Jamaica's Soccer Team
Jamaica is a country known for its tropical climate, smiling faces, steel drum-powered music, and fabulous food, but over in the Caribbean, their national soccer team is a reputable one. Known as the Reggae Boyz, Jamaica competed in their first international fixture back in 1925, and often find themselves occupying one of the top 100 slots in the official FIFA rankings. The team play in an all-yellow strip for home games, but switch to a green and black kit with yellow tints on occasion. They play their home games at the 35,000 capacity stadium International Park in Kingston – a ground known as “The Office” by residents of the country. Despite their status as a small island nation, Jamaica punch above their weight when it comes to international soccer and always look to put on a show for spectators. If you fancy catching the Reggae Boyz in action, you can grab Jamaica tickets right here at StubHub.
Accolades and achievements
Jamaica’s biggest victory of all time is their 12-0 thumping of the British Virgin Islands in 1994 – a marginal win they matched ten years later with a 12-0 pasting of Saint-Martin. They defied the odds to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and made their first ever appearance at the prestigious Copa America Tournament in 2015 (which they qualified for again in 2016).
But whilst Jamaica are considered minnows on the biggest international stages, they are a formidable force within their region. The Reggae Boyz have qualified for the CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup on 11 separate occasions and came tantalizingly close to tasting glory in 2015, only to be defeated by a strong Mexico side in the final. And, if you needed an extra reason to buy Jamaica soccer tickets at StubHub, you might like to know that Jamaica are also one of the most successful sides in the Caribbean Cup, lifting the trophy six times (a record second only to Trinidad & Tobago).
The biggest stars of Jamaican soccer
Some of the biggest all time stars of Jamaican soccer include the likes of Ian Goodison (who spent much of his career in the English leagues) and Linval Dixon. This pair of towering defenders are two of the biggest cap holders for the country with over 100 appearances each. The greatest striker to play for Jamaica is perhaps Luton Shelton – who bagged an impressive 35 goals for the national team during a nine-year international career. Shelton holds the goalscoring record for the country, with the likes of Onandi Lowe, Theodore Whitmore, Andy Williams, and Paul Young also chipping in with 20 + goals during their time on the side. Whitmore, in particular, is considered a legend of Jamaican soccer, going on to become head coach of the national team in 2016.