Somalia national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Ocean Stars|
|Association||Somali Football Federation|
|Head coach||Sam Ssimbwa|
|Asst coach||Ali Abdi Farah|
|Home stadium||Mogadishu Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||23 1 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||18 (April 1995)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||24 (November 2013)|
| Somalia 15-2 Mauritania
(Morocco; August 7, 1985)
| North Korea 4–1 Somalia
(Indonesia; November 1, 1963)
The Somalia national football team (Arabic: منتخب الصومال لكرة القدم), nicknamed The Ocean Stars (Arabic: نجوم المحيط), represents Somalia in men's international football. It is controlled by the Somali Football Federation (SFF), and is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA).
The first Somali football teams were established in the 1940s. The competitions were basic in structure, and were associated with the anti-colonial movement. The Somali Youth League (SYL), the nation's first political party, had put together a team of local youth to play against the Italian expatriate teams. The football squad the SYL had assembled, which would later change its name to Bondhere, won the first several competitions. In 1951, the Somali Football Federation (SFF) was founded. The first Somali commissioner for sport was later established in 1958.
Although the Somali national football team took part in preliminary matches, it has never qualified for the final stages of a World Cup. For many years after the outbreak of the civil war in the early 1990s, FIFA-sanctioned games could not be played within the country. Qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Arab Nations Cup and the World Cup were instead contested away from home. However, following the pacification of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, the SFF began preparations for the first major sporting event to be held in years at the Mogadishu Stadium, in December 2012.
|Hussein Abdullah||May 1999 – Dec 2000||8||0||1||7||6.3%|
|Awil Ismail Mohamed||2004 - 2005||5||0||1||4||10%|
|Ali Said Gouled||Nov 2001 – Dec 2002||7||1||2||4||28.6%|
|Ali Abdi Farah||Oct 2003 – Dec 2005||9||1||0||8||11.1%|
|Daniel Muwathe||Oct 2006 – Dec 2006||6||0||0||6||0%|
|Hussein Abdullah||Oct 2007 – Dec 2007||4||0||0||4||0%|
|Ali Abdi Farah||Sept 2008 – Dec 2009||8||2||0||6||25%|
|Mohamed Farayare||Jan 2010 – Mar 2010||2||1||0||1||50%|
|Yousef Adam||Oct 2010 – Dec 2010||3||0||0||3||0%|
|Alfred Imonje||Oct 2011 - Dec 2011||5||0||1||4||10%|
|Oct 2011 - Dec 2011||5||0||1||4||10%|
FIFA World Cup
- 1930 to 1978 – Did not enter
- 1982 – Did not qualify
- 1986 to 1998 – Did not enter
- 2002 to 2014 - Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations
- 1957 to 1972 – Did not enter
- 1974 – Did not qualify
- 1976 – Did not enter
- 1978 – Did not qualify
- 1980 to 1982 – Did not enter
- 1984 to 2010 – Did not qualify
- 2012 – Did not enter
- 2013 – Did not enter
- Hassan, Mohammed Sheik (2008). History of Somali football (1938-2007). Scansom. p. 20. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "Somali football stadium: African Union agrees to leave". BBC. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Somalia name team for CECAFA Challenge Cup". mtnfootball.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014.