Kiribati is not a member of FIFA but is an associate member of the OFC, and is therefore not eligible to enter either the FIFA World Cup or OFC Nations Cup. It became a provisional member of the NF-Board on December 10, 2005.

Kiribati has played only seven games in its history, all of them in the South Pacific Games. The biggest wins for Fiji and Vanuatu have been against Kiribati, 24-0 and 18-0 respectively. Kiribati has never won an international football match.

Kiribati played its first international games in 1979 at the South Pacific Games in Fiji. They played three games losing all of them scoring no goals and conceding fifty six goals. Their best result was a 13-0 loss to Papua New Guinea while their worst at the tournament was a 24-0 thumping by the hosts Fiji. It was not for another 24 years that Kiribati would play again and this time it was once again the South Pacific games in Fiji. Their first game was against Tuvalu another non FIFA member nation who when the last time the teams met beat Kiribati 19-0. But Kiribati showed they had improved only losing 3-2 their best result to date with both goals coming from Lawrence Nemeia. Results after that gradually got worse with a 7-0 loss to the Solomon Islands then followed up by a 12-0 loss to Fiji until they ended the tournament with a 18-0 loss to Vanuatu.


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