The Cook Islands national team is one of the smallest teams in FIFA amounting only 24,000 people. However, the team exist since 1971 and got affiliation to OFC and FIFA in 1994.
Though founded in 1971, the minute Cook Islands lead largely unremarked existence in the world of football. Still, the team can ‘boast’ with eyebrow-raising defeats. For example, they were thrashed 0-30 during their first international match against Tahiti in September 1971 and recorded 0-16 and 0-17 losses to Australia in Oceania Nations Cup in 1998 and 2000 respectively. They have never reached the World Cup final stages but climbed up to the group stage of the Oceania Nations Cup several times.
As of February 2013, the Cook Islands were ranked 202nd in the FIFA world list. They reached their highest ever 169th position in July 2000. The team play their home matches at National Stadium in Avarua with the capacity of 3,000 seats.
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