Maldives national football team

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Maldives
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Sea, Red Snappers
AssociationFootball Association of Maldives (FAM)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachFrancesco Moriero
CaptainAli Samooh
Most capsImran Mohamed (110)
Top scorerAli Ashfaq (58)[1]
Home stadiumNational Football Stadium
FIFA codeMDV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 161 Steady (15 February 2024)[2]
Highest124 (July–August 2006)
Lowest183 (August–September 1997)
First international
 Seychelles 9–0 Maldives 
(Saint-Pierre, Réunion; 27 August 1979)
Biggest win
 Maldives 12–0 Mongolia 
(Male, Maldives; 3 December 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 17–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; 2 June 1997)
SAFF Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (2008, 2018)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best resultThird place (2014)

The Maldives national football team (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭ ގައުމީ ފުޓްބޯލް ޓީމް) represents the Maldives in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Maldives. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The Maldives' most significant success was winning the 2008 SAFF Championship where they beat the most successful team India in the final 1–0.[4] They won their second local title in 2018 SAFF Championship, once again by beating India in the final.

History[edit]

South Asian Football Championship[edit]

1997 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup[edit]

This was the third edition of SAFF Cup which was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, and it was Maldives' first campaign in this regional tournament.

Maldives was placed in the group B with India and Bangladesh, where they advanced into the semi-final as the group's second team with two points in hand. They drew their first match against Bangladesh with the help of Lirugham Saeed's only goal. In the second match, they drew against the India 2–2, in which Ibrahim Rasheed and Mohamed Nizam came scoring when the Red Snappers were at a two-goal deposit.

Maldives went on to win the semi-final match 2–1 against Sri Lanka with Shah Ismail and Mohamed Nizam on the scoreline, but lost the final match to India by 5–1, where Adam Abdul Latheef scored the only goal for Maldives.

1999 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup[edit]

In this edition of SAFF Cup, hosted in Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India, Maldives were grouped with Nepal and Sri Lanka, where Maldives finished at the top of the group B.

First match against Sri Lanka ended as a goalless draw while they managed to win 3–2 against the Nepal. Shah Ismail, Mohamed Wildhan and Mausoom Abdul Gafoor scored the goals for Maldives in this match.

Maldives had to face the two times SAFF Cup champion India in the semi-final and lost the game by 2–1, where Mohamed Wildhan scored against the Blue Tigers. Though they failed to qualify for the Final of the tournament, they claimed the bronze by defeating Nepal in the third place play-off match by 2–0. Mohamed Wildhan and Mohamed Ibrahim were the goal scorers.

Mohamed Wildhan shared the top scorer award with Nepal's Naresh Joshi, India's Baichung Bhutia and Bangladesh's Mihazur Rehman scoring three goals each in this competition.

2003 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup[edit]

In the 2003 SAFF Gold Cup held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Maldives were drawn in the group B along with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

Maldives won their first match 6–0 a record win of the highest number of goals scored by a team in a single match in this tournament history against Bhutan, with Maldives' first hat-trick in the regional tournament, scored by Ali Shiham. Mohamed Nizam, Ashraf Luthfy and Ali Umar scored one goal each in this victory. Despite the 1–0 loss to Bangladesh in the second match, Maldives won their third match against Nepal and they were through into the semi-final of the tournament as the group runners-up. Mohamed Nizam, Ashraf Luthfy and Ali Umar scored in their 3–2 win over Nepal.

Ibrahim Fazeel scored the only goal against Pakistan in the semi-final, which helped them to reach the final for the second time. Ali Umar's only goal in the second half helped Maldives to survive until the penalty shootout in the final match against Bangladesh, but Maldives lost 5–3 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium where Ahmed Naaz, Ismail Naseem and Ibrahim Fazeel succeeded to convert it from the spot but Ashraf Luthfy failed.

2005 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup[edit]

In 2005, the tournament was held in Pakistan and Maldives were drawn with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka along with the host Pakistan in group A.

Maldives started their campaign by breaking their own record created in the previous edition 2003, scoring a highest number of goals by a team in a single match. They won the first match 9–1 against Afghanistan. Ibrahim Fazeel and Ahmed Thoriq both scored a hat-trick while Ali Ashfaq scored a brace and Ali Umar scored their opener. They won their second match against Sri Lanka 2–0 with goals from Ali Ashfaq and Ali Umar, while they ended at the top of the group, leaving the host Pakistan in second even after the goalless draw against them in the final group stage match.

Even though Maldives lost the semi-final match against India by one goal to nil, the top scorer award was shared by three of the Maldivian players; Ibrahim hassan, Ali Ashfaq and Ahmed Thoriq scored three goals each.

2008 SAFF Championship winners[edit]

The 2008 SAFF Championship draw, which took place on 26 February 2007, placed Maldives in group A, alongside Nepal, India, and Pakistan. Maldives started with a comfortable 3–0 win over Pakistan, with the goals from Mohamed Shifan, Ahmed Thoriq and an own goal from Naveed Akram.[5] In their second match they defeated Nepal 4–1, with two goals apiece from Ismail Mohamed and Ibrahim Fazeel.[6] They lost their last group stage match against India, 0–1.[7]

They advanced to the semi-finals and defeated Sri Lanka 0–1, with a brilliant goal by Ibrahim Fazeel on a pass from Ali Ashfaq. They then advanced to the final for the third time in SAFF Championship history.[8]

In the final three minutes of full-time during the SAFF Championship final against the four time SAFF Championship Champions India, Mukhthar Naseer scored a single goal from a corner kick taken by Ali Ashfaq, winning the SAFF Championship for Maldives for the first time in their history. Maldives won the SAFF Championship by scoring nine goals and conceding two.[9]

In 2008 SAFF Championship, Ali Ashfaq won the Best Player award. Maldives was the team who scored the most goals in this year's competition along with their rivals India. They were also the team who conceded the fewest goals in the tournament.

The SAFF Championship was Maldives first ever gold medal in Maldivian Football history, and to celebrate this memorable day the President declared that 15 June 2008 will be a public holiday. The only goal scored in the final match, by Mukhthar, was his first international goal for the Maldives national football team.

2009 SAFF Championship[edit]

Maldives were drawn with the rivals India in group A, along with Afghanistan and Nepal.[10]

Maldives started their campaign as the defending champions, facing a 1–1 draw where The Gorkhalis did not allow the red snappers win the match with the only goal by Ahmed Thoriq. In their second match they defeated Afghanistan by 3–1 with two goals from Ali Ashfaq and one from Ahmed Thoriq. Their next match against rival India on 9 December was won by 2–0, Ahmed Thoriq and Ibrahim Fazeel scoring the goals which took them into the semi-finals as group A winners, finishing the group stage ahead of India.[11]

In the semi-final, they defeated Sri Lanka with a comfortable score line of 5–1[12] where Ibrahim Fazeel scored two goals and Ahmed Thoriq, Ali Ashfaq and Ashad Ali scored one goal each, but they lost 3–1 to eventual winners India from a penalty shootout in the final after playing 120 minutes without seeing a goal from either sides. Ibrahim Fazeel was the only player to score in the penalty shootout for Maldives while Ahmed Thoriq, Mukhthar Naseer and Ali Ashfaq failed to convert it from the spot.[13]

Ahmed Thoriq shared the top scorer award with Bangladesh's Enamul Haque and Sri Lanka's Channa Ediri Bandanage scoring four goals each in this competition.

This was the second time Maldives lost the SAFF Championship final in penalties, and Bangabandhu National Stadium was the venue on both occasions.

2011 SAFF Championship[edit]

The 2011 SAFF Championship hosted in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi was the tournament with Maldives' worst result. Even though Maldives managed to qualify for the semi-finals as the group winner, Maldives ended their campaign with only one win, two draws and losing one game, scoring and conceding 5 goals.

Maldives were in the group B, drawn with Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. They drew 1–1 against Nepal with Ali Ashfaq's only goal and their second game against Pakistan ended goalless. Maldives finished the group stage with a 3–1 win over Bangladesh, with Ahmed Thoriq's brace and Ali Ashfaq's goal.

Maldives lost 3–1 to India in the semi-final, Shamweel Qasim scoring Maldives' only goal.

2013 SAFF Championship[edit]

Maldives were drawn in the group B alongside Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

They started the group stage by renewing their record of scoring the most goals by a team in a single game; winning 10–0 against Sri Lanka.[14] In this match, skipper Ali Ashfaq scored a double hat-trick and broke the record of India's IM Vijayan who holds the record of all-time top scorer of the tournament with 12 goals.[15] He also made a new record of scoring the highest number of goals by a single player in a match in the tournament. Remaining goals of this match came from Assadhulla Abdulla, Hassan Adhuham, Ali Fasir and Ali Umar.

In their second match, Ali Ashfaq scored four goals and Ali Fasir scored a brace while Mohammad Umair and Ali Umar scored one goal each in the 8–2 win against Bhutan.[16] Maldives' third match of the group stage against Afghanistan ended goalless.[17]

However, Maldives faced India for a record fourth time in a semi final match of this competition, and never won a semi final match against them as Maldives lost 1–0 in this semi final match at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal.[18]

Ali Ashfaq won the Golden Boot Award, scoring 10 goals in the competition.[19] He now holds the record of competition's all-time top scorer with 18 goals, and the player to score the highest number of goals in one SAFF Championship; 10. India's IM Vijayan was the previous player to hold this record, scoring 6 goals in the 1997 edition.

2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup winners[edit]

Maldives was drawn in a group with Sri Lanka and India, where they drew with Sri Lanka at 0–0 and lost to India 2–0. Due to Maldives and Sri Lanka having accumulated the same points, a coin toss was held to decide which team will advance to the semi-finals against Nepal. Luck was in favor of Maldives as they won the coin toss and the match against Nepal 3–0.

This meant that Maldives would once against compete with India in the finals. During the first half of the match Maldives player Ibrahim Mahudhee scored the opening goal and in the second half Hamza Mohamed makes an excellent threaded through pass that allowed Ali Fasir to score the second goal for Maldives. India's Sumeet Passi scored a consolation goal for India in extra time.

The match ended with Maldives as the victors of the 2018 SAFF Suzuki championship making them the second team in the competition to have ever won the Cup more than once. Maldives goal keeper Mohamed Faisal won the MVP award of the competition for his work between the sticks.

Asian Cup and World Cup qualifications[edit]

Maldives has never qualified for such big tournaments and often classified as a weaker team in the continent. Nonetheless, Maldives achieved several impressive results. During 2006 World Cup qualification, Maldives stunned by drawing South Korea, an Asian powerhouse, 0–0 at home; and defeating Vietnam, a rising Asian team, in the same ground with an impressive 3–0. However, its worst defeat also occurred in the World Cup qualification as they were thrashed 0–17 by Iran in Damascus during 1998 World Cup qualification.

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

All Maldives matches are broadcast with full commentary on Television Maldives and Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu Radio Live.

Home stadium[edit]

National Football Stadium (Dhivehi: ގައުމީ ފުޓުބޯޅަ ދަނޑު) is a multi-purpose stadium in Malé, Maldives. It is used mostly for football matches of the Dhivehi League, Maldives FA Cup, and International matches. The stadium holds around 11,850 spectators.[20]

Supporters[edit]

About 11,500 Maldivian supporters, including the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, attended to see the 2008 SAFF Championship final match in Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka. After their win, many supporters, together with ministers, gave a warm welcome to the team on their return with their first gold medal. To celebrate this memorable day the President declared that 15 June 2008 will be a public holiday.

Kits[edit]

Maldives' home kit comprises a red jersey and red shorts – red is the national colour of the Maldives, and represents the boldness of the nation's heroes.

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 2011–2015
Spain Joma 2015–2019
Spain Kelme 2019–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2022[edit]

14 December Friendly Malaysia  3–0  Maldives Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21:00 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Kuala Lumpur Stadium
Attendance: 6,002
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)

2023[edit]

21 March Friendly Maldives  1–0  Pakistan Malé, Maldives
16:00 UTC+5 Aisam 20' Report Stadium: National Football Stadium
22 June 2023 (2023-06-22) 2023 SAFF Championship Maldives  2–0  Bhutan Bengaluru, India
19:30 UTC+5:30
Report Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Irshad Ul Haq (Pakistan)
25 June 2023 (2023-06-25) 2023 SAFF Championship Bangladesh  3–1  Maldives Bengaluru, India
15:30 UTC+5:30
Report Mohamed 17' Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Attendance: 100
Referee: Prajwol Chhetri (Nepal)
28 June 2023 (2023-06-28) 2023 SAFF Championship Lebanon  1–0  Maldives Bangalore, India
15:30 UTC+5:30 Maatouk 24' Report Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Attendance: 50
Referee: Pema Tshewang (Bhutan)
12 October 2023 (2023-10-12) 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC first round Maldives  1–1  Bangladesh Malé, Maldives
16:00 UTC+5
Report
Stadium: National Football Stadium
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Vahid Kazemi (Iran)
17 October 2023 (2023-10-17) 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC first round Bangladesh  2–1
(3–2 agg.)
 Maldives Dhaka, Bangladesh
17:45 UTC+6
Report
Stadium: Bashundhara Kings Arena
Attendance: 6,729
Referee: Ammar Mahfoodh (Bahrain)

Coaching staff[edit]

Manager Italy Carlo Montazeri
Head Coach Italy Francesco Moriero
Assistant Coach Italy Giuliano Lazzari
Assistant Coach Italy Franco Simoncini
Goalkeeping coach Italy Pierangelo Santini
Fitness Coach Italy Luigi Bicentin
Technical Director Italy Aldo Maldini
Kitman Italy Cesare Brondani
Physiotherapist Italy Fabio Polesi

Coaching history[edit]

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following players were called up for the 2023 SAFF Championship match.[21]
  • Match dates: 21 June 2023 – 4 July 2023
  • Opposition:  Pakistan
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 22 June 2023, after the match against  Bhutan.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hussain Shareef (1998-09-05) 5 September 1998 (age 25) 8 0 Maldives Maziya
18 1GK Mohamed Shafeeu (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 35) 0 0 Maldives Valencia
22 1GK Ali Naajih (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 24) 3 0 Maldives United Victory

2 2DF Ali Samooh (Captain) (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 27) 40 1 Maldives Maziya
3 2DF Ahmed Numaan (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 31) 24 0 Maldives Club Eagles
4 2DF Hussain Sifaau (1996-02-04) 4 February 1996 (age 28) 33 1 Maldives Club Eagles
14 2DF Haisham Hassan (1999-07-21) 21 July 1999 (age 24) 25 0 Maldives Maziya
15 2DF Humaid Hussain (2004-10-05) 5 October 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Maldives Club Eagles
16 3MF Ahmed Aiman (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Maldives Super United
19 2DF Ahnaf Rasheed (2001-11-21) 21 November 2001 (age 22) 1 0 Maldives Super United
20 2DF Hassan Shifaz (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 31) 8 0 Maldives Maziya

5 3MF Mohamed Irufaan (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 29) 14 0 Maldives Maziya
6 3MF Ibrahim Usamaa Majeed (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 25) 0 0
8 3MF Aisam Ibrahim (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 26) 23 3 Maldives Maziya
10 3MF Hamza Mohamed (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 29) 58 6 Maldives Maziya
12 3MF Nisham Mohamed Rasheed (1999-01-31) 31 January 1999 (age 25) 0 0 Maldives TC Sports Club
13 3MF Mohamed Nizam (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 29) 0 0 Maldives Valencia
17 3MF Ibrahim Mahudhee (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 30) 34 5 Maldives Maziya
21 3MF Ibrahim Waheed Hassan (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 28) 18 6 Maldives Valencia
23 3MF Hussain Nihan (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 31) 29 1 Maldives Maziya

7 4FW Ali Fasir (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 35) 70 13 Maldives Valencia
9 4FW Naiz Hassan (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 27) 40 10 Maldives Maziya
11 4FW Hassan Raif Ahmed (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 26) 10 3 Maldives Club Eagles

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players also received a call-up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yoosuf Meesam Abdulla (2003-09-09) 9 September 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Maldives Club Eagles v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
GK Hassan Aleef Ibrahim (2001-10-02) 2 October 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Maldives Club Eagles v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
GK Iyan Abdul Aleem (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 30) 0 0 Maldives Maziya v.  Singapore, 17 December 2022
GK Mohamed Faisal (1988-08-04) 4 August 1988 (age 35) 35 0 Maldives Valencia v.  Sri Lanka, 14 June 2022

DF Ahmed Maish Rasheed (2004-07-11) 11 July 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Free agent v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
DF Mohamed Umair (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 35) 78 9 Maldives Maziya v.  Singapore, 17 December 2022
DF Akram Abdul Ghanee (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 (age 36) 81 3 Maldives Maziya v.  Sri Lanka, 14 June 2022

MF Hassan Sufianu (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 34) 2 0 Maldives Valencia v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023

FW Ahmed Bassam Naeem (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 23) 2 0 Maldives TC Sports Club v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
FW Mohamed Sakhaau (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 26) 1 0 Maldives Super United v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
FW Ali Ashfaq (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 38) 98 58 Maldives Club Eagles v.  Pakistan, 21 March 2023
MF Ibrahim Aayan Imthiyaz (2000-11-28) 28 November 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Maldives Valencia v.  Singapore, 17 December 2022
MF Abdulla Yaameen (2000-12-30) 30 December 2000 (age 23) 7 0 Maldives Valencia v.  Sri Lanka, 14 June 2022
MF Ahmed Hassan (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 28) 1 0 Maldives New Radiant v.  Sri Lanka, 14 June 2022

Player records[edit]

As of 21 March 2023[22]
Players in bold are still active with Maldives.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Chile 1962 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
England 1966 to Mexico 1986 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1990 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 0 59
South Korea Japan 2002 6 1 1 4 8 19
Germany 2006 8 3 1 4 18 14
South Africa 2010 2 1 0 1 2 3
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 0 5
Russia 2018 8 2 0 6 8 20
Qatar 2022 8 2 1 5 7 20
Canada Mexico United States 2026 2 0 1 1 2 3
Morocco Portugal Spain Argentina Paraguay Uruguay 2030 To be determined To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
United Nations 2038
Total 0/23 42 9 4 29 45 143

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
British Hong Kong 1956 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968 did not enter did not enter
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976
Kuwait 1980
Singapore 1984
Qatar 1988
Japan 1992 Withdrew Withdrew
United Arab Emirates 1996 did not qualify 6 0 0 6 4 30
Lebanon 2000 6 0 0 6 2 24
China 2004 2 0 1 1 1 6
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 did not enter did not enter
Qatar 2011 did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 6
Australia 2015 AFC Challenge Cup
United Arab Emirates 2019 18 5 1 12 24 44
Qatar 2023 11 3 1 7 8 27
Saudi Arabia 2027 to be determined to be determined
Total 0/19 45 8 3 34 40 137

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

Year AFC Challenge Cup record Qualifying record
Result Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Ineligible Ineligible
India 2008 Ineligible Ineligible
Sri Lanka 2010 did not qualify 3 2 0 1 9 5
Nepal 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 5 3 2 1 0 6 1
Maldives 2014 Third place 5 1 2 2 7 7 Qualified as hosts
Total Best: Third place 8 2 2 4 9 12 6 4 1 1 15 6

South Asian Football Federation Cup[edit]

SAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Pakistan 1993 Did not enter
Sri Lanka 1995 Withdrew
Nepal 1997 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 6 9
India 1999 Third place 4 2 1 1 6 4
Bangladesh 2003 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 11 4
Pakistan 2005 Semi-finals 4 2 1 1 11 2
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 2
Bangladesh 2009 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 3
India 2011 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 5 5
Nepal 2013 Semi-finals 4 2 1 1 18 3
India 2015 Semi-finals 4 2 0 2 9 9
Bangladesh 2018 Champions 4 2 1 1 5 3

Maldives 2021

Group stage 4 2 0 2 4 4
India 2023 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Total Best: Champions 50 25 11 14 97 52
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1951-1994 did not enter
Thailand 1998 - 2 0 0 2 0 7
2002–present See Maldives national under-23 football team
Total 1/13 2 0 0 2 0 7

South Asian Games[edit]

South Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Nepal1984 Third Place 3 1 0 2 1 9
Bangladesh1985 6th 2 0 0 2 1 11
India1987 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Pakistan1989 5th 2 0 1 1 3 4
Sri Lanka1991 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 2 2
Bangladesh1993 4th 3 0 2 1 1 3
India1995 5th 2 0 1 1 0 1
Nepal1999 4th 4 2 0 2 8 6
2004-present See Maldives national under-23 football team
Total 8/13 21 5 4 12 16 42

Head-to-head record against other countries[edit]

Honours[edit]

Continental[edit]

Regional[edit]

Exhibition[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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