The Syria national football team
() represents Syria
in association football
and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association
, the governing body for football
in Syria. Syria's home grounds are Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup
Syria participated in the 1950
World Cup qualifiers,one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt
to form the United Arab Republic national football team
, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA
. In the 1966 World Cup
qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel
) to be allocated to the European
qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain
and the Republic of Ireland
. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.
Syria's best showing was in the 1986
qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq
Syria have competed in four Asian Cups, the last being 1996, but on each occasion were eliminated before the quarterfinal stage. Syria qualified for the Asian Cup 2011
FIFA World Cup record
AFC Asian Cup Record
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
WAFF Championship Record
- *Denotes draws include......