Trinidad and Tobago has appeared at two FIFA Under 17 World Cups in 2001 and 2007 and narrowly missed out on qualification in 2011 and 2013.
This country was the host nation on 2001, staging, according to FIFA, one of the best ever Under 17 World Cups.
Coached by Brazilian Rene Simoes, T&T ‘s squad included several talented players including current Senior Team captain Kenwyne Jones and senior teams goalkeepers Jan Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip. T&T found themselves in a tough group alongside the likes of Brazil who were 6-1 winners, a well as Australia and Croatia. T&T lost the opener 2-1 to Croatia with the highlight of the match being a fantastic individual goal by Nkosi Blackman for T&T.
Under Anton Corneal, T&T would go on to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea. An early first half goal by Kevin Molino stunned hosts Jamaica in the final match of the tournament, putting T&T through to the World Cup.
In 2019, former Trinidad and Tobago forward and all-time leading goalscorer Stern John served as head coach of the Under 17 Men’s Team for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and World Cup qualifiers at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in May.
Trinidad and Tobago hosted the first Concacaf U-17 Men’s Championship in 1983 and went on to stage further championships in 1988, 1991 and 1996.