Saudi Arabia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الأخضر (al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green")
الصقور الخضر (aṣ-Ṣuqūr al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green Falcons")
الصقور العربية (aṣ-Ṣuqūr Al-ʿArabiyyah, "Arabian Falcons")
AssociationSaudi Arabian Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainSalman Al-Faraj
Most capsMohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorerMajed Abdullah (72)[2]
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeKSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 Decrease 4 (23 June 2022)[3]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
First international
 Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, Timor-Leste; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 13–0 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 3 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984, 1988, 1996)
Arab Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1985)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2002)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1994, 2002, 2003)
WAFF Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best resultGroup stage (3 times)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up (1992)

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العربي السعودي لكرة القدم) represents Saudi Arabia in men's international football, and the team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour (The Falcons) and Al-Akhdhar (The Green); the team represents both FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996), reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals and have qualified for the World Cup on six occasions since debuting at the 1994 tournament. Saudi Arabia is the first AFC nation to reach the final of a senior FIFA competition, when it achieved during the 1992 King Fahd Cup, which would eventually become the eventual FIFA Confederations Cup. Only Australia and Japan managed to repeat this feat, in 1997 and 2001, though Australia achieved it when it was a member of the OFC.

In the 1994 World Cup, under the leadership of Jorge Solari, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Thus Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national football team in history to reach the Round of 16 in a World Cup, after Morocco's Round of 16 elimination in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one of the few Asian national football teams (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.

History

The idea of a Saudi national team first came about in 1951, when a Saudi XI team consisting of players from Al-Wehda and Al-Ahli took part in a friendly game against the Egyptian Ministry of Health on June 27, 1951, at the Al-Saban Stadium in Jeddah. The following day, the Egyptians took on a Saudi team made up of players from Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal in Al-Bahri in Jeddah. On August 2, 1951, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal organized a third friendly with the Egyptian team against a Saudi National XI with players from Al-Wehda, and Al-Ahli. By then the idea of a national select team to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was already in full flow, and in 1953 the first-ever Saudi team traveled to play friendly matches abroad. The same year, a Saudi team traveled to Damascus to play friendly matches as part of then-Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz’s visit to the country in April 1953.[5] In 1957, the Saudi national team took part in their first international tournament at the 2nd Pan-Arab Games in Beirut, where King Saud was invited to attend the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with Lebanese President Camille Chamoun on October 18, 1957. The first game played at the stadium was between the national teams of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Abdulmajeed Kayal scored for the Saudis while Levon Altonian netted for the home side. The Saudi players came from teams from Jeddah and Mecca, while the team was given support and encouragement from Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal for their trip to Beirut.[6]

Though their football federation was established in 1956, the Saudi Arabia national team did not participate in a tournament until they qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 1984, which they won. They subsequently became one of Asia's most successful national teams, reaching the next four consecutive Asian Cup finals and winning two of them (1988 and 1996). They have qualified for every Asian Cup since, but their best performance in that period was reaching the final in 2007.

Saudi Arabia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994. Under the leadership of Jorge Solari and with talents like Saeed Al-Owairan and Sami Al-Jaber, reinforced by national veteran Majed Abdullah as team captain, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups, but did not win a group stage match in any of them. They failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 tournament,[7] ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match,[8] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup.[9] The record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934.[10] Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay.[11] Saudi Arabia's performance in the tournament was deemed to be their worst performance since 2002 World Cup, where they were beaten 8-0 by Germany in their opening game and finished 32nd and bottom in the final rankings.[12] Although they were eliminated,[13] they managed to salvage some pride by winning their final group stage match (and their first win at a World Cup since 1994) against Red Sea neighbours Egypt.[14]

After the 2018 World Cup, Saudi Arabia participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a very high optimism after an acceptable performance in the World Cup, with the Saudis won its first World Cup game since 1994 edition. However, Saudi Arabia finished second in the group stage, after falling to Qatar in the final game,[15] and had to face another giant, Japan, in the round of sixteen. The Saudis dominated the whole game, but ultimately lost 0–1 due to poor finishing and crashed out from the competition.[16]

On 15 October 2019, Saudi Arabia played its first-ever game with Palestine in the West Bank; the game marked a change in policy for Saudi Arabia, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian team in third-party countries. The visit was condemned by some Palestinian activists, who considered the game as a start of normalizing the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it was viewed by the Palestinian National Authority as a support for their sovereignty over the West Bank.[17] The game ended in a scoreless draw.[18]

Kits and crests

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).[19]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period
United Kingdom Admiral 1976–1980
West Germany Puma 1980–1984
Saudi Arabia Faisok 1984–1990
Germany Adidas 1990–1993
Saudi Arabia Shammel 1994–2001
Germany Adidas 2001–2003
France Le Coq Sportif 2004–2005
Germany Puma 2005–2010
United States Nike 2011–present

Rivalries

Main articles: Iran–Saudi Arabia football rivalry and Iraq–Saudi Arabia football rivalry

Due to historical reasons, matches against Iran have been frequently followed and seen by Saudis as the most important rival. This stems from the strong hatred between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in particular recent years due to religious sectarianism and historical enmities. Saudi Arabia is trailing behind the series, but only one game defeat, with 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. It's one of 10 most heated rivalries with political influence.[20][21]

Saudi Arabia's other heated rival is Iraq. However, the rivalry only began in 1970s. Due to the Gulf War, which Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia's ally Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq eventually become bitter rival fighting to salvage Arab pride.[22] The two countries since then have an up-and-down in relations, often ranged from lack of cooperation and political confrontation. Iraq almost pulled out of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup after the country was disallowed to host the competition in a move believed to be motivated by Saudi Arabia.[23]

Saudi Arabia's other rivals are mostly from the Gulf, notably Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Venues

Historically, Saudi Arabia played most of their home matches in King Fahd International Stadium, located in the capital Riyadh. The stadium was also where some of Saudi Arabia's most important fixtures were when the country hosted the first three King Fahd Cups (predecessor of the Confederations Cup). The stadium was also home to some of Saudi Arabia's big games in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Saudi Arabia started to diversify the use of venues from outside Riyadh in the 2000s, with the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round played in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam and the second round played entirely in Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round against Sri Lanka and at the first fixture against Uzbekistan in the third round, Saudi Arabia played again in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium. It was accelerated from 2010s onward as Saudi Arabia began to play frequent home fixtures in newly built King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and Mrsool Park also in Riyadh.

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Main article: Saudi Arabia national football team results (2020–present)

2021

2 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  3–1  Vietnam Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 8,331
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
7 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Oman  0–1  Saudi Arabia Muscat, Oman
20:00 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Attendance: 8,150
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
7 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  1–0  Japan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:00 UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 51,218
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
12 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  3–2  China PR Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 54,124
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
11 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Australia  0–0  Saudi Arabia Sydney, Australia
20:10 UTC+11 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Western Sydney Stadium
Attendance: 23,314
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
16 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Vietnam  0–1  Saudi Arabia Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Report Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Attendance: 9,669
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
1 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Saudi Arabia  0–1  Jordan Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 4,777
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
4 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Palestine  1–1  Saudi Arabia Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 3,075
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
7 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Morocco A'  1–0  Saudi Arabia Doha, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 8,502
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)

2022

27 January 2022 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  1–0  Oman Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20:15 UTC+3 Report Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Attendance: 47,364
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
1 February 2022 2022 W.C. Q Japan  2–0  Saudi Arabia Saitama, Japan
19:35 UTC+9 Minamino 31'
Ito 50'
Report Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
24 March 2022 2022 W.C. Q China PR  1–1  Saudi Arabia Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
--:--  Report
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
29 March 2022 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  1–0  Australia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3 Report Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
5 June 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia  0–1  Colombia Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Borré 9' Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Jason Barcelo (Gibraltar)
9 June 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia  0–1  Venezuela Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Daniel Gómez Gordillo (Gibraltar)
23 September 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia  v  Ecuador Murcia, Spain
19:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
September 27 Friendly Saudi Arabia  v  United States Murcia, Spain
Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
16 November 2022 Friendly Saudi Arabia  v  Croatia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3 Report
22 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Argentina  v  Saudi Arabia Lusail, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
26 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Poland  v  Saudi Arabia Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Education City Stadium
30 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Saudi Arabia  v  Mexico Lusail, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Coaching staff

As of 29 July 2021[24][25]
Position Name
Manager France Hervé Renard
Assistant coach France Laurent Bonadéi
Assistant coach France Sofian Kheyari
Assistant coach Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ameen
Goalkeeper coach France Philippe Sence
Technical director Croatia Romeo Jozak

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for the friendlies against Colombia and Venezuela on 5 and 9 June 2022.[26]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 30) 36 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
1GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 30) 10 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
1GK Mohammed Al Rubaie (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli

2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 30) 69 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 29) 35 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 32) 30 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 21 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
2DF Hassan Tambakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 23) 13 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
2DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 25) 12 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
2DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 27) 12 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
2DF Ali Lajami (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 26) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr

3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 32) 68 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 30) 65 17 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 29) 44 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 29) 35 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
3MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 27) 31 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 28) 19 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
3MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 25) 15 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3MF Sami Al-Najei (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 25) 13 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3MF Ali Al-Hassan (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 25) 7 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3MF Nasser Al-Dawsari (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Khalid Al-Ghannam (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3MF Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 (age 27) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad

4FW Firas Al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 22) 22 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh
4FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan (1999-09-12) 12 September 1999 (age 22) 20 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Amin Bukhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Colombia, 5 June 2022 INJ
GK Zaid Al-Bawardi (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 25) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab v.  Oman, 27 January 2022 INJ
GK Nawaf Al-Aqidi (2000-05-10) 10 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Tai 2021 FIFA Arab Cup

DF Saud Abdulhamid (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 22) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Abdullah Madu (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 28) 11 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Moteb Al-Harbi (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 22) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Ahmed Sharahili (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 28) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
DF Ali Majrashi (1999-10-01) 1 October 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Waleed Al-Ahmed (1999-05-03) 3 May 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Naif Almas (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fayha 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Sulaiman Hazazi (2003-02-01) 1 February 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Khalifah Al-Dawsari (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Nawaf Boushal (1999-09-16) 16 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 28) 17 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  China PR, 12 October 2021
DF Hussain Qassem (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly v.  China PR, 12 October 2021

MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 27) 70 17 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
MF Abdulellah Al-Malki (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 27) 21 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Japan, 1 February 2021
MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari (1996-08-16) 16 August 1996 (age 25) 12 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Japan, 1 February 2021
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ayman Yahya (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 21) 6 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Hamed Al-Ghamdi (1999-04-02) 2 April 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Mohammed Al-Qahtani (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Meshal Al-Sebyani (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ibrahim Mahnashi (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Bader Munshi (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Damac 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
MF Ziyad Al-Johani (2001-11-11) 11 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2021 FIFA Arab Cup INJ
MF Ali Al-Asmari (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 25) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Vietnam, 16 November 2021
MF Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 27) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Australia, 11 November 2021 WD

FW Saleh Al-Shehri (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 28) 16 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Australia, 29 March 2022
FW Haitham Asiri (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 22) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Japan, 1 February 2021
FW Abdullah Radif (2003-01-20) 20 January 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2021 FIFA Arab Cup))

  • COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.
  • SUS Player is serving a suspension.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player records

As of 20 November 2018[27]
Players in bold are still active with Saudi Arabia.
Most caps
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Mohamed Al-Deayea 178[1] 0 1993–2006
2 Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi 163 3 1990–2001
3 Sami Al-Jaber 156 46 1992–2006
4 Abdullah Zubromawi 142 3 1993–2002
5 Osama Hawsawi 138 7 2006–2018
Hussein Abdulghani 138 5 1996–2018
7 Taisir Al-Jassim 134 19 2004–2018
8 Saud Kariri 133 7 2001–2015
9 Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad 121 7 1981–1994
10 Mohammad Al-Shalhoub 118 19 2000–2018
Top goalscorers
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Majed Abdullah 72 116 0.61 1978–1994
2 Sami Al-Jaber 46 156 0.29 1992–2006
3 Yasser Al-Qahtani 42 108 0.39 2002–2013
4 Obeid Al-Dosari 41 94 0.44 1994–2002
5 Talal Al-Meshal 32 60 0.53 1998–2006
6 Mohammad Al-Sahlawi 28 42 0.67 2010–2018
Khaled Al-Muwallid 28 114 0.25 1988–1998
8 Hamzah Idris 26 66 0.39 1992–2000
Fahad Al-Mehallel 26 87 0.3 1992–1999
10 Saeed Al-Owairan 24 75 0.32 1992–1998
Ibrahim Al-Shahrani 24 86 0.28 1997–2005

Competitive record

Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)
Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)
Saudi Arabia players before the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening fixture, against hosts Russia in Group A.
Saudi Arabia players before the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening fixture, against hosts Russia in Group A.
*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place  

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
FIFA Confederations Cup 0 1 0
FIFA Arab Cup 2 1 1
AFC Asian Cup 3 3 0
Arabian Gulf Cup 3 7 7
Asian Games 0 1 1
Pan Arab Games 0 1 1
Total 8 14 10

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Saudi Arabia at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member No qualification
Italy 1934 Not a FIFA member
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not enter Did not enter
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
Spain 1982 10 4 1 5 9 16
Mexico 1986 2 0 1 1 0 1
Italy 1990 9 4 3 2 11 9
United States 1994 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 6 11 6 5 0 28 7
France 1998 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 14 9 3 2 26 7
South Korea Japan 2002 32nd 3 0 0 3 0 12 14 11 2 1 47 8
Germany 2006 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 10 2 0 24 2
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 16 8 5 3 25 15
Brazil 2014 8 3 3 2 14 7
Russia 2018 Group stage 26th 3 1 0 2 2 7 18 12 3 3 45 14
Qatar 2022 Qualified 18 13 4 1 34 10
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 6/22 16 3 2 11 11 39 136 81 32 23 266 103

AFC Asian Cup

Main article: Saudi Arabia at the AFC Asian Cup

The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition.
The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition.
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 Kong1956 Not an AFC member Not an AFC member
South Korea1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976 Withdrew 6 3 1 2 12 5
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew
Singapore 1984 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3 4 4 0 0 19 0
Qatar 1988 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 5 1 Automatic qualification as champions
Japan 1992 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 3 Automatic qualification as champions
United Arab Emirates 1996 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 6 4 4 0 0 10 0
Lebanon 2000 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 11 8 Automatic qualification as champions
China 2004 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 5 6 6 0 0 31 1
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6 6 5 0 1 21 4
Qatar 2011 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Automatic qualification as runners-up
Australia 2015 10th 3 1 0 2 5 5 6 5 1 0 9 3
United Arab Emirates 2019 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 6 3 8 6 2 0 28 4
China 2023 Qualified 8 6 2 0 22 4
Total 3 Titles 11/18 48 21 13 14 69 48 48 39 6 3 152 21

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 3 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 8 Squad
Mexico 1999 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 8 16 Squad
South Korea Japan 2001 Did not qualify
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Runners-up 4/11 12 3 1 8 13 31 -

Arabian Gulf Cup record

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Did not enter
Lebanon 1957 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 3
Morocco 1961 Round robin 5 1 0 4 4 38
United Arab Republic 1965 Did not enter
Syria 1976 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 9 4
Morocco 1985 Fourth place 4 3 0 1 6 3
Lebanon 1997 Did not enter
Jordan 1999 First round 2 0 1 1 2 3
Egypt 2007 Third place 4 1 1 2 5 5
Qatar 2011 First round 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 7/10 26 9 5 12 31 58

West Asian Football Federation Championship

WAFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Did not participate
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010
Kuwait 2012 Group stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
Qatar 2014 Group stage 2 0 1 1 1 4
Iraq 2019 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 5
Total 3/9 8 1 3 4 3 10

All-time results

Main article: Saudi Arabia national football team results

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2020.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 677 319 151 197 1033 728

Honours

International

Runner-up: 1992
Fourth Place: 1999

Continental

Winner: 1984, 1988, 1996
Runner-up: 1992, 2000, 2007
Silver Medalists: 1986
Bronze Medalists: 1982

Regional

Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2019
Third Place: 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996
Winner: 1998, 2002
Runner-up: 1992
Third Place: 1985
Silver Medalists: 1976
Bronze Medalists: 2007

Other

Runner-up: 1985, 1997
Gold Medalists: 2005

Notes

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Titles

Preceded by1980 Kuwait  Asian Champions 1984 (First title)1988 (Second title) Succeeded by1992 Japan  Preceded by1992 Japan  Asian Champions 1996 (Third title) Succeeded by2000 Japan