Qatar national under-23 football team (also known as Qatar Under-23 or Qatar Olympics Team) represents Qatar in international football competitions in GCC U-23 Championship and Football at the Summer Olympics, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments.
|Nickname(s)||Annabi (The Maroon)|
|Association||Qatar Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Home stadium||Khalifa International Stadium|
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
|Appearances||2 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 1992|
|AFC U-23 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Bronze Medal (2018)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Gold Medal (2006)|
Compared to regional neighbours; Qatar has a decent record to show for in Olympic football, with two prior Summer Olympics qualifications and a gold medal in the 2006 Asian games.
Qatar's first attempt to compete in the Olympic level proved fruitful, they cruised past Jordan and Syria in the preliminary stages of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then finished atop of Group B in the final qualifications round after beating Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iraq.
Qatar's Olympic debut under Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo came as stunning as it gets, a 2–2 draw with a Platini captained France (who went on to claim the gold medal eventually), sent ripples of shock across the football world, however; suffering two defeats to Chile and Norway deprived the first timers of a last 16 berth.
Eight years later, a new young squad dominated its qualifying campaign on the expense of Japan, China and Saudi Arabia, in the finals; the Qataris were given a tough draw next to host nation Spain, Colombia and Egypt. Qatar kicked off their matches at Barcelona with a crucial 1–0 win over fellow Arab nation Egypt, before registering a 1–1 draw with Colombia to secure a place in the knockout stage, turning the last group match against Spain into a formality.
A loss to Poland in the second stage fell a little bit short of rising expectations, but reaching the second stage led to the country's best Olympic result.
When hosting the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar found itself with a double objective; to show that it was capable of hosting a major event of that caliber, and demonstrate that its football team was worthy of standing alongside Asia's elite.
Undefeated throughout the whole tournament; Qatar's momentum escalated from one match to another, reaching its peak in the 2–0 final against Iraq.
Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.
|1996||Did not qualify|
U-23 Asian CupEdit
|AFC U-23 Championship Record|
|2013||Did not qualify|
Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.
|Asian Games Record|
|2010||Round of 16||4||2||1||1||4||2|
GCC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
|GCC U-23 Championship Record|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Lose
|26 March Friendly||Qatar||2–0||Kosovo||Doha, Qatar|
|--:-- UTC+3||Ali 26', 52'||Report||Stadium: Aspire Academy|
|29 March Friendly||Qatar||2–2||Kosovo||Doha, Qatar|
|--:-- UTC+3||Meshaal 76'
Referee: Aspire Academy
|27 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group A||Qatar||3–0||Yemen||Doha, Qatar|
|--:-- UTC+3||Hashim Ali 14', 42'
Khaled Mohammed 63'
|29 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group A||Sri Lanka||0–5||Qatar||Doha, Qatar|
|--:-- UTC+3||Hashim Ali 28' (pen.), 90' (pen.)
Yusuf Abdurisag 39'
Naif Al-Hadhrami 54'
Ahmed Suhail 61'
- The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Kosovo on 26 and 29 March 2021.
- Match date: 26 and 29 March 2021
- Opposition: Kosovo
|2013||Marcel van Buuren|
|2013–2014||Julio César Moreno|
|2017–||Felix Sanchez Bas|
- "Cordova selects 33 players on the list of our Olympic team for the Loditi Kosovo in prepartation for the Asian Cup qualifiers". Qatar Football Association. Retrieved 26 March 2021.