|Nickname(s)||La Tri (The Tri)|
La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
|Association||Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Gustavo Alfaro|
|Most caps||Iván Hurtado (168)|
|Top scorer||Enner Valencia (35)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado|
|Current||44 (25 August 2022)|
|Highest||10 (June 2013)|
|Lowest||71 (November 2017)|
| Bolivia 1–1 Ecuador |
(Bogotá, Colombia; 8 August 1938)
| Ecuador 6–0 Peru |
(Quito, Ecuador; 22 June 1975)
| Argentina 12–0 Ecuador |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 22 January 1942)
|Appearances||4 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2006)|
|Appearances||29 (first in 1939)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1959, 1993)|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Group stage (2002)|
The Ecuador national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Ecuador) represents Ecuador in men's international football and is controlled by the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF). They joined FIFA in 1926 and CONMEBOL a year later.
Discarding an invitation to participate in the inaugural FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay, Ecuador did not make their tournament debut until 2002. After finishing above Brazil and Uruguay in the standings, the qualifying campaign marked the emergence of several players, such as Agustín Delgado, Álex Aguinaga, Iván Hurtado, Ulises de la Cruz and Iván Kaviedes, who would set the stage for Ecuador's achievements in the next decade. Having reached the Round of 16 in a memorable 2006 World Cup campaign, they were expected to deliver at the 2007 Copa América but were eliminated in the group stage. Along with Venezuela, they have not won the continental tournament. La Tri's best performance was fourth in 1959 and 1993, both times on home soil.
Ecuador plays the majority of their home matches at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. It was set to be demolished in late 2020 to make way for a new, more modern venue.
From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador have been one of the more struggling footballing nations in South America. Despite their past irregularities, however, Ecuador has risen to be a serious South American competitor in recent years.
Football was introduced to Ecuador by Juan Alfredo Wright, who had recently returned from university in England. On 23 April 1899, he and his brother Roberto founded the first Ecuadorian football team, Guayaquil Sport Club. As the popularity of the sport grew in the country, more teams were established. On 30 May 1925, the Federación Deportiva Nacional del Ecuador was founded. In 1930, FIFA sent an invitation encouraging for a men's national team to participate at the maiden World Cup. However, the then-Minister of Social Security and Sports declined the offer as they did not approve of the financial allocation.
In 1938, the I Bolivarian Games were organized, with Ecuador set to take part in the football tournament. On 8 August 1938, they played their first-ever match; a 1–1 draw with Bolivia. Their following game saw the national team earn a 2–1 win against Colombia. Following a 9–1 crushing by Peru and 5–2 victory over Venezuela, Ecuador was tied for the silver medal with Bolivia. A playoff saw the Bolivians emerge triumphantly and the Ecuadorians finished the competition with the bronze medal.
After finishing fourth at the 1959 South American Championship, the team entered the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. They failed to qualify for 1962 finals after inflicted defeats by Argentina.
The 1998 World Cup qualifiers saw the format for qualifying in CONMEBOL changed to a league home-and-away system. This difference made a huge impact on Ecuador's performance as they clinched several important home wins during the campaign. In the end, they achieved a very respectable 6th-place finish, just under Peru and Chile.
Following the appointment of Hernán Darío Gómez for their 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Ecuador recorded a historic 1–0 win against Brazil. A 5–1 win over Bolivia saw la Tricolor only needing a point to qualify for the World Cup. They faced Uruguay, and, after managing to cling onto a 1–1 draw, obtained their spot in Japan.
Ecuador started their 2002 World Cup with a 2–0 loss to Italy. Agustín Delgado scored his country's first World Cup goal; he opened the scoring in a 2–1 loss to Mexico. Though they finished fourth in Group G and 24th overall, Ecuador defeated Croatia, who had achieved third place in the previous tournament, and eliminated the Croats in process.
A disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa América led to the resignation of Gómez, who was replaced by Luis Fernando Suárez. He led them successfully through the latter stages of the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing third to make the finals. In Germany, they were drawn into Group A with the hosts, Poland, and Costa Rica. Wins over Poland and Costa Rica earned Ecuador qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.
After a dull 2014 FIFA World Cup, and an unpleasant streak of failing to advance past the group stages of the Copa América, Gustavo Quinteros was hired to help rebuild the national team. Quinteros helped Ecuador reach the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario and started the 2018 World Cup qualifiers strong. They were setback after a loss to Uruguay and finished eighth in the standings.
Gómez was reinstalled to lead Ecuador at the 2019 Copa América. His second stint was short, as he was soon fired after a disastrous tournament, having only earned a point.
Main article: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
The Ecuadorian national team plays their home games at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito. Having opened in 1951, it initially had a capacity of 45,000, but was later reduced to 35,724.
The stadium has a running track, which has gone to be one of the most important in South America for events organized by the former International Association of Athletics Federations.
15 gates surround the stadium, allowing for an evacuation to be completed in about 10 minutes. The venue also features an electronic scoreboard located in the northern sector. The screen, manufactured by Hungarian-based company Elektroimpex in 1985, measures 10 meters tall and 30 meters wide.
In this stadium, Ecuador defeated Uruguay at the 1993 Copa América and Brazil at the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. After tying with the former on 7 November 2001, Ecuador qualified for their first World Cup. Since then, Ecuador has qualified three times.
The stadium is set to be demolished in late-2020 for a newer stadium in preparation for the 2024 Copa América. For the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador will play at the Casa Blanca.
The standard Ecuadorian uniform maintains the colours of the national flag, being typically a yellow top, blue shorts, and red socks. The alternate colours of the uniform are white and blue, this being based on the flag of the Guayas Province. From 1965 to 2020, the crest featured the Andean condor, Ecuador's national bird, above a shield with the country's colors. In January 2020, the Ecuadorian Football Federation announced a rebrand of the logo; a navy blue shield with an "FEF" monogram attempting to "abstractly build a condor".
Main article: Ecuador national football team results (2020–present)
Win Draw Loss
|7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||3–0||Bolivia||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|19:30 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha|
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|10 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Venezuela||2–1||Ecuador||Caracas, Venezuela|
|16:30 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV|
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
|14 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Colombia||0–0||Ecuador||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|16:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano|
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
|27 October Friendly||Mexico||2–3||Ecuador||Charlotte, United States|
|20:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Bank of America Stadium|
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
|11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||1–0||Venezuela||Quito, Ecuador|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado|
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
|16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Chile||0–2||Ecuador||Santiago, Chile|
|21:15 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
|4 December Friendly||El Salvador||1–1||Ecuador||Houston, United States|
||Stadium: PNC Stadium|
Referee: Randy Solano (Dominican Republic)
|27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||1–1||Brazil||Quito, Ecuador|
||Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado|
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Peru||1–1||Ecuador||Lima, Peru|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Paraguay||3–1||Ecuador||Ciudad del Este, Paraguay|
|20:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Antonio Aranda|
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
|29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ecuador||1–1||Argentina||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|2 June Friendly||Ecuador||1–0||Nigeria||Harrison, United States|
||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|5 June Friendly||Mexico||0–0||Ecuador||Chicago, United States|
|18:30 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Soldier Field|
Referee: Oliver Vergara (Panama)
|11 June Friendly||Ecuador||1–0||Cape Verde||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|19:30 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Drive Pink Stadium|
Referee: Moeth Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
|23 September Friendly||Saudi Arabia||0–0||Ecuador||Murcia, Spain|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina|
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
|27 September Friendly||Ecuador||0–0||Japan||Düsseldorf, Germany|
|19:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena|
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
|20 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Qatar||v||Ecuador||Al Khor, Qatar|
|19:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium|
|25 November 2022 FIFA World Cup||Netherlands||v||Ecuador||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|19:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
|Head coach||Gustavo Alfaro|
|Assistant coach||Claudio Cristofanelli|
|Assistant coach||Carlos González|
|Assistant coach||Nicolás Chiesa|
|Goalkeeping coach||Diego Carranza|
|Fitness coach||Sergio Chiarelli|
The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Japan on 23 and 27 September 2022 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 27 September 2022, after the match against Japan.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|22||GK||Alexander Domínguez||5 June 1987||67||0||LDU Quito|
|1||GK||Hernán Galíndez||30 March 1987||12||0||Aucas|
|GK||Moisés Ramírez||9 September 2000||2||0||Independiente del Valle|
|12||GK||Gonzalo Valle||28 February 1996||0||0||Guayaquil City|
|7||DF||Pervis Estupiñán||21 January 1998||28||3||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|17||DF||Ángelo Preciado||18 February 1998||25||0||Genk|
|3||DF||Piero Hincapié||9 January 2002||21||1||Bayer Leverkusen|
|14||DF||Xavier Arreaga||28 September 1994||17||1||Seattle Sounders|
|6||DF||Byron Castillo||10 November 1998||12||0||León|
|18||DF||Diego Palacios||12 July 1999||11||0||Los Angeles FC|
|4||DF||Fernando León||11 April 1993||6||0||Atlético San Luis|
|2||DF||Jackson Porozo||4 August 2000||5||0||Troyes|
|24||DF||William Pacho||16 October 2001||0||0||Antwerp|
|15||MF||Ángel Mena||21 January 1988||45||7||León|
|8||MF||Carlos Gruezo||19 April 1995||45||1||FC Augsburg|
|20||MF||Jhegson Méndez||26 April 1997||31||0||Los Angeles FC|
|19||MF||Gonzalo Plata||1 November 2000||29||5||Valladolid|
|23||MF||Moisés Caicedo||2 November 2001||25||2||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|10||MF||Romario Ibarra||24 September 1994||24||3||Pachuca|
|MF||Alan Franco||21 August 1998||23||1||Talleres|
|5||MF||José Cifuentes||12 March 1999||10||0||Los Angeles FC|
|16||MF||Jeremy Sarmiento||16 July 2002||9||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|25||MF||Nilson Angulo||19 June 2003||2||0||Anderlecht|
|21||MF||Patrickson Delgado||17 October 2003||0||0||Jong Ajax|
|26||MF||Anthony Valencia||21 July 2003||0||0||Antwerp|
|13||FW||Enner Valencia (captain)||4 November 1989||74||35||Fenerbahçe|
|11||FW||Michael Estrada||7 April 1996||36||8||Cruz Azul|
|9||FW||Djorkaeff Reasco||18 January 1999||3||0||Newell's Old Boys|
The following players have been called up during the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jorge Pinos||3 October 1989||1||0||9 de Octubre||v. Argentina, 29 March 2022|
|GK||Pedro Ortiz||19 February 1990||6||0||Emelec||v. Peru, 1 February 2022|
|GK||Gabriel Cevallos||19 March 1998||0||0||Guayaquil City||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Robert Arboleda||22 October 1991||32||2||São Paulo||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Félix Torres||11 January 1997||16||2||Santos Laguna||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Romario Caicedo||23 May 1990||2||0||Emelec||v. Peru, 1 February 2022|
|DF||Andrés López||4 February 1993||5||0||LDU Quito||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Diego Almeida||12 February 2004||1||0||Barcelona U19||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Joshué Quiñónez||29 May 2001||1||0||FC Dallas||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Leonel Quiñónez||3 July 1993||1||0||Barcelona||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Gustavo Vallecilla||28 May 1999||1||0||Colorado Rapids||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|DF||Christian Cruz||1 August 1992||3||0||LDU Quito||v. Chile, 16 November 2021|
|DF||Jackson Rodríguez||7 October 1998||0||0||Emelec||v. Chile, 16 November 2021|
|DF||José Hurtado||23 December 2001||1||0||Red Bull Bragantino||v. Mexico, 27 October 2021|
|DF||Marlon Mejía||21 September 1994||1||0||Emelec||v. Mexico, 27 October 2021|
|DF||Luis Segovia||26 October 1997||1||0||Independiente del Valle||v. Mexico, 27 October 2021|
|MF||Alexander Alvarado||21 April 1999||3||0||LDU Quito||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|MF||Dixon Arroyo||1 June 1992||2||0||Emelec||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|MF||Joao Rojas||16 August 1997||8||0||Monterrey||v. Argentina, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Michael Carcelén||13 April 1997||5||1||Barcelona||v. Argentina, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Danny Cabezas||29 January 1993||2||0||Independiente del Valle||v. Argentina, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Arón Rodríguez||6 August 1999||0||0||Universidad Católica||v. Peru, 1 February 2022|
|MF||Jhojan Julio||11 February 1998||5||0||Santos||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|MF||José Carabalí||19 May 1997||4||0||Universidad Católica||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|MF||Jordy Alcívar||5 August 1999||1||0||Charlotte FC||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|MF||Freddy Mina||24 July 1998||1||0||Macará||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|MF||Joao Ortiz||1 May 1996||1||0||Independiente del Valle||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|MF||Jhonny Quiñónez||11 June 1998||3||1||Aucas||v. Mexico, 27 October 2021|
|MF||Fernando Gaibor||8 October 1991||19||2||Independiente del Valle||v. Colombia, 14 October 2021|
|FW||Leonardo Campana||24 July 2000||12||0||Inter Miami||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Jordy Caicedo||18 November 1997||10||2||UANL||v. Cape Verde, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Ayrton Preciado||17 July 1994||27||3||Santos Laguna||v. Peru, 1 February 2022|
|FW||Janner Corozo||8 September 1995||3||1||Everton||v. Peru, 1 February 2022|
|FW||Walter Chalá||24 February 1992||2||1||Universidad Católica||v. El Salvador, 4 December 2021|
|FW||Bryan Angulo||30 November 1995||5||0||Santos||v. Chile, 16 November 2021|
|FW||José Angulo||3 February 1995||0||0||Querétaro||v. Colombia, 14 October 2021|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury.
Following the death of Christian Benítez, the Ecuadorian Football Federation retired his jersey number 11 from the national team. According to the Federation's then-president, Luis Chiriboga, to honor Benítez the number would no longer be used by any other team player. However, due to FIFA regulations the number had to be reinstated for the 2014 World Cup squad.
|5||Ulises de la Cruz||101||6||1995–2010|
|José Francisco Cevallos||88||0||1994–2010|
Main article: Ecuador at the FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1954||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||3||11|
|2006||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||5||4||Squad||18||8||4||6||23||19|
|2010||Did not qualify||18||6||5||7||22||26|
|2018||Did not qualify||18||6||2||10||26||29|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||4/22||10||4||1||5||10||11||—||161||54||38||69||194||218|
Main article: Ecuador at the Copa América
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
|1916||Did not participate|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|2024||Qualified as hosts|
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Ecuador national under-23 football team|
Below is a result summary of all matches Ecuador have played against FIFA recognized teams.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Republic of Ireland||2||0||1||1||3||4||–1||0%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||100%|
Despite never having won a title with their senior team, Ecuador has two relevant achievements with their youth teams.