The Nepal national football team is the national team of Nepal and is controlled by the All Nepal Football Association. A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Nepalese football team play their home games at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium at Tripureswhor, Kathmandu. The All Nepal Football Association is the governing body of football in Nepal. It is responsible for the Nepal national football team as well as club competitions. The organization was founded in 1951 as the All Nepal Football Association and became affiliated with FIFA in 1970. The president of ANFA is Ganesh Thapa Who is also the deputy chairman of AFC.
The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) was founded in 1951, which saw the formation of the Nepal national football team; football in Nepal had been a national sport as early as 1921.
In 1970, Nepal became a member of FIFA. Two years later, Nepal joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). With this, Nepal played their first international match on October 13, 1972, where they lost 2-6 to the People's Republic of China. Despite Nepal being among the weakest teams, they have been largely successful in the South Asian Games where they won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
The first Nepali national football player to score a goal in international football was the late Prakash Bikram Shah (1943-1985). Shah was a national football, national table tennis, and cricket player. At the time, Nepal wasn't affiliated to FIFA; Nepal gained affiliation with FIFA in 1970.
During the ANFA Cup, the All Nepal Football Association occasionally entered two teams for Nepal; Nepal Red & Nepal Blue. Nepal Red were a selection of Nepalese players that played as the full Nepal national football team. Whereas, Nepal Blue was effectively the B-team.
Most of the Nepali top players play in the Nepal Red team, and it is also described as "the Nepal senior team", and is captained by the regular national team captain. While Nepal Blue is described as the "second string team".