Wales v Qatar


Qatar have only qualified for the FIFA World Cup on one occasion, as hosts of the 2022 tournament.


The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1960 joining FIFA in 1963 and the AFC in 1967.

The first official match was a 1-2 loss against Bahrain at the inaugural Arabian Gulf Cup in 1970 where Qatar also lost to Kuwait before drawing against Saudi Arabia.

Wales' only match against Qatar came in 2000 when Mark Hughes' side visited Doha for a friendly match.

Wales record v Qatar

Head to Head


no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
48923/02/2000Qatar 0-1 WalesRobinsonAl-Saad Stadium, DohaFr

Qatar Honours

AFC Asian Cup winners (1): 2019

Welsh players to have made their debut against Qatar

No Welsh players have made their debut against Qatar

Wales' opponents from Asian Football Confederation

Wales have faced eight countries from the current Asian Football Confederation.

Israel joined the AFC in 1954 and as such were an AFC member when they played against Wales in a 1958 FIFA World Cup play-off. However, at the Asian Games held in Iran in 1974, some Muslim and Arab countries refused to play against Israel in the football tournament. At the AFC Congress held during the games, Kuwait proposed Israel be excluded from all AFC competitions; a motion adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.

Kuwait were Wales' next opponents from the AFC, with back to back matches played at The Racecourse, Wrexham and the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City in 1977. Goalkeeper, Dai Davies, was unable to play in the return leg in Kuwait having been denied entry for having an Israeli stamp in his passport.

Iran, drawn in Scotland's group for the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, invited Wales to Tehran as part of their tournament preparations.

With the end of the British Home Championships, the Football Association of Wales accepted lucrative offers to play Saudi Arabia in 1986 and to take part in Japan's Kirin Cup in 1992.

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