Nepal national football team

The Nepal national football team (Nepali: नेपाल राष्ट्रिय फुटबल टोली) represents Nepal in International men's football, and is governed by the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Nepali football team plays their home games at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

Nepal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Gorkhalis
AssociationAll Nepal Football Association (ANFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachPrabesh Katuwal
CaptainKiran Chemjong
Most capsRaju Kaji Shakya (91)
Top scorerHari Khadka
Nirajan Rayamajhi (13)
Home stadiumDasharath Stadium
FIFA codeNEP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 175 Steady (22 December 2022)[1]
Highest121 (December 1993 – February 1994)
Lowest196 (January 2016)
First international
 China 6–2 Nepal   
(Beijing, China; 13 October 1972)[2]
Biggest win
   Nepal 7–0 Bhutan 
(Kathmandu, Nepal; 26 September 1999)[3]
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 16–0 Nepal   
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 September 2003)[2]
SAFF Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1993)
Best resultRunners-up (2021)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultChampions (2016)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultSemi-finals (2006)

HistoryEdit

Origins (1921–1993)Edit

Football in Nepal had been a national sport as early as 1921 during the Rana dynasty. Several clubs were formed and several domestic tournaments such as the Ram Janaki Cup (1934), and the Tribhuvan Challenge Shield (1948) were organized. In 1951, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) was founded, and this saw the formation of the Nepal national football team.

Emergence (1963–1970)Edit

In 1963, Nepal appeared in their first international away game in the Aga Khan Gold Cup; the predecessor of the President's Gold Cup, Asia Champion Club Tournament, and Asian Club Championship (now rebranded as the AFC Champions League) after various associations (including ANFA) insisted on entering national teams instead of clubs.[5] After Nepal entered an 18-man squad, ANFA flew the players to Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to play their first match. Nepal faced Western Railway, a Pakistani team in the Bangabandhu National Stadium. However, the match was lost 0–7. Two days later, Nepal played the Dhaka Wanderers, a local East Pakistani team. Though this match was also lost 0–7. After two disastrous games, Nepal was sure to be knocked out of the preliminary round. The final game was against Dhaka Police Club, though, despite the previous heavy losses, Nepal managed to win the game with a single goal. The goal scorer, Prakash Bikram Shah, became the first Nepali to score on foreign soil.[6] The goal took place at the 19th minute.

Modernisation & golden generation (1970–1999)Edit

In 1970, Nepal became a member of FIFA. Two years later, Nepal joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). With this, Nepal played their first international match on 13 October 1972, where they lost 2–6 to the People's Republic of China. The first Nepali footballer to score the first international goal for Nepal in a FIFA-recognized tournament was Y.B Ghale. Ghale scored against Kuwait in the 1982 Asian Games. Despite the popularity of the game, the lack of appropriate footballing infrastructure and the dearth of trainers, technicians, and other facilities have always been obstacles in the way of the Nepali FA's endeavors to raise the standard of football among the players of a nation that has an official per capita income of just 1,196 US dollars. The woes of Nepali football, however, have been immensely relieved by FIFA's determination to promote football in Nepal through youth programs.

In the mid-1980s, FIFA provided financial assistance and sent a number of coaches to help Nepal's federation to launch its first youth program, which was geared towards spotting talent at the grassroots level (such as in schools, for example) and providing young players with the necessary know-how, both on and off the pitch. The initial five-year plan helped half the players groomed under the first youth program to find a place in the national side, and the team that won the 2 gold medals in the first and sixth South Asian Federation (SAF) Games mostly consisted of the players from that youth programme. Despite Nepal being considered among the lower-ranked nations, Nepal has been largely successful in the South Asian Games where they won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

Nepal hosted several notable friendlies from teams outside the Asian Confederation during the mid to late 80s, against Denmark in 1986; USSR and East Germany in 1987; and West Germany in 1989.[7] While at the same time, Nepal still entered tournaments against club sides such as FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast in the 1989 ANFA Cup.

Nepal continued on with their winning ways through several minor tournaments which saw the nation showered with titles including the 1997 and 1998 Governor's Gold Cup, winning gold at the 1993 South Asian Games, and reaching 3rd place in the 1993 South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup (the first edition of the SAFF Championship).

Decline (2000–2009)Edit

The Nepali football came across a forgettable two years from 2001 to 2003 when the row between two factions (government-backed and FIFA-backed) led Nepali football into deep trouble. Nepal faced a ban and therefore could not participate in any events and the rankings slipped heavily. The dispute was settled, but not before it contributed to pushing Nepali football backward. Nepal celebrated their 100th international football match in January 2003 when they played Bangladesh in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. Nepal failed to make any real impact at the tournament. During its 22 years of international participation, the Nepali team has only played 26 nations outside of South Asia, but it has defeated all of the country's South Asian neighbors during various regional tournaments. Nepal also faced non-AFC teams in competitive tournaments such as Ghana U23 in the 1999 Bangabandhu Cup, and Kazakhstan in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign (although Kazakhstan was a member of the AFC during this match).

Despite many attempts to raise the standard of football, the players of the resource-strapped nation have not been able to make their mark in international football beyond South Asia. In 2003 during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, Nepal's A national team suffered a number of heavy defeats in international matches outside of South Asia. In a match during the Asian Cup qualifying round in South Korea, the hosts scored 16 goals to no reply. In their six matches, Nepal conceded 45 goals and failed to hit the back of the net even once. However, the qualifying competition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup witnessed one of Nepal's best performances in international football, with the Gorkhalis securing two wins in four matches and scoring 13 goals in two matches against Macao and Iraq. But with the Nepali national and youth teams failing to achieve any noticeable success at the international level and FIFA introducing new age restriction systems in several international tournaments, Nepal recently decided to compete only in the FIFA World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers as well as the SAFF Championship until 2006.

Resurgence (2010–present)Edit

After the marquee appointments of Graham Roberts, Nepal had experienced a fair amount of success following the decade of decline. Nepal won Saff U-19 championship in 2015 and 3 major tournaments in 2016, the Bangabandhu Cup and the AFC Solidarity Cup and won a gold medal in 2016 South Asian Games. Nepal lost no match in 2016.[8][9]

Nepal managed a well performance in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, although the team was luckily chosen as replacement for Guam as Guam chose not to participate.[10] Nepal had two successful draws against much stronger Philippines and Yemen at home, both ended 0–0.[11][12] However, as the team lost to Tajikistan twice[13][14] and away loss to the Philippines[15] and Yemen,[16] the Nepalis failed to qualify to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Nepal participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification where they have to face strong Australia, Kuwait and Jordan, alongside minnows Chinese Taipei. The Nepalis only managed one single win over Chinese Taipei away 2–0, and lost to the other opponents without scoring a goal after five matches.

Nepal participated in the 2021 SAFF Championship Managing to qualify from the group 2nd place behind India national football team. They fought but Nepal couldn't win against the Blue Tigers and lost by 3–0.

Home stadiumEdit

 
Dasrath Rangashala

The team's home ground is various around the nation one of the ground being Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. Holding 18,000 spectators all of which are beautifully seated. It is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dashrath Chand, one of the martyrs of Nepal.

Most recently, the stadium was used as a primary venue for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship, with the Halchowk Stadium hosting some of the matches as well.

Apart from sporting events, the stadium is also used as a music venue for cultural events with Bryan Adams being the most notable act that performed at the site.

Before the 2013 SAFF Championship in Nepal, the stadium underwent a heavy renovation that saw several improvements such as the expansion of seats from 20,000 to 28,000.

The country also has some recenty added stadiums that include pokhara footbal stadium located at pokhara rangasala which has recently been consutucted on year 2021.

Team imageEdit

Kit evolutionEdit

The national team's kit employs a tricolor of red, blue, and white to reflect the colors of the national flag of Nepal. With red being used for home matches, and blue for away. The pattern in some kits reflects the triangular shaping of the flag, namely the 2013 kit. Nepal's kits are mostly template kits, as opposed to a custom team-specific kit. This is because the Nepal national team isn't lucrative enough to afford kit partnership deals with manufacturers.

Very little is known about the history prior to 1998. However, during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, the Nepali national team hired Bijay Shah to provide technical assistance to the squad, while also acting as the assistant coach. At the time, the team didn't have printed sportswear for the tournament. After printing makeshift kits, Bijay was inspired to start a T-shirt printing company known as Attsh, where through the partnership with a US printing company, and colleagues in South Korea, they produced their first batch of kits for the national team prior to the 1999 South Asian Games.[17]

On 4 March 2019, ANFA has revealed two new jerseys for members of the national football team along with new national football anthem. The new jerseys have ANFA logo on the left where used to be national flag in the old jerseys. There is also national flag and picture of Mount Everest above the ANFA logo. This new sign is designed by Sandeep Tiwari.[18] ANFA also made provision of white jerseys for friendly matches.

In 2021, ANFA ended the contract with Kelme, the previous kit sponsor, and signed with KTM CTY.[19]

Nepal Red & BlueEdit

During the ANFA Cup, the All Nepal Football Association occasionally entered two teams for Nepal; Nepal Red & Nepal Blue. This is very much akin to other South Asian teams such as Pakistan (Pakistan Green & Pakistan White, 1993 SAFF Championship; Pakistan Reds, 1976 Quaid-e-Azam exhibition matches), and Bangladesh (Bangladesh Red, 1983 President's Gold Cup). Nepal Red was a selection of Nepali players that played as the full Nepal national football team. Whereas, Nepal Blue was effectively the B-team.[20][21]

Most of the Nepali top players play in the Nepal Red team, and it is also described as "the Nepal senior team", and is captained by the regular national team captain. While Nepal Blue is described as the "second string team"..

Results and fixturesEdit

Matches in the last 12 months, and future scheduled matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

29 January 2022 (2022-01-29) Friendly Nepal     1–0   Mauritius Kathmandu, Nepal
16:45 UTC+5:45 Bimal Gharti Magar   53' Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Attendance: 5000
1 February 2022 (2022-02-01) Friendly Nepal     1–0   Mauritius Kathmandu, Nepal
16:45 UTC+5:45 Sujal Shrestha   10' Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Attendance: 5000
24 March 2022 Friendly Thailand   2–0     Nepal Chonburi, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7
Stadium: Chonburi Stadium
27 March 2022 Unofficial friendly Chonburi   3–1     Nepal Chonburi, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7 Stadium: Chonburi Stadium
25 May 2022 (2022-05-25) Friendly Nepal     Cancelled   Afghanistan Qatar
--:-- UTC+3
28 May 2022 (2022-05-28) Friendly Timor-Leste   2–2     Nepal Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Grand Hamad Stadium
29 May 2022 (2022-05-29) Friendly Nepal     Cancelled   Afghanistan Qatar
--:-- UTC+3
3 June 2022 (2022-06-03) Friendly Nepal     0–2   Oman Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Suheim bin Hamad Stadium
8 June 2022 (2022-06-08) AFC AC Qualifier R3 Jordan   2–0     Nepal Kuwait City, Kuwait
22:15 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 1,262
Referee: Chae Sang-hyeop (South Korea)
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) AFC AC Qualifier R3 Nepal     1–4   Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 10,360
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee (India)
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) AFC AC Qualifier R3 Indonesia   7–0     Nepal Kuwait City, Kuwait
22:15 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 3,145
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) FIFA Friendly Nepal     3–1   Bangladesh Kathmandu, Nepal
Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Attendance: 8365
16 November 2022 (2022-11-16) Friendly Nepal     1–0   Pakistan Kathmandu, Nepal
Bista   Report Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala

Coaching staffEdit

Head Coach    Prabesh Katuwal
Assistant Coach   Kiran Shrestha
Goalkeeping Coach   Binod Dangol
Team Manager   Madhusudan Upadhyaya
Physio   Avishkar Pudasaini

Coaching historyEdit

As of 11 August 2022

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following players were called up for the friendly match.[50]
  • Match dates: 16 November 2022
  • Opposition:   Pakistan
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 27 September 2022, after the match against   Bangladesh
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Deep Karki (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 25) 3 0   Biratnagar City
1GK Bikesh Kuthu (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 29) 9 0   Kathmandu Rayzrs
1GK Bishal Shrestha (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 30) 1 0   Butal Lumbini

2DF Rohit Chand (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 30) 75 0   Persik Kediri
2DF Bikash Khawas (2001-07-29) 29 July 2001 (age 21) 7 0 Unattached
2DF Dinesh Rajbanshi (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 24) 25 0   Pokhara Thunders
2DF Gautam Shrestha (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 22) 16 0   Sporting Ilam De Mechi
2DF Ananta Tamang (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 25) 46 2   Chitwan
2DF Bikash Tamang (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 29) 3 0   Lalitpur City

3MF Sesehang Aangdembe (2000-11-03) 3 November 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Jhapa
3MF Sunil Bal (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 25) 21 1   Kathmandu Rayzrs
3MF Arik Bista (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 22) 12 0   Pokhara Thunders
3MF Ayush Ghalan (2004-02-21) 21 February 2004 (age 18) 10 1   Chitwan
3MF Nishan Khadka (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 26) 2 0   Jhapa
3MF Ritik Khadka Unknown 0 0   Jhapa
3MF Tej Tamang (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 24) 22 1   Sporting Ilam De Mechi
3MF Suraj Jeu Thakuri (2000-12-19) 19 December 2000 (age 22) 9 0   Birgunj United
3MF Pujan Uparkoti (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 26) 16 0   Dhangadhi

4FW Anjan Bista (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 24) 51 10   Jhapa
4FW Awas Lamichhane Unknown 0 0   Biratnagar City
4FW Bimal Gharti Magar (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 25) 40 9   Lalitpur City
4FW Nawayug Shrestha (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 32) 40 7   Dhangadhi
4FW Sujal Shrestha (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 29) 46 2   Pokhara Thunders

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to a Nepal squad in the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kiran Chemjong (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 32) 85 0   RoundGlass v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
GK Tikendra Thapa (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Jawalakhel v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
GK Bishal Sunar (2002-02-09) 9 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Manang Marshyangdi v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022

DF Suman Aryal (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 23) 28 0   Tribhuwan Army Club v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
DF Rajin Dhimal (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 31) 10 0   Machhindra v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
DF Rajan Gurung (2000-04-15) 15 April 2000 (age 22) 2 0   APF Club v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
DF Shiva Gurung (2001-06-23) 23 June 2001 (age 21) 1 0   New Road Team v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
DF Nabin Gurung (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 20) 1 0   New Road Team v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022
DF Devendra Tamang (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 29) 17 0   Machhindra v.   Mauritius; 1 February 2022

MF Bishal Rai (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 29) 36 4   Machhindra v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
MF Sudip Gurung (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Satdobato v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
MF Santosh Tamang (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 28) 18 0   Tribhuwan Army Club v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
MF Akash Budha Magar (2002-02-14) 14 February 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Satdobato v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
MF Nir Kumar Rai (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 31) 1 0   Nepal Police Club v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
MF Roshan Rana Magar (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Brigade Boys Club v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
MF Jagjit Shrestha (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 30) 29 1   Tribhuvan Army Club v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022
MF Suvash Gurung (1991-09-07) 7 September 1991 (age 31) 2 0   Sankata BSC v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022
MF Nitin Thapa (2002-02-07) 7 February 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Manang Marshyangdi v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022
MF Prashant Awasthi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Satdobato v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022

FW Manish Dangi (2001-09-17) 17 September 2001 (age 21) 16 2   Etehad Al-Reef v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
FW Ashish Chaudhary 1 0   Church Boys United v.   Bangladesh, 27 September 2022
FW George Prince Karki (1993-10-26) 26 October 1993 (age 29) 7 0   Tribhuwan Army Club v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
FW Darshan Gurung (2002-08-20) 20 August 2002 (age 20) 7 1   New Road Team v.   Indonesia; 14 June 2022
FW Suman Lama (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 26) 22 1   Nepal Police Club v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022
FW Aashish Lama (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 (age 26) 5 0   Nepal A.P.F. Club v.   Thailand; 24 March 2022

Notes
  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad / standby.
  • RET = Retired from the national team.
  • SUS = Serving suspension.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of 24 March 2022[51]
Players in bold are still active with Nepal.

Competitive recordEdit

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup finals record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Withdrew Withdrew
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 3rd (Group 3A) 4 0 1 3 0 11 −11 1
  1990 4th (Group 4) 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28 0
  1994 Withdrew Withdrew
  1998 Did not qualify 4th (Group 4) 6 0 1 5 2 19 −17 1
   2002 3rd (Group 6) 6 2 0 4 13 25 −12 6
  2006 Withdrew Withdrew
  2010 Did not qualify Round 1 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
  2014 Round 2 4 2 1 1 7 11 −4 7
  2018 Round 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
  2022 Round 2 8 2 0 6 4 22 −18 6
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 8/22 38 6 4 28 26 122 −96 22

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  1956 Not an AFC member Not an AFC member
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972 Withdrew Withdrew
  1976
  1980
  1984 Did not qualify 5th (Group 2) 4 0 0 4 0 30 −30 0
  1988 5th (Group 3) 4 0 1 3 0 7 −7 1
  1992 Withdrew Withdrew
  1996 Did not qualify 4th (Group 5) 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24 0
  2000 4th (Group 5) 4 1 0 3 3 13 −10 3
  2004 4th (Group E) 8 1 0 7 4 45 -41 3
     2007 Withdrew Withdrew
  2011 Did not qualify Withdrew and berth unsecured[a]
  2015 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
  2019 Round 1[b] 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
  2023 Round 3 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
  2027 To be determined To be determined
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 30 2 2 26 10 129 −119 8

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Challenge Cup record AFC Challenge Cup qualification record
Year Result Pts Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts Result Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  2006 Semi-finals 7 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 7 No qualification tournament
  2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 4 1 +3 3 1st (Group D) 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
  2010 Did not qualify 2nd (Group C) 2 0 2 0 1 1 +0 2
  2012 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0 2nd (Group D) 3 1 1 1 1 1 +0 4
  2014 Did not qualify 3rd (Group D) 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4 4
Total 3/5 10 7 1 3 7 8 10 −2 10 4/4 10 4 4 2 12 6 +6 16

AFC Solidarity CupEdit

Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  2016 Champions 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10
2020 Cancelled
Total 1/1 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10

SAFF ChampionshipEdit

Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  1993 Third place 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
  1995 Fourth place 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
  1997 Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
  1999 Fourth place 4 1 0 3 6 9 −3 3
  2003 Round 1 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
  2005 Round 1 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
    2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 5 9 −4 3
  2009 Round 1 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
  2011 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5
  2013 Semi-finals 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
  2015 Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
  2018 Semi-finals 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 6
  2021 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 7 –2 7
Total 11/11 43 13 7 23 48 62 6 46

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Result Q Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  1896 No football tournament held
  1900 Not an IOC Member
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928
  1932 No football tournament held
  1936 Not an IOC Member
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964 Did not enter
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992
  1996
Age bar restriction after 1996, U23s only
  2000 Did not enter
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020
Total 0/27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Asian GamesEdit

Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  1951 Not an IOC Member
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
  1986 Round 1 4 0 0 4 0 17 −17 0
  1990 Withdrew
  1994 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 20 −20 0
  1998 Round 1 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0
Age bar restriction after 1999, U23s only
Total 4/13 12 0 0 12 1 52 −51 0

South Asian GamesEdit

Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
  1984   Gold 4 3 0 1 13 7 6 6[c]
  1985   Bronze 3 2 0 1 3 4 –1 4[c]
  1987   Silver 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 4[c]
  1989 4th 3 0 2 1 1 2 –1 2
  1991 4th 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3 1
  1993   Gold 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 7
  1995 4th 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
  1999   Silver 5 3 0 2 12 7 +5 9
Age bar restriction after 1999, U23s only
Total 2 titles 27 12 4 11 43 32 11 36

Other tournamentsEdit

In these tournaments, Nepal was sometimes fielded as 'ANFA XI', 'Nepal XI', or 'Nepal Sports Development Authority' despite being the de facto national football team endorsed by the ANFA.[citation needed]

Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts Team Name[d]
  1975 DCM Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1979 President's Gold Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1979 Agatha Gold Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1979 Aga Khan Gold Cup Round 1 4 0 1 3 2 14 1
  1981 President's Gold Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1981 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1981 King's Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1982 Darjeeling Gold Cup[clarification needed] Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1982 Quaid-e-Azam International Cup 6th 6 1 2 3 3 9 −6 4[c]
  1982 King's Cup Round 1 4 1 0 3 2 9 −7 2[c]
  1982 ANFA Coca Cola Invitational Tournament Runners-up 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 4[c]
  1983 Merdeka Tournament[52] Round 1 5 0 0 5 0 14 –14 0
  1983 President's Gold Cup Round 1 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0
  1984 ANFA Cup Runners-up - - - - - - - -
  1985 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup Round 1 0 0 0 2 0 9 −9 1
  1986 Panchayat Silver Jubilee Cup 4th 5 1 1 3 2 6 −4 3
  1986 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup 5th 3 1 1 3 4 17 −13 5
  1986 ANFA Cup Runners-up 4 2 1 1 unknown[53] 3
  1987 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup Round 1 unknown[54] unclear whether National team[55]
  1987 ANFA Cup Champions unknown[56]
  1989 Aga Khan Gold Cup - - - - - - - - -
  1989 ANFA Cup Runners-up 4 2 0 2 3 6 –2 4[c]
  1995 Airlines Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
  1997 Governor's Gold Cup[clarification needed] Champions - - - - - - -
  1998 Governor's Gold Cup[57] Champions 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 ANFA XI
  1998 Durand Cup[58] Round 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 Nepal XI
  1999 Bangabandhu Cup Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0
  2000 ANFA Coca Cola Invitational Tournament Runners-up 2 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7 Nepal Red
  2008 Merdeka Tournament Round 1 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
  2009 Prime Minister's Invitational Tournament Champions 4 3 1 0 4 1 +3 10 Nepal Red
  2012 Nehru Cup Round 1 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 1
  2016 Bangabandhu Cup Champions 5 3 2 0 8 1 +7 11
  2018 Bangabandhu Cup Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 11
  2021 Three Nations Cup Champions 3 1 2 0 1 1 +1 11
Total 6 titles 69 23 14 38 55 128 2 66
**Former rules, win = 2pts.

Head-to-head recordEdit

Updated 17 November 2022 after match against   Pakistan[59]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Afghanistan 6 3 1 2 10 4 +6
  Australia 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
  Bangladesh 28 9 5 14 23 34 −11
  Bhutan 14 14 0 0 45 6 +39
  Brunei 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
  Cambodia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  China 4 0 0 4 2 31 −29
  Chinese Taipei 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
  Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  India 22 2 4 16 9 39 −30
  Indonesia 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9
  Iran 5 0 0 5 0 25 −25
  Iraq 4 0 0 4 5 22 −17
  Japan 5 0 0 5 0 28 −28
  Jordan 4 0 1 4 1 18 -17
  Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10
  Kuwait 8 0 1 7 1 30 −29
  Kyrgyzstan 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
  Laos 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
  Malaysia 7 0 1 6 0 23 −23
  Macau 6 4 1 1 16 7 +9
  Maldives 17 5 4 8 20 23 −3
  Mauritius 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
  Myanmar 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9
  North Korea 4 0 0 4 1 11 −10
  Northern Mariana Islands 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6
  Oman 12 0 0 12 3 50 −47
  Pakistan 21 8 5 8 22 25 −3
  Palestine 4 0 2 2 0 3 −3
  Philippines 6 1 1 4 2 14 −12
  Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7
  Sri Lanka 17 4 7 6 20 25 −5
  Singapore 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12
  South Korea 8 0 0 8 1 55 −54
  Syria 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
  Tajikistan 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6
  Thailand 8 0 0 8 3 21 -18
  Tibet 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6
  Timor-Leste 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6
  Turkmenistan 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
  United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11
  Vietnam 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7
  Yemen 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
Total 244 57 40 149 215 584 −369

HonoursEdit

ContinentalEdit

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InvitationalEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Withdrew from qualification and failed to qualify for 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Also part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
  3. ^ a b c d e f g prior to the Three points for a win rule
  4. ^ unless otherwise noted, the team played as the Nepal National Football Team

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