Qatar national under-20 football team

The Qatar national under-20 football team is the national youth team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association. Qatar's U-20 national team played an important role in the development of football in Qatar and gave it one its first shining moment on the global stage when the youth squad finished second in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.

Qatar Under-20
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachFélix Sánchez Bas
Home stadiumKhalifa International Stadium
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
 Qatar 13–0  Bhutan
(Doha, Qatar; 8 November 2007)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1981)
Best resultRunners-up (1981)
AFC U-19 Championship
Appearances14 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions: 2014



In response to the recently established World Youth Championship, Qatar established its national youth team in 1976. However, they were unable to qualify for the first two World Youth Championships in 1977 in Tunisia and in 1979 in Japan.[1]

1981 World Youth ChampionshipEdit

In the 1980 AFC Youth Championship which were held in Thailand, Qatar U20s finished as runners-up after losing to South Korea in the final. This granted them a spot in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, which was hosted in Australia. Under the supervision of Brazilian coach Evaristo de Macedo, the championships proved to be a success. Facing Brazil in the quarter-finals, they were able to secure a 3–2 victory by utilizing the offside trap. They went on to face England in the semi-finals, where they earned a 2–1 victory after a fine performance by their goalkeeper.[1]

The team finished second after losing 0–4 to West Germany in the final on a wet pitch which was unfavorable to the Qataris as they were not used to playing in such conditions.[1] As a result of achieving runners-up position, each Qatari player received 100,000 Qatari riyals, a Mercedes Benz, and a bungalow. The population of Qataris was only 120,000 at the time of this achievement.[2]

1995 World Youth ChampionshipEdit

Qatar earned its second international U-20 World Cup appearance in 1995 as hosts. While Nigeria was preparing to host the 1995 edition, an Ebola epidemic broke out in west Africa, and as a result, FIFA decided to award the hosting rights to Qatar with only twenty days remaining till the start of the championships.[1]

2014 AFC U-19 ChampionshipEdit

Qatar's youth team won the AFC U-19 Championship for the first time in its history after defeating DPR Korea 1–0 in the final of the 2014 edition which took place in Myanmar.[3] Advancing undefeated from a group which included DPR Korea and Iraq, they defeated China 4–2 in the quarter-finals, and earned a 3–2 victory after extra time against the hosts in the semi-finals. In the finals, the Qataris would be victorious against DPR Korea for a second time in the tournament, with super sub Akram Afif scoring the only goal of the match in the second half. The entire squad was composed of Aspire Academy students. As a result of Aspire's HOPE Project (Holistic Overseas Player Experience), most of the squad were European-based.[4]

Competitive recordEdit

  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected to take part in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Salah Zakaria (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 23)   Al-Gharafa
2 2DF Nasir Peer (1999-01-27) 27 January 1999 (age 23)   Qatar SC
3 2DF Ahmed Al-Minhali (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 23)   Al-Sailiya
4 3MF Abdullah Ali Saei (1999-03-17) 17 March 1999 (age 23)   Al-Gharafa
5 2DF Yousef Aymen (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 23)   Qatar SC
6 3MF Nasser Al Yazidi (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 22)   Al-Duhail
7 4FW Abdulrasheed Umaru (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 23)   Al-Ahli
8 3MF Andri Syahputra (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 23)   Al-Gharafa
9 4FW Yusuf Abdurisag (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 23)   Al-Arabi
10 3MF Khaled Mohammed (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 22)   Al-Duhail
11 3MF Abdullah Murisi (1999-08-24) 24 August 1999 (age 23)   Al-Khor
12 2DF Homam Ahmed (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 23)   Al-Gharafa
13 2DF Ali Malolah (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 23)   Al-Wakrah
14 3MF Eisa Ahmad (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999 (age 23)   Qatar SC
15 2DF Bahaa Ellethy (1999-04-18) 18 April 1999 (age 23)   Qatar SC
16 3MF Hashim Ali (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 22)   Al-Sadd
17 3MF Mohammed Waad (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 23)   Al-Wakrah
18 1GK Shehab Mamdouh (2000-04-18) 18 April 2000 (age 22)   Al-Kharaitiyat
19 2DF Ahmed Suhail (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 23)   Al-Wakrah
20 3MF Ahmed Al-Sibai (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 23)   Al-Duhail
21 1GK Marwan Badreldin (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 (age 23)   Al-Ahli

Results and fixturesEdit


17 September 2020 (2020-09-17) Friendly Indonesia   2–1   Qatar Čakovec, Croatia
16:00 UTC+2
  • Brylian   18' (pen.)
  • Supriadi   84'
Report Al-Mehairi   12' Stadium: SRC Mladost Stadium
Referee: Igor Križarić (Croatia)
20 September 2020 (2020-09-20) Friendly Qatar   1–1   Indonesia Zagreb, Croatia
16:00 UTC+2 Altairi   90' (pen.) Report Saddam   61' Stadium: Gradski stadion Velika Gorica

Managerial historyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "U20 Profile". Qatar Football Association. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Mercedes, $15,000 and bungalow each is Qatar's way". Singapore Monitor. 12 April 1984. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Qatar colts crowned Asian champions". 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ "CHAMP Magazine". Aspire. p. 24. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland, Squad Lists" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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