The Oman national football team is the national team of Oman and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was founded in 1978, Oman has established a proper football association in December 2005. Players then started to take awards for their efforts. It has never qualified for the World Cup but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its third attempt.
Prior to the new century, Oman struggled greatly in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the Cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when Oman took the Gulf Cup seriously, and in the year 2003/2004 Gulf Cups an explosion of new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil, which made the team very successful. Most recently the national team lost to the U.A.E. in the final, and in the prior competition lost to Qatar in a penalty-kick shootout. Finally after losing twice in the final, Oman managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations, held in Muscat, while defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia, in a penalty shootout, 5-6. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition.
|1970||Bahrain||Did not enter|
|1972||Saudi Arabia||Did not enter|
|1988||Saudi Arabia||7th place|
|2002||Saudi Arabia||5th place|
Oman have not won many team titles but have gone far in many competitions, like the 1995 U-17 World Championship. For the few trophies the team won, they were in the youth level. The U-17 Team won first place in the 1996 and 2000 AFC U-17 Championship, and third in the '94 tournament. More recent achievements are qualifying for Asian Cups 2004, and 2007. Also receiving second place for the 17th and 18th Gulf Cup of Nations. On the 18th of January 2009, Oman won its first ever gulf cup achieving a historic victory over Saudi Arabia which ended in penalties after a goalless match. The hosts went on to win the penalty shoot out 6-5 winning their first ever gulf cup and at the same time defeating Saudi Arabia in the gulf cup for the very first time.
|1994||Oman U-17 Team||Won third place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 1994|
|1995||Oman U-17 Team||Won fourth place in tournament||1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship|
|1996||Oman U-17 Team||Won first place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 1996|
|2000||Oman U-17 Team||Won first place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 2000|
|2004||Oman National Team||Won second place trophy||17th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2007||Oman National Team||Won second place trophy||18th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2009||Oman National Team||Won first place trophy||19th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2009||Oman National Team||Won fair play team award||19th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|1984||Ghulam Khamis||1984 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|1995||Mohamed Al Kathiri||1995 Asian Young Footballer of the Year|
|1995||Mohamed Al Kathiri||Golden Ball of 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship|
|2002||Hani Al Dhabit||Golden Shoe of the 15th Gulf Cup|
|2003||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 16th Gulf Cup|
|2004||Imad Al-Hosni||Golden Shoe of the 17th Gulf Cup|
|2004||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of Norway Award|
|2004||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 17th Gulf Cup|
|2007||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 18th Gulf Cup|
|2009||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 19th Gulf Cup|
|2009||Hassan Rabia||Top Scorer of the 19th Gulf Cup|
The following players were called up for the friendly match against Paraguay on September 6 2008. Please note that during some games the player numbers may change as well as the positions. Please also note, that following squad includes recent callups.
|Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji||1974||1976|
|Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i||1995||1996|
|Carlos Alberto Torres||2000||2001|
|Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i||2002||2002|
|Julio César Ribas||2008||2008|
|Claude Le Roy||July 2008|