Wales v Poland


Poland have qualified for the FIFA World Cup on eight occasions securing third place at both the 1974 and 1982 tournaments.

They have been less succesful in the UEFA European Championships qualifying on four occasions including for the 2012 tournament which they co-hosted with Ukraine. Their best performance coming in the 2016 UEFA European Championships where they reached the quarter final.


The Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej (PZPN) was formed on 20 December 1919 following the dissolution of the Polish Football Union which had been part of the Austrian Football Union between 1911 and 1919.

In 1923, the PZPN became members of FIFA having already played several friendly matches, the first of which was against Hungary in Budapest in December 1921.

Poland were one of the founding members of UEFA in 1954.

Wales record v Poland

Wales' first competitive match against Poland came during the qualifying campaign for the 1974 FIFA World Cup with Leighton James and Trevor Hockey scored Wales' goals to secure a 2-0 win at Ninian Park, Cardiff.

The return fixture in Chorzów saw Hockey become the first player to be sent off whilst playing for the Welsh national team.

Jonathan Williams scored Wales' first goal on Polish soil in the Nations League match in Wrocław in 2022.

The Euro 2024 Qualifying Play Off Final between Wales and Poland was the first time Wales had ever been involved in extra time and penalties.

Head to Head


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
30628/03/1973Wales 2-0 PolandL James, HockeyNinian Park, CardiffWCQ
31026/09/1973Poland 3-0 Wales Stadion Śląski, ChorzówWCQ
43130/05/1991Poland 0-0 Wales Stadion Radomiak, RadomFr
49511/10/2000Poland 0-0 Wales Stadion Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego, WarsawWCQ
49802/06/2001Wales 1-2 PolandBlakeMillennium Stadium, CardiffWCQ
52713/10/2004Wales 2-3 PolandEarnshaw, HartsonMillennium Stadium, CardiffWCQ
53307/09/2005Poland 1-0 Wales Stadionu Legii, WarsawWCQ
56711/02/2009Wales 0-1 Poland Vila Real, PortugalFr
68801/06/2022Poland 2-1 WalesJ. WilliamsTarczyński Arena WrocławNL
69425/09/2022Wales 0-1 Poland Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffNL
70926/03/2024Wales 0-0 Poland
(Poland win 5-4 on Pens)
 Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffECQ

Poland Honours

FIFA World Cup 3rd Place (2): 1974, 1982

Welsh players to have made their debut against Poland

Three Welsh players have made their debut for Wales against Poland.