Saudi Arabia national football team

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العربي السعودي لكرة القدم) represents Saudi Arabia in men's international football, and the team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour (The Falcons) and Al-Akhdhar (The Green); the team represents both FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Saudi Arabia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الأخضر (al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green")
الصقور الخضر (aṣ-Ṣuqūr al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green Falcons")
الصقور العربية (aṣ-Ṣuqūr Al-ʿArabiyyah, "Arabian Falcons")
AssociationSaudi Arabian Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainSalman Al-Faraj
Most capsMohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorerMajed Abdullah (72)[2]
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeKSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 Decrease 4 (23 June 2022)[3]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
First international
 Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, Timor-Leste; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 13–0 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 3 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984, 1988, 1996)
Arab Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1985)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2002)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1994, 2002, 2003)
WAFF Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best resultGroup stage (3 times)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up (1992)

Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996), reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals and have qualified for the World Cup on six occasions since debuting at the 1994 tournament. Saudi Arabia is the first AFC nation to reach the final of a senior FIFA competition, when it achieved during the 1992 King Fahd Cup, which would eventually become the eventual FIFA Confederations Cup. Only Australia and Japan managed to repeat this feat, in 1997 and 2001, though Australia achieved it when it was a member of the OFC.

In the 1994 World Cup, under the leadership of Jorge Solari, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Thus Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national football team in history to reach the Round of 16 in a World Cup, after Morocco's Round of 16 elimination in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one of the few Asian national football teams (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.

HistoryEdit

The idea of a Saudi national team first came about in 1951, when a Saudi XI team consisting of players from Al-Wehda and Al-Ahli took part in a friendly game against the Egyptian Ministry of Health on 27 June at the Al-Saban Stadium in Jeddah. The following day, the Egyptians took on a Saudi team made up of players from Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal in Al-Bahri in the same city. On 2 August, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal organized a third friendly with the Egyptian team against Saudi Arabia with players from Al-Wehda, and Al-Ahli. By then the idea of a national select team to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was already in full flow, and in 1953 the first-ever Saudi team traveled to play friendly matches abroad. The same year, a Saudi team traveled to Damascus to play friendly matches as part of then-Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz’s visit to the country in April.[5]

In 1957, the Saudi national team took part in their first international tournament at the 2nd Pan-Arab Games in Beirut, where King Saud was invited to attend the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with Lebanese President Camille Chamoun on 18 October. Abdulmajeed Kayal scored for the Saudis while Levon Altonian netted for the home side.[6]

Though their football federation was established in 1956, the Saudi Arabia national team did not participate in a tournament until they qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 1984. Since then, they reached the next four consecutive Asian Cup finals, winning two of them (1988 and 1996). They have qualified for every Asian Cup since, reaching the final in 2007.

Saudi Arabia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994 under the leadership of Argentine manager Jorge Solari and talents like Saeed Al-Owairan and Sami Al-Jaber, reinforced by national veteran Majed Abdullah as team captain. Wins against Belgium and Morocco in the group stage led to a match-up against Sweden in the round of 16, a 3–1 loss. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups, but failed to win a match in any of them; the team placed last in 2002 without scoring a goal, while conceding 12, including eight against Germany.

Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 World Cup, their first in 12 years,[7] ahead of Australia. Hosts Russia annihilated the Arabs in the opening match 5–0,[8] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup.[9] Saudi Arabia then lost 1–0 to a Luis Suarez-led Uruguay, the eventual group winners.[10] Although they were already eliminated,[11] they managed to salvage some pride by winning their final group stage match against Red Sea neighbours Egypt.[12]

After the 2018 World Cup, Saudi Arabia participated in the 2019 Asian Cup, held in the United Arab Emirates; the team finished second in the group stage, after falling to Qatar in the final game,[13] leading to a showdown against Japan in the round of 16. The Saudis dominated the whole game, but ultimately lost 1–0 due to poor finishing.[14]

On 15 October 2019, Saudi Arabia played its first-ever game with Palestine in the West Bank; the game marked a change in policy for Saudi Arabia, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian team in third-party countries. The visit was condemned by some Palestinian activists, who considered the game as a start of normalizing the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it was viewed by the Palestinian National Authority as a support for their sovereignty over the West Bank.[15] The game ended in a scoreless draw.[16]

Saudi Arabia qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the first to be held in the Middle East, by topping their qualifying group and were drawn against Argentina, Poland and Mexico.[17]

Kits and crestsEdit

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).[18]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period
  Admiral 1976–1980
  Puma 1980–1984
  Ágata 1984
  Faisok 1985–1990
  Adidas 1990–1993
  Shammel 1994–2001
  Adidas 2001–2003
  Le Coq Sportif 2004
  Adidas 2004-2005
  Puma 2006–2010
  Nike 2011–present

RivalriesEdit

Due to historical reasons, matches against Iran have been frequently followed and seen by Saudis as the most important rival. This stems from the strong hatred between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in particular recent years due to religious sectarianism and historical enmities. Saudi Arabia is trailing behind the series, but only one game defeat, with 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. It's one of 10 most heated rivalries with political influence.[19][20]

Saudi Arabia's other heated rival is Iraq. However, the rivalry only began in 1970s. Due to the Gulf War, which Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia's ally Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq eventually become bitter rival fighting to salvage Arab pride.[21] The two countries since then have an up-and-down in relations, often ranged from lack of cooperation and political confrontation. Iraq almost pulled out of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup after the country was disallowed to host the competition in a move believed to be motivated by Saudi Arabia.[22]

Saudi Arabia's other rivals are mostly from the Gulf, notably Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

VenuesEdit

Historically, Saudi Arabia played most of their home matches in King Fahd International Stadium, located in the capital Riyadh. The stadium was also where some of Saudi Arabia's most important fixtures were when the country hosted the first three King Fahd Cups (predecessor of the Confederations Cup). The stadium was also home to some of Saudi Arabia's big games in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Saudi Arabia started to diversify the use of venues from outside Riyadh in the 2000s, with the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round played in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam and the second round played entirely in Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round against Sri Lanka and at the first fixture against Uzbekistan in the third round, Saudi Arabia played again in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium. It was accelerated from 2010s onward as Saudi Arabia began to play frequent home fixtures in newly built King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and Mrsool Park also in Riyadh.

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

2 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   3–1   Vietnam Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 8,331
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
7 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Oman   0–1   Saudi Arabia Muscat, Oman
20:00 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Attendance: 8,150
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
7 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   1–0   Japan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 51,218
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
12 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   3–2   China Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 54,124
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
11 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Australia   0–0   Saudi Arabia Sydney, Australia
20:10 UTC+11 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Western Sydney Stadium
Attendance: 23,314
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
16 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Vietnam   0–1   Saudi Arabia Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Report
Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Attendance: 9,669
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
1 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Saudi Arabia   0–1   Jordan Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 4,777
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
4 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Palestine   1–1   Saudi Arabia Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 3,075
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
7 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Morocco A'   1–0   Saudi Arabia Doha, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 8,502
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)

2022Edit

27 January 2022 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   1–0   Oman Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:15 UTC+3
Report Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 47,364
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
1 February 2022 2022 W.C. Q Japan   2–0   Saudi Arabia Saitama, Japan
19:35 UTC+9 Minamino   31'
Ito   50'
Report Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
24 March 2022 2022 W.C. Q China   1–1   Saudi Arabia Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
--:-- 
Report
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
5 June 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia   0–1   Colombia Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Borré   9' Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Jason Barcelo (Gibraltar)
9 June 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia   0–1   Venezuela Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Daniel Gómez Gordillo (Gibraltar)
23 September 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia   v   Ecuador Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
30 October Friendly Saudi Arabia   v   Honduras Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Report Stadium: TBD
10 November Friendly Saudi Arabia   v   Panama Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Report Stadium: TBD
16 November 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia   v   Croatia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3 Report
22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina   v   Saudi Arabia Lusail, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Poland   v   Saudi Arabia Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Education City Stadium
30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Saudi Arabia   v   Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

As of 29 July 2021[23][24]
Position Name
Manager   Hervé Renard
Assistant coach   Laurent Bonadéi
Assistant coach   Sofian Kheyari
Assistant coach   Mohammed Ameen
Goalkeeper coach   Philippe Sence
Technical director   Romeo Jozak

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players were called up for the friendlies against Colombia and Venezuela on 5 and 9 June 2022.[25]

  • Match date: 5 and 9 June 2022
  • Opposition:   Colombia &   Venezuela.
  • Caps and goals are correct as of 9 June 2022, after the match against   Venezuela, as recognized by SAFF.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 30) 36 0   Al-Hilal
1GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 30) 10 0   Al-Shabab
1GK Mohammed Al Rubaie (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Al-Ahli

2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 30) 69 2   Al-Hilal
2DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 29) 35 1   Al-Hilal
2DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 32) 30 0   Al-Hilal
2DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 21 0   Al-Nassr
2DF Hassan Tambakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 23) 13 0   Al-Shabab
2DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 25) 12 1   Al-Nassr
2DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 28) 12 0   Al-Ittihad
2DF Ali Lajami (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 26) 3 0   Al-Nassr

3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 33) 68 8   Al-Hilal
3MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 30) 65 17   Al-Hilal
3MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 30) 44 1   Al-Hilal
3MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 30) 35 4   Al-Shabab
3MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 27) 31 1   Al-Hilal
3MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 28) 19 1   Al-Ittihad
3MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 25) 15 1   Al-Ahli
3MF Sami Al-Najei (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 25) 13 2   Al-Nassr
3MF Ali Al-Hassan (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 25) 7 1   Al-Nassr
3MF Nasser Al-Dawsari (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 23) 6 0   Al-Hilal
3MF Khalid Al-Ghannam (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Al-Nassr
3MF Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Al-Ittihad

4FW Firas Al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 22) 22 6   Al-Fateh
4FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 22) 20 5   Al-Hilal

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Amin Bukhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Al-Nassr v.   Colombia, 5 June 2022 INJ
GK Zaid Al-Bawardi (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Shabab v.   Oman, 27 January 2022 INJ
GK Nawaf Al-Aqidi (2000-05-10) 10 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Nassr 2021 FIFA Arab Cup

DF Saud Abdulhamid (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 23) 15 0   Al-Hilal v.   Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Abdullah Madu (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 29) 11 0   Al-Nassr v.   Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Moteb Al-Harbi (2000-02-20) 20 February 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Shabab v.   Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Ahmed Sharahili (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 29) 3 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Ali Majrashi (1999-10-01) 1 October 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Ahli 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Waleed Al-Ahmed (1999-05-03) 3 May 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Al-Faisaly 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Al-Ittihad 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Naif Almas (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Al-Fayha 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Sulaiman Hazazi (2003-02-01) 1 February 2003 (age 19) 2 0   Al-Taawoun 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Khalifah Al-Dawsari (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Al-Hilal 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Nawaf Boushal (1999-09-16) 16 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Al-Fateh 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 28) 17 2   Al-Ahli v.   China, 12 October 2021
DF Hussain Qassem (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Al-Tai v.   China, 12 October 2021

MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 27) 70 17   Al-Ittihad v.   Australia, 29 March 2022 SUS
MF Abdulellah Al-Malki (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 27) 21 0   Al-Hilal v.   Japan, 1 February 2021
MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari (1996-08-16) 16 August 1996 (age 25) 12 0   Al-Nassr v.   Japan, 1 February 2021
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 22) 6 0   Al-Shabab 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ayman Yahya (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 21) 6 0   Al-Nassr 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Hamed Al-Ghamdi (1999-04-02) 2 April 1999 (age 23) 3 0   Al-Ettifaq 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Mohammed Al-Qahtani (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Al-Hilal 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Meshal Al-Sebyani (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 21) 2 0   Al-Faisaly 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ibrahim Mahnashi (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Al-Ettifaq 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Bader Munshi (1999-06-22) 22 June 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Damac 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ziyad Al-Johani (2001-11-11) 11 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Ahli 2021 FIFA Arab Cup INJ
MF Ali Al-Asmari (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 25) 4 0   Al-Ahli v.   Vietnam, 16 November 2021
MF Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 27) 9 0   Al-Ettifaq v.   Australia, 11 November 2021 WD

FW Saleh Al-Shehri (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 16 8   Al-Hilal v.   Australia, 29 March 2022
FW Haitham Asiri (2001-03-25) 25 March 2001 (age 21) 3 0   Al-Ahli v.   Japan, 1 February 2021
FW Abdullah Radif (2003-01-20) 20 January 2003 (age 19) 3 0   Al-Hilal 2021 FIFA Arab Cup

  • COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.
  • SUS Player is serving a suspension.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of 20 November 2018[26]
Players in bold are still active with Saudi Arabia.
Most caps
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Mohamed Al-Deayea 178[1] 0 1993–2006
2 Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi 163 3 1990–2001
3 Sami Al-Jaber 156 46 1992–2006
4 Abdullah Zubromawi 142 3 1993–2002
5 Osama Hawsawi 138 7 2006–2018
Hussein Abdulghani 138 5 1996–2018
7 Taisir Al-Jassim 134 19 2004–2018
8 Saud Kariri 133 7 2001–2015
9 Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad 121 7 1981–1994
10 Mohammad Al-Shalhoub 118 19 2000–2018
Top goalscorers
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Majed Abdullah 72 116 0.61 1978–1994
2 Sami Al-Jaber 46 156 0.29 1992–2006
3 Yasser Al-Qahtani 42 108 0.39 2002–2013
4 Obeid Al-Dosari 41 94 0.44 1994–2002
5 Talal Al-Meshal 32 60 0.53 1998–2006
6 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi 28 42 0.67 2010–2018
Khaled Al-Muwallid 28 114 0.25 1988–1998
8 Hamzah Idris 26 66 0.39 1992–2000
Fahad Al-Mehallel 26 87 0.3 1992–1999
10 Saeed Al-Owairan 24 75 0.32 1992–1998
Ibrahim Al-Shahrani 24 86 0.28 1997–2005

Competitive recordEdit

 
Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)
 
Saudi Arabia players before the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening fixture, against hosts Russia in Group A.
*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place  

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
FIFA Confederations Cup 0 1 0
FIFA Arab Cup 2 1 1
AFC Asian Cup 3 3 0
Arabian Gulf Cup 3 7 7
Asian Games 0 1 1
Pan Arab Games 0 1 1
Total 8 14 10

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Not a FIFA member No qualification
  1934 Not a FIFA member
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not enter Did not enter
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
  1982 10 4 1 5 9 16
  1986 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1990 9 4 3 2 11 9
  1994 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 6 11 6 5 0 28 7
  1998 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 14 9 3 2 26 7
    2002 32nd 3 0 0 3 0 12 14 11 2 1 47 8
  2006 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 10 2 0 24 2
  2010 Did not qualify 16 8 5 3 25 15
  2014 8 3 3 2 14 7
  2018 Group stage 26th 3 1 0 2 2 7 18 12 3 3 45 14
  2022 Qualified 18 13 4 1 34 10
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 6/22 16 3 2 11 11 39 136 81 32 23 266 103

AFC Asian CupEdit

 
The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition.
AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
 1956 Not an AFC member Not an AFC member
 1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976 Withdrew 6 3 1 2 12 5
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3 4 4 0 0 19 0
  1988 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 5 1 Automatic qualification as champions
  1992 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 3 Automatic qualification as champions
  1996 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 6 4 4 0 0 10 0
  2000 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 11 8 Automatic qualification as champions
  2004 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 5 6 6 0 0 31 1
        2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6 6 5 0 1 21 4
  2011 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Automatic qualification as runners-up
  2015 10th 3 1 0 2 5 5 6 5 1 0 9 3
  2019 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 6 3 8 6 2 0 28 4
  2023 Qualified 8 6 2 0 22 4
Total 3 Titles 11/18 48 21 13 14 69 48 48 39 6 3 152 21

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1992 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 3 Squad
  1995 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4 Squad
  1997 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 8 Squad
  1999 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 8 16 Squad
    2001 Did not qualify
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
Total Runners-up 4/11 12 3 1 8 13 31 -

Arabian Gulf Cup recordEdit

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1953 Did not enter
  1957 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 3
  1961 Round robin 5 1 0 4 4 38
  1965 Did not enter
  1976 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 9 4
  1985 Fourth place 4 3 0 1 6 3
  1997 Did not enter
  1999 First round 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2007 Third place 4 1 1 2 5 5
  2011 First round 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 7/10 26 9 5 12 31 58

West Asian Football Federation ChampionshipEdit

WAFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2000 Did not participate
  2002
  2004
  2007
  2008
  2010
  2012 Group stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
  2014 Group stage 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2019 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 5
Total 3/9 8 1 3 4 3 10

All-time resultsEdit

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2020.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 677 319 151 197 1033 728

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Runner-up: 1992
Fourth Place: 1999

ContinentalEdit

Winner: 1984, 1988, 1996
Runner-up: 1992, 2000, 2007
Silver Medalists: 1986
Bronze Medalists: 1982

RegionalEdit

Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2019
Third Place: 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996
Winner: 1998, 2002
Runner-up: 1992
Third Place: 1985
Silver Medalists: 1976
Bronze Medalists: 2007

OtherEdit

Runner-up: 1985, 1997
Gold Medalists: 2005

NotesEdit

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TitlesEdit

Preceded by Asian Champions
1984 (First title)
1988 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Champions
1996 (Third title)
Succeeded by

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