Qatar national under-17 football team

The Qatar national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association.

Qatar Under-17
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachÓscar Fernández
Home stadiumKhalifa International Stadium
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1991)
Best resultFourth place: 1991
AFC U-16 Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1985)
Best resultChampions: 1990


Despite being a country with a small base of footballers; Qatar has a respectable amount of achievements at the youth level. In addition to becoming champions of Asia in 1990 after winning the 1990 AFC U-16 Championship held in the UAE, they also finished runners up five times (1985, 1986, 1992, 1994, and 1998). In addition, Qatar were the hosts of four of the U-16 championships; a record.

The youth players became consistent finalists in the Asian U-16 championships since they first reached the final in 1986 when they lost to South Korea in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on home soil, which was tightly clinched 5–4. This was followed by another appearance in 1988 before winning it 1990 after defeating China by a scoreline of 2–0.

One year later, they managed an Asian record high fourth-place finish in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, even with a relatively slow start as they failed to gain more than a single point in the first two group B matches, however, a Jassim Al Tammimi goal against Australia was enough for a quarterfinal place.

Qatar advanced to the semis on the expense of the United States, whom they defeated 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out after the score had settled 1–1 at the end of regulation time. Shortly after, they themselves went down in a penalty shootout to eventual champions, Ghana, in the semi-finals, before suffering the same fate against Argentina in the third-place match respectively.

Qatar's tradition of youth teams' excellence was to be prolonged for another decade; they reached the World Cup three more times on 1993, 1995 and 2005.

In the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Qatar were drawn 2–2 with the mighty Netherlands before half-time in their first group match. Although Qatar went on to lose the match 5–3, many future talents were discovered during the tournament, including Khalfan Ibrahim who went on to win the Asian Player of the Year award one year later.

AFC U-17 Asian Cup recordEdit

Host nation(s) / Year Round
  1985 Runners-up
  1986 Runners-up
  1988 Group stage
  1990 Champions
  1992 Runners-up
  1994 Runners-up
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Runners-up
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Quarterfinals
  2004 Third place
  2006 Did not qualify
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010 Did not qualify
  2012 Did not qualify
  2014 Group stage
  2016 Did not qualify
  2018 Did not qualify
  2020 Qualified
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA U-17 World Cup recordEdit

Host nation(s) / Year Round
  1985 Group stage
  1987 Quarterfinals
  1989 Did not qualify
  1991 Fourth place
  1993 Group stage
  1995 Group stage
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999 Quarterfinals
  2001 Did not qualify
  2003 Did not qualify
  2005 Group stage
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Did not qualify
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined

Current squadEdit

Squad for 2012 AFC U-16 Championship qualification on 22 September 2011 (link)

Head coach:   Óscar Fernández

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Suleiman Abdullah (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 26)   Al Sadd
28 1GK Yazan Naim (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 24)   Al Ahli
2 2DF Salim Ali Shahwani (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 26)   Al Ahli
3 2DF Hamad Muftah (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 (age 26)   Al Sadd
5 2DF Jassem Al-Mulla (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 26)   Al Ahli
16 2DF Faisal Jaidi (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 26)   Al Sadd
10 3MF Muaaz Al-Salemi (1996-08-15) 15 August 1996 (age 25)   Sevilla
14 3MF Hossam Kamal (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 26)   Al Sadd
18 3MF Osama Bassam (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 26)   Al-Gharafa
21 3MF Ali Al Balushi (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 (age 25)   Al Rayyan
9 4FW Jassem Al-Jalabi (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 26)   Al-Wakrah
11 4FW Jassim Al-Shammeri (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 25)   Al Sadd
19 4FW Yousef Hani Ballan (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 25)   Qatar SC
20 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 25)   Sevilla

Current coaching staffEdit

Last update: February 2014.[1]

Technical staff
Head coach   Óscar Fernández
Assistant coach   Ibrahim El-Shafei
Goalkeeping coach   Onala Iñaki
Fitness coach   Xavier Pedro
Fitness coach   Olivier Materne
Administrative staff
Director of administration   Mohammed Al Obaidly
Administrator   Faraj Saleh Al Marri
Media co-ordinator   Abdullah Saleh Sulaiti

Managerial historyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "عنابى الناشئين يشارك فى بطولة هونج كونج الودية". Qatar Football Association. Retrieved 12 December 2014.

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