The Cambodia national football team (Khmer: ក្រុមបាល់ទាត់ជម្រើសជាតិកម្ពុជា, Krŏm Băltoăt Chômreus Chéatĕ Kâmpŭchéa) represents Cambodia in international football and is administered by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), which is part of the Asian Football Confederation and sub-confederation AFF.
|Association||Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Keisuke Honda|
|Most caps||Sos Suhana (68)|
|Top scorer||Hok Sochetra (20)|
|Home stadium||Morodok Techo National Stadium|
|Current||174 3 (23 June 2022)|
|Highest||153 (March 2011)|
|Lowest||198 (August 2014)|
| Malaya 9–2 Cambodia |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; 17 March 1956)
| Cambodia 8–0 North Yemen |
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 29 November 1966)
| Iran 14–0 Cambodia |
(Tehran, Iran; 10 October 2019)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1972)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Group Stage (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2018, 2020)|
Known as the Khmer Republic national football team from 1970 to 1975, the team finished fourth in the 1972 Asian Cup, which still remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international competition. The team was founded in 1933 and joined FIFA's ranks in 1953.
Beginning of an era
Cambodia formed its first national team following the end of French colonization in 1954. Immediately following the end of French colonialism, Cambodia played its first home game against Malaya. The game ended with a 9–2 win for the Malays.
Like most Asian countries at the time, Cambodia did not seek to participate in the FIFA World Cup qualification nor even AFC Asian Cup qualification, as the country was still trying to consolidate its early football development. However, when Lon Nol decided to topple the Cambodian Kingdom and replaced by a Republic, Cambodia finally decided to participate in the 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification. The Cambodians managed to qualify for the 1972 AFC Asian Cup in its first qualification attempt, a major success up to date. Cambodia managed to win over Hong Kong, which sent the country to Thailand.
In the tournament as Khmer Republic, the Cambodians lost to Iran and had to play in group B along with South Korea and Kuwait. Despite early loss to the South Koreans, they had qualified to the semi-finals thanked for a resounding 4–0 win over Kuwait, only got beaten later by Iran, again, and Thailand, and won the 4th place overall. It remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international tournament.
Following the success, Cambodia could not participate in further tournament, due to the eventual rise of Khmer Rouge.
1990s to 2010s
After decades of war, in which witnessed both Khmer Rouge's genocide and the later Vietnamese invasion which toppled the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia returned to international football at 1993. Cambodia's first tournament as a new team was the Tiger Cup, in which Cambodia was defeated in all four matches. In this tournament, although Cambodia was the weakest among all teams participating in the tournament, Cambodia demonstrated high spirit of football. However, in successive tournaments, Cambodia was not successful and they could not manage to play with high spirits as it used to be. Despite this, Cambodia still gave birth to what would one of Cambodia's football talents in its young history, Hok Sochetra.
Also during this time, Cambodia sent its national team to the 1998 World Cup qualification, the first time Cambodia had ever done so. However, Cambodia had been unsuccessful by large, and often got eliminated in the bottom of their group. The country also withdrew from participating in the 2006 World Cup qualification. Likewise, Cambodia also only participated in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification, before withdrew from 2004 and 2007 qualification attempts. The country later suffered AFF Championship drought, failing to qualify for three consecutive tournaments.
2010s and 2020s
Cambodia's football has witnessed resurgence after decades being under shadows. The resurgence of Cambodia had begun with the arrival of South Korean Lee Tae-hoon, who had introduced a significant development of football in the country, with the change of its tactics, as well as youth development and promotion of Cambodian youngsters to the national team, has given hopes of change. At this team, the team has a lot of young talents, notably Chan Vathanaka, the first ever Cambodian to play professional football outside Cambodia, and the fanbase increased as for the achievement. Cambodia once again demonstrated a full spirit of football, despite during the 2018 World Cup qualifying stage, they didn't win and also missed out the 2012 and 2014 AFC Challenge Cups, thus missing out in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Cambodia finished bottom in a group where they suffered losses to Jordan and neighbour Vietnam. Despite this, Cambodia has managed what could be the country's greatest achievement in their qualification history, when they defeated Afghanistan, ranked 158 in that time, above Cambodia which was ranked 174, and had already defeated Cambodia twice in the World Cup qualification, 1–0 at home. It was the country's only win in the qualification and is still regarded to be Cambodia's best performance in its modern football history.
Following their failure to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Cambodia participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, where they had to face Pakistan in the first round. Cambodia comfortably beat Pakistan in both games 4–1 on aggregate to reach the second round. Once the team had entered this stage again, Cambodia had to deal with much stronger sides like Hong Kong, Bahrain, Iraq and Iran, the "Kings of Asia". Despite passionate support from home fans, the Koupreys could only obtain a 1–1 draw at home to Hong Kong, before receiving heavy defeats in the remaining games, including a 0–14 annihilation by Iran, which became Cambodia's heaviest loss in history.
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The national kits of Cambodia reflect the colors of the national flag which are blue, red, and white. Before May 27, 2022, the home kit was a blue and black shirt with black shorts and blue socks; while the original away kit was all white with a series of horizontal red stripes on the shirt. FBT sponsored this version of the kit.
On May 27, 2022, the Cambodia National Football Team announced their new kit collection. The Khmer sportswear company Varaman established in February 2022 sponsored them with designs by HCD football agency Clan United. The designs are based upon the flag of Cambodia, with the blue and red tones from the flag featured regularly along with a pattern made from pixelated images of Angkor Wat. The 2022 senior team home shirt uses a three toned blue digital camouflage design. The away shirt is all white fabric, with a zoomed in section of the pattern decorated in faint blue and red tones whilst being separated by patterns and shapes. To match each set, the goalkeeper kits are red and blue for home and away respectively. The repeated element is slightly off-coloured from the base fabric. The training kits are blue, red, and white with a graffiti styled pattern on each. The graffiti features various Khmer words, meant to represent the values of the national team.
The Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh hosts the majority of the national team's home matches. With a capacity of 70,000, it still remains as Cambodia's largest sporting venue since its completion in 1964. However, starting from August 2021 this will no longer be the case, as the newly constructed Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, with a capacity of 75,000 will be completed. Once completed, the Morodok Techo National Stadium will be the biggest sports facility in Cambodia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The sports complex is meant to be the main venue of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. It is also anticipated that the new stadium and associated facilities will also be used to facilitate international friendly football matches and regional football qualifiers.
Fixtures and results
Win Draw Lose
|9 October 2021 2023 ACQ Play-off||Guam||0–1||Cambodia||Isa Town, Bahrain|
||Stadium: Khalifa Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
|12 October 2021 2023 ACQ Play-off||Cambodia||2–1||Guam||Isa Town, Bahrain|
||Stadium: Khalifa Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Ismaeel Habib (Bahrain)
|6 December 2021 2020 AFF Championship||Cambodia||1–3||Malaysia||Bishan, Singapore|
|17:30||Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium|
Referee: Shukri Hussain Al-Alhunfush (Saudi Arabia)
|9 December 2021 2020 AFF Championship||Indonesia||4–2||Cambodia||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30||Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium|
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
|15 December 2021 2020 AFF Championship||Cambodia||3–0||Laos||Bishan, Singapore|
|17:30||Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad A'Qashan (Singapore)
|19 December 2021 2020 AFF Championship||Vietnam||4–0||Cambodia||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30||Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium|
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
|2 June 2022 Friendly||Cambodia||2–1||Timor-Leste||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
||Stadium: Morodok Techo National Stadium|
|8 June 2022 AFC AC Q||India||2–0||Cambodia||Kolkata, India|
|20:30 IST||Report||Stadium: Salt Lake Stadium|
Referee: Baraa Aisha (Palestine)
|11 June 2022 AFC AC Q||Cambodia||0–3||Hong Kong||Kolkata, India|
|17:00 IST||Report||Stadium: Salt Lake Stadium|
Referee: Yousif Saeed Hasan (Iraq)
|General Manager||Keisuke Honda|
|Head Coach||Ryu Hirose|
|Team Manager||Chhouk Piseth|
|Assistant Coach|| Phea Sopheaktra|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Toshihiro Mitsumaru|
|Fitness Coach||Kiyomasa Komatsu|
|Video Analyst||Shinya Kizaki|
|Performance Director||Taichi Oshita|
|Team Doctor||Aum Puthi|
|Physiotherapist|| Hun Penglong|
Updated 17 June 2022, after the match against Afghanistan.
|Vladimír Mirka||1965 – 1967|
|Joachim Fickert||June 1996 – January 2003|
|Som Saran||2003 – June 2005||4||0||0||4||0%|
|Scott O'Donnell||July 2005 – December 2007||15||2||3||10||13%|
|Yoo Kee-heung||December 2007 – July 2008||2||1||0||1||50%|
|Prak Sovannara||July 2008 – May 2009||12||3||1||8||25%|
|Scott O'Donnell||June 2009 – August 2010||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Lee Tae-hoon||August 2010 – May 2012||10||3||2||5||30%|
|Hok Sochetra||July 2012 – October 2012||5||0||1||4||0%|
|Prak Sovannara||December 2012 – September 2013||2||0||0||2||0%|
|Lee Tae-hoon||September 2013 – March 2017||35||13||2||20||37%|
|Kazunori Ohara (Interim)||April 2015||4||1||1||2||25%|
|Leonardo Vitorino||March 2017 – October 2017||7||1||0||6||14%|
|Prak Sovannara (Interim)||October 2017 – August 2018||4||1||0||3||25%|
|Félix Dalmás||August 2018 – August 2020||16||3||3||10||19%|
|Ryu Hirose||March 2021 –||13||4||1||8||31%|
The following 23 players were selected for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification third round.
Caps and goals updated as of 22 June 2022, after the match against Afghanistan.
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
- As of 14 June 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Cambodia.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of France|
|1954||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||6||0||1||5||2||27|
|2006||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||5|
|2026||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1956||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||5||11|
|1968||Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||4||2|
|1976||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||4||19|
|2004||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify||AFC Challenge Cup|
AFC Challenge Cup
|AFC Challenge Cup record|
|2008||Did not qualify|
|Total||Best: Group stage||3||1||0||2||4||6|
|AFF Championship record||AFF Championship qualification|
|1996||Group stage||9th||4||0||0||4||1||12||No qualification|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||4|
|2000||Group stage||7th||4||1||0||3||5||10||No qualification|
|2007||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||7||5|
|2010||Did not qualify||3||1||2||0||4||2|
|Total||Best: Group stage||8/13||30||4||0||26||29||102||24||9||6||9||38||40|
|Positive balance (more Wins)|
|Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)|
|Negative balance (more Losses)|
- Cambodia national under-23 football team
- Cambodia national under-21 football team
- Cambodia national under-17 football team
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