The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) represents Ecuador in men's international football and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF). They joined FIFA in 1926 and CONMEBOL a year later.
|Nickname(s)||La Tri (The Tri)|
La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
|Association||Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Félix Sánchez Bas|
|Most caps||Iván Hurtado (168)|
|Top scorer||Enner Valencia (38)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado|
|Current||41 (6 April 2023)|
|Highest||10 (June 2013)|
|Lowest||71 (November 2017)|
| Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador |
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
| Ecuador 6–0 Peru |
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
| Argentina 12–0 Ecuador |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
|Appearances||4 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2006)|
|Appearances||29 (first in 1939)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1959, 1993)|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Group stage (2002)|
Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, Ecuador did not make their tournament debut until 2002. After finishing above Brazil and Uruguay in the standings, the qualifying campaign marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustín Delgado, Álex Aguinaga, Iván Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Iván Kaviedes, who would set the stage for Ecuador's achievements in the next decade. Having reached the Round of 16 in a memorable 2006 World Cup campaign, they were expected to deliver at the 2007 Copa América but were eliminated in the group stage. Along with Venezuela, they have not won the continental tournament. La Tri's best performance was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
Ecuador plays the majority of their home matches at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.
Historically, Ecuador has been seen as a struggling footballing nation in South America. Despite their past failures, however, Ecuador has risen to be a serious South American competitor in recent years.
Football was introduced to Ecuador by Juan Alfredo Wright, who had recently returned from university in England. On 23 April 1899, he and his brother Roberto founded the first Ecuadorian football team, Guayaquil Sport Club. As the popularity of the sport grew in the country, more teams were established. On 30 May 1925, the Federación Deportiva Nacional del Ecuador was founded. In 1930, FIFA sent an invitation encouraging for a men's national team to participate at the maiden World Cup. However, the then-Minister of Social Security and Sports declined the offer as they did not approve of the financial allocation.
In 1938, the I Bolivarian Games were organized, with Ecuador set to take part in the football tournament. On 8 August 1938, they played their first-ever match; a 1–1 draw with Bolivia. Their following game saw the national team earn a 2–1 win against Colombia. Following a 9–1 crushing by Peru and a 5–2 victory over Venezuela, Ecuador was tied for the silver medal with Bolivia. A playoff saw the Bolivians emerge triumphantly and the Ecuadorians finished the competition with the bronze medal.
After finishing fourth at the 1959 South American Championship, the team entered the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. They failed to qualify for 1962 finals after inflicted defeats by Argentina.
The 1998 World Cup qualifiers saw the format for qualifying in CONMEBOL changed to a league home-and-away system. This difference made a huge impact on Ecuador's performance as they clinched several important home wins during the campaign. In the end, they achieved a 6th-place finish, just under Peru and Chile.
Following the appointment of Hernán Darío Gómez for their 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Ecuador recorded a historic 1–0 win against Brazil. A 5–1 win over Bolivia saw la Tricolor only needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. They faced Uruguay, and, after managing to cling onto a 1–1 draw, obtained their spot in the World Cup in Japan.
Ecuador started the 2002 World Cup with a 2–0 loss to Italy. Agustín Delgado scored his country's first World Cup goal; he opened the scoring in a 2–1 loss to Mexico. Though they finished fourth in Group G and 24th overall, Ecuador defeated Croatia, who had achieved third place in the previous tournament, and eliminated the Croats in process.
A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by Luis Fernando Suárez. He led them successfully through the latter stages of the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing third to make the finals. In Germany, they were drawn into Group A with the hosts, Poland, and Costa Rica. Wins over Poland and Costa Rica earned Ecuador qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.
After a dull 2014 FIFA World Cup, and an unpleasant streak of failing to advance past the group stages of the Copa América, Gustavo Quinteros was hired to help rebuild the national team. Quinteros helped Ecuador reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario and started the 2018 World Cup qualifiers strong. They were setback after a loss to Uruguay and finished eighth in the standings.
Gómez was reinstalled to lead Ecuador at the 2019 Copa América. His second stint was short, as he was soon fired after a disastrous tournament, having only earned a point.
For the qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, as punishment for falsifying birth documents for Byron Castillo in the previous World Cup qualification cycle, Ecuador were deducted 3 points and fined CHF 100,000.
The Ecuador national team plays their home games at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. Having opened in 1951, it initially had a capacity of 45,000, but was later reduced to 35,724.
The stadium has a running track, which has gone to be one of the most important in South America for events organized by the former International Association of Athletics Federations.
15 gates surround the stadium, allowing for an evacuation to be completed in about 10 minutes. The venue also features an electronic scoreboard located in the northern sector. The screen, manufactured by Hungarian-based company Elektroimpex in 1985, measures 10 meters tall and 30 meters wide.
In this stadium, Ecuador defeated Uruguay at the 1993 Copa América and Brazil at the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. After tying with the former on 7 November 2001, Ecuador qualified for their first World Cup. Since then, Ecuador has qualified three times.
The stadium is set to be demolished in late-2020 for a newer stadium, which in first instance was for preparation for the 2024 Copa América. However, Ecuador declined to host Copa America in 2022.
For the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador played at the Casa Blanca.
The standard Ecuador uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks. The alternate colours of the uniform are white and blue, this being based on the flag of the Guayas Province. From 1965 to 2020, the crest featured the Andean condor, Ecuador's national bird, above a shield with the country's colors. In January 2020, the Ecuadorian Football Federation announced a rebrand of the logo; a navy blue shield with an "FEF" monogram attempting to "abstractly build a condor".
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|2 June Friendly||Ecuador||1–0||Nigeria||Harrison, United States|
||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|5 June Friendly||Mexico||0–0||Ecuador||Chicago, United States|
|18:30 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Soldier Field|
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
|11 June Friendly||Ecuador||1–0||Cape Verde||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
||Report||Stadium: Drive Pink Stadium|
Referee: Moeth Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
|23 September Friendly||Saudi Arabia||0–0||Ecuador||Murcia, Spain|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina|
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
|27 September Friendly||Japan||0–0||Ecuador||Düsseldorf, Germany|
|19:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena|
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
|12 November Friendly||Ecuador||0–0||Iraq||Madrid, Spain|
|18:30 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Metropolitano Stadium|
Referee: Gustavo Correia (Portugal)
|20 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Qatar||0–2||Ecuador||Al Khor, Qatar|
|19:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Valencia 16' (pen.), 31'||Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|25 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Netherlands||1–1||Ecuador||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|19:00 AST (UTC+3)||Gakpo 6'||Report||Valencia 49'||Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|29 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Ecuador||1–2||Senegal||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|18:00 AST (UTC+3)||
||Report||Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|24 March Friendly||Australia||3–1||Ecuador||Sydney, Australia|
||Stadium: CommBank Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
|28 March Friendly||Australia||1–2||Ecuador||Melbourne, Australia|
||Report||Stadium: Marvel Stadium|
Referee: Chae Sang-hyeop (South Korea)
|17 June Friendly||Bolivia||v||Ecuador||Harrison, United States|
|--:-- UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
|20 June Friendly||Costa Rica||v||Ecuador||Chester, United States|
|--:-- UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Subaru Park|
|September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Argentina||v||Ecuador||Argentina|
|September 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||v||Uruguay||Ecuador|
|October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Bolivia||v||Ecuador||La Paz, Bolivia|
|--:-- UTC−4||Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles|
|October 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||v||Colombia||Ecuador|
|November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Venezuela||v||Ecuador||Venezuela|
|November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||v||Chile||Ecuador|
- As of 11 March 2023
|Head coach||Félix Sánchez|
|Assistant coach||Alberto Fernández|
|Assistant coach||Javi Ramos|
|Physical coach||Alberto Mendez|
|Goalkeeping coach||Julius Büscher|
|Fitness coach||Carlos Domenech|
- Enrique Lamas (1938)
- Ramón Unamuno (1939)
- Juan Parodi (1941–1942)
- Rodolfo Orlandini (1945)
- Ramón Unamuno (1947)
- José Planas Artés (1949)
- Iván Esperón (1953)
- José María Díaz (1955)
- Eduardo Spandre (1957)
- Juan López (1959–1960)
- Fausto Montalván (1963, 1966)
- José María Rodríguez (1965)
- José Gomes Nogueira (1969)
- Ernesto Guerra (1970, 1977–1979, 1983)
- Jorge Lazo (1972)
- Roberto Resquín (1973)
- Roque Máspoli (1975–1977)
- Héctor Morales (1979–1980)
- Otto Vieira (1981)
- Juan Hohberg (1981–1982)
- Antonio Ferreira (1984–1985)
- Luis Grimaldi (1986–1987)
- Dušan Drašković (1988–1993)
- Carlos Torres Garcés (1994)
- Carlos Ron (1994)
- Francisco Maturana (1995–1997, 1997)
- Luis Fernando Suárez (1997, 2004–2007)
- Polo Carrera (1998)
- Carlos Sevilla (1999)
- Hernán Darío Gómez (1999–2004, 2018–2019)
- Sixto Vizuete (2007–2010, 2014–2015)
- Reinaldo Rueda (2010–2014)
- Gustavo Quinteros (2015–2017)
- Jorge Célico (2017–2018, 2019–2020)
- Jordi Cruyff (2020)
- Gustavo Alfaro (2020–2023)
- Félix Sánchez (2023–)
The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Australia on 24 and 28 March 2023.
Caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2023, after the match against Australia.
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Gilmar Napa||5 January 2003||0||0||Emelec||v. Iraq, 12 November 2022|
|GK||Gonzalo Valle||28 February 1996||0||0||Guayaquil City||v. Japan, 27 September 2022|
|DF||José Hurtado||23 December 2001||1||0||Red Bull Bragantino||v. Australia, 24 March 2023 INJ|
|DF||Robert Arboleda||22 October 1991||33||2||São Paulo||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Jackson Porozo||4 August 2000||7||0||Troyes||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Byron Castillo||10 November 1998||13||0||León||v. Iraq, 12 November 2022|
|DF||Jhoanner Chávez||25 April 2002||1||0||Bahía||v. Iraq, 12 November 2022|
|DF||Fernando León||11 April 1993||6||0||Emelec||v. Japan, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Carlos Gruezo||19 April 1995||47||1||San Jose Earthquakes||v. Australia, 24 March 2023 INJ|
|MF||Gonzalo Plata||1 November 2000||33||5||Valladolid||v. Australia, 24 March 2023 INJ|
|MF||Sebastián González||6 June 2003||0||0||LDU Quito||v. Iraq, 12 November 2022|
|MF||Nilson Angulo||19 June 2003||3||0||Anderlecht||v. Japan, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Patrickson Delgado||17 October 2003||0||0||Jong Ajax||v. Japan, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Anthony Valencia||21 July 2003||0||0||Antwerp||v. Japan, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Dixon Arroyo||1 June 1992||2||0||Inter Miami||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Enner Valencia (captain)||4 November 1989||77||38||Fenerbahçe||v. Australia, 24 March 2023 INJ|
|FW||Romario Ibarra||24 September 1994||27||3||Pachuca||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Ayrton Preciado||17 July 1994||27||3||Free agent||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Djorkaeff Reasco||18 January 1999||5||0||Newell's Old Boys||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Leonardo Campana||24 July 2000||12||0||Inter Miami||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Jordy Caicedo||18 November 1997||10||2||Sivasspor||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's then-president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player. However, due to FIFA regulations, the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.
- As of 29 November 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Ecuador.
|5||Ulises de la Cruz||101||6||1995–2010|
|José Francisco Cevallos||88||0||1994–2010|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1954||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||3||11|
|2006||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||5||4||Squad||18||8||4||6||23||19|
|2010||Did not qualify||18||6||5||7||22||26|
|2018||Did not qualify||18||6||2||10||26||29|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||4/22||13||5||2||6||14||14||—||161||54||38||69||194||218|
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|1916||Did not participate|
|1967||Did not qualify|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Ecuador national under-23 football team|
Below is a result summary of all matches Ecuador have played against FIFA recognized teams.
- As of 28 March 2023
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Republic of Ireland||2||0||1||1||3||4||–1||0%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||100%|
Despite never having won a title with their senior team, Ecuador has two relevant achievements with their youth teams.
- Canada Cup:
- Winners: 1999
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- ^ "The CAS confirms the eligibility of the player Byron Castillo (Ecuador) but imposes sanctions against the Ecuadorian Football Federation for a violation of the FIFA regulations" (PDF). Court of Arbitration for Sport. 8 November 2022.
- ^ AFA (30 January 2017). "Conocé el Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa". Retrieved 5 May 2020.
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- ^ "Ya es oficial: Ecuador no será sede de la Copa América 2024". El Universo (in Spanish). 9 November 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
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- Official website (in Spanish)
- futbolecuador.com (in Spanish)
- Ecuador FIFA profile