Cook Islands national football team facts for kids
|Head coach||Alan Taylor|
|Most caps||Tony Jamieson (22)|
|Top scorer||Taylor Saghabi (6)|
|Home stadium||Avarua Tereora Stadium|
|Current||190 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||166 (October 2015)|
|Lowest||207 (April–July 2015)|
|Current||223 2 (3 March 2019)|
| Papua New Guinea 16–1 Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 11 September 1971)
| Cook Islands 3–0 American Samoa
(Papeete, Tahiti; 12 June 2000)
Cook Islands 4–1 Tuvalu
(Apia, Samoa; 1 September 2007)
Cook Islands 3–0 Kiribati
(Boulari, New Caledonia; 1 September 2011)
Tonga 0–3 Cook Islands
(Nukuʻalofa, Tonga; 31 August 2015)
| Tahiti 30–0 Cook Islands
(Papeete, Tahiti; 13 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 men's football team that represents the Cook Islands in international competition since 1971. It is governed by the Cook Islands Football Association which is part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and FIFA.
The nation has participated in seven FIFA World Cup qualification attempts since their first attempt back in 1998. They have qualified for the OFC Nations Cup twice in 1998 and 2000 OFC Nations Cup with both appearances seeing no wins from their four games that they have played.
- Kit sponsorship
- Results and fixtures
- Current squad
- Player records
- Competition record
- Head-to-head record
- See also
Despite being absent from the first three editions of the South Pacific Games, the geographical proximity of the Cook Islands with French Polynesia, host of the 1971 South Pacific Games, allowed the Cookian team to take part in the tournament. In the first round they were defeated 16–1 by Papua New Guinea and 30–0 by Tahiti, while in the match for fifth place, they fell to Fiji 15–1.
They next played a match in 1995 when proximity allowed them to participate again in the 1995 South Pacific Games. During the tournament they earned their first win, a 2–1 win over Wallis and Futuna, but lost their other four clashes resoundingly.
The two OFC Nations Cup (1996–2001)
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.
In finishing 2nd at the 2000 Polynesia Cup, the Cook Islands also qualified for the 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 previous 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.
They next entered qualification for the 2004 tournament however they lost all four matches and failed to progress.
They returned to the South Pacific Games for the 2007 competition where they could only beat Tuvalu 4–1. Four years later, at Nouméa 2011, they defeated Kiribati 3–0, but lost their other three meetings; while in 2012 OFC Nations Cup qualification they drew with American Samoa and fell to Samoa and Tonga.
In the 2016 OFC Nations Cup qualifiers, they beat Tonga 3–1 and Samoa 1–0, but fell in the last game against American Samoa 2-0, which relegated the Cook Islands to third place, surpassed on goal difference by both Samoas.
In March 2022, the Cook Islands played their first match in seven years when they lost 2–0 to the Solomon Islands in qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, they had to withdraw from their remaining matches due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Results and fixtures
In March 2022, the Cook Islands played their first match since they took part in the first round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in 2015.
|2022 World Cup qualification 13 March 2022||Tonga||Cancelled||Cook Islands||Doha, Qatar|
|20:00 UTC+3||https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022/qualifiers/ofc/match-center/400214346||Stadium: Al-Arabi Stadium
|Note: Tonga withdrew from qualification due to the 2022 Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami, and therefore the Cook Islands advanced to the group stage.|
|2022 World Cup qualification 17 March 2022||Cook Islands||0–2||Solomon Islands||Doha, Qatar|
|17:00 UTC+3||https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022/qualifiers/ofc/match-center/400214334||Stadium: Al-Arabi Stadium
Referee: David Yareboinen (Papua New Guinea)
|2022 World Cup qualification 20 March 2022||Cook Islands||Cancelled||Tahiti||Doha, Qatar|
|17:00 UTC+3||https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022/qualifiers/ofc/match-center/400214335||Stadium: Al-Arabi Stadium
|2022 World Cup qualification 24 March 2022||Vanuatu||Cancelled||Cook Islands||Doha, Qatar|
|17:00 UTC+3||https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022/qualifiers/ofc/match-center/400214339||Stadium: Qatar SC Stadium
The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches in March 2022.
Caps and goals are correct as of 17 March 2022, after the match against Solomon Islands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Tahiri Elikana||14 September 1988||10||0||Nikao Sokattak|
|11||DF||Emiel Burrow||17 May 1992||4||0||Oratia United|
|19||DF||Tyrell Baringer-Tahiri||20 April 1994||3||0||AFC South London|
|9||DF||Ishaq Mohammed||26 September 1991||3||0||Manurewa|
|22||DF||Benjamin Mata (captain)||10 August 1998||1||0||Wellington Olympic|
|12||DF||Orin Ruaine-Prattley||3 November 1997||1||0||Brooklyn Northern United|
|5||DF||Jarves Aperau||21 November 1997||0||0||Puaikura|
|3||DF||Tamaiva Mateariki||5 February 1999||0||0||Nikao Sokattak|
|23||DF||Avi Enoka||1 November 2001||0||0||Tupapa Maraerenga|
|10||MF||Grover Harmon||9 August 1989||11||1||Tupapa Maraerenga|
|13||MF||Taylor Saghabi||25 December 1990||11||6||Unattached|
|18||MF||Thane Beal||26 March 1997||1||0||Richmond SC|
|21||MF||Lee Harmon||23 October 2001||1||0||Tupapa Maraerenga|
|4||MF||Daryl Areai||30 May 2001||1||0||Matavera|
|MF||Anthony Samuela||2 June 1994||0||0||Tupapa Maraerenga|
|6||MF||Kerim Kumsuz||27 August 1992||0||0||Eagles F.C.|
|15||FW||Harlem Simiona||3 September 1992||4||0||Ngongotaha|
|14||FW||Dwayne Tiputoa||8 December 1997||1||0||Puaikura|
|17||FW||Toru Mateariki||27 June 2002||1||0||Nikao Sokattak|
|7||FW||Ismail Hadife||3 April 1992||1||0||Unattached|
|8||FW||Maro Bonsu-Maro||26 February 1997||0||0||Manukau City|
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification|
|1930 to 1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||France||Did not qualify||First round||2||0||0||2||1||4|
|2002|| South Korea
|2010||South Africa||First round||4||1||0||3||4||9|
|To be determined||To be determined|
OFC Nations Cup
|Oceania Cup / OFC Nations Cup record||Qualification record|
|1973 to 1996||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2004||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||1||17|
|Total||Best: Group stage||2/10||4||0||0||4||1||41||22||8||2||12||19||50|
Cook Islands national football team results
In Spanish: Selección de fútbol de las Islas Cook para niños
- Cook Islands national under-20 football team
- Cook Islands national under-17 football team
- Cook Islands women's national football team
- Cook Islands women's national under-17 football team
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