The most popular sport in Mauritania is football, which is run by the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The association administers the Mauritanian national football team, as well as the Mauritanian Premier League. Mauritania has an international football team who play and train at the Olympic Stadium. They qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Mauritania's premier national tournament is the Coupe de Presidente de la Republique (President's Cup). The nation's best-known and most successful team is ASC Garde Nationale of the Mauritanian Premier League.[1][2][3]

Mauritania has a competitive basketball team. However, they have been inactive since the 1980s. Their last participation was in the FIBA Africa Championship 1985, where they got 6th place.[4]

Mauritania has a national rugby union team. Rugby union is a small sport in the country but it has become more popular. The team has never appeared in the World Cup, but has played friendlies against neighboring countries.


  1. ^ "Mauritania rise from fourth worst team in world to Africa's grand stage". the Guardian. 2019-06-22. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  2. ^ "Sport in Mauritania". Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  3. ^ Falola, Toyin; Jean-Jacques, Daniel (2015-12-14). Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society [3 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-59884-666-9.
  4. ^ Gall, Timothy L.; Hobby, Jeneen M. (2006). Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. Thomson Gale. ISBN 978-1-4144-1089-0.