Soccer 25 Shillings Somalia Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Ocean Stars Football Team)
Soccer 25 Shillings Somalia Authentic Coin Charm for Jewelry and Craft Making (Ocean Stars Football Team)
Commemorative issue: Soccer (Football)
Obverse: Crowned arms with supporters
Lettering: REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA
Reverse: Soccer Player (Football Player)
Period Somali Republic (1991-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Value 25 Shillings / Scellini
25 SOS = USD 0.043
Currency Shilling (1962-date)
Diameter 21.8 mm
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 11298
The Somalia national footballers team (Somali: Xeegada Qaranka Soomaaliya, Arabic: الاتحاد الصومالي لكرة القدم), nicknamed the Ocean Stars, represents Somalia in international football and is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Somalia's first national team captain was Mohamed Shangole, whilst its longest serving captain has been Hasan Babay.
The first Somali football teams were established in the 1940s. The competitions were basic in structure and were associated with the anti-colonial movement. The Somali Youth League (SYL), the nation's first political party, had put together a team of local youth to play against the Italian expatriate teams. The soccer team the FYL had assembled, which would later change its name to Bondhere, won the first several competitions. In 1951, the Somali Football Federation (SFF) was founded. The first Somali commissioner for sport was later established in 1958.
Although the Somali national football team took part in preliminary matches, it has never qualified for the final stages of a World Cup. For many years after the outbreak of the civil war in the early 1990s, FIFA-sanctioned games could not be played within the country. Qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup were instead contested away from home. However, following the pacification of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, the SFF began preparations for the first major sporting event to be held in years at the Mogadishu Stadium, in December 2012.
Prior to 2019, the Somali FA decided they would admit to all their young and upcoming youth talents and put out local trials to fortify both Olympic and national football teams.
In addition, many from the Somali diaspora in the past have produced quality football players such as Islam Feruz and Mukhtar Ali.
On 5 September 2019, Somalia won their first qualifying match since 1984 (against Kenya - AFCON Qualifying) and their first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifying match, beating Zimbabwe by 1–0. They nearly advanced to the second round but lost 3–1 in Zimbabwe after two late goals for the warriors, consigning the Ocean Stars to an early exit.