The Saint Lucia Football Association is the governing body of football in Saint Lucia. The FA was founded in 1979, the same year the island gained independence, and is headquartered in Castries, the nation’s capital. It runs the Saint Lucia men’s and women’s junior and senior national teams, as well as its domestic football competitions, which include both men’s and women’s professional leagues and youth championships.
In international competition, Saint Lucia’s football teams have had some modest success against their Caribbean neighbors, but beyond that geographical area their experience is quite limited. In fact, when the men’s team faced Panama in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, it marked the first time they had ever played an opponent outside of the Caribbean zone. The men’s team has attempted to qualify for the World Cup four times, but has yet to make it past the second preliminary round in the CONCACAF region. They have been more competitive in Caribbean Cup competition, advancing as far as the semifinals. In, 2015 the association’s national under 17 football team came within a couple game from making it to the world cup. Under the presidency of Mr. Lyndon Cooper, the association has won the highly coveted “Association of the Year” title for the second consecutive year.
The women’s national team attempted to qualify for the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2003, but did not advance past the first qualifying round despite securing two wins and a draw. In 2015, the association partnered with the Ministry of Youth development and Sport and the Ministry of Education to host the first ever Inter-Schools Football Tournament. Soufriere Comprehensive were the inaugural champions.