Laos national football team
(The National Team)
|Association||Lao Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||V. Sundramoorthy|
|Most caps||Visay Phaphouvanin (51)|
|Top scorer||Visay Phaphouvanin (18)|
|Home stadium||New Laos National Stadium|
|Current||184 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||134 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||210 (August 2012)|
|Current||221 9 (27 March 2019)|
|Lowest||220 (November 2018)|
| Egypt 15–0 Laos |
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)
| Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste |
(Vientiane, Laos; 26 October 2010)
| Egypt 15–0 Laos |
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)
Laos established their national football association in 1951. The South East Asian nation is still waiting to make its entrance into a major international competition. Laos have never qualified for the World Cup, Asian Cup or Asian Games and as an international side, their appearances have been restricted to regional tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup. After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. With the country achieving political stability, football has made an impact on Laotians.
Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, Laos has competed in the ASEAN Football Championship (formerly known as the Tiger Cup). Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has displayed passion and talent. In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines and two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they also beat Malaysia. Domestic competitions are also active with over 60 clubs competing at various levels. Domestic football is amateur although most of the top teams are drawn from government ministries and public services. In the qualifying preliminary rounds for the 2004 Asian Cup, they beat Bangladesh 2–1. In the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, they qualified for the second round as a lucky loser after Guam and Nepal both withdrew from the competition, but proceeded to lose all its games (with Qatar, Iran and Jordan). They also advanced to the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, after defeating Cambodia 8–6 on aggregate. In the second round, they lost to China 13–3 on aggregate. Laos has defeated their much more established counterparts such as Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Laos' first appearance in a continental tournament was in 2014, when they played at the 2014 Challenge Cup.
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not enter|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
|AFC Asian Cup record|
|1956 to 1968||Did not enter|
|1972 to 1980||Withdrew|
|1984 to 1996||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not qualify|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|2002–present||See Laos national under-23 football team|
AFC Challenge CupEdit
- 2006: Was replaced by AFC
- 2008: Withdrew
- 2010: Did not enter
- 2012: Did not qualify
- 2014: Group stage
AFC Solidarity Cup recordEdit
|AFC Solidarity Cup record|
This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup
|ASEAN Football Championship record|
|2016||Did not qualify|
|Total||Best: Group stage||37||2||5||31||29||141|
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
Win Draw Lose
The following 23 players were selected for 2018 AFF Championship.
Caps and goals are correct as of 20 November 2018, after the match against Cambodia.
Laos national football team head-to-headEdit
|Positive balance (more Wins)|
|Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)|
|Negative balance (more Losses)|
|United Arab Emirates||3||0||0||3||0||9||−9||AFC|
|Vangchay Muangmany||February 2000 – May 2000|
|Outhensackda Vatthana||2000 – January 2002|
|Boris Zhuravlyov||2001 – February 2002|
|Soutsakhone Oudomphet||March 2002 – April 2003|
|Dominique Fernandez||May 2003 – September 2003|
|Saythong Syphasay||October 2003 – October 2004||7||0||1||6||7.1%|
|Bounlap Khenkitisack||October 2004 – September 2006||5||1||0||4||20%|
|Saythong Syphasay||October 2006 – January 2008||7||3||1||3||50.1%|
|Valeriy Vdovin||February 2008 – November 2008||4||3||0||1||75%|
|Saysana Savatdy||December 2008 – July 2009||3||0||0||3||0%|
|Alfred Riedl||July 2009 – May 2010||5||1||2||2||40%|
|David Booth||July 2010 – December 2010||6||1||3||2||40.5%|
|Bounlap Khenkitisack||January 2011 – February 2011||2||0||1||1||25%|
|Hans-Peter Schaller||February 2011 – December 2011||4||1||0||3||25%|
|Kokichi Kimura||July 2012 – January 2014||18||4||5||9||22.2%|
|Norio Tsukitate||January 2014 – August 2014||5||0||1||4||0%|
|David Booth||August 2014 – June 2015||10||4||1||5||40%|
|Steve Darby||August 2015 – 2016||6||0||1||5||0%|
|Valakone Phomphakdy||May 2016 – December 2016||2||0||1||1||0%|
|Mike Wong||June 2017 – August 2017||3||1||0||2||33.33%|
|Patrice Neveu||September 2018|
|V. Sundramoorthy||15 October 2018 –|
- AFC Solidarity Cup
- Third place (1): 2016
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