Kuwait
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al-Azraq (The Blue)
(The Blue Wave)
AssociationKuwait Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachRui Bento
Most capsBader Al-Mutawa (196)[1]
Top scorerBashar Abdullah (75)
Home stadiumJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
FIFA codeKUW
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 149 Decrease 1 (25 August 2022)[2]
Highest24 (December 1998)
Lowest189 (December 2017)
First international
 Kuwait 2–2 Libya 
(Morocco; 3 September 1961)
Biggest win
 Kuwait 20–0 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 14 February 2000)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 8–0 Kuwait 
(Morocco; 4 September 1961)
 Portugal 8–0 Kuwait 
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1982)
Best resultGroup Stage, (1982)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (1980)
Arab Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1963)
Best resultThird Place (1964, 1992, 1998)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions (2010)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2010)

The Kuwait national football team is the national team of Kuwait and is controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. Kuwait made one World Cup finals appearance, in 1982, managing one point in the group stages. In the Asian Cup, Kuwait reached the final in 1976 and won the tournament in 1980.[4]

Kuwait's 20–0 win over Bhutan in 2000 was at the time the biggest ever victory in international football. It was surpassed in 2001, when Australia beat American Samoa 31–0.

While Kuwait was one of Asia's major football force during 1970s to 2000s, the strength of the national team has started to fade slowly from 2010s, with Kuwait failing in two consecutive Asian Cups in 2011 and 2015, before being disqualified for 2019 edition and missing out on 2023 AFC Asian Cup. The team has also failed to reach any World Cup since 1982.

History

Early successes

Kuwait's first international match was played in the 1961 Pan Arab Games against Libya which ended in a 2–2 draw. Kuwait's biggest loss was against the United Arab Republic when they lost 8–0 in the same tournament. Kuwait national football team has joined the World Cup in 1982 which was held in Spain. Kuwait was placed in the fourth group and got the fourth place after defeats to England and France and a respectable draw with Czechoslovakia. Kuwait has won the Asian Cup in 1980 which was held on its soil. Kuwait won the Final 3–0 against South Korea. Kuwait's historical highest FIFA ranking was the 24th place achieved in December 1998. Bader Al-Mutawa is the most capped player of the Kuwaiti team, and Bashar Abdullah is the top goalscorer in the history of the Kuwait national football team. Kuwait has won the Arabian Gulf Cup ten times, and is the most successful team in winning that competition. Kuwait's most historical manager was Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil, and was forced to leave the country after the 1990 invasion by Iraq. He led Kuwait to win the 1990 Gulf Cup beating Qatar in The Final.

Kuwait's biggest win was against Bhutan which ended in a thrilling 20–0 win, which was the biggest win until Australia won 31–0 against American Samoa in 2001. Kuwait's most successful years were between 1970 and 1990 which had players like Jasem Yaqoub, Faisal Al-Dakhil, and Saad Al-Houti.

Suspensions

On 30 October 2007, Kuwait was suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association.[5] The ban lasted less than 2 weeks.[6] On 24 October 2008, Kuwait was again suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, because of its failure to hold the General Assembly elections by mid-October.[7] FIFA provisionally lifted its suspension on the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) on 22 December 2008.[8] By the time, while Kuwait remained a formidable force in the Gulf, it has also declined from Asia's relevance, unable to progress from the group stage of the 2011 and 2015 AFC Asian Cups, the team finished last with no point in both tournaments.

Once again, on 16 October 2015, Kuwait was suspended for the third time as FIFA did not recognize the new sports law in the country.[9] Kuwait tried to get the suspension lifted at the 66th FIFA Congress but this was rejected and therefore from the earlier announcement on 27 April 2016, the hosting of the Gulf Cup tournament would also be moved to Qatar.[10] The suspension was eventually lifted on 6 December 2017, after Kuwait's adoption of a new sports law. By this time, the team had fallen from the 139th place to the 189th place in the FIFA World Rankings due to its inactivity, which also caused the team to miss the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[11][12][13]

On 7 December 2017, it was announced that Kuwait would host the 2017 Gulf Cup tournament after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all withdrew when the tournament was previously set to be hosted by Qatar because of the Qatari diplomatic crisis, so it was moved to Kuwait to please all withdrawn parties to participate.

Revival

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, Kuwait, which only started to rebuild its team following years of suspensions and instabilities, was drawn in group B alongside old foes Australia and Jordan, outside minnows Nepal and Chinese Taipei. Although Kuwait has better head-to-head records against Australia in major tournaments, suspensions and inactivities proved detrimental as the team lost 0–3 twice. Still, the qualifiers stood out as the best qualification for Kuwait since 2006, where Kuwait impressed by finishing second, though being unable to progress to the third round.

Team image

Home Stadium

Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium

The Kuwait National Team has two home stadiums, and they are Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. Jaber Al-Ahmed International Stadium was built in 2009, and Kuwait celebrated winning the 20th Gulf Cup in that stadium; while Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium is for the Kuwaiti club Kazma SC and was the Kuwait national team home. Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification-AFC Second Round, playing against the Philippines on 23 July 2011, this was the last time Mohammed Al-Hamed Stadium was the Kuwait Home stadium. On 16 May 2012, Kuwait played against the 2011–12 La Liga Champions Real Madrid in Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, the home ground of Kuwaiti club Kuwait SC, which Real Madrid won 2–0. Kuwait played their entire 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification-AFC Third Round in Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, beating the United Arab Emirates 2–1, drawing with South Korea 1–1 and losing to Lebanon 1–0.

Before Jaber Al-Ahmed international stadium was finally built in 2009, Kuwait played in Mohammed Al-Hamed Stadium. When Kuwait hosted the 1980 Asian Cup, the tournament was hosted in Sabah Al-Salem Stadium, which has a capacity of 22,000 spectators and was the largest stadium in Kuwait at that time, and Kuwait won their first and only Asian Cup of all time in that stadium. When Kuwait hosted the 1974 Gulf Cup, it was the first time Kuwait had hosted a Gulf Cup competition, and all the matches were played in Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. Kuwait were champions of that competition for the first time in their history on home soil, and the third time in a row overall. In 1990, Kuwait hosted the 1990 Gulf Cup for the second time in their history and were crowned Champions of that competition. All of the games were played on Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. In the 2003 Gulf Cup, Kuwait hosted the competition for the third time, and once again all the matches were played in one stadium, the Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. However, Kuwait lost the competition. In the 2017 Gulf Cup, Kuwait hosted the tournament for the fourth time. All the matches were played in two stadiums, the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. However, Kuwait were eliminated from the group stage after losing to Saudi Arabia and Oman and drawing with the United Arab Emirates.

Media coverage

All Kuwait matches are broadcast with full commentary on Kuwait TV Sport. These matches are live and exclusive. beIN Sports broadcast Kuwait matches live and exclusive. So broadcast exclusively on 3 different channels, which is not exclusive. Dubai Sports broadcast Kuwait matches only in special events like the Gulf Cup, Asian Cup and others.

Kit

Kuwaits traditional colors are blue and white: The blue kits are their home ones and the whites for matches away. The blue sea and sky are important in Kuwait because it shows the connection of the people to pearl hunting as well as the spaciousness of the universe. Kuwait's official kit provider is currently the sports company Errea. Kuwait wore the blue shirts in the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Kit suppliers

Period Kit Provider
1980–1991 Germany Puma
1992–1997 Thailand Grand Sport
1997–2001 Spain Kelme
2001–2002 United Kingdom Umbro
2003–2008 Germany Saller
2009–2011 Switzerland Burrda
2012–2013 Italy Kappa
2014–2016 Germany Uhlsport
2017–present Italy Erreà

Rivalries

Kuwait vs. Iraq
Statistics vs.  Iraq[14]
Played1 Wins2 Draws Losses GF GA
36 10 10 16 43 53

1. Only matches recognized by FIFA.
2. Wins for Kuwait.

Iraq's rivalry with Kuwait was once considered as the Arab world's greatest football rivalry of all-time.[15][16] The rivalry began in the mid 1970s and it was the decade from 1976 until 1986 that saw the golden age of football for arguably the finest teams the region has produced. Both nations imposed their complete domination on the Gulf region, and from the Gulf Cup's inception in 1970 until 1990, the tournament was won by only two teams; Kuwait seven times (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990), and despite Iraq's absence in the first three editions and withdrawal in two others, Iraq won it three times (1979, 1984, 1988).[15]

Iraq and Kuwait took their increasingly bitter rivalry to a new level. On 11 June 1976, the two met in the semi-final of the Asian Cup in Tehran; Kuwait took the lead twice, Iraq came roaring back twice, And then, in the 10th minute of extra time, Kamel scored the winner for Kuwait. In 1979, the year Iraq clinched their first Gulf Cup and won over Kuwait 3–1, the two met in a qualifier for the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, both managed to qualify to the Olympic Games, and both made it to the quarter-finals in Moscow. Iraq also qualified for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and 1988 Games in Seoul. The 1982 Asian Games was won as well. Kuwait won the 1980 AFC Asian Cup, which they hosted. The nations also left their mark on the world stage. Kuwait qualified for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain. Iraq matched that in Mexico 1986.[15]

As Iraq and Kuwait traded Gulf titles in 1988 and 1990, few could have imagined that their rivalry on the football field would be replaced by an altogether more catastrophic one on the battlefield. Because of the Gulf war, football would never be the same again. Iraq and Kuwait were in complete avoidance and never met for more than a decade. Kuwait's Blues had a relative recovery of sorts, winning the Gulf Cup in 1996 and 1998, before securing their record 10th title in 2010. Iraqi football, because of Uday Hussein's reign as head of the football association, would take far longer to recover. When it did, it was in glorious fashion, the Lions of Mesopotamia winning the 2007 Asian Cup.[15]

Kuwait vs. Saudi Arabia
Statistics vs.  Saudi Arabia
Played1 Wins2 Draws Losses GF GA
40 14 11 14 41 42

1. Only matches recognized by FIFA.
2. Wins for Kuwait.

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Kuwait national football team results and Kuwait national football team results (2020–present)

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

25 June 2021 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Q Bahrain  2–0  Kuwait Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3
  • Haram 74'
  • Isa 90+4'
Report Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
4 September 2021 Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–0  Kuwait Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
21:45 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadion Bilino Polje
Referee: Miloš Milanović (Serbia)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) Friendly Czech Republic  7–0  Kuwait Olomouc, Czech Republic
18:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Andrův stadion
Referee: Peter Král'ovič (Slovakia)
15 November 2021 (2021-11-15) Friendly Lithuania  1–1  Kuwait Vilnius, Lithuania
19:00 UTC+2 Report
  • Al Otaibi 43'
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)

2022

29 January 2022 Friendly Kuwait  2–0  Libya Kuwait City, Kuwait
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
1 February 2022 Friendly Kuwait  0–2  Libya Kuwait City, Kuwait
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
25 March 2022 Friendly Latvia  1–1  Kuwait Ta'Qali, Malta
13:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Ta'Qali National Stadium
29 March 2022 Friendly Malta  2–0  Kuwait Ta'Qali, Malta
19:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Ta'Qali National Stadium
Referee: Thomas Owen (Wales)
1 June 2022 Friendly Kuwait  2–0  Singapore Abu Dhabi, UAE
Report Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium
8 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Kuwait  1–2  Indonesia Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Nasrullo Kabirov (Tajikistan)
11 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Nepal    1–4  Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 10,360
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee (India)
14 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Jordan  3–0  Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 18,170
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)

Coaching staff

Name Role
Head Coach Portugal Rui Bento
Assistant Coach Portugal Francisco Gouveia
Assistant Coach Portugal Vasco Pereira
First Team Coach Portugal Paulo Vieira
Goalkeeper Coach Portugal Tiago Manta
Fitness Coach Portugal José Vasconcelos
Physiotherapist Portugal Ricardo Couto
Team Doctor Portugal João Pedro Pinho
Technical Director Portugal Diogo Rebelo

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2022, after the match against Nepal.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Khaled Al-Rashidi (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 35) 21 0 Kuwait Qadsia
1GK Saud Al-Jenaie (1994-06-12) 12 June 1994 (age 28) 2 0 Kuwait Al-Tadhamon
1GK Sulaiman Abdulghafour (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 31) 25 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi

2DF Sami Al-Sanea (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 29) 13 1 Kuwait Kuwait SC
2DF Khalid El Ebrahim (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 30) 21 1 Kuwait Qadsia
2DF Fahad Al Hajeri (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 30) 56 5 Kuwait Kuwait SC
2DF Fahad Hammoud (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 31) 22 0 Kuwait Kuwait SC
2DF Mahdi Dashti (2001-10-26) 26 October 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
2DF Hamad Al-Qallaf (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya

3MF Ahmed Al-Dhefiri (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 30) 27 1 Kuwait Qadsia
3MF Mohammad Al Huwaidi (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
3MF Fawaz Al-Otaibi (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 25) 4 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
3MF Bandar Al Salamah (2002-10-28) 28 October 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi
3MF Fahad Al Ansari (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 35) 91 3 Kuwait Qadsia
3MF Hamad Harbi (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 30) 9 0 Kuwait Kazma

4FW Eid Al Rashidi (1999-12-17) 17 December 1999 (age 22) 5 1 Kuwait Qadsia
4FW Shabaib Al-Khaldi (1998-08-11) 11 August 1998 (age 24) 7 2 Kuwait Kazma
4FW Mobarak Al-Faneeni (2000-01-21) 21 January 2000 (age 22) 10 2 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
4FW Bader Al-Mutawa (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 37) 186 56 Kuwait Qadsia
4FW Ahmad Zanki (1995-12-17) 17 December 1995 (age 26) 6 1 Kuwait Kuwait SC
4FW Yousef Nasser (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 31) 92 42 Kuwait Kuwait SC

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hameed Al-Qallaf (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 35) 35 0 Kuwait Kuwait SC
GK Hussein Kankoune (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 33) 2 0 Kuwait Kazma

DF Amer Al-Fadhel (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 34) 66 0 Kuwait Qadsia
DF Ali Atiq (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Kuwait Kazma
DF Meshari Ghanam (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Kuwait Kuwait SC
DF Abdulaziz Naji (2001-08-19) 19 August 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Kuwait Kuwait SC
DF Dhari Said (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 35) 9 0 Kuwait Qadsia

MF Redha Abujabarah (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 25) 7 0 Kuwait Kazma
MF Abdullah Al Buraiki (1987-08-12) 12 August 1987 (age 35) 32 3 Kuwait Kuwait SC
MF Sultan Al Enezi (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 29) 26 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi
MF Talal Al Fadhel (1990-08-11) 11 August 1990 (age 32) 16 0 Kuwait Kuwait SC
MF Khaled Shaman (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Kuwait Al-Nasr
MF Faisal Zayid (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 30) 42 5 Kuwait Kuwait SC

FW Faisal Ajab Al-Azemi (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 29) 10 0 Kuwait Al-Sahel

Previous squads

World Cup squads
Asian Cup squads

Records

As of 14 June 2022[17]
Players in bold are still active with Kuwait.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Kuwait at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 4 8
Argentina 1978 12 8 1 3 23 10
Spain 1982 Round 1 21st 3 0 1 2 2 6 9 7 1 1 20 6
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 8 2
Italy 1990 4 3 0 1 6 3
United States 1994 6 3 2 1 21 4
France 1998 12 6 2 4 17 9
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 1 1 9 3
Germany 2006 12 6 1 5 19 15
South Africa 2010 6 1 1 4 8 12
Brazil 2014 8 4 2 2 13 10
Russia 2018 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension [18][19] 8 3 1 4 12 10
Qatar 2022 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 19 7
Canada Mexico United States 2026 TBD TBD
Total Best: Round 1 1/22 3 0 1 2 2 6 101 52 16 33 189 99

AFC Asian Cup

Main article: Kuwait at the AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968 Withdrew Withdrew
Thailand 1972 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 2 5 5 2 2 1 6 4
Iran 1976 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 6 3 Qualified by default
Kuwait 1980 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1 13 6 Qualified as hosts
Singapore 1984 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 5 4 Qualified as defending champions
Qatar 1988 Group stage 7th 4 0 3 1 2 3 4 3 1 0 9 0
Japan 1992 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 3
United Arab Emirates 1996 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 9 6 4 2 2 0 9 5
Lebanon 2000 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 3 3 4 4 0 0 33 1
China 2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 7 6 5 1 0 17 5
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
Qatar 2011 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 1 7 6 2 3 1 6 5
Australia 2015 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 6 6 2 3 1 10 7
United Arab Emirates 2019 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension 8 3 1 4 12 10
2023 Did not qualify 11 5 2 4 24 13
Total Best: Champions 10/18 42 15 10 18 45 51 60 30 16 14 133 57
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
France 1900 to Australia 1956 Did not enter
Italy 1960 to Canada 1976 Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1980 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4
United States 1984 to South Korea 1988 Did not qualify
Total Best: Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.

See also: Kuwait national under-23 football team

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
India 1951 Did not enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974 Sixth place 5 3 0 2 12 8
Thailand 1978 Fifth place 6 3 1 2 13 8
India 1982 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 13 5
South Korea 1986 Third place 7 5 2 0 20 3
China 1990 Seventh place 4 1 1 2 3 4
Japan 1994 Third place 6 4 1 1 15 6
Thailand 1998 Runners-up 8 3 2 3 23 8
2002–present See Kuwait national under-23 football team
Total 7/13 42 24 7 11 99 42

WAFF Championship

West Asian Football Federation Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
Jordan 2000 Did not participate
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010 Champions 4 2 2 0 7 5 +2
Kuwait 2012 Group stage 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
Qatar 2014 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 3 5 –2
Iraq 2019 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
Total 4/9 12 6 4 4 17 17 0

Arabian Gulf Cup

Year Host Country Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1970  Bahrain Champions 3 3 0 0 10 4
1972  Saudi Arabia Champions 3 2 1 0 14 2
1974  Kuwait Champions 4 4 0 0 16 0
1976  Qatar Champions 7 5 2 0 26 7
1979  Iraq Runners-up 6 4 1 1 15 4
1982  UAE Champions 5 4 0 1 8 2
1984  Oman Sixth place 6 1 2 3 4 8
1986  Bahrain Champions 6 5 1 0 11 4
1988  Saudi Arabia Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 4
1990  Kuwait Champions 4 3 1 0 10 2
1992  Qatar Fifth place 5 2 0 3 5 8
1994  UAE Fifth place 5 1 1 3 2 6
1996  Oman Champions 5 4 0 1 7 4
1998  Bahrain Champions 5 4 0 1 18 5
2002  Saudi Arabia Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
2003  Kuwait Sixth place 6 1 2 3 6 9
2004  Qatar Fourth place 5 2 1 2 7 7
2007  UAE Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 6
2009  Oman Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
2010  Yemen Champions 5 3 2 0 7 2
2013  Bahrain Third place 5 3 0 2 9 3
2014  Saudi Arabia Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 7
2017  Kuwait Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 3
2019  Qatar Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 7
Total 24/24 Best: Champions 112 56 23 33 198 112

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Did not enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961 Round Robin 5 0 1 4 3 18
United Arab Republic 1965 Did not enter
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
Lebanon 1997 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 8 9
Jordan 1999 Did not enter
Egypt 2007
Qatar 2011 Third place 4 3 0 1 7 2
Total 3/10 14 5 1 8 18 29

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Fourth place 4 1 0 3 5 15
Kuwait 1964 Third place 4 1 1 2 5 5
Iraq 1966 Group stage 4 0 2 2 8 1
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter
Jordan 1988 Group stage 4 1 1 2 2 3
Syria 1992 Third place 4 2 0 2 6 5
Qatar 1998 Third place 4 3 0 1 13 4
Kuwait 2002 Group stage 4 1 2 1 6 6
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 4
Qatar 2021 Did not qualified
Total Best: Third place 30 10 6 14 47 43

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Kuwait's all-time international record,

As of 14 June 2022 after match against  Jordan[20]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
 Algeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Armenia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Australia 14 5 2 7 12 22 -10
 Azerbaijan 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
 Bahrain 48 22 12 14 66 46 +20
 Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
 Bhutan 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 Bulgaria 5 0 3 2 6 9 -3
 Cambodia 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
 China 19 5 5 9 16 26 -10
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
 Cyprus 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 1 9 -8
 Czechoslovakia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
 Egypt 13 1 7 5 10 23 -13
 England 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Finland 7 2 2 3 5 6 -1
 France 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4
 Germany 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7
 East Germany 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2
 Hong Kong 7 6 1 0 18 4 +14
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Iceland 7 1 4 2 3 4 -1
 India 3 2 0 1 17 5 +12
 Indonesia 7 2 3 2 12 8 +4
 Iran 36 8 10 18 31 41 -10
 Iraq 36 10 10 16 43 53 -10
 Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Japan 5 4 0 1 8 2 +6
 Jordan 27 11 10 6 36 25 +11
 Kazakhstan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
 North Korea 14 6 7 1 20 12 +8
 South Korea 23 8 4 11 20 30 -10
 Kyrgyzstan 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8
 Laos 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Latvia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Lebanon 30 14 10 6 48 31 +17
 Libya 8 3 3 2 11 12 -1
 Lithuania 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
 Macau 2 2 0 0 18 1 +17
 Malaysia 13 9 2 2 32 8 +24
 Mali 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10
 Mauritania 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Mongolia 1 1 0 0 11 0 +11
 Morocco 6 0 2 4 5 14 -9
 Myanmar 6 3 0 3 18 12 +6
   Nepal 9 8 1 0 34 2 +32
 Niger 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 New Zealand 4 2 1 1 7 8 -1
 Norway 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Oman 31 12 10 9 47 27 +20
 Pakistan 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6
 Palestine 9 7 1 1 20 7 +13
 Philippines 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5
 Poland 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 Portugal 2 0 1 1 1 9 -8
 Qatar 44 20 10 14 70 42 +28
 Romania 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1
 Russia 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3
 Saudi Arabia 48 18 12 18 54 53 +1
 Singapore 10 7 2 1 20 6 +14
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 Syria 36 15 9 12 54 42 +12
 Chinese Taipei 3 3 0 0 21 1 +20
 Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Thailand 11 7 0 4 29 17 +12
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Tunisia 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6
 Turkmenistan 5 3 2 0 13 4 +9
 Uganda 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 United Arab Emirates 43 19 8 16 77 49 +28
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Uzbekistan 6 2 1 3 9 12 -3
 Vietnam 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 South Vietnam 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Wales 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
 Yemen 13 7 4 0 25 4 +21
 South Yemen 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
 Zambia 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
Total 675 287 172 216 1071 754 +317

Honours

Continental honours

Winners (1): 1980
Runners-up (1): 1976
Third Place (1): 1984
Fourth Place (1): 1996

Regional honours

Third-Place (3): 1964, 1992, 1998
Fourth-Place (1): 1963
Winners (10): 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2010
Runners-up (1): 1979
Third-Place (1): 2013, 2002
Winners (1): 2002
Third-Place (1): 1997
Winners (1): 2010
Fourth-Place (1): 2014
Third-Place (2): 1992*, 2011
Fourth-Place (1): 1997

* The 1992 edition organised as part of the Pan Arab Games, and also counted as Arab Cup.

Others/Minor

Winners (1): 2011
Runners-up (1): 1973

Notes

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Preceded by1976 Iran  Asian Champions 1980 (First title) Succeeded by1984 Saudi Arabia