The Kyrgyzstan national football team is a recent addition to international football. The country was part of the Soviet Union until 1992. Kyrgyzstan have performed well against small international teams, but have not success at a higher level.
Kyrgyzstan affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA in 1994.
Football is one of Kyrgyzstan’s most popular sports. Wrestling is another sport with a large following, while ice hockey and rugby union have growing support.
Kyrgyzstan entered their first world cup in 1998. The team has entered every year since then. Kyrgyzstan has never progressed past qualification.
Kyrgyzstan’s greatest success was in the 2006 Equality Liberty Fraternity Cup . The tournament had four countries that were not FIFA affiliated, plus Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan‘s five-a-side teams. After two wins and a draw from five matches, Kyrgyzstan was a defeated semi-finalist.