Northern Mariana Islands 2016-17 Home Jersey/Shirt
This is a Soccer Junky Northern Mariana Islands national team home jersey as worn by the 'Blue Ayuyu' throughout the 2016-17 period.
The Northern Mariana Islands national team represents the chain of located in the north-western Pacific Ocean and became a full member of the Asian Football Confederation in December 2020. They had initially been accepted as member of the East Asian Football Federation in 2008, with the majority of their matches having been played in various EAFF competitions. NMI are not a member of FIFA, however are currently in the process of applying for membership and will likely be accepted into FIFA in the near future. Due to their small size, with a population of only 55,000, as well as a lack of regular matches, the Northern Mariana Islands have struggled to be competitive on the international stage. To date, the team has only won 1 competitive match since joining the EAFF, with their historic victory coming against Macau in the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup first preliminary round. The Blue Ayuyu recorded a 2-1 win after coming from behind as Kirk Schuler scored the winning goal in the 65th minute.