The Oman Football Association
() is the governing body of football in Oman
. It was founded in 1978, has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation
since 1979 and of FIFA
since 1980. Oman Football Association is a relatively young member of the football fraternity. They were founded in 1978 and the following year, joined AFC before making the FIFA family in 1980.
Despite being a young association, their achievement at the youth level is impeccable. In the 1996
and 2000 AFC U-17 Championship
, they became champions of Asia and representing Asia in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship
held in Ecuador
, they managed a record high fourth place finish. Also in the same tournament Mohamed Al Kathiri
was awarded most valuable player and was given the golden ball, scoring most individual goals.
At the senior level, success has been far and few. However, lately they seemed to have announced their arrival at the senior events. They reached the Asian Cup, China 2004
final rounds and did well against Asian champions Japan. Later in 2007 they reached the Asian Cup
once again, but just went to the group stages. In the Gulf Cup, they reached the final twice, only to lose to Qatar
and later, UAE
; before winning it as hosts in 2009.
Players such as Imad Ali Al-Hosni have been impressive and are looked at as the future of Omani football. In addition, Oman is looking to take advantage of FIFA's assistance in the GOAL project to further develop the game in Oman. Also... Read More