Qatar’s first appearance in the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1981 proved to be a success. Facing Brazil in the quarter-finals, they were able to secure a famous 3–2 victory over star-studded Brazil. They went on to face England in the semi-finals, where they earned a 2–1 victory to reach the final.
The team finished second after losing 0–4 to West Germany in the final on a wet pitch which was unfavourable to the young Qataris as they were not used to playing in such conditions.
Nonetheless, an achievement of great magnitude as it was the first final match in a major international tournament for a country in the region.
Qatar earned its second international U-20 World Cup appearance in 1995 as hosts. While Nigeria was preparing to host the 1995 edition, a meningitis epidemic broke out in west Africa, and as a result, FIFA decided to award the hosting rights to Qatar with only twenty days remaining till the start of the tournament.
Qatar won the AFC U-19 Championship for the first time in its history after defeating DPR Korea 1–0 in the final of the 2014 edition which took place in Myanmar. Advancing undefeated from the group stage before defeating China and the host nation on their way to the final. In the finals, the Qataris would be victorious against DPR Korea for a second time in the tournament, with super sub Akram Afif scoring the only goal of the match in the second half.
Qatar then featured in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in in New Zealand, they were grouped with Colombia, Senegal and Portugal.