Yemen national football team

The Yemen national football team (Arabic: منتخب اليمن الوطني لكرة القدم), is the national team of Yemen and is controlled by the Yemen Football Association.

Nickname(s)Al-Yaman A'Sa'eed
(The Happy Yemen)
(اليمن السعيد)
Al-Shayateen Al-Homr
(The Red Devils) The Qahtani Arabs
(الشياطين الحمر)
AssociationYemen Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachSami Hasan Al Nash
CaptainAla Al-Sasi
Most capsAla Al-Sasi (87)
Top scorerAli Al-Nono (30)
Home stadiumAlthawra Sports City Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 3 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest90 (August – September 1993, November 1993)
Lowest186 (February 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 157 8 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest117 (7 November 2010)
Lowest169 (September 2015)
First international
As North Yemen:
 Sudan 9–0 North Yemen
(Egypt, 5 September 1965)
As Yemen:
 Malaysia 0–1 Yemen
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 8 September 1990)
Biggest win
Yemen 11–2 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 18 February 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 16–1 North Yemen
(Cairo, Egypt; Date Unknown August 1965)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage, 2019

When the nation was split into North Yemen and South Yemen before 1990, two national teams existed. After unification, the Yemen national football team is considered the successor of the North Yemen national football team. See the article South Yemen national football team for details on the South Yemen team.

Despite being the 5th most populated country in the Middle East, and Yemen's successes at the Youth teams such as the U23, U20 and U17 Yemen, so far, Yemen has never achieved the same success as those with smaller populations like United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Syria, Jordan and Oman.

Early history


North Yemen debuted at the 1965 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt in August 1965. It lost its first game 9–0 to Sudan, then it lost 16–1 to Libya. After losing 4–0 to Syria, North Yemen won for the first time by defeating Oman 2–1 in the last game in the group. North Yemen did not advance.

In April 1966, the team entered the 1966 Arab Nations Cup in Baghdad, Iraq. It was placed in Group 2. North Yemen lost its first match 4–1 to Syria on 1 April, and then 7–0 to Palestine three days later. On 5 April, they lost their last match 13–0 to Libya, and were eliminated, finishing bottom of the group.

Also in 1966, North Yemen entered the Games of the Emerging Forces in Cambodia. They lost their opener 5–3 against Palestine. The remaining games in their group were lost 8–0 to the hosts Cambodia, 9–0 to North Vietnam, 14–0 to North Korea and 6–0 to China.


Following the tournament in Cambodia, North Yemen did not play a match for eighteen years, returning in 1984 in an attempt to qualify to the 1984 Asian Cup. This was their first entrance of the competition. They were placed at the qualifiers in Group 3 with all matches held in Calcutta, India in October 1984. North Yemen lost the first match on 10 October, 6–0 to South Korea, for whom Park Sung-Hwa scored four goals and Chung Hae-Won two. Two days later, they lost 2–0 to hosts India. On 15 October North Yemen lost 4–1 to Pakistan and three days later by the same score to Malaysia. North Yemen finished bottom of the group.

North Yemen entered its first World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of securing a place in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 3 of the West Asia zone in the first round of the qualification campaign. North Yemen played their first match at home to Syria in Sana'a on 29 March 1985 and lost 1–0 to a 70th-minute goal. On 5 April, they lost 5–0 to Kuwait in Kuwait City. On 19 April, North Yemen lost 3–0 away to Syria at the Abbasiyyin Stadium in Damascus. On 26 April, while hosting Kuwait, North Yemen scored their only goal in the group as they lost 3–1 in front of 10,000 people.

In August 1985, North Yemen competed at the 1985 Pan Arab Games in Rabat, Morocco and was placed in a group with Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates. They lost 2–0 to the Saudis on 5 August, 3–1 to Algeria on 7 August, and then, on 9 August, beat the UAE 2–1 for their first ever victory.

On 15 October 1985, North Yemen played opposition from outside Asia and Africa for the first time, losing a friendly 2–0 to Mexico at home.

Reunification of the North and South


In the 1990, the North and South of Yemen re-united which prompted what is now the national team of Yemen to be merged from North Yemen.[3] Their first international game, as a unified country, was a 1–0 win against Malaysia on 8 September 1990 in Kuala Lumpur.

Upon being a new country, they entered the footballing world with a different viewpoint. Their captains alternated between matches to promote a "unified" Yemen.[4] Due to the ongoing political conflict in Yemen, many sought football as an escape.

Starting in 1993, their first big task would be the qualification to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, because they did not enter the AFC Asian Cup in 1992, nor the Arab Nations Cup. Yemen lost three games, against China once, and Iraq twice. They drew with Jordan twice, and won against China and Pakistan. This placed them third, five points from Iraq who were first, and ultimately ended their first ever World Cup qualification campaign.

The qualification campaign for the 1996 Asian Cup saw them get thrashed by Saudi Arabia as they lost 4–0 in the first leg, but put a fight in the second leg as they lost 1–0. Despite finishing last, on points with Kyrgyzstan, Yemen's only redeeming event was the narrow 1–0 win against Kyrgyzstan, despite getting beat 3–1 in the return leg.

More years went by as Yemen continued to struggle as a footballing power, not only in Asia, but in the Middle East. The qualification campaign for the 1998 World Cup raised some spirits as they came in second above Indonesia and Cambodia. For the Yemenis, this was an ample progress as Uzbekistan, with 16 points, had stomped the first stage with having twice as many points as second-place Yemen at 8 points. While adding on to the fact that Yemen lost 1–0 to Uzbekistan, and despite losing 5–1 in the return leg, this gave the Yemenis a hopeful future for the upcoming tournaments.


Yemen started the millennium by attempting to qualify for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup. The Al-Yemen A'Sa'eed started off the year with a resounding 3–0 win against Nepal following with a narrow 0–1 loss to Turkmenistan. After this, it came to light that Kuwait had thrashed Bhutan 20–0 in the qualifiers which prompted doubt in the national team. Needless to say, Yemen only lost 2–0 to Kuwait (with an own-goal added) and ended the qualification campaign with their highest win as they stomped Bhutan 11–2 with Ali Al Nono bagging a hat-trick and three others netting braces. These matches put Yemen at 6 points finishing above Nepal and Bhutan at third place of fifth.

2002 FIFA World Cup (AFC) qualifying (Group 8)
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
UAE 6402215+1612
Yemen 6321148+611
India 6321115+611
Brunei 6006028−280

The following year, in 2001, would be a high-point for the Yemeni fans as they watched their national team barely lose out on the advancement of the second round of the qualification campaign of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. They lost to United Arab Emirates who finished at top with 12 points while Yemen, along with India, sat at 11 points with Yemen scoring three more goals than India, despite the same goal-difference of six. Losing narrowly, in both legs, to the Arab powerhouse that was United Arab Emirates, the Yemeni fans held their heads high knowing that the football in Yemen was slowly developing.

However, for the Yemenis, disappointment would strike as they bombed their next big competition, the 2002 Arab Nations Cup. This would be their first appearance since 1966 when they played as North Yemen, in which they also failed losing all three games and having a goal difference of −23. In 2012, it would be a different story as they drew 2–2 with Asian powerhouse Saudi Arabia but losing to Lebanon 4–2, Bahrain 3–1 and Syria 0–4.

The qualification for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup would arrive as the next test for Yemen. The Yemenis would soon discover that this qualification was going better than expected. However, as fate would have it, the Yemenis were left stranded on the cusp of qualification as they were beat to the last spot by Indonesia by 3 points, despite them having a worse goal difference.

Days later, they would face yet another big tournament in quick succession which was the 16th Arabian Gulf Cup hosted by Kuwait. This tournament did not do them any favors as they came in dead last out of seventh. They finished with 1 point, drawing with Oman and a goal difference of −16. But within a few months, the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup arrived with the Yemenis waiting for their revenge for a poor showing in the previous tournament. However, the Yemenis once again, to everyone's expectations, failed to register a win with the only point coming from a 1–1 draw to Bahrain while losing 0–3 to Saudi Arabia and 3–1 to Kuwait.

Yemen would next look towards the qualification campaign of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. But the Yemenis would soon end it on a short note, as they finished bottom of the group with 5 points under Thailand, United Arab Emirates and North Korea (who won the group with 11 points) and one win, two draws and three losses.

A short time later would find the Yemenis preparing for the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup. Despite, as expected, finishing the group last, they finished with two losses against United Arab Emirates and Oman and the lone draw to Kuwait. However, the Yemenis would exit proudly because they did not receive the thrashing many were expecting and lost due to a 1-goal margin with the winning goals coming the second half.

Months later would see Yemen enter the qualification campaign of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and were knocked out, once again, with mixed results. While Japan and Saudi Arabia qualified comfortably, Yemen achieved their only two wins against India. However, their losses to Japan were minimal as both goals (consolation and winning) came in stoppage time.


The next task for the Yemenis was the qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup which was cut shorter than usual. In the first round, Yemen scored three goals without reply against Maldives, in the first leg. In the return leg, Maldives replied with two goals but in the end, it was not enough, and Yemen passed to the next stage. The second stage saw Yemen draw 1–1 with Thailand with the second leg finishing 1–0 in favor to Thailand thus knocking them out 3–2 on aggregate. This was the first time Yemen did not reach the group stages of a World Cup qualification stage.

Yemen started off the new year by hosting the 20th Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time. As hosts, they played in the May 22 Stadium in Aden against Saudi Arabia and lost 0–4. Yemen would go on and lose 2–1 and 0–3 to Qatar and Kuwait respectively thus crashing out of the group stages only scoring one goal while conceding nine.

The qualification campaign for the 2011 Asian Cup was acceptable for Yemeni' standards. Despite being grouped with Japan and Bahrain, and Hong Kong, they achieved two wins, one draw and three losses. They opened with a surprise narrow-defeat of 2–1 to Japan and finished with the surprise of, once again, holding Japan to the last minute for a 3–2 defeat.

Ten years later of their last participation, they entered the 2012 Arab Nations Cup where they were grouped with Morocco, Bahrain and Libya. To the bewilderment of many football experts, Bahrain finished last with Yemen finishing third with three points.

However, in 2013, Yemen would participate in the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup, and they would record their worst run in the tournament where they were grouped with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. They didn't record any goal and conceded six goals losing all three games.

As recent record showed, the Yemenis finished with their worst World Cup qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup. They faced Iraq which they lost 2–0. The return leg was played in the United Arab Emirates due to the civil unrest in Yemen. This match saw Yemen and Iraq play out to a draw which ended Iraq going through 2–0 on aggregate and thus knocking Yemen out in the knock-out stages.

In December 2013, they sunk to their lowest rank ever on the FIFA rankings at 179th. From the start of January 2013 to December 2013, they lost half of what they had previously, going down nearly 50 points.[5] This calling came for the Yemen Football Association to make a serious signing, when they signed Vladimir Petrović as the coach who had experience in Europe as a player and of Red Star Belgrade fame.[6] Unfortunately, due to his contract extending for just a year, Vladmir Petrović quit as Yemen's manager in May 2014. Because of this, Yemen dropped to their lowest and worst in Yemen's football: 186th. In preparation for the 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup, they hired Czech youth teams' manager Miroslav Soukup to attempt to revive the national team. Once again, Yemen was eliminated without winning a match, but for the first time in their Gulf Cup history, they didn't finish last.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification happened with the outbreak of the civil war, leaving majority of the national team's players and staff to escape to Djibouti by boat, which made headline by the media.[7] Yemen only managed to defeat two opponents, Pakistan and the Philippines, while they lost to other opponents, thus Yemen ended their qualification with bottom record. However, since the failure, Yemen has begun their resurgence. During the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, which was the first attempt of Yemen to qualify to the tournament as an unified nation, Yemen has defeated Tajikistan, while maintaining other draws. Yemen had a big chance to qualify to its first international tournament in its history as a unified country. Finally, with the help from the Philippines when the Azkals defeated Tajikistan 2–1 in Manila, Yemen had finally qualified to the Asian Cup for the first time in its history.

In the team's maiden AFC Asian Cup, Yemen was grouped with Iraq, Iran and Vietnam. Their opening campaign was against Iran, which participated in the previous 2018 World Cup and had almost eliminated Spain in progress. Yemen played well in the first ten minutes and almost scored a goal, but aftermath saw Iran completely dominated Yemen and the Yemenis lost 0–5 to Iran.[8] Yemen later fell to Iraq 0–3 after being unable to repel Iraqi pressure,[9] and later lost to Southeast Asian opponent Vietnam 0–2 and finished last with no goal and no point.[10] Both three opponents of Yemen would soon progress from the group stage.

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1994Did not qualify 83231213
1998 6222107
2002 632186
2006 6123611
2010 411244
2014 201102
2018 10217518
2022To be determined------- To be determined
2026To be determined------- To be determined
Total0/21 421211194561

AFC Asian Cup record

All qualifications

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1984Did not qualify 4004218
1988 513155
1992 Did not enter
1996 410328
2000 4202145
2004 62131515
2007 6204513
2011 621379
2015 6006318
2019Group stage23rd3003010 186571623
2023To be decided 5122611
TotalBest: Group stage3003010 5916103369114

Asian Games record

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
1951Did not participate
1986Did not participate
1990Group stage302102
1994Group stage4004014
1998Did not participate
2002–present See Yemen national under-23 football team

Arabian Gulf Cup record

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
2004Group stage301227
2007Group stage301235
2009Group stage3003211
2010Group stage300319
2013Group stage300306
2014Group stage302101
2017Group stage300308
2019Group stage301209
TotalBest: Group stage3006241074

Arab Nations Cup record

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1963Did not enter
1964Did not enter
1966Group stage3003227
1985Did not enter
1988Did not enter
1992Did not enter
2002Group stage4013513
2012Group stage310237
TotalBest: Group stage101181047

Pan Arab Games record

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Did not enter
9th 310236
Did not enter

WAFF Championship

WAFF Championship finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
2000Did not enter
2012Group stage300314
2019Group stage411245

Palestine Cup of Nations

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Location Opponent Score* Competition
17 January The Sevens Stadium, Dubai  Nigeria 2–0 [11] Friendly
22 January The Sevens Stadium, Dubai  Finland 0–0 [12] Friendly
12 March Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Pakistan 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
23 March Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Pakistan 0–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
11 June Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  North Korea 0–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
16 June Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Philippines 0–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
28 August Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb  Oman 0–1 Friendly
3 September Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
8 September Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Bahrain 0–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
13 October Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang  North Korea 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
12 November Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Philippines 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
17 November Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Uzbekistan 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
24 March Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain 0–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2 June National Football Stadium, Malé  Maldives 0–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 June Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Maldives 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
22 March Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al Wakrah  Palestine 0–1 Friendly
28 March Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Tajikistan 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 May Cairo International Stadium, Cairo  Egypt 0–1 Friendly
13 June Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 0–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 September Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod  Philippines 2–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10 October Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al Wakrah  Philippines 1–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
14 November Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor  Tajikistan 0–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
23 December Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Qatar 0–4 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
26 December Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Bahrain 0–1 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
29 December Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Iraq 0–3 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
27 March Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha    Nepal 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
16 November Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Saudi Arabia 0–1 Friendly
20 November Zabeel Stadium, Dubai  United Arab Emirates 0–2 Friendly
30 December Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Syria 0–1 Friendly
7 January Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Iran 0–5 2019 AFC Asian Cup
12 January Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  Iraq 0–3 2019 AFC Asian Cup
16 January Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain  Vietnam 0–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup
30 July Karbala Sports City, Karbala  Palestine 0–1 2019 WAFF Championship
5 August Karbala Sports City, Karbala  Syria 1–1 2019 WAFF Championship
8 August Karbala Sports City, Karbala  Lebanon 2–1 2019 WAFF Championship
11 August Karbala Sports City, Karbala  Iraq 1–2 2019 WAFF Championship
29 August Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb  Oman 0–1 Friendly
5 September National Stadium, Kallang  Singapore 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
10 September Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Saudi Arabia 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
10 October Pakhtakor Central Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 0–5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
14 November Sheikh Ali Bin Mohamad Stadium, Muharraq  Palestine 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
19 November Sheikh Ali Bin Mohamad Stadium, Muharraq  Singapore 1–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
26 November Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  United Arab Emirates 0–3 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
29 November Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Qatar 0–6 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
2 December Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Iraq 0–0 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
26 March TBD  Saudi Arabia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
31 March or TBD  Uzbekistan 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
9 June TBD  Palestine 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Current squad

The following 23 players have been called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in 26 November to 2 December.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohammed Ayash (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986[13] 33 0 Peshmerga
22 1GK Salem Al-Harsh (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 1 0 Wehda Adan
23 1GK Saoud Al-Sowadi (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 43 0 Al-Saqr

2 2DF Rami Al-Wasmani (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 0 0 Ahli Sana'a
3 2DF Mohammed Fuad Omar (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 44 4 Muaither
4 2DF Mudir Abdurabu (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 30 1 Al-Wakra
5 2DF Abdulaziz Al-Gumaei (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 20 0 Mesaimeer
13 2DF Ala Addin Mahdi (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 13 0 Majees
15 2DF Ammar Hamsan (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 9 0 Qatar
19 2DF Mohammed Boqshan (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 38 1 Al-Khor
21 2DF Mohammed Ba Rowis (1988-12-04) 4 December 1988 17 2 Wehda Adan

6 3MF Ahmed Abdulrab (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 10 0 That Ras
7 3MF Ahmed Al-Sarori (1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 18 2 Al-Markhiya
8 3MF Wahid Al Khyat (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 29 0 Ahli Sana'a
9 3MF Alaa Al-Sasi (1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 63 8 Al-Sailiya
10 3MF Ahmed Dhabaan (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 4 0 Al-Shamal
11 3MF Abdulwasea Al-Matari (1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 29 5 Al-Nahda
12 3MF Ahmed Al-Haifi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 36 0 Al Kharaitiyat
17 3MF Hussein Al-Ghazi (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 35 0 Al-Wakra

14 4FW Ali Hafeedh (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 1 0 Wehda Adan
16 4FW Salem Al-Omzae (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 4 0 Al-Tilal
18 4FW Ahmed Alos (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 14 0 Wehda Adan
20 4FW Emad Mansoor (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 13 1 Bidiyah

Managerial history

Name Period
Zaki Osman c. 1970[14]
Alan Gillett 1977[15]
Timur Segizbayev c. 1979–1982[16][17]
Dr. Azzam Khalifa 1 c. 1989–1990[18]
Luciano de Abreu 1993–1994[19][20]
Ali Saleh Abad c. 1996[21]
Omar Bashami c. 1996[22]
Mojahed Al Saraha c. 1997[23]
Hazem Jassam 1997[24][25]
Salem Abdel Rahman 1997[24]
Hazem Jassam 1997–1999[22]
Roberto Fernandes 1999[26][27]
Zoran Đorđević 1999–2000[22][28]
Luciano de Abreu 2000–2002[20][29]
Mahmoud Abou-Regaila Jan 2002 – Nov 2002[29][30]
Horsten Spiedler 2 Nov 2002 – Dec 2002[30][31]
Abdullah Saqr Baamer 3 Dec 2002[32]
Hazem Jassam Dec 2002 – Sep 2003[33][34]
Ahmed Ali Qassim Sep 2003 – Nov 2003[35]
Milan Živadinović Nov 2003 – Jan 2004[36]
Amine Al-Sunaini Jan 2004 – Apr 2004[37]
Rabah Saâdane Jul 2004 – Dec 2005[38]
Ahmed Alraay Jan 2006 – Nov 2006[39]
Mohsen Saleh Nov 2006 – Jan 2009[40]
Hamza Al Jamal 4 Jan 2009
Sami Hasan Al Nash Jan 2009 – Oct 2009
Srećko Juričić Nov 2009 – Dec 2010
Amine Al-Sunaini Dec 2010 – Jan 2012
Sami Hasan Al Nash Jan 2012 – Sep 2012
Tom Saintfiet Oct 2012 – Mar 2013
Sami Hasan Al Nash April 2013 – Dec 2013
Vladimir Petrović Dec 2013 – May 2014
Miroslav Soukup May 2014 – 2015
Amine Al-Sunaini 2015 – Feb 2016
Ahmed Ali Qassim Feb 2016 – Jun 2016
Abraham Mebratu Jun 2016 – Apr 2018
Ján Kocian Oct 2018 – Jan 2019
Sami Hasan Al Nash Jul 2019 –
  • Dr. Azzam Khalifa served as the first coach of the unified Yemen football team.[41]
  • Horsten Spiedler, the youth national team coach, was selected by the YFA to take charge of the team at the 2002 Arab Nations Cup with a squad composed of youth team and senior players.[30] However, after one friendly match, the FA overturned this decision and appointed Hazem Jassam instead.[31]
  • Abdullah Saqr Baamer served as caretaker coach during the 2002 Arab Nations Cup due to coach Hazem Jassam being unable to obtain a visa as he was blacklisted by the host nation of Kuwait.[32][33]
  • Hamza Jamal served as caretaker coach.

Records versus other nations

Former squads

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