As is the case with most countries, football is a popular sport in Vanuatu, so much so that the country is a member of the FIFA and OFC associations. Players mostly participate in association football. This sport is commonly known as football or soccer, where eleven players per team take part in passing a spherical ball across the field. Almost 250 million players take part in this sport globally, and Vanuatu players are no different.
The Vanuatu national football team is the representative team of this country in international sports. It belongs to the OFC confederation and has Paul Munster as the head coach, and Jason Thomas as the captain. Its top scorer is Richard Iwai, and Etienne Mermer holds the most caps. This team plays at the Port Vila Municipal Stadium and currently holds the 163rd position in FIFA rankings.
Compared to other technical programs present in Oceania, Vanuatu takes the lead. It was no surprise when it took part in a FIFA pilot program where young players got identified and enrolled in the national academy. The terms of the enrolment are that players aged 15-17 can take part in the selection and training. They also get considered for continuing school and vocational activities.
Unfortunately, the national team is yet to qualify for the World Cup. However, they have made great strides in other competitions. They finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup and runner up in the South Pacific Games.