The Liberia national football team formed in 1936. The team joined both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football in 1962. Liberian football is generally weak but the country produced a FIFA World Player of the Year in George Weah.
Liberia itself is a country on the west coast of Africa. Much of the population lives below the poverty line and many are unemployed. The country depends on foreign aid and a few exports.
Liberia has never qualified for a world cup finals. The team has reached two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, in 1996 and 2002. Neither occasion saw the team progress beyond the first round.
The team’s first competitive match was a 2-1 win over Chad in 1963. Liberia’s best results have all come since the 1990’s; the team has a record winning margin of four goals set in a 1996 match against Gambia. Liberia has equalled this record twice, against Mauritius in 2001 and Congo in 2001. The team’s biggest defeat was a 7-0 loss to Tunisia in 2001.
Ranked 115th by FIFA, the Liberia national football team cannot expect to improve their place any time soon.
World cup 2018
Fixtures to be announced.
Find out more
- Liberia national football team website.
- Confederation of African Football qualifying.
- Disease, war and football: It’s Not Easy.