Like a number of neighbouring Oceania nations Samoa made their debut during the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying rounds. Since then they have won a match in each of their three campaigns, before securing two wins against the Cook Islands and American Samoa last time around. Those results saw Samoa break new ground by reaching Round Two of Oceania qualifying for Brazil 2014 with victory in the four-nation opening stage against fellow Polynesian nations. The next round proved a tougher assignment and Samoa suffered heavy defeats against Tahiti, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Samoa are considered to be favourites of the first round contestants, which also includes Polynesian rivals American Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga. The squad are domestically based, headlined by goalscoring hero from their Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign, Silao Malo.
Former Samoa women’s U-20 national team coach Phineas Young assumed the reins in the first half of 2015. Young is a well known coach in the Polynesian island nation having notably managed premier local club Kiwi FC who have previously competed in the OFC Champions League.
6 – Samoa are competing in their sixth World Cup campaign.
The former stars
Ben Lemana, Etena Tokuma, Desmond Fa’aiuaso