Israel national football team

The Israel national football team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל, romanizedNivḥeret Yīsrāʾēl BeḴaduregel) represents Israel in men's international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association. They have been members of the European Confederation UEFA since 1994.

Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)התכולים-לבנים (The Skyblue and Whites)
הנבחרת (The Chosen Team)
AssociationIsrael Football Association (IFA)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe; 1980–81; 1991–present)
OFC (Oceania; 1985–89)
AFC (Asia; 1954–74)
Head coachAlon Hazan
CaptainEli Dasa[1]
Most capsYossi Benayoun (101)[a]
Top scorerEran Zahavi (34)
Home stadiumVarious Stadiums
FIFA codeISR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 75 Steady (15 February 2024)[2]
Highest15 (November 2008)
Lowest99 (January 2018)
First international
 Egypt 5–0 Mandatory Palestine 
(Cairo, Egypt; 4 April 1930)

as the State of Israel:
 US Olympic Team 3–1 Israel 
(New York, United States; 26 September 1948)
Biggest win
 Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 7–1 Israel 
(Kaiserslautern, Germany; 13 February 2002)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1970)
Best resultGroup stage (1970)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1964)
Asian Games
Appearances2 (first in 1958)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver Medal (1974)

Israel qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1970. They also won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, before a forced relocation to UEFA.

History

Early history

Football has a long tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Palestinian Football Association was formed in August 1928, and joined FIFA in June 1929, but at the time the association was made up of Arab clubs, Jewish clubs, and clubs representing British policemen and soldiers serving in the region during the British Mandate rule that spanned the period between World War I and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The Mandatory Palestine national football team made its debut against Cairo (Egypt) in 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 0–5 in Cairo, Egypt. The team played five international matches, including a friendly match against Lebanon that Palestine won 1–5; until the British Mandate for Palestine national team was dissolved. During those five games, the national team fielded only Jewish players. Three anthems were played before each match: the British "God Save the King", the Jewish (and future Israeli) "HaTikvah", and the opposing team's anthem.[4]

In 1948 the team became, officially, the national football team of (the State of) Israel.[5] The Israel national team's first match as an independent nation was on 26 September 1948, against the US Olympic Team. The game was won by the US 1–3, and in the 20th minute of the game Shmuel Ben-Dror scored the first goal after the creation of the State of Israel.

Asian Football Confederation membership

 
Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup

Muslim and Arab countries boycotting Israel

Israel was one of the founding members of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) following its own independence in 1948 (prior to that it played under the banner of the "British Mandate of Palestine").[6] After the 1974 Asian Games in Iran, and Israel's 0–1 tense loss to Iran in the finals,[7] Kuwait and other Muslim and Arab countries refused to play them. Following this, Israel were expelled from the confederation and spent a few years trying to qualify from such continental bodies as the OFC (Oceania), before eventually joining UEFA (Europe) officially.[8]

Israel's last years in the AFC

Israel competed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1974. Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, several Muslim countries refused to compete against Israel. The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage for Asia and Africa without playing a single game, forcing FIFA to schedule a playoff between Israel and Wales to ensure the team did not qualify without playing at least one game (which Wales won).

Israel hosted and won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.

In 1968, Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarterfinals.

 
1970's Israel national team at the Bloomfield Stadium of Tel Aviv, Israel

In 1969, Israel qualified for its first and only FIFA World Cup, via Asia/Oceania. Israel earned two points after a 1–1 draw with Sweden, a 0–0 draw with eventual finalist Italy, and a 0–2 loss to Uruguay. The goal against Sweden, scored by Mordechai Spiegler, is Israel's only FIFA World Cup goal to date.

In 1974, Israel was excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait (as other Muslim and Arab countries refused to play against Israel), that was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[9][8] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea[10] and Kuwait to play second-round matches against Israel.

In 1976, Israel went to its second Olympic Games and lost in the quarterfinals again, this time against Brazil. In 1973 and 1977, Israel participated in the World Cup qualification tournament which included teams from both Asia and Oceania, but failed to qualify.

Years in exile

First steps in UEFA

During the early 1980s, Israel played the majority of its matches against UEFA (Europe) teams, and competed in the European stage of qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

 
Ronny Rosenthal playing for Israel at the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (Oceania) against New Zealand

First steps in OFC

For the next two tournaments, Israel entered Oceania's (OFC) qualification stage.

In 1989, Israel won the OFC second round (Oceania) by finishing above both Australia and New Zealand. As a result, Israel made it to the CONMEBOL–OFC play-offs to represent Oceania and play against CONMEBOL's (South America) Colombia for the 1990 World Cup, but lost (1–0, 0–0).

UEFA membership

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions of UEFA, and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, 20 years after it had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel has been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes, notably winning 3–2 in Paris against France in 1993, and 5–0 against Austria in 1999. That year, Israel made it to the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying play-offs, but was beaten by Denmark.

Israel came close to advancing to the playoff stage in their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, finishing third, behind France, and tied on points with Switzerland, which also remained unbeaten in 10 matches after 4 wins and 6 draws. The Swiss had a better goal difference, though, and advanced to the qualification play-off. Coach Avram Grant announced his resignation on 26 October 2005. After the end of his contract, he was succeeded by Dror Kashtan.

In UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Israel came very close to qualifying for the final tournament, but finished fourth in Group E, just one point behind second-placed Russia, who qualified directly with Croatia, and level on 23 points with England, who also failed to advance. The 4–3 home loss to Croatia was the first loss after 13 consecutive official games and 9 home games without a loss.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, Israel again came in fourth, behind Switzerland, Greece, and Latvia. For the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Kashtan was replaced as coach by Frenchman Luis Fernández but Israel failed to qualify again, finishing third behind Greece and Croatia.

The continued presence of the Israeli Football Association in UEFA was a precedent cited by Australia to justify its transfer from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation.[11]

In 2018, Willi Ruttensteiner was appointed as technical director. A national football academy was founded and three supporting development centers were established.[12]

Home stadium

The first home game of the Israel national football team was at Palms Ground on 6 April 1934 against Egypt in a 1934 World Cup qualifier. Prior to the formation of Israel, they also played at the Maccabi Ground for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and Maccabiah Stadium. The first national team to represent the newly formed State of Israel back in 1948, had played at the Ramat Gan Stadium as part of 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification, in front of 55,000 spectators. The Ramat Gan Stadium would remain Israel's home stadium until 2013.

Since the construction of Sammy Ofer Stadium in the city of Haifa, Teddy Stadium in the city of Jerusalem, Turner Stadium in the city of Be'er Sheva, Netanya Stadium in the city of Netanya and Bloomfield Stadium in the city of Tel Aviv – the Israel national team has rotated their official home matches between the latter five.

Active stadiums

Matches Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
51  
UEFA     
Bloomfield Stadium 29,400 Tel Aviv, Israel 17 May 1964 12 September 2023
14  
UEFA     
Teddy Stadium 31,733 Jerusalem, Israel 12 February 1992 19 June 2023
12  
UEFA     
Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,942 Haifa, Israel 16 November 2014 2 June 2022
9  
UEFA     
Netanya Stadium 13,610 Netanya, Israel 6 February 2013 29 March 2022
4  
UEFA     
Turner Stadium 16,126 Be'er Sheva, Israel 14 October 2018 12 October 2021

Inactive stadiums

Matches Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
137   Ramat Gan Stadium 41,583 Ramat Gan, Israel 8 March 1954 15 October 2013
3   Maccabiah Stadium 20,000 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 July 1949 28 October 1950

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Origin Period
Diadora Italy 1992–1995
Adidas Germany 2008–2018
Puma Germany 1985–1989
1996–2008
2018–2024

Results and fixtures

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

2023

25 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel   1–1   Kosovo Tel Aviv, Israel
18:00 (20:00 UTC+3)
  • Peretz   56'
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 28,935
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
28 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Switzerland   3–0   Israel Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 14,819
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
16 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Belarus   1–2   Israel Budapest, Hungary[note 1]
20:45
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadion [note 1]
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)
19 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel   2–1   Andorra Jerusalem, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Teddy Stadium
Attendance: 13,300
Referee: Dragomir Draganov (Bulgaria)
9 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Romania   1–1   Israel Bucharest, Romania
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 49,193
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
12 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel   1–0   Belarus Tel Aviv, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 28,435
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
12 November 2023[note 2] UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Kosovo   1–0   Israel Prishtina, Kosovo
20:45
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 5,245
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
15 November 2023[note 3] UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel   1–1    Switzerland Felcsút, Hungary[note 4]
20:45
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Pancho Aréna
Attendance: 2,024
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
18 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel   1–2   Romania Felcsút, Hungary[note 5]
20:45 (21:45 UTC+2)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Pancho Aréna
Attendance: 2,921
Referee: François Letexier (France)
21 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Andorra   0–2   Israel Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 568
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)

2024

6 September 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League Belgium   v   Israel Belgium
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
9 September 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League Israel   v   Italy [note 7]
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
10 October 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League Israel   v   France [note 8]
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
14 October 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League Italy   v   Israel Italy
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
14 November 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League France   v   Israel France
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
17 November 2024 2024–25 UEFA Nations League Israel   v   Belgium [note 9]
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)

Coaching staff

 
Avram Grant has been one of the youngest official head coaches of Israel
 
Alon Hazan is the current official head coach of Israel
As of 21 November 2023[23][24]
Position Name
Head coach   Alon Hazan
Professional manager
Technical manager
  Yossi Benayoun
Assistant coach   Alon Harazi
Fitness coach   Eran Shedo
  Matan Shoshani
Goalkeeping coach   Itay Zilpa
Analyst   Adar Rosenberg
  Maayan Bahalul
Technical manager   Benny Tabak
  Avi Levi
Head doctor   Ehud "Udi" Kaufman

Coaching history

As of 21 November 2023[25][26]

Players

Current squad

The following players were called for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Kosovo, Switzerland, Romania, Andorra, on 12, 15, 18 and 21 November 2023; respectively.[41][42]

Caps and goals are correct as of 21 November 2023, after the match against Andorra.[43][44][45][46]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 27) 12 0   Red Star Belgrade
1 1GK Daniel Peretz (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 23) 2 0   Bayern Munich
23 1GK Yoav Gerafi (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 30) 1 0   Hapoel Haifa
1GK Gad Amos (1988-12-24) 24 December 1988 (age 35) 0 0   Maccabi Bnei Reineh PRE

2 2DF Eli Dasa (captain) (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 31) 61 0   Dynamo Moscow INJ
22 2DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 32) 19 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
3 2DF Sean Goldberg (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 27) 14 0   Maccabi Haifa
4 2DF Miguel Vítor (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 34) 11 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
5 2DF Raz Shlomo (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 24) 10 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
12 2DF Ofri Arad (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 25) 9 0   Kairat
2DF Sagiv Yehezkel (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 28) 8 0   Antalyaspor INJ
12 2DF Roy Revivo (2003-05-22) 22 May 2003 (age 20) 5 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Stav Lemkin (2003-04-02) 2 April 2003 (age 20) 3 0   Shakhtar Donetsk
20 2DF Avishay Cohen (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 28) 1 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Gil Cohen (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 (age 23) 0 0   MS Ashdod PRE

8 3MF Dor Peretz (vice-captain) (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 28) 40 6   Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 3MF Mohammad Abu Fani (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 25) 21 0   Ferencváros
6 3MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 27) 20 0   Gamba Osaka
4 3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 27) 20 1   OFI Crete
14 3MF Gabi Kanichowsky (4th captain) (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 26) 13 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
10 3MF Ramzi Safouri (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 28) 12 0   Antalyaspor
15 3MF Oscar Gloukh (2004-04-01) 1 April 2004 (age 19) 11 3   Red Bull Salzburg
6/17 3MF Gadi Kinda (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 29) 7 2   Maccabi Haifa
3MF Eden Kartsev (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 23) 6 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv

7 4FW Eran Zahavi (3rd captain) (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 36) 73 34   Maccabi Tel Aviv
9 4FW Shon Weissman (5th captain) (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 28) 33 6   Salernitana
9 4FW Tai Baribo (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 26) 14 3   Philadelphia Union
21 4FW Dean David (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 27) 4 1   Maccabi Haifa
19 4FW Dor Turgeman (2003-10-24) 24 October 2003 (age 20) 5 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
13 4FW Idan Gorno (2004-08-09) 9 August 2004 (age 19) 4 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva
8 4FW Anan Khalaily (2004-09-03) 3 September 2004 (age 19) 3 0   Maccabi Haifa

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Israel squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Ayid Habshi (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 28) 4 0   Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.   Belarus, 16 June 2023 INJ
DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 29) 6 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Romania, 10 September 2023 INJ
DF Denny Gropper (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 24) 3 0   Ludogorets Razgrad v.    Switzerland, 28 March 2023

MF Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 24) 37 7   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Belarus, 12 September 2023 INJ
MF Dolev Haziza (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 28) 14 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Andorra, 20 June 2023 INJ
MF Bibras Natcho RET (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 36) 88 4   Partizan v.    Switzerland, 28 March 2023
MF Mohammed Kna'an (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 24) 2 0   MS Ashdod v.    Switzerland, 28 March 2023
MF Omri Gandelman (2000-05-16) 16 May 2000 (age 23) 1 0   Gent v.    Switzerland, 28 March 2023
MF Liran Rotman (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 27) 0 0   Maccabi Netanya v.    Switzerland, 28 March 2023 PRE

FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 22) 10 1   Celtic v.   Andorra, 20 June 2023 INJ

INJ Withdrew due to injury or illness
PRE Preliminary/extended squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension due to either a red card, or two accumulated yellow cards
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to neither injury nor illness issue
U21 Player withdrew from the squad to play for the national under-21 team

Records

As of 18 November 2023[47]
Players in bold are still active with Israel.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only

Most capped players

 
Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 101 appearances – also both Israel's current Professional manager and Technical manager
Rank Name Caps Goals Career
1 Yossi Benayoun[a] 101 23 1998–2017
2 Tal Ben Haim[b] 95 2 2002–2017
3 Arik Benado 94 0 1995–2007
4 Alon Harazi 88 1 1992–2006
Bibras Natcho 88 4 2010–2023
6 Amir Schelach 85 0 1992–2001
7 Avi Nimni 80 17 1992–2005
8 Eyal Berkovic 78 9 1992–2004
Dudu Aouate 78 0 1999–2013
10 Tal Banin[c] 77 12 1990–2003

Top goalscorers

 
Eran Zahavi is Israel's top scorer with 34 goals
Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Eran Zahavi 34 73 0.47 2010–present
2 Mordechai Spiegler[d] 24 57 0.42 1964–1977
3 Ronen Harazi 23 52 0.44 1992–1999
Yossi Benayoun[a] 23 101 0.23 1998–2017
5 Nahum Stelmach[e] 19 45 0.42 1956–1968
6 Alon Mizrahi 17 37 0.46 1992–2001
Tomer Hemed 17 38 0.45 2011–2019
Eli Ohana[f] 17 50 0.34 1984–1997
Avi Nimni 17 80 0.21 1992–2005
10 Yehoshua Feigenbaum[g] 15 36 0.42 1966–1977
Mu'nas Dabbur 15 40 0.38 2014–2022

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA Confederation
As   Mandatory Palestine As   Mandatory Palestine
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934 Did not qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 Africa/Asia
  1938 2nd 2 0 0 2 1 4 Europe
As   Israel As   Israel
  1950 Did not qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 Europe
  1954 3rd 4 0 0 4 0 5
  1958 Play-off 2 0 0 2 0 4 CAF/AFC
  1962 Final Round 6 3 1 2 13 14 UEFA
  1966 3rd 4 0 0 4 1 12
  1970 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 Squad Final Round 4 3 1 0 8 1 AFC/OFC
  1974 Did not qualify Zone A Final 6 4 1 1 12 2
  1978 First round 4 2 1 1 5 3
  1982 5th 8 1 3 4 6 10 UEFA
  1986 2nd 6 3 1 2 17 6 OFC
  1990 Play-off 6 1 4 1 5 5
  1994 6th 10 1 3 6 10 27 UEFA
  1998 3rd 8 4 1 3 9 7
    2002 3rd 8 3 3 2 11 7
  2006 3rd 10 4 6 0 15 10
  2010 4th 10 4 4 2 20 10
  2014 3rd 10 3 5 2 19 14
  2018 4th 10 4 0 6 10 15
  2022 3rd 10 5 1 4 23 21
      2026 To be determined To be determined
      2030
  2034
Total 1/26 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 3 Final Round 130 43 35 52 180 180

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
  1996 Did not qualify 5th 10 3 3 4 13 13
    2000 Play-offs 8 4 1 3 25 9
  2004 3rd 8 2 3 3 9 11
    2008 4th 12 7 2 3 20 12
    2012 3rd 10 5 1 4 13 11
  2016 4th 10 4 1 5 16 14
  2020 Play-offs 11 3 3 5 16 18
  2024 To be determined To be determined
    2028
    2032
Total Play-offs 69 28 14 27 112 88

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
2018–19 C 1 2nd 4 2 0 2 6 5   30th   2019 Did not qualify
2020–21 B 2 2nd 6 2 2 2 7 7   25th   2021
2022–23 B 2 1st 4 2 2 0 8 6   17th   2023
2024–25 A To be determined   2025 To be determined
Total 14 6 4 4 21 18 17th Total
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1952 Did not enter
  1956
  1960 Did not qualify
  1964
  1968 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 9 7 Squad
  1972 Did not qualify
  1976 Quarter-finals 6th 4 0 3 1 4 7 Squad
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988
1992–present Competition played as an Under-23 competition
Total Quarter-finals 2/10 8 2 4 2 13 14

FIFA World Ranking history

The following is a chart of yearly averages of Israel's FIFA World Ranking.[48]
 

Honours

As an AFC member[49]

AFC Asian Cup

Asian Games

  •   Silver Medal: 1974

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Yossi Benayoun also played and scored against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  2. ^ Tal Ben Haim also played against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  3. ^ Tal Banin also played against USSR XI however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  4. ^ Mordechai Spiegler also played in 25 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring eight additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  5. ^ Nahum Stelmach also played in 19 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring three additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  6. ^ Eli Ohana also played a 1984 Olympic qualification game however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  7. ^ Yehoshua Feigenbaum also played in 15 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring nine additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  1. ^ a b c Due to the Belarusian country's involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Belarus are required to play their home matches at neutral venues and behind closed doors until further notice.[13]
  2. ^ The Kosovo v Israel match, originally scheduled to be played on 15 October 2023, was postponed to 12 November 2023 due to the Israel–Hamas war.[14][15]
  3. ^ The Israel v Switzerland match, originally scheduled to be played on 12 October 2023 at the Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, was postponed to a date to determine due and relocated to a neutral site due to the Israel–Hamas war.[16][17]
  4. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel play their remaining home matches at a neutral venue.[18]
  5. ^ The Israel v Romania match, originally scheduled to be played at the Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, was relocated to a neutral site due to the Israel–Hamas war.
  6. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[19]
  7. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[20]
  8. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[21]
  9. ^ Due to the Israel–Hamas war, Israel are required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.[22]

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