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.
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.