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Aruba
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Arubaanse Voetbal Bond
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Marvic Bermúdez
Captain Nathan Lo-A-Njoe
Most caps Eric Abdul (30)
Top scorer Ronald Gómez (6)
Home stadium Trinidad Stadium
FIFA code ARU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 187 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 112 (November 2015)
Lowest 205 (April 2021)
Elo ranking
Current 198 Increase 1 (3 March 2019)
Highest 50 (1924)
Lowest 203 (April 2020)
First international
Aruba 0–4 Curaçao 
(Aruba; 6 April 1924)
As FIFA member
 Trinidad and Tobago 7–0 Aruba 
(Netherlands Antilles; 31 March 1989)
Biggest win
Aruba 8–1 Surinam Netherlands
(Surinam; 6 June 1946)
 Aruba 7–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Oranjestad, Aruba; 1 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–0 Aruba 
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago; 23 April 1989)

The Aruba national football team (Dutch: Arubaans voetbalelftal; Papiamento: Seleccion Arubano di futbol) is the national team of Aruba, it was founded in 1932 and is affiliated with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), CONCACAF and FIFA (since 1988) and is controlled by the Arubaanse Voetbal Bond.

History

Between 1924 and 1933, Aruba only played against Curaçao, although these matches are not considered official. Aruba participated in its first tournament at the 1955 CCCF Championship, where they finished in 5th place. In 1958, Aruba became part of the Netherlands Antilles until their secession in 1986.

Following its split from the Netherlands Antilles, the Aruba Football Federation was affiliated in 1988 with CONCACAF and FIFA. Aruba entered qualifying for the 1989 Caribbean Cup, and in its first group match it suffered the worst defeat in its history, at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, which crushed them 11–0. They played their first World Cup qualifying match against the Dominican Republic as part of the 1998 World Cup qualifying. Aruba has participated in all the qualifying tournaments for the World Cup since, without being able to get past the first qualifying round.

Aruba has also yet to qualify for the Caribbean Cup. However, they showed some progress in the preliminary round of the 2014 Caribbean Cup by getting two wins against Turks and Caicos (1–0) and British Virgin Islands (7–0), the latter being the biggest victory in its history. These results allowed them to reach 120th place in the FIFA World Ranking for the month of June 2014, their best ranking to date. Following these victories, Aruba lost 2–0 against French Guiana and were eliminated.

Aruba began their 2018 World Cup qualification in the second round against Barbados, losing 2–0 at home and 1–0 away, however FIFA ruled that Barbados had fielded an ineligible player, giving Aruba a 3–0 second leg victory and advancing them to the third round. Despite that, in the next round they were defeated again, this time by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines who won 3–2 on aggregate. Aruba failed to progress in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, finishing 4th in the first round.

Recent results and forthcoming 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 history

  • Netherlands René Notten (1995)
  • Argentina Ángel Botta (1996)
  • Aruba Marco Rasmijn (2000)
  • Argentina Marcelo Muñoz (2004)
  • Netherlands Azing Griever (2004–2006)
  • Argentina Marcelo Muñoz (2008–2010)
  • Aruba Epi Albertus (2010–2012)
  • Netherlands Giovanni Franken (2013–2015)
  • Netherlands Rini Coolen (2015)
  • Netherlands Martin Koopman (2015–2020)
  • Aruba Marvic Bermúdez (2020)
  • Netherlands Stanley Menzo (2021–2022)
  • Aruba Marvic Bermúdez (2022–)

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League matches against Saint Martin and Saint Kitts and Nevis on 3, 6 and 9 June 2022.

Caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2022, after the match against Saint Martin.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eric Abdul (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 38) 30 0 Aruba RCA
18 1GK Jose Cruz (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 30) 1 0 Aruba La Fama
23 1GK Matthew Lentink (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 30) 5 0 Netherlands GOES

2 2DF Nickenson Paul (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 26) 20 0 Greece AO Poros
3 2DF Fernando Lewis (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 31) 4 0 Netherlands OFC
4 2DF Darryl Bäly (1998-01-19) 19 January 1998 (age 26) 3 0 Netherlands OFC
5 2DF Diederick Luydens (1999-02-18) 18 February 1999 (age 25) 3 0 Netherlands SC Feyenoord
12 2DF Ericson Croes (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 24) 4 0 Sweden AFC Eskilstuna
13 2DF Noah Harms (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 26) 10 1 Netherlands Zwaluwen
16 2DF Mark Jacobs (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 24) 10 0 Aruba RCA
20 2DF Alexon Simmons (2002-08-06) 6 August 2002 (age 21) 1 0 Aruba RCA

6 3MF Walter Bennett (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 26) 8 0 Netherlands SC Feyenoord
8 3MF Gregor Breinburg (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 32) 14 1 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
11 3MF Franklin Lewis (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Netherlands Lisse
15 3MF Josh Gross (1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 30) 10 1 Aruba Dakota
17 3MF Jeamirr Howell (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 31) 5 0 Aruba RCA
19 3MF Jonathan Ruiz (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 (age 28) 7 0 Aruba Britannia

7 4FW Jayson Halman (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Netherlands VVSB
9 4FW Terence Groothusen (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 27) 10 4 Malta Sliema Wanderers
10 4FW Benjamin Maria (2001-09-19) 19 September 2001 (age 22) 2 1 Germany SV Straelen
14 4FW Ricky Hodge (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 27) 5 1 Aruba Dakota
21 4FW Rensel Bryson (2000-11-06) 6 November 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Netherlands Geldrop
22 4FW Javier Jiménez (2000-05-27) 27 May 2000 (age 23) 7 0 Germany SC Staaken 1919

Recent call-ups

The following players have been recently called up by the national squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gilbert Bautista (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Aruba La Fama


MF Kenderick Poulina (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Aruba Dakota vs.  Curaçao, 1 Oct 2021

Player records

Players in bold are still active with Aruba.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1986 Part of  Netherlands Antilles Part of  Netherlands Antilles
Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 6
South Korea Japan 2002 4 1 1 2 7 11
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 2 10
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 0 4
Brazil 2014 2 1 0 1 6 6
Russia 2018 4 2 0 2 5 5
Qatar 2022 4 1 0 3 3 19
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 20 5 1 14 26 61

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Part of  Netherlands Antilles Part of  Netherlands Antilles
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985
1989 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1991
Mexico United States 1993 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1996 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 5 7
United States 1998 2 1 0 1 2 7
United States 2000 3 1 1 1 4 4
United States 2002 3 0 0 3 4 14
Mexico United States 2003 2 0 0 2 0 8
United States 2005 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 2009 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
United States 2011 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 2013 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 5 7
Canada United States 2015 3 2 0 1 8 2
United States 2017 2 0 0 2 1 4
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 4 1 1 2 5 6
United States 2021 6 0 0 6 5 18
Total 0/26 30 5 4 21 33 80

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019−20 B C 6 0 0 6 5 18 Fall 28th
2022–23 C B To be determined
Total 6 0 0 6 5 18 28th

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Martinique 1988 Did not enter Did not enter
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 27
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 2 0 1 1 3 4
Jamaica 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 10
Jamaica 1993 Did not enter Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 1994
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 5 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Did not enter Did not enter
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 7
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 3 1 1 1 4 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Withdrew Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 4 14
Barbados 2005 Withdrew Withdrew
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Jamaica 2008 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
Martinique 2010 Did not enter Did not enter
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 5 7
Jamaica 2014 3 2 0 1 8 2
Martinique 2017 2 0 0 2 1 4
Total 29 4 4 21 37 89

ABCS Tournament

ABCS Tournament record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Curaçao 2010 Third place 2 0 1 1 3 6
Suriname 2011 Runners-up 2 0 2 0 2 2
Aruba 2012 Champions 2 2 0 0 4 2
Curaçao 2013 Fourth place 2 0 0 2 1 4
Suriname 2015 Runners-up 2 0 1 1 0 1
Curaçao 2021 Third place 2 0 1 1 3 9
Curaçao 2022 Third place 2 1 1 0 3 2
Total Champions 14 3 6 5 16 26
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Head-to-head record

Note: teams that are in italics indicates that the team is a historical team of a polity not existing anymore, or a team which is not a FIFA member.

As of 6 June 2021

These all-time records are exclusively class 'A' internationals matches.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Antigua and Barbuda 5 0 0 5 4 11 −7
 Barbados 6 1 0 5 7 16 −9
 Bermuda 1 1 0 1 3 6 –3
 British Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
 Canada 1 0 0 1 0 7 –7
 Cayman Islands 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Costa Rica 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1
 Cuba 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Curaçao 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
 Curaçao 22 0 8 14 19 47 −28
 Dominica 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1
 Dominican Republic 3 0 1 2 5 8 −3
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 French Guiana 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3
 Grenada 2 0 0 2 3 7 −4
 Guadeloupe 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Guam 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
 Guatemala 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Guyana 4 0 0 4 2 12 −10
 Haiti 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Honduras 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14
 Montserrat 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Netherlands Antilles 8 1 1 6 9 20 −11
 Panama 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Puerto Rico 2 1 1 0 6 4 +2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Saint Lucia 3 1 0 2 8 9 −1
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
 Suriname 13 1 2 10 6 46 −40
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11
 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Venezuela 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5
Total 91 12 21 63 102 234 −132

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