Laos national football team
(The National Team)
|Association||Lao Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (South-East Asia)|
|Head coach||Valakone Phomphakdy|
|Most caps||Visay Phaphouvanin (51)|
|Top scorer||Visay Phaphouvanin (18)|
|Home stadium||New Laos National Stadium|
|Current||177 3 (14 July 2016)|
|Highest||134 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||194 (August 2012)|
| South Vietnam 7–0 Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)
| Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste
(Vientiane, Laos; 26 October 2010)
| United Arab Republic 15–0 Laos
(Jakarta, Indonesia; November 1963)
Laos established their national football association in 1951. The South East Asian nation is still waiting to make its entrance into a major international competition. Laos have never qualified for the World Cup, Asian Cup or Asian Games and as an international side, their appearances have been restricted to regional tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. With the country achieving political stability, football has made an impact on Laotians. Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, Laos has competed in the ASEAN Football Championship (Tiger Cup). Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has displayed passion and talent. In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines and two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they also beat Malaysia. Domestic competitions are also active with over 60 clubs competing at various levels. Domestic football is amateur although most of the top teams are drawn from government ministries and public services. In the qualifying preliminary rounds for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, they beat Bangladesh 2–1. In the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifiers, they qualified for the second round as a lucky loser after Guam and Nepal both withdrew from competition, but proceeded to lose all its games (with Qatar, Iran and Jordan). They also advanced to the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after defeating Cambodia 8–6 on aggregate. In the second round, they lost to China PR 13–3 on aggregate. Laos has defeated their much more established counterparts such as Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Laos' first appearance in a continental tournament was in 2014, when they played at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
|FIFA World Cup|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2006||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2010||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2018||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|AFC Asian Cup|
|1956 to 1968||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1972 to 1980||Withdrew||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1984 to 1996||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
AFC Challenge Cup
- 2006: Was replaced by AFC
- 2008: Withdrew
- 2010: Did not enter
- 2012: Did not qualify
- 2014: Group Stage
This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup
|ASEAN Football Championship|
|Total||Best: Group Stage||33||2||5||26||26||129|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
Win Draw Lose
|Not played[note 1] 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round (Group G)||Kuwait||0 – 3
|2 June 2016 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Play-off Round||Laos||0 - 1||India||Vientiane, Laos|
|Stadium: New Laos National Stadium
Referee: Omar Al Vaquobi(Oman)
|11 October 2016 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Play-off Round||Laos||-||Maldives||Vientiane, Laos|
|Stadium: New Laos National Stadium
|Songphu Phongsa||1996 – 1999|
|Vangchay Muangmany||Feb 2000 – May 2000|
|Outhensackda Vatthana||2000 – ?|
|Soutsakhone Oudomphet||2002 – ?|
|Dominique Fernandez||May 2003 – ?|
|Saythong Syphasay||Oct 2003 – Oct 2004||7||0||1||6||7.1%|
|Bounlap Khenkitisack||Oct 2004 – 2005?||5||1||0||4||20%|
|Saythong Syphasay||Oct 2006 – 2007?||7||3||1||3||50.1%|
|Valeriy Vdovin||Oct 2008 – Nov 2008||4||3||0||1||75%|
|Saysana Savatdy||Dec 2008 – Jul 2009||3||0||0||3||0%|
|Alfred Riedl||Jul 2009 – May 2010||5||1||2||2||40%|
|David Booth||Jul 2010 – Dec 2010||6||1||3||2||40.5%|
|Bounlap Khenkitisack||Jan 2011 – Feb 2011||2||0||1||1||25%|
|Hans-Peter Schaller||Feb 2011 – Dec 2011||4||1||0||3||25%|
|Kokichi Kimura||July 2012 – 2014||18||4||5||9||22.2%|
|David Booth||Aug 2014||10||4||1||5|
|Steve Darby||Aug 2015 – 2016||2||0||1||5|
|Valakone Phomphakdy||May 2016 –||2||0||1||1|
- The Kuwait vs Laos match, originally to be played on 24 March 2016, at 18:35 UTC+3, at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, was not played as due to the suspension of the Kuwait Football Association by FIFA.
- On 6 April 2016, FIFA decided that the match scheduled for 24 March 2016 should be forfeited by Kuwait (and awarded as a 3–0 win for Laos) as it did not take place due to a suspension of the Kuwait Football Association.
- Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- "Laos matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Laos. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "Record number of 204 teams enter preliminary competition". FIFA Media Department. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "Laos withdraw from AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2 May 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "فيفا يؤكد عدم اقامة مباراة مينمار" (in Arabic). Kuwait Football Association. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "FIFA sanctions several football associations after discriminatory chants by fans" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "Kuwait’s matches against Laos and Korea Republic forfeited". FIFA. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.