Worst Soccer Team in the World?

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Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands continue to treat with the most sumptuous football ever. Unfortunately, some teams on Fifa’s ‘worst soccer team’ list are yet to win a single match since they started competing and will likely not feature in this year’s world cup.

Let us check out some of the worst soccer teams in the world based on FIFA world rankings.

Worst Soccer Team in the World

1. San Marino 

Sao Marino is ranked the lowest globally and the worst soccer team in football history, having only managed a single win in their history with 4.2 average goals conceded.

The team is a UEFA member state and faces stiffer competition, unlike other lowly-ranked counterparts in different continents.

Since their maiden competitive debut, San Marino has played in every World Cup and European Championship but has yet to win a match in either competition. 

2. Anguilla

Anguilla comes second after San Marino in the worst soccer team list, losing 15 nil against Trinidad and Tobago in 2019.

Anguilla’s biggest win came in a 4-1 triumph against Montserrat in Marigot, Saint Martin, in 2001.

3. The British Virgin Island 

The British Virgin Island is a member of both CONCACAF and FIFA, and the Football Association of British Virgin Island oversees the national team.

The first-ever win on the international stage was against Anguilla in 1985. Its biggest success came in the 6-nil win against Anguilla, while its biggest defeat was in a 17-nil thrashing by the Dominican Republic in 2010.

The country is a member state of CONCACAF and FIFA and ranks third among the worst soccer teams globally.

4. The U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands national football team (The Dashing Eagle) played its first international and competitive match in 2019 in a 1-nil victory against the British Virgin Islands. 

They also recorded a much more significant win in the match against Anguilla – a three-nil victory, with a 14-1 defeat at the hands of Saint Lucia being the biggest loss. 

5. The Turks and Caicos Islands 

The fifth-ranked Turks and Caicos had their first international game end in a three-nil loss at the hands of the Bahamas in 1999.

The nation’s biggest win was a 5-2 triumph against St. Maarten in 2019 in Willemstad, Curacao. Their greatest defeat was eleven-nil against Cuba in September 2010 in Havana, Cuba.

6. Aruba 

The team played its maiden international match in 1924 against Curacao, leading to a four-nil defeat. 

Aruba’s biggest win is the eight-nil win against Suriname in 1924 and a seven-nil win against the British Virgin Islands in 2014. 

The eleven-nil defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago in 1989 was the biggest defeat for Aruba. 

7. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka played its first international match in 1952 against the Asian giant, India, resulting in a 2-0 defeat. 

Their memorable win was the 7-1 win against Pakistan in 2008, a game played in Taipei, Taiwan. They also recorded a six-nil win against Bhutan in 2009 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

The worst loss was in 1964 in the match against Germany, where they lost 12-1. In 2018, they lost all World Cup qualification matches. 

8. Eritrea 

The Red Sea Boys, under the governance of the Eritrea National Football Federation, is yet to qualify for either the AFCON or the World Cup ever. 

Its maiden international competitive match was the one-all draw against Sudan in Khartoum in 1992. Its most significant win was the three-nil triumph against Djibouti in Kampala, Uganda, in 2019. 

9. Tonga 

Tonga is ranked ninth among the worst soccer teams in the world based on FIFA rankings, governed by Tonga Football Federation under the Oceania Football Confederation. 

The 22-nil loss to Australia in 2001 was the biggest defeat for the national side, while the 7-nil win in 2003 against Micronesia is their most significant win. 

10. The Bahamas

The Bahamas ranks tenth on the list of worst soccer teams in the world, having consistently failed to qualify for the World Cup. 

In 2011, the nation withdrew from the FIFA World Cup qualification rounds after featuring in a few matches.


There you have it, the worst soccer teams based on FIFA global rankings. Hopefully the teams at the wrong end of the scale can improve.

Edward Borden

Edward Borden

My name is Edward Borden, a sports fanatic, writer and editor all rolled into one. I have a bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University.

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