad Qualified as hosts
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 11 9 Squad 3 2 1 0 11 3
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 2 5
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 3 0 1 2 4 5
Barbados 2005 3 1 0 2 6 8
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 6 2 0 4 8 17
Jamaica 2008 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 3 6 Squad 6 4 1 1 16 10
Martinique 2010 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad 3 1 2 0 2 1
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Group stage 8th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Jamaica 2014 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 4
Martinique 2017 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 10 8
Total Runners-up 11/25 42 9 11 22 47 76 67 30 14 23 116 85
***Red border color indicates that Antigua and Barbuda was the host nation.
Key

      Champion       Runners-up       third place       fourth place       Qualified

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 B C 6 3 0 3 8 17 Same position 21st
United States 2022–23 B A 6 3 0 3 5 7 Same position 21st
Total 12 6 0 6 13 24 21st
Key

      Promotion       Safety       Relegation

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Antigua and Barbuda's all-time official international record per opponent:

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA
 Anguilla 5 5 0 0 28 3
 Aruba 5 5 0 0 11 4
 Bahamas 1 1 0 0 6 0
 Barbados 7 1 1 5 8 14
 Bermuda 11 3 4 4 12 14
 British Virgin Islands 8 4 2 2 14 10
 Cayman Islands 2 0 1 1 1 3
 Cuba 7 0 1 6 4 18
 Curaçao 4 3 0 1 10 6
 Dominica 15 8 4 3 27 18
 Dominican Republic 6 1 2 3 8 11
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 1
 French Guiana 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Grenada 6 3 3 0 13 7
 Guadeloupe 5 1 1 3 3 7
 Guatemala 8 1 0 7 3 31
 Guyana 12 5 3 4 15 22
 Haiti 12 2 3 7 11 19
 Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Jamaica 12 1 2 9 5 29
 Martinique 4 1 0 3 6 12
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 8
 Montserrat 4 3 1 0 20 6
 Puerto Rico 1 1 0 1 3 2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 23 9 5 9 30 31
 Saint Lucia 14 5 3 6 23 18
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 13 7 2 4 17 20
 Sint Maarten 3 2 0 1 7 2
 Suriname 6 1 2 3 4 15
 Trinidad and Tobago 13 2 0 11 12 41
 U.S. Virgin Islands 5 5 0 0 26 1
 United States 2 0 0 2 2 5
Total 219 81 39 99 327 375
Key

      Winning record       Equal record       Losing record

Honours

  • CFU Caribbean Championship & Caribbean Cup:
    • Runners-up (1): 1988
    • Fourth place (3): 1978, 1983, 1998

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