The Chinese Taipei national football team represents Taiwan (the Republic of China) in international football and is controlled by the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA, Traditional Chinese: 中華民國足球協會), the governing body for football in Taiwan.
|Association||Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) |
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Vom Ca-nhum|
|Most caps||Chen Po-liang (80)|
|Top scorer||Chen Po-liang (25)|
|Home stadium||Taipei Municipal Stadium |
Kaohsiung National Stadium
|Current||158 (19 November 2021)|
|Highest||121 (April–May 2018)|
|Lowest||191 (June 2016)|
Philippines 2–1 China
(Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)[Note 1]
Taiwan 3–2 South Vietnam
(Manila, Philippines; 1 May 1954)
| Chinese Taipei 10–0 Guam |
(Macau; 17 June 2007)
| Kuwait 10–0 Chinese Taipei |
(Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; 9 November 2006)
|Appearances||2 (first in 1960)|
|Best result||Third place (1960)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2006)|
|Chinese Taipei national football team|
It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation. Despite never qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, Taiwan reached the semi-finals of the 1960 and 1968 AFC Asian Cups, finishing third in the former. The side also won gold in the football sector at the 1954 and 1958 Asian Games although the players in the team originated from British Hong Kong.
The Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) was founded in Mainland China as the China Football Association (CFA) in 1924 and relocated to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of the Chinese Civil War. Affiliated with FIFA in 1932 as China, it rejoined FIFA in 1954, first under the name Taiwan, then renaming to Chinese Taipei in 1980.
The team's greatest success came when they finished third in the Asian Cup in 1960, playing as Taiwan. However, the players in the team originally came from Hong Kong, as well, as the reputation of the Hong Konger national team was not as good.
The side reached their highest FIFA World Ranking, the 121th placement, in July 2018, under the guidance of renowned English coach Gary White. Since its signing in the autumn of 2017, White's strategies to improve not only the national team, but also the standards of football on the island included an extended scouting operation looking for talents of Taiwanese heritage from abroad: the cast proved to be successful when players such as Tim Chow, Will Donkin and Emilio Estevez were tapped in for the national team.
Plus, in December 2017, the country hosted the CTFA International Tournament, a tier 1 competition that hosted Laos, Philippines and Timor-Leste as guest members and was designed to test Taiwan's representative in preparation for international friendlies and tournaments in the future years: Taiwan won all of its three games, thus securing the victory of the mini-tournament and its first official international trophy in 55 years. Thanks to the four goals he scored (two of which in the final match against Laos), striker Li Mao was deemed as the competition's top scorer.
White led a successful period for the Chinese Taipei, including winning 7 FIFA international games in a row. Charged with taking Taiwan to their first AFC Asian Cup since 1968, White had took over the guide of the national team halfway through the qualification campaign: eventually, he brought them to the third round of the qualifiers, missing a spot to the tournament (in favour of Bahrain and Turkmenistan) by just one point. White was then offered a contract by the Hong Kong national team and left his role in Taiwan in September 2018.
Following the Englishman's departure, Taiwan went on a severe lack of satisfaction during the following year. Vom Ca-nhum, employed as a caretaker manager while he was guiding the under-19 squad, had not been able to qualify his side to the final round of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship (even though they won their match against Mongolia). Then, another Englishman, Louis Lancaster, who previously assisted Gary White during his time on the island, was appointed as the main coach to take his first senior management position. However, things got even worse for the Chinese Taipei: in 2019, the team won just one out of the nine matches they played (a 2–0 win in a friendly against Hong Kong), and they were prematurely eliminated from the continental qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, losing all of their first five games and getting thrashed by Australia (1–7), Kuwait (9–0) and Jordan (5–0). Following the shocking results in the first phase of the qualifiers, Lancaster was sacked in December 2019, and the federation soon decided to hire Vom Ca-nhum again, this time on a full basis, as he was one of the few coaches on the island to have already gained an AFC Pro A coaching license.
The qualification match for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in February 2011 was played on Kaohsiung National Stadium, while the qualification match for 2014 FIFA World Cup in July 2011 was played at Taipei Municipal Stadium.
The official kit supplier is currently produced by ANGO since 2019, a local sports brand in Taiwan.
Recent results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose
|3 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2||Nepal||2–0||Chinese Taipei||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|--:-- UTC+5:45||Bista 3' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium|
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (South Korea)
|7 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2||Australia||5–1||Chinese Taipei||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|19:30 UTC+3||Souttar 12'
Maclaren 27' (pen.)
Duke 46', 84'
|Report||Gao Wei-jie 62'||Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium|
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)
|15 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2||Chinese Taipei||1–2||Kuwait||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|--:-- UTC+8||Wu Chun-ching 51'||Report||Nasser 14', 71'||Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium|
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
|7 October 2021 2023 AFCQ PO||Indonesia||2–1||Chinese Taipei||Buriram, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Rumakiek 16'
Evan Dimas 48'
|Report||Hsu Heng-Pin 90'||Stadium: Buriram Stadium|
Referee: Payam Heydari (Iran)
|Head Coach||Vom Ca-nhum|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Dragos Plopeanu|
|Head of Academy Coach||Robert Iwanicki|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Ngan Shing-kwan (1936)
- Lee Wai Tong (1954–1958)
- Ho Ying Fun (1966)
- Pau King Yin (1966, 1968, 1971)
- Hsu King Shing (1967)
- Law Pak (1977–1981)
- Chiang Chia (1981–1985)
- Lo Chih-tsung (1985–1988)
- Huang Jen-cheng (1988–1993)
- Chiang Mu-tsai (1994–2000)
- Huang Jen-cheng (2000–2001)
- Lee Po-houng (2001–2005)
- Edson Silva (2005)
- Toshiaki Imai (2005–2007)
- Chen Sing-An (2008–2009)
- Lo Chih-tsung (2009–2011)
- Lee Tae-ho (2011)
- Chen Kuei-jen (2012)
- Chiang Mu-tsai (2012)
- Chen Kuei-jen (2013–2016)
- Toshiaki Imai (2016)
- Kazuo Kuroda (2016–2017)
- Reiji Hirata (2017)
- Gary White (2017–2018)
- Vom Ca-nhum (2018–2019)
- Louis Lancaster (2019)
- Vom Ca-nhum (2020–2021)
- Yeh Hsien-chung (2021–)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Shih Shin-an||10 October 1992||3||0||Tatung|
|18||GK||Chiu Yu-hung||31 August 1994||18||0||Taipower|
|23||GK||Huang Chiu-lin||18 June 1997||1||0||Taipower|
|2||DF||Hsieh Peng-long||13 November 1998||1||0||Ming Chuan University|
|3||DF||Chen Ting-yang||28 September 1992||49||3||Taichung Futuro|
|4||DF||Liang Meng-hsin||3 April 2003||2||0||Taichung Futuro|
|5||DF||Cheng Hao||13 January 1997||5||0||Taiwan Steel|
|6||DF||Lin Cheng-yi||30 September 1987||27||2||Taipower|
|8||MF||Emilio Estevez||10 August 1998||6||0||Free agent|
|10||MF||Hsu Yi||21 October 1989||1||0||Hang Yuen|
|12||MF||Wu Yen-shu||21 October 1999||0||0||Hang Yuen|
|13||MF||Lin Chang-lun||28 June 1991||32||2||Taipower|
|16||MF||Hsu Heng-pin||17 April 1993||2||1||Taichung Futuro|
|7||FW||Lin Ming-wei||20 May 2001||2||0||Hang Yuen|
|9||FW||Li Mao||2 November 1992||30||5||Taichung Futuro|
|11||FW||Wu Chun-ching||18 December 1988||53||9||Tatung|
|19||FW||Ko Yu-ting||18 January 1994||10||0||Taipower|
|22||FW||Lee Hsiang-wei||15 April 1996||1||0||Taipower|
The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Pan Wen-chieh||29 June 1992||32||0||Taiwan Steel||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|GK||Tuan Hsuan||27 October 1997||0||0||Taichung Futuro||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|GK||Jiang Zhi-xian||12 February 1998||0||0||Taiwan Steel||May 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Chen Wei-chuan||29 August 1992||30||0||Taiwan Steel||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Pai Shao-yu||20 January 1998||3||0||Tatung||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Zheng Zhi-Huan||14 April 2001||0||0||Flight Skywalkers||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Yao Ko-chi||15 May 1996||0||0||Taiwan Steel||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Wang Ruei||10 August 1993||22||1||Taichung Futuro||v. Kuwait, 15 June 2021|
|DF||Jiang Hao-ren||8 April 1997||0||0||Taichung Futuro||v. Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE|
|DF||Weng Wei-pin||23 November 1991||12||0||CPC||May 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Chen Chia-chun||13 October 1991||0||0||CPC||May 2021 centralized camp|
|DF||Huang Ziming||0||0||National Taiwan University||May 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Chen Chao-an||22 June 1995||30||4||Taipower||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Yoshitaka Komori||27 March 1987||3||0||Taichung Futuro||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Tu Shao-chieh||2 January 1999||5||0||Ming Chuan University||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Zhao Ming-xiu||19 July 1997||5||0||Taipower||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Chin Wen-yen||30 May 2000||0||0||Flight Skywalkers||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|MF||Tsai Meng-cheng||3 April 1996||0||0||Andy Chen Academy||v. Kuwait, 15 June 2021|
|MF||Chen Hung-wei||28 September 1997||0||0||Taichung Futuro||v. Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE|
|MF||Chou Yu-chieh||24 September 1998||0||0||Hang Yuen||v. Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE|
|MF||Miguel Sandberg||24 September 1998||0||0||FC Djursholm||v. Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE|
|FW||Chen Jui-chieh||15 July 1995||11||0||Taiwan Steel||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|FW||Yu Chia-huang||23 April 1998||4||0||Taiwan Steel||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|FW||Chen Hao-wei||20 April 1992||49||8||Taichung Futuro||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|FW||Onur Dogan||8 September 1987||27||6||Taichung Futuro||Aug 2021 centralized camp|
|FW||Gao Wei-jie||24 June 1997||3||1||Taipower||v. Kuwait, 15 June 2021|
- As of 3 June 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Chinese Taipei.
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
| 1930 to
|Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China only,
which did not enter
|Did not exist|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
| 1962 to
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||1||17|
|2026||To be determined||To be determimed|
Olympic Games recordEdit
|1900 to 1936||Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China|
only, which did not enter
|1948||FIFA recognize result of pre-1949 Republic of China|
as continuous of China PR history
|1952||Did not enter|
|1964 to 1976||Did not qualify|
|1980||Refused to participate|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|1992 to present||See Chinese Taipei national under-23 football team|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1956||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||4|
|1980||OFC Member||OFC Member|
|1992||Did not qualify||3||0||1||2||0||8|
|2011||AFC Challenge Cup|
|Total||Best: Third place||2/17||7||1||2||4||5||12||48||14||3||31||68||114|
AFC Challenge Cup recordEdit
|2008||Did not qualify|
East Asian CupEdit
|EAFF East Asian Cup record||Preliminary round|
|2003||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||13||3|
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not enter|
|2002–present||See Chinese Taipei national under-23 football team|
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