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You Won’t Believe How Bad the Micronesia Soccer Team Is
The Pacific Games aren’t exactly a showcase of world class soccer talent, what with Australia being the only team at the games ranked within the top 100 in FIFA’s World Rankings (they’re 63rd), and New Zealand (ranked 138th) being the only other team ranked in the top 150. After those two teams, there’s the likes of New Caledonia (169th), Guam (174th), Tahiti (182nd), and the mighty Fiji (195th), among others.
And at the absolute bottom of the Pacific Games soccer hierarchy, there’s the unranked team from the Federated States of Micronesia. The reason Micronesia is not ranked is because they are not technically affiliated with FIFA. And that’s probably a good thing, because I don’t believe they make numbers high enough to properly illustrate just how bad the Micronesia soccer team is.
So how can we properly portray the atrocity that is the Micronesia soccer team? By telling you their results at this year’s Pacific Games.
It all started with a 30-0 loss to Tahiti in their opening match of the tournament. And surprisingly, it only got worse from there, with losses of 38-0 and 46-0 in their following two matches against Fiji and Vanuatu, respectively. That’s a total of zero goals for and 114 goals against in just three matches.
Fortunately for Micronesia, their 46-0 loss to Vanuatu won’t go down as a record for international matches because the Pacific Games are for under-23 teams. That means Australia’s 31-0 win over American Samoa during a World Cup qualifier back in 2001 still stands as the world record for largest margin of victory in a men’s international soccer match.
Sucks for American Samoa.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]