The Qatar national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar. Soon after, Qatar were amongst four founding nations to play in the biennial Gulf Cup tournament.
The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar’s Asian Cup debut came in 1980.
Qatar’s national team arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, when the team missed on two World Cup qualifications (1990,1998) in the final stages, attaining its highest-ever FIFA ranking (53) in August 1993.
In 1992, Qatar’s first major triumph came as the “marrons” won the 1992 Gulf Cup, a young squad centred around the team which managed to impress months earlier in the 1992 Summer Olympics, dominated the tournament to give Qatar the chance to finally win the long awaited regional title.
In the 2000s, it was the Gulf Cup once again that sparked a revival of a new generation of young Qatari footballers. In the back of a transitional period of doubt, Qatar seized the opportunity and became champions when Doha hosted the tournament in 2004.
2014 was without a doubt one of the most successful years for football in Qatar; in addition to becoming Asian U-19 champions that year, the senior squad won both of the West Asia Football Federation and the Gulf Cup championships.