Sri Lanka national football team
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|Association||Football Federation of Sri Lanka|
|Sub-confederation||SAFF (South Asia)|
|Head coach||Nizam Pakeer Ali|
|Captain||Abisnan Kennedy Sivananda|
|Most caps||Ediri Bandanage Channa (62)|
|Top scorer||Kasun Jayasuriya (27)|
|Home stadium||Sugathadasa Stadium|
|Current||200 1 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||122 (August 1998)|
|Lowest||202 (April 2019)|
|Current||223 3 (30 July 2019)|
|Highest||105 (23 March 1952)|
|Lowest||224 (June 2019)|
| Ceylon 0–2 India |
(Colombo, Ceylon; 1 January 1952)
| Sri Lanka 7–1 Pakistan |
(Taipei, Taiwan; 4 April 2008)
Sri Lanka 6–0 Bhutan
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6 December 2009)
| Ceylon 1–12 East Germany |
(Colombo, Ceylon; 12 January 1964)
|Appearances||12 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Champions (1995)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2006)|
The Sri Lanka national football team (Sinhala: ශ්රී ලංකා පාපන්දු කණ්ඩායම, Tamil: இலங்கை தேசிய கால்பந்து அணி) represents Sri Lanka in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, the governing body of football in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's home grounds are Sugathadasa Stadium and Kalutara Stadium. The Sri Lankan team was known as the Ceylon national football team until 1972 when Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka.
A member of the AFC, the team has 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 World Cup. In the same year, they became the runners-up in the 2006 Challenge Cup.
In 2014, at the 75th anniversary of FFSL, FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited Sri Lanka and opened a new football stadium in Jaffna. During the visit, Blatter said he was not pleased with the development of Football in Sri Lanka and that the authorities haven't taken enough steps to support football on the island. The AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa also joined the visit.
In the qualification round of the 2018 World Cup, Sri Lanka lost both matches against Bhutan and failed to qualify for the next round. However, Sri Lanka national football team had managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2015 SAFF Championship.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Squad
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Records
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Competitive record
- 9 Honors
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Football was introduced to Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) by the British. There is evidence of it being played in Galle Face, a sandy area near the coast, by British servicemen stationed in Colombo in the 1890's. The game was also played at grounds of the barracks at Echelon Square and the army grounds (presently the Taj Samudra Hotels).
British servicemen of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery and the Royal Garrison Command began and promoted competitive football in Ceylon. The British administrative service and the planting community enthusiastically took it to the Central, Southern, and Up-Country regions. By early 1900 competitive football was popular with the local youth.
The game became popular and local football clubs were formed. St. Michael's SC, Havelock's Football Club, Java Lane SC, Wekande SC, Moors FC, and CH & FC, the last being a European monopoly, were some of the first clubs in Columbo. Harlequins FC and Saunders SC soon joined. The trophies of the early tournaments were the De Mel Shield and the Times of Ceylon Cup.
Football also became popular in the country's Southern Provence, where the planting and administrative community promoted the game. British planter T R. Brough in Deniyaya heavily promoted football in the south between 1910–1920, and British servicemen from the Navy wireless station in Matara also helped popularise it.
In 1952, Ceylon became a member of FIFA and got the opportunity to play football at the international level. The country's first International friendly was played against India. The Football Federation organised a tournament called Colombo Cup, which helped the national team to improve their skills and compete with other nations. From the 1960s, the under-19 football team competed in the AFC u19 championship.
1990s to present
In 2015 Sri Lanka played for the first time in the Bangabandhu Cup. This tournament was organised by Bangladesh Football Federation. The national U-23 teams of Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia and Singapore participated in this tournament. The national football teams of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also competed in this tournament.
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. After a six years of poor performance in the international football field Sri Lanka football team managed to qualify for the Semi Final of 2015 SAFF Championship. The poor performance continued in the Solidarity Cup as well. They had another shock defeat this time by the hands of Mongolia the lowest ranked team in Asia. As a result of this defeat Sri Lanka eliminated in the Group Stage of the tournament.
In July 2018, Sri Lanka welcomed a historical encounter when they faced Lithuania, marked for the first time Sri Lanka will face a European team. The Sri Lankans managed a respectable 0–0 draw to the UEFA side but lost 0–2 in the second encounter. During 2022 World Cup campaign however, Sri Lanka suffered another poor performance as the team fell 0–1 in Zhuhai to Macau. But with Macau was subsequently disqualified, as the team refused to travel to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings, Sri Lanka was awarded a 3–0 win in response, thus qualified to the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 campaign.
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There is no official broadcaster for the football matches that played by Sri Lanka because the FFSL didn't sell broadcasting rights.But the SAFF Championship had been shown by different channels.The tournaments in 1990's and 2000's were broadcast free to air by Channel Eye.The 2013 SAFF Championship was broadcast by CSN.
Star Sports have broadcast the SAFF Tournament in pay TV on satellite broadcasters.The Papare.com is the official online broadcaster of Sri Lanka football matches which broadcast the Sri Lanka Football Premier League, Finals of Sri Lanka FA Cup and the schools u-19 championship also through the internet.
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 Grand Sport Group.
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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 and 2008 SAFF Championship tournaments were held in this stadium.This is the home stadium of Sri Lanka National Football Team.Sri Lanka won their first major football tournament in his stadium.It was defeating India in the Final of 1995 SAFF Championship.
All the FIFA World Cup qualification matches of Sri Lankan team also played in this ground.This ground has become a lucky ground for Sri Lanka team because they have won much of the matches played in here.The draw against Philippines Football team and The Tajikistan Team were well known.In recent times Sri Lanka lost to Bhutan in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualify matches against Bhutan in this Stadium.The 2014–15 FA Cup Final also held in this ground.
Major football tournaments that played in here were the AFC President's Cup and AFC Challenge Cup.
Kalutara Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.This stadium also known as the Vernon Fernando ground. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home games of Kalutara Park SC. The stadium holds 15,000 people.This stadium is popularly known as "Kalutara Park Ground".This stadium is located in the heart of Kalutara city.This stadium is mostly use in the Sri Lanka Champions League and Sri Lanka FA Cup tournaments.
|Head Coach||Nizam Pakeer Ali|
|Technical Director||Damadaran Chandrasiri|
|Technical Director||Mohamed Faiz Mohamed|
|Goal Keeping Coach|
Results and fixtures
|28 May Friendly||Laos||0–1||Sri Lanka||Vientiane, Laos|
|Aakib|Aakib]] 11'||Stadium: New Laos National Stadium|
|6 June FIFA World Cup qualification||Macau||1–0||Sri Lanka||Zhuhai, China|
|19:30 UTC+8||Duarte 52'||Report||Stadium: Zhuhai Sports Center Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
|11 June FIFA World Cup qualification||Sri Lanka||3–0[note 1]||Macau||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|15:30 UTC+5:30||Stadium: Sugathadasa Stadium|
|5 September FIFA World Cup qualification||Sri Lanka||v||Turkmenistan||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Stadium: Colombo Racecourse|
|10 September FIFA World Cup qualification||Sri Lanka||v||North Korea||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Stadium: Colombo Racecourse|
|10 October FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||v||Sri Lanka||Hwaseong, South Korea|
|Stadium: Hwaseong Stadium|
|15 October FIFA World Cup qualification||Sri Lanka||v||Lebanon||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Stadium: Colombo Racecourse|
|19 November FIFA World Cup qualification||Turkmenistan||v||Sri Lanka||Ashgabat, Turkmenistan|
|Stadium: Ashgabat Stadium|
|26 March FIFA World Cup qualification||North Korea||v||Sri Lanka||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Stadium: Kim Il-sung Stadium|
|31 March FIFA World Cup qualification||Sri Lanka||v||South Korea||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Stadium: Sugathadasa Stadium|
|4 June FIFA World Cup qualification||Lebanon||v||Sri Lanka||Beirut, Lebanon|
|Stadium: Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium|
All time records
|United Arab Emirates||7||0||0||7||2||30||−28||00.00|
- Last Updated on 30 May 2019.
|Neville Dias Abeygunawardene||1990|
|Nizam Pakeer Ali||2018–||1||0||0||1||0.00%|
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1930 to 1950||Not a FIFA Member||Not a FIFA Member|
|1950 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||0||0||8||0||26|
AFC Asian Cup
1972 to 1984 was competef in Qualification
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1956 to 1992||Did not enter and qualify||Did not enter and qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||25|
|2007||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not Qualify||AFC Challenge Cup|
|Year & Host||Result||Pos.||P||W||D||L||GF||GA|
AFC Challenge Cup
|AFC Challenge Cup finals||AFC Challenge Cup qualifications|
|2006||Runners-up||2/16||6||4||1||2||7||2||No Qualify Round|
|2012||Did not Qualify||3||0||1||2||0||5|
- In 2011 and 2015 The AFC Challenge Cup acted as the qualification for the Asian Cup.
- AFC Challenge Cup has been cancelled by AFC.
AFC Solidarity Cup
|Year & Host||Result||Pos.||P||W||D||L||GF||GA|
- Runners Up (1): 2006
- Sri Lanka women's national football team
- Sri Lanka national under-23 football team
- Sri Lanka national under-20 football team
- Sri Lanka national under-17 football team
- Macau did not send their team for the second leg due to safety reasons following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings. The AFC referred the matter to FIFA, and FIFA announced on 27 June 2019 that the match was declared a 3–0 forfeit victory to Sri Lanka, and consequently qualifying Sri Lanka to the second round.
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| South Asian Champions
1995 (First title)