The tiny Pacific nation, which consists of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls, has participated in three previous FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns. The first attempt to compete on the world stage began ignominiously, when a team comprising mostly of inexperienced teenagers, suffered a world record 31-0 defeat against Australia in April 2001. With a tiny population numbering around 60,000 it is little surprise that American Samoa were yet to record a point, having scored just twice in their three campaigns. That all changed on 22 November 2011 as American Samoa defeated Tonga during Brazil 2014 qualifying for a first international win nearly 17 years to the day since their debut. American Samoa then drew with Cook Islands and only a late goal from neighbours Samoa ended hopes of the nation progressing to Oceania’s Round Two.
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Natia Natia, Nicky Salapu