Brunei national football team

Brunei Darussalam
Nickname(s) Tebuan (The Hornets)
Association National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Kwon Oh-son
Captain Faiq Bolkiah
Most caps Azwan Saleh (26)
Top scorer Shahrazen Said (8)
Home stadium Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 195 (16 August 2018)
Highest 140 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 228 5 (6 March 2018)
Highest 184
First international
 Malaysia 8–0 Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 22 May 1971)[1]
Biggest win
Brunei 4–0 Timor-Leste 
(Kuching, Malaysia; 2 November 2016)
Biggest defeat
Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates 
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)

The Brunei national football team (also known as the Brunei Darussalam national football team) nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of the Brunei and is controlled by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. The team was founded in 1959 and joined FIFA in 1969. In the past, they have also frequently featured in the Malaysian league and cup competitions as one of the state representative sides.


Brunei Football Association was formed on 15 March 1956 and at that time was known as the Brunei State Football Amateur Association. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and since then, the FA has been known as the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. So far, Brunei has entered the World Cup qualifiers only three times, in 1986, 2002 and 2018. On these occasions, they did not qualify for the competition. They have made five appearances in the Asian Cup qualifiers, but they have never passed the first qualification round.

Their best achievement was perhaps being Champion of the Malaysia Cup in 1999. Back then, Brunei entered a team to compete in the professional Malaysian league and despite competing against Malaysian clubs, Brunei had previously never made an impact. However, in 1999, they shocked everyone by lifting the Malaysia Cup.

Today there are approximately 2,500 footballers playing with Brunei's 22 registered clubs. Footballers are mostly amateurs or semi professionals.


The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) was suspended due to governmental interference in its affairs, which started with a decision by the Brunei authorities to dissolve BAFA and to replace it with a new federation in December 2008.[2] The suspension was applied with immediate effect and meant that the Brunei club DPMM were no longer permitted to play in the Singapore S-League until it was resolved.

On 19 March 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed to submit to the next FIFA Congress the expulsion of the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) if the BAFA has not been reinstated by then, after noting that no major progress had been made since the BAFA was suspended in September 2009.

FIFA warned that unless BAFA came to FIFA's Congress on 9 June and 10 in South Africa having met the conditions for reinstatement it would be expelled.[3] Brunei were re-instated on 31 May 2011.[4]

Competition records

World Cup Record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to
Did not exist Did not exist
1962 to
Not FIFA member Not FIFA member
1974 to
Did not enter Did not enter
1986 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 2 29
1990 to
Did not enter Did not enter
2002 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 0 28
2006 to
Did not enter Did not enter
2014 Suspended Suspended
2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
2022 To be determined
2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 14 1 0 13 3 59

Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA GD
1956 to 1968Did not enter
1972Did not qualify 3003018−18
1976Did not qualify 2002113−12
1988Did not enter
1992Did not enter
1996Did not enter
2000Did not qualify 3003011−11
2004Did not qualify 201116−5
2007Did not enter
2011Did not qualify 301216−5
2019Did not qualify 210112−1
Total0/16 151212456−52

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games Record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
2002–present See Brunei national under-23 football team

AFC Challenge Cup record

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
2006Group Stage311122
2008Did not qualify
2010Did not qualify
TotalBest: Group Stage311122

AFC Solidarity Cup record

AFC Solidarity Cup
Year Result GP W D L GF GA
2016Fourth place411277
TotalBest: Fourth place411277

ASEAN Championship

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

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