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.
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.
Sri Lanka was placed in the Group B with India. The match between Sri Lanka and India ended with a 2-2 draw. Mohamed Amanulla scored both goals for Sri Lanka, the second goal due to a penalty. Sri Lanka qualified for the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals Sri Lanka played against Nepal. Sri Lanka beat Nepal 2-1 in extra time to qualify for the finals. The Final was held between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka beat India 1-0 and won their first championship title in football. Sarath Wellage scored the winning goal in the 108th minute.
Sri Lanka was placed in the group with Malaysia and Bangladesh. In the first game Sri Lanka played against the Malaysian team. Malaysia won the match by 2-0. The second match was played against the host Bangladesh. Sri Lanka lost the game 1-0. Sri Lanka failed to score a goal in this tournament.
Sugathadasa Stadium is the former athletic stadium in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1972 and has a capacity of 28,000. The stadium is mostly used for athletics and football. The 1995 SAFF Championship was held in this stadium.
The traditional national team's home kit has mostly been maroon shirts and maroon shorts, but blue colours have also been used. The colours are derived from the 15th century flag of Kingdom of Kandy. The away shirt colour has changed several times. The Sri Lankan team used white shirt with white shorts or black shirt with black shorts. Historically, white shirt with white shorts is the most often used colour combination. The kits are currently manufactured by Adidas.