Sri Lanka national football team

The Sri Lanka national football team (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාපන්දු කණ්ඩායම, Tamil: இலங்கை தேசிய கால்பந்து அணி) represents Sri Lanka in Association football and is administered by Football Sri Lanka, the governing body of football in Sri Lanka. They have been a member of FIFA since 1952 and a member of AFC since 1954. Sri Lanka's home stadium is the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Sri Lankan team was known as the Ceylon national football team until 1972 when Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka.[5]

Sri Lanka
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Golden Army
රන් හමුදාව
கோல்டன் ஆர்மி
AssociationFootball Sri Lanka
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachAmir Alagić
Most capsChanna Ediri Bandanage (64)
Top scorerKasun Jayasuriya (27)[1]
Home stadiumSugathadasa Stadium Colombo Racecourse
FIFA codeSRI
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 205 Steady (16 September 2021)[2]
Highest122 (August 1998)
Lowest206 (February 2020)
First international
 Ceylon 0–2 India 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 1 January 1952)
Biggest win
 Sri Lanka 7–1 Pakistan 
(Taipei, Taiwan; 4 April 2008)
 Sri Lanka 6–0 Bhutan 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6 December 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Ceylon 1–12 East Germany 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 12 January 1964)[3]
SAFF Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1995)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunners-up (2006)

A member of the AFC, the team has yet to make their first appearance in FIFA World Cup or AFC Asian Cup finals. They have been South Asian champions once, in 1995. As is true elsewhere on the sub-continent, top-level football in Sri Lanka stands somewhat in the shadow of the country's Cricket team. However, the side did reach the second qualification stage for the 2006 World Cup. In the same year, they became the runners-up in the 2006 Challenge Cup.

In 2014, at the 75th anniversary of FFSL, FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited Sri Lanka and opened a new football stadium in Jaffna. During the visit, Blatter said he was not pleased with the development of Football in Sri Lanka and that the authorities haven't taken enough steps to support football on the island. The AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa also joined the visit.[6]

In the qualification round of the 2018 World Cup, Sri Lanka lost both matches against Bhutan and failed to qualify for the next round. However, Sri Lanka national football team had managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2015 SAFF Championship.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Football was introduced to Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) by the British. There is evidence of it being played in Galle Face, a sandy area near the coast, by British servicemen stationed in Colombo in the 1890s. The game was also played at grounds of the barracks at Echelon Square and the army grounds (presently the Taj Samudra Hotels).

British servicemen of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery and the Royal Garrison Command began and promoted competitive football in Ceylon. The British administrative service and the planting community enthusiastically took it to the Central, Southern, and Up-Country regions. By early 1900 competitive football was popular with the local youth.

The game became popular and local football clubs were formed. St. Michael's SC, Havelock's Football Club, Java Lane SC, Wekande SC, Moors FC, and CH & FC, the last being a European monopoly, were some of the first clubs in Columbo. Harlequins FC and Saunders SC soon joined. The trophies of the early tournaments were the De Mel Shield and the Times of Ceylon Cup.

Football also became popular in the country's Southern Provence, where the planting and administrative community promoted the game. British planter T R. Brough in Deniyaya heavily promoted football in the south between 1910 and 1920, and British servicemen from the Navy wireless station in Matara also helped popularise it.[7]

In 1952, Ceylon became a member of FIFA and got the opportunity to play football at the international level. The country's first International friendly was played against India. The Football Federation organised a tournament called Colombo Cup, which helped the national team to improve their skills and compete with other nations. From the 1960s, the under-19 football team competed in the AFC u19 championship.

1990s to presentEdit

In 2015 Sri Lanka played for the first time in the Bangabandhu Cup. This tournament was organised by Bangladesh Football Federation. The national U-23 teams of Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia and Singapore participated in this tournament. The national football teams of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also competed in this tournament.

Sri Lanka was placed in the group with Malaysia and Bangladesh. In the first game Sri Lanka played against the Malaysian team. Malaysia won the match by 2–0. The second match was played against the host Bangladesh. Sri Lanka lost the game 1–0. Sri Lanka failed to score a goal in this tournament. After a six years of poor performance in the international football field Sri Lanka football team managed to qualify for the Semi Final of 2015 SAFF Championship. The poor performance continued in the Solidarity Cup as well. They had another shock defeat this time by the hands of Mongolia the lowest ranked team in Asia. As a result of this defeat Sri Lanka eliminated in the Group Stage of the tournament.[8]

In July 2018, Sri Lanka welcomed a historical encounter when they faced Lithuania, marked for the first time Sri Lanka will face a European team. The Sri Lankans managed a respectable 0–0 draw to the UEFA side but lost 0–2 in the second encounter.[9] During 2022 World Cup campaign however, Sri Lanka suffered another poor performance as the team fell 0–1 in Zhuhai to Macau. Macau was subsequently disqualified, as the team refused to travel to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings,[10] Sri Lanka was awarded a 3–0 win in response, thus qualified to the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 campaign.[11]

In the second round, Sri Lanka was unlucky to be drawn with four 2019 AFC Asian Cup participants, South Korea, North Korea, Lebanon and Turkmenistan. As predicted, Sri Lanka proved too weak for the group, losing all matches without scoring a single goal as for the end of 2019, and was eliminated from World Cup contention. Sri Lanka had improved since then, and participated in the 2020 Bangabandhu Cup, but the team still finished bottom with two defeats and no goal.

In February 2020, the Football Federation of Sri Lanka announced the appointment of Bosnian specialist Amir Alagić as head coach of the national team.[12] Sri Lanka then travelled to South Korea to finish their two remaining games against Lebanon and South Korea, losing both, yet optimism rose when Sri Lanka demonstrated an outstanding performance against Lebanon, scoring two goals and only lost by one goal margin, which was also the country's first-ever goals in the qualification.

Team imageEdit

Media coverageEdit

There is no official TV broadcaster for the football matches played by the Sri Lanka team because the Football Federation of Sri Lanka has not sold broadcasting rights. The SAFF Championship was broadcast by several channels, and tournaments in the 1990s and 2000s were broadcast free-to-air by Channel Eye. The 2013 SAFF Championship was broadcast by CSN. Star Sports also broadcast the SAFF Championship on pay TV satellite broadcasters.

The official online broadcaster of Sri Lankan football matches is thepapare.com[13] which streams the games of the Sri Lanka Football Premier League, the finals of the Sri Lanka FA Cup, and the AFC U-19 Championship.[14]

ColoursEdit

The team uses different kits for home and away games. The kits are currently manufactured by Grand Sport Group.

HomeEdit

The traditional home kit of the national team has mostly been maroon shirts and maroon shorts, but blue colours have also been used. The colours are derived from the 15th century flag of Kingdom of Kandy.

AwayEdit

The away shirt colour has changed several times between a white shirt with white shorts or a black shirt with black shorts. White shirt with white shorts has been the more frequent choice.

Home stadiumsEdit

Sugathadasa StadiumEdit

 
Sugathadasa Stadium

Sugathadasa Stadium is the former athletic stadium in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1972 and has a capacity of 28,000.[15] The stadium is mostly used for athletics and football. The 1995 and 2008 SAFF Championship tournaments were held in this stadium. This is the home stadium of Sri Lanka National Football Team.Sri Lanka won their first major football tournament in his stadium. It was defeating India in the Final of 1995 SAFF Championship.

All the FIFA World Cup qualification matches of Sri Lankan team also played in this ground. This ground has become a lucky ground for Sri Lanka team because they have won much of the matches played in here. The draw against Philippines Football team and The Tajikistan Team were well known. In recent times Sri Lanka lost to Bhutan in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualify matches against Bhutan in this Stadium. The 2014–15 FA Cup Final also held in this ground.

Major football tournaments that played in here were the AFC President's Cup and AFC Challenge Cup.

Kalutara StadiumEdit

Kalutara Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. This stadium also known as the Vernon Fernando ground. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home games of Kalutara Park SC. The stadium holds 15,000 people. This stadium is popularly known as "Kalutara Park Ground". This stadium is located in the heart of Kalutara city. This stadium is mostly use in the Sri Lanka Champions League and Sri Lanka FA Cup tournaments.

Results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

5 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Lebanon   3–2   Sri Lanka Goyang, South Korea
11:30 SLST
Report
Stadium: Goyang Stadium
Attendance: 73
Referee: Ahmad Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)
9 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Sri Lanka   0–5   South Korea Goyang, South Korea
16:30 SLST Report
Stadium: Goyang Stadium
Attendance: 4,008
Referee: Shen Yinhao (China)

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Weerasinghe Sujan Perera (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 29) 32 0   Up Country Lions
22 1GK Prabath Ruwan (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 28) 4 0   Air Force SC
23 1GK Danushka Rajapaksha (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 28) 0 0   New Youngs

12 2DF Harsha Fernando (1992-11-21) 21 November 1992 (age 28) 16 0   Air Force SC
2 2DF Duckson Puslas (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 31) 14 0   New Youngs
17 2DF Sunil Roshan Appuhamy (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 28) 3 0   Defenders FC
18 2DF Chamod Dilshan (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Colombo FC
4 2DF Charitha Rathnayake (1992-12-26) 26 December 1992 (age 28) 17 1   Chennai City
5 2DF Asikur Rahuman (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 27) 17 1   Defenders FC

6 3MF Kavindu Ishan (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28) 30 1   Up Country Lions SC
7 3MF Marvin Hamilton (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 32) 1 0   Whitehawk
16 3MF Jude Supan (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Renown
8 3MF Ahmed Waseem Razeek (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 4 2   Berliner AK
10 3MF Zohar Mohamed Zarwan (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 25) 16 1   Colombo FC
11 3MF Dillon De Silva (2002-04-18) 18 April 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Queens Park Rangers
14 3MF Mohamed Fazal (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 31) 17 1   Blue Star SC
15 3MF Chalana Chameera (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 28) 16 0   Colombo FC

9 4FW Mohamed Aakib (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21) 10 2   Colombo FC
13 4FW Mohamed Musthaq (1998-12-16) 16 December 1998 (age 22) 1 1   Up Country Lions SC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Sri Lanka squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mahendran DineshINJ 0 0   Police SC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021

Tharindu DanushkaPRE 0 0   New Young's SC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021
DF Poopathithasan Nilooshanage (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0   SG Sonnenhof Großaspach v.
DF Leon Perera (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 28) 0 0   MTV Treubund Lüneburg v.
DF Ryan Peries (2002-07-20) 20 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Woking FC v.
DF Reef Peries (2001-10-30) 30 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Woking FC v.
DF Chathuranga MadushanCOV (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Up Country Lions SC v.
DF Abdul BasithCOV Error: Need valid birth date: year, month, day   Colombo FC v.

MF Rizkhan FaizerPRE 0 0   Java Lane SC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021
MF Mohamed Haseef (1993-08-23) 23 August 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Engstringen FC v.
MF Claudio Kammerknecht (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 24) 16 0   SC Freiburg II v.
MF Canistan Regnize (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Neuville v.
MF Kelly Garrett Christopher (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 30) 0 0   Almyros Gaziou v.

FW Shabeer RazooniyaPRE (2001-05-21) 21 May 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Colombo FC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021
FW Rifkhan MohamedPRE (1999-10-25) 25 October 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Defenders SC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021
FW Madushan FernandoPRE 0 0   Air Force SC v.   Lebanon; 5 June 2021
FW Nipuna Bandara (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 30) 20 2   Air Force SC v.
FW Mohammadu Fasal (1990-04-30) 30 April 1990 (age 31) 14 1   Colombo FC v.
FW Tiffan Anthonypillai (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Brantford Galaxy v.
FW Chikereuba Francis (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Colombo FC v.
FW Vigneswaran Dagsan (2004-05-02) 2 May 2004 (age 17) 0 0   FC Sion v.

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary/Standby squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue
COV Tested positive for COVID-19

Player recordsEdit

As of 19 January 2020
Players in bold are still active with Sri Lanka.

Coaching historyEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 to   1938 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1950 Not a FIFA Member Not a FIFA Member
  1954 to   1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 0 26
  1998 3 1 1 1 4 4
   2002 6 1 1 4 8 20
  2006 8 1 3 4 7 11
  2010 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2014 2 0 1 1 1 5
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 3
  2022 8 1 0 7 5 24
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 39 4 6 29 26 99

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1956 to   1968 Withdrew Withdrew
  1972 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 10
  1976 Withdrew Withdrew
  1980 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 12
  1984 4 1 1 2 6 11
  1988 to   1992 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 25
  2000 4 0 0 4 2 18
  2004 8 2 0 6 6 26
     2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 2 0 0 2 1 3
  2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/17 31 6 1 24 26 106

SAFF ChampionshipEdit

Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1993 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 4 2
  1995 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 3
  1997 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
  1999 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2003 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
  2005 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 5
    2008 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 5 3
  2009 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 0 2 9 7
  2011 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2013 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 6 15
  2015 Semi-finals 4th 3 1 0 2 1 7
  2018 Group stage 6th 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 12/12 1st 37 13 6 18 46 59

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Challenge Cup AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 2 7 2 No qualifying round
  2008 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 9 3 2 1 0 14 4
  2010 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 7 3 2 1 0 9 4
  2012 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 0 5
  2014 3 1 0 2 5 5
Total 3/5 Runners-up 12 5 1 7 12 18 12 5 3 4 28 18
  • In 2011 and 2015 The AFC Challenge Cup acted as the qualification for the Asian Cup.
  • The AFC Challenge Cup was cancelled by the AFC.

AFC Solidarity CupEdit

Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2016 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 2 5

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 5 June 2021[16]
Country Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Win/Draw %
  Afghanistan 8 1 1 6 6 17 −11 25.00
  Bahrain 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 00.00
  Bangladesh 18 4 2 12 12 27 −15 22.22
  Bhutan 7 5 0 2 18 5 +13 71.43
  Brunei 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00
  Cambodia 3 1 0 2 2 10 −8 33.33
  China PR 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 00.00
  Chinese Taipei 4 3 1 0 9 4 +5 100.00
  Guam 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 100.00
  Hong Kong 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 00.00
  India 18 2 4 12 13 32 −19 11.11
  Indonesia 3 0 1 2 2 11 −9 33.33
  Iran 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 00.00
  Japan 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 00.00
  Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 00.00
  Laos 7 2 2 3 11 10 +1 28.57
  Lebanon 5 1 0 4 6 18 −12 25.00
  Lithuania 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 00.00
  Macau 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 66.66
  Malaysia 10 1 0 9 7 36 −29 10.00
  Maldives 17 2 8 7 12 32 −20 11.76
  Mongolia 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 50.00
  Myanmar 7 2 0 5 10 18 −8 28.57
  North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 00.00
    Nepal 16 6 7 3 23 16 +7 37.50
  Oman 3 0 1 2 1 14 −13 00.00
  Pakistan 19 8 4 7 36 21 +15 75.00
  Philippines 4 1 1 2 5 9 −4 50.00
  Qatar 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 00.00
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 00.00
  Singapore 5 1 0 4 6 15 −9 20.00
  South Korea 2 0 0 2 0 14 −14 00.00
  Seychelles 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 50.00
  Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
  Syria 3 0 0 3 0 17 −17 00.00
  Tajikistan 4 0 1 3 3 11 −8 00.00
  Thailand 6 0 0 6 2 20 −18 00.00
  Timor-Leste 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100.00
  Turkmenistan 5 0 1 4 2 10 −8 00.00
  United Arab Emirates 8 0 0 8 3 35 −32 00.00
  Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 00.00
  Vietnam 4 0 3 1 6 7 −1 00.00

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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External linksEdit

Preceded by
1993 India  
South Asian Champions
1995 (First title)
Succeeded by
1997 India