Yesterday, Lebanon failed to qualify for it’s first ever FIFA World Cup when its futsal national team was knocked out due to the “away goal” rule after drawing 0-0 and 1-1 respectively vs Vietnam.
As hard as it can be, this defeat left a soury taste in the mouth of the Lebanese fans as they felt this time it was closer than ever. In it’s history, Lebanon has failed to qualify to a FIFA or AFC tournament 30 times while participating in those tournaments 19 times (Hosting the tournament do not count).
The men’s football national team has tried to qualify to a FIFA world cup 8 times, withdrawing once (1986) and failing 7 times (from 1994 until 2018). the same team also tried to qualify 10 times to the AFC Asian Cup, withdrawing 3 times (1976, 1984 and 2007), failing in 6 campaigns (1972, 1980, 1996, 2004, 2011, 2015) and suceeding once in 2019.
On the other hand, the women’s football team had less tries but all went badly. Our women’s have failed to qualify to the 2015 and 2019 (withdrew) FIFA World Cup. The team also failed to qualify to 2 Asian Cup editions in 2014 and 2018 (withdrew).
The futsal men’s national team is a regular team in the AFC Asian Cup, participating in every edition since 2003 (11 in total). The top 5 finishers in the Asian Cup qualify to the World Cup but we never finished in the top 5 (7 times in the top 8). 2020 Asian Cup was cancelled that’s why there was the play-off tie.
The women’s futsal national team has participated in one Asian Cup (2018) as there was no qualifications. This national team never tried to qualify to a tournament.
The final sport under FIFA’s juridiction is beach soccer. Our men’s national team failed to qualify to the World Cup 4 times (From 2013 until 2019) while qualifying to the 5 last edition of the Asian Cup.