Sri Lanka national football team

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Sri Lanka
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Football Federation of Sri Lanka
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Nikola Kavazović
Top scorer Kasun Jayasuriya (27)
Home stadium Sugathadasa Stadium
FIFA code SRI
FIFA ranking 178 Steady (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 122 (19 August 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 193 (14 February 2013)
Elo ranking 206
Highest Elo ranking 167 (11 January 1979)
Lowest Elo ranking 206 (July 2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ceylon 0–2 India 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 1 January 1952)
Biggest win
 Sri Lanka 7–1 Pakistan 
(Taipei, Taiwan; 4 April 2008)
 Sri Lanka 6–0 Bhutan 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6 December 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Ceylon 0–14 East Germany 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 8 January 1964)

The Sri Lanka national football team represents Sri Lanka in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, the governing body for football in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's home grounds are Sugathadasa Stadium and Kalutara Stadium. Sri Lanka was known as the Ceylon national football team until 1972, when Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka.[1]

A member of the AFC, the team have yet to make their first appearance in FIFA World Cup or AFC Asian Cup finals. They have been South Asian champions once, in 1995. As is true elsewhere on the sub-continent, top-level football in Sri Lanka stands somewhat in the shadow of the country's test cricket team. However, the side did reach the second qualification stage for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Fixtures and Results[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers for Sri Lanka
March 2, 2013 AFC Challenge qualifiers Laos New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane  Afghanistan 0-1 N/A
March 4, 2013 AFC Challenge qualifiers Laos New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane  Laos 2-4 Ratnayake Goal 74'
Gunaratne Goal 81'
March 6, 2013 AFC Challenge qualifiers Laos New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane  Mongolia 3-0 Gunaratne Goal 55'
Migara Goal 58'88'
August 26, 2014 Friendly Seychelles Stade Linité, Mahé, Seychelles  Seychelles 1-2

Home Stadiums[edit]

Tournament records[edit]

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup Record[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Withdrew[N 1] - - - - - - -
1982 to 1990 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1994 to 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Russia 2018 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total 0/21 - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1968 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1976 to 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1988 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1996 to 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/15 0 Titles - - - - - -

AFC Challenge Cup Record[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Bangladesh 2006 Runners Up 2 6 4 1 1 7 6
India 2008 Round 1 7 3 0 0 3 1 9
Sri Lanka 2010 Round 1 6 3 1 0 2 4 7
Nepal 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Maldives 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 3/5 0 Titles 12 5 1 6 12 22

SAFF Championship Record[edit]

SAFF Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Pakistan 1993 Runners Up 2 3 1 1 1 4 2
Sri Lanka 1995 Champions 1 3 3 0 0 4 2
Nepal 1997 Fourth Place 4 4 2 0 2 6 4
India 1999 Round 1 5 2 0 1 1 2 3
Bangladesh 2003 Round 1 5 3 1 1 1 3 3
Pakistan 2005 Round 1 7 3 0 0 3 1 5
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Semi final 3 4 2 1 1 5 3
Bangladesh 2009 Sem-Final 4 4 2 0 2 9 7
India 2011 Round 1 6 3 1 0 2 4 6
Nepal 2013 Group Stage 6 3 1 0 2 6 15
Total 9/9 1 Title 29 12 4 13 38 35



Kit[edit]

The traditional national team's home kit has always been a maroon shirt and maroon shorts but blue shirt and blue shorts has been used on the game. The colours are derived from the 15th century flag of Kingdom of Kandy. The away shirt colour has changed several times, it was featured white shirt and white shorts or black shirt and black shorts. Historically, white shirt with white shorts is the most often used alternative colour combination of Sri Lanka. The kits are currently manufactured by Adidas.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 16 players played in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification matches.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dasun Paranavithana (1991-11-10) November 10, 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Sri Lanka Air Force
25 1GK Weerasinghe Sujan (1982-07-18) July 18, 1982 (age 32) 3 0 Sri Lanka Kalutara Park
2 2DF Peter Hewabettage (1991-12-15) December 15, 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Sri Lanka Navy
5 2DF Mohamed Sameer (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Sri Lanka Renown
3 2DF Sanka Danushka (1984-12-28) December 28, 1984 (age 29) 7 0 Sri Lanka Army
17 2DF Thilina Suranda (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 29) 18 0 Sri Lanka Don Bosco
2DF Charitha Mudiyanselage (1992-12-26) December 26, 1992 (age 21) 3 1 Sri Lanka Air Force
10 3MF Chathura Gunaratne (1982-09-08) September 8, 1982 (age 31) 34 6 Sri Lanka Renown
23 3MF Tharindu Eranga (1991-05-30) May 30, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Sri Lanka Ratnam
13 3MF Chathuranga Sanjeewa (1991-07-06) July 6, 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Sri Lanka Navy
9 3MF Kavindu Ishan (1992-10-17) October 17, 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Sri Lanka Air Force
18 3MF Chameera Sajith (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Sri Lanka Army
16 3MF Mohamed Aleem (1991-08-10) August 10, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Sri Lanka Java Lane
11 4FW Nipuna Bandara (1991-06-17) June 17, 1991 (age 23) 5 2 Sri Lanka Don Bosco
7 4FW Malik Migara (1989-10-25) October 25, 1989 (age 24) 5 2 Sri Lanka Navy
15 4FW Sachith Aloka (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Free Agent

Records[edit]

Top Goalscorers[4]
# Player Goals Career
1. Kasun Jayasuriya
27
2000–2009
2. Channa Ediri Bandanage
20
1999–2012
3. Vivek Sunderalingam
16
199?–2001

Coaches[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Withdrew due to not being able to pay the entry fee[2]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1993 India 
South Asian Champions
1995 (First title)
Succeeded by
1997 India