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Saint Kitts and Nevis
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Sugar Boyz
Association St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Austin Huggins
Captain Julani Archibald
Most caps Gerard Williams (85)
Top scorer Keith Gumbs (24)
Home stadium Warner Park
FIFA code SKN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 134 Increase 2 (7 February 2019)
Highest 73 (October 2016, March 2017)
Lowest 176 (November 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 151 Decrease 6 (3 March 2019)
Highest 109 (1 August 2003)
Lowest 175 (9 November 2008)
First international
British Leeward Islands Saint Christopher and Nevis 2–4 Grenada 
(Saint Christopher and Nevis; 18 August 1938)
Biggest win
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 10–0 Montserrat 
(Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis; 17 April 1992)
 Saint Martin 0–10 Saint Kitts and Nevis 
(The Valley, Anguilla; 14 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 8–0 Saint Kitts and Nevis 
(Monterrey, Mexico; 17 November 2004)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2023)
Best result Group stage (2023)
Medal record
Caribbean Cup
Silver 1997 Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis Team

The Saint Kitts and Nevis national football team is the national team of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and is controlled by the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association. They are affiliated to the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, however, they did qualify for their first CONCACAF Gold Cup appearance in 2023.

They are nicknamed The Sugar Boyz due to the sugar cultivation on the island of St. Kitts.

History

Beginnings (1938–1990)

Saint Kitts and Nevis played their first match on 18 August 1938, against Grenada, a match that ended in a 2–4 defeat. They participated in the Leeward Islands Tournament from 1949 however had to wait until 1979 to play their first official matches, in the qualifying rounds for the 1979 CFU Championship, losing twice to Jamaica, both results finishing 2–1. They would again fail to qualify for the final phase of the 1983 CFU Championship, after advancing due to Jamaica's withdrawal, they'd be eliminated by Martinique, who won 12–0 on aggregate.

1990–2000

The Sugar Boyz qualified for their first tournament at the 1993 Caribbean Cup, defeating Dominican Republic (3–2) and British Virgin Islands (5–0) to top their qualifying group. In the tournament proper, they finished second behind Jamaica to reach the semi-finals, before losing to Martinique on penalties. In the match for third place, they were defeated 3–2 by Trinidad and Tobago. Saint Kitts and Nevis finished bottom of their group in 1996 but in the 1997 Caribbean Cup, they advanced into the knock-out after finishing level on points with both Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique, then defeated Grenada 2–1 in extra-time with both goals scored by Keith Gumbs, but they succumbed to Trinidad and Tobago 0–4 in the final. Since they'd reached the final, Saint Kitts and Nevis were entered into a play-off against Cuba – runner-up in the 1996 Caribbean Cup – for the last ticket to the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but they lost 2–0.

Saint Kitts and Nevis participated for the first time in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. After benefiting from the withdrawal of the Bahamas, they beat Saint Lucia 5–1 in Basseterre and 1–0 in Castries, but fell in the third knockout round against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, losing thanks to the away goals rule.

2000s

In the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, after comfortably beating the Turks and Caicos Islands with an aggregate result of 14–0, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines once again dispatched the Sugar Boyz, winning both in Kingstown (1–0) as in Basseterre (1–2). However, the situation would improve in the 2006 qualifiers, since Saint Kitts and Nevis advanced to the second group phase after leaving the US Virgin Islands and Barbados on the way. They shared Group 3 with Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but as expected, finished in last place, with 6 losses in as many appearances. They also experienced the worst defeat in their history, 8–0 against Mexico. In the preliminary round for the 2010 qualifiers, they were unable to repeat what they had done four years ago and were unceremoniously eliminated by Belize, who won 4–2 on aggregate.

In the Caribbean Cup, the Sugar Boyz did not repeat the successes of the '90s and could only qualify to the final phase of the 2001 Caribbean Cup, although they did not advance beyond the group phase. They have not returned to a final phase since that edition.

2010–present

Qualifying directly to the second round of the 2014 qualifiers, Saint Kitts and Nevis was drawn in Group D along with Canada, Puerto Rico and Saint Lucia. They finished in 3rd place, with 7 points. It was only defeated by Canada in Toronto (4–0). In the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Saint Kitts and Nevis defeated the Turks and Caicos Islands in the first round by a lofty aggregate 12–4 before falling in the second phase, at the hands of El Salvador, 6–3 on aggregate, but not before obtaining a 2–2 draw at home. In November 2015, they played 2 friendlies against European teams, Andorra (1–0) and Estonia (0–3). Devaughn Elliott scored the only goal in the victory over Andorra, becoming the first St. Kitts and Nevis player to score against a European side. The result was also the first away victory for a CFU team over a European side on their home soil.

In October 2016, it reached its highest ranking in the FIFA world ranking (73rd place) thanks to its good performance in the 2nd round of the 2017 Caribbean Cup of Nations qualifiers. However, two defeats against French Guiana (0–1) and Haiti at home (0–2 a.e.t.) stopped the Sugar Boyz in the 3rd round of these qualifiers. The year ends with a 1–1 draw in Basseterre against Estonia on November 19, 2016, in a friendly match, one year after playing against the same team in Tallinn.

In June 2017, the team went on a second European tour and played Armenia on June 4 in Yerevan and Georgia three days later in Tbilisi. Both games ended in equally bad losses, 5–0 and 3–0, respectively. St. Kitts and Nevis continues its pattern of international tours and travels in August 2017 to Mumbai to meet Mauritius and India in a friendly tournament, the 2017 Hero Tri-Nation Series. Both matches ended in draws acquired by the same score of one goal each.

The Sugar Boyz played Andorra again on March 25, 2022, six and a half years after their first confrontation, for a friendly match in Andorra la Vella. This time the Principality's selection wins against Saint Kitts and Nevis on its home stadium (1–0).

They qualified for their first ever CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2023.

National football stadium

Stadium Capacity City
Warner Park Football Stadium 3,500 Basseterre

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.

      Win       Draw       Loss       Fixture

2023

2024

2025

Coaches

  • Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro (1988)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Alistair Edwards (1996–1997)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Ces Podd (1999–2000)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Clinton Percival (2000–2001)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Elvis Browne (2002–2004)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Lenny Lake (2004)
  • United States Leonard Taylor (2008)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Lester Morris (2008)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Lenny Lake (2008–2010)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Clinton Percival (2010–2012)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Jeffrey Hazel (2012–2015)
  • Mexico Jacques Passy (2015–2019)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Earl Jones (2019)
  • Argentina Claudio Caimi (2019–2021)
  • Brazil Leonardo Neiva (2021)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Austin Huggins (2022–)

Players

Current squad

  • The following players were called up for the friendlies against San Marino on 20 and 24 March 2024.
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 24 March 2024 after the match against  San Marino
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kai Trotman (2006-07-19) 19 July 2006 (age 18) 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
18 1GK Julani Archibald (captain) (1991-05-18) 18 May 1991 (age 33) 63 0 Honduras CD Victoria
23 1GK Xander Parke (2003-11-17) 17 November 2003 (age 20) 0 0 England Leek Town

2 2DF Malique Roberts (2001-08-01) 1 August 2001 (age 22) 15 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
3 2DF Anwa Springer (2002-04-04) 4 April 2002 (age 22) 6 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Newtown United
4 2DF Andre Burley (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 24) 21 1 England Oxford City
5 2DF Ruben Freeman 2 0 England Barwell
6 2DF Jay Williams (2000-10-04) 4 October 2000 (age 23) 0 0 England Crawley Town
12 2DF Kieran Cooney 2 0 England Notts County U21
13 2DF Cayden Bennett 1 0 England Walsall U18
20 2DF Raheem Hanley (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 30) 14 0 England West Didsbury & Chorlton

8 3MF Kyle Kelly (2005-10-16) 16 October 2005 (age 18) 2 0 England Liverpool U18
10 3MF Tyrese Shade (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 24) 5 0 England Solihull Moors
11 3MF Tyquan Terrell (1998-04-16) 16 April 1998 (age 26) 14 3 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Peter's
14 3MF Raheem Somersall (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 27) 26 0 United States North Carolina FC
15 3MF Mervin Lewis (2000-08-26) 26 August 2000 (age 23) 11 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
17 3MF Gabriel Vanterpool 0 0 England Stockport County Academy
3MF Romaine Sawyers (1991-11-02) 2 November 1991 (age 32) 43 6 Wales Cardiff City

7 4FW Javern Matthew (2001-03-25) 25 March 2001 (age 23) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Conaree FC
9 4FW Harry Panayiotou (1994-10-28) 28 October 1994 (age 29) 36 12 Malta Sirens
16 4FW Kwame Thomas (1995-09-28) 28 September 1995 (age 28) 1 0 England Aldershot Town
21 4FW Diego Edwards (2004-06-19) 19 June 2004 (age 20) 4 0 England Notts County U21
22 4FW Omari Sterling-James (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 30) 26 4 England Ebbsfleet United
24 4FW De'quan Hamilton 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets

Recent call ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Zaykeese Smith (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 24) 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
GK Adrian Samuel (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 34) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Conaree v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
GK Jamal Jeffers (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 31) 16 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United v.  Saint Lucia, 10 September 2023
GK Stephen Vibert (2005-01-21) 21 January 2005 (age 19) 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Bath United v.  Aruba, 26 March 2023

DF Ethan Bristow (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 22) 1 0 England Stockport County v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
DF Jameel Ible (1993-11-26) 26 November 1993 (age 30) 8 0 England Guiseley v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
DF Jal'den Myers (2003-09-15) 15 September 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Bath United v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
DF Ezrick Nicholls (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 24) 3 0 United States University of Tampa v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
DF Gerard Williams (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 36) 85 2 India TRAU v.  Saint Lucia, 16 November 2023
DF Denis Fleming (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 27) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
DF Iquon Frazier (2002-04-20) 20 April 2002 (age 22) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
DF Lois Maynard (1989-01-22) 22 January 1989 (age 35) 25 0 England Radcliffe v.  Saint Lucia, 10 September 2023
DF Dihjorn Simmonds (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Raheem Francis (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 28) 5 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualificationPRE
DF Rico Browne (2003-12-28) 28 December 2003 (age 20) 0 0 England Birmingham City 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualificationPRE
DF Mikkel Hirst (2000-07-27) 27 July 2000 (age 23) 0 0 England Romulus 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualificationPRE

MF Ronaldo Belgrove (1998-09-15) 15 September 1998 (age 25) 6 0 United States Miami City v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
MF Nequan Browne (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 25) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
MF Yohannes Mitchum (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 26) 37 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis Newtown United v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
MF Kimaree Rogers (1994-01-14) 14 January 1994 (age 30) 33 5 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
MF Kalonji Clarke (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 23) 8 1 Saint Kitts and Nevis St Paul's United v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
MF Kaylon Liburd (2003-05-13) 13 May 2003 (age 21) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
MF G'Vaune Amory (1997-06-22) 22 June 1997 (age 27) 17 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis Village Superstars v.  Saint Lucia, 10 September 2023
MF Steven Archiblad (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 26) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Garden Hotspurs v.  Saint Lucia, 10 September 2023
MF Theo Wharton (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 29) 19 2 Wales Newtown 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualificationPRE

FW Tiquanny Williams (2001-09-10) 10 September 2001 (age 22) 16 6 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets v.  Guadeloupe, 19 November 2023
FW Jardel Isaac (2001-09-14) 14 September 2001 (age 22) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Old Road Jets v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
FW Nicquan Phipps (1999-10-13) 13 October 1999 (age 24) 1 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United v.  Sint Maarten, 15 October 2023
FW Keithroy Freeman (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 30) 18 6 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United v.  Sint Maarten, 12 October 2023
FW Alex Charles (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Paul's United v.  Saint Lucia, 10 September 2023
FW Carlos Bertie (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 28) 19 3 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Rowan Liburd (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 31) 15 4 England Ramsgate 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Jacob Hazel (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 30) 9 1 England Boston United 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Tishan Hanley (1990-08-22) 22 August 1990 (age 33) 34 3 Thailand Prime Bangkok 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualificationPRE

Player records

Players in bold are still active with Saint Kitts & Nevis.

Most appearances

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Gerard Williams 85 2 2006–present
2 Thrizen Leader [de] 76 1 2004–2021
3 Julani Archibald 63 0 2008–present
4 George Isaac 53 22 1996–2011
5 Orlando Mitchum [de] 49 6 2004–2019
6 Jevon Francis [de] 47 23 2000–2011
7 Ian Lake 46 20 2002–2012
8 Romaine Sawyers 43 6 2012–present
9 Atiba Harris 42 10 2003–2019
10 Keith Gumbs 41 24 1993–2011

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Keith Gumbs 24 41 0.59 1993–2011
2 Jevon Francis [de] 23 47 0.49 2000–2011
3 George Isaac 22 53 0.42 1996–2011
4 Ian Lake 20 46 0.43 2002–2012
5 Harry Panayiotou 12 36 0.33 2014–present
6 Austin Huggins 11 36 0.31 1993–2004
7 Atiba Harris 10 42 0.24 2003–2019
8 Alexis Saddler [de] 9 26 0.35 2000–2011
9 Vernon Sargeant [de] 8 24 0.33 1993–2004
10 Tiquanny Williams 6 16 0.38 2021–present
Keithroy Freeman 6 18 0.33 2016–present
Romaine Sawyers 6 43 0.14 2012–present
Orlando Mitchum [de] 6 49 0.12 2004–2019

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D* L F A Pld W D L F A
Uruguay 1930 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
1934 to 1990 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
United States 1994 Did not enter Declined participation
France 1998 Did not qualify 4 2 2 0 8 3
South Korea Japan 2002 4 2 0 2 15 3
Germany 2006 10 4 0 6 18 26
South Africa 2010 2 0 1 1 2 4
Brazil 2014 6 1 4 1 6 8
Russia 2018 4 2 1 1 15 10
Qatar 2022 6 3 0 3 8 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total 0/8 36 14 8 14 72 62

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
United States 1991 Not eligible
Mexico United States 1993 Did not qualify
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007
United States 2009
United States 2011
United States 2013
Canada United States 2015
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019
United States 2021
Canada United States 2023 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 14 Squad
Total Group stage 1/16 3 0 0 3 0 14

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 B A 6 1 2 3 8 8 Fall 25th
United States 2022–23 C B 4 3 1 0 9 4 Rise 32nd
United States 2023–24 B A 6 1 1 4 4 12 Fall 21st
Total 16 5 4 7 21 24 21st

Caribbean Cup

Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Barbados 1989 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1990
Jamaica 1991
Trinidad and Tobago 1992
Jamaica 1993 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 16 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Did not qualify
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 10
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 4 8
Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica 1998 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 9
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group stage 3 1 1 1 7 8
Barbados 2005 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 2007
Jamaica 2008
Martinique 2010
Antigua and Barbuda 2012
Jamaica 2014
Martinique 2017
Total 5/18 18 5 3 10 26 43

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