Fixtures

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 09/05 12:00 14 Brunei vs Macau - View
AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 09/10 12:00 14 Macau vs Brunei - View

Results

International Match 06/11 12:15 - Brunei v Sri Lanka W 1-0
International Match 03/26 19:00 - Vanuatu v Brunei W 2-3
International Match 03/22 19:00 - Bermuda v Brunei L 2-0
Asia - World Cup Qualifying 10/17 12:15 14 Brunei v Indonesia L 0-6
Asia - World Cup Qualifying 10/12 12:00 14 Indonesia v Brunei L 6-0
International Match 09/11 12:00 - Hong Kong v Brunei L 10-0
AFF Cup 12/29 10:00 4 [3] Cambodia v Brunei [5] L 5-1
AFF Cup 12/26 10:00 3 [5] Brunei v Indonesia [3] L 0-7
AFF Cup 12/23 10:00 2 [4] Philippines v Brunei [5] L 5-1
AFF Cup 12/20 12:30 1 [2] Brunei v Thailand [2] L 0-5
AFF Cup 11/08 06:30 - Brunei v Timor Leste L 0-1
AFF Cup 11/05 07:45 - Brunei v Timor Leste W 6-2

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 6 2 4
Wins 2 1 1
Draws 0 0 0
Losses 4 1 3
Goals for 4 1 3
Goals against 26 6 20
Clean sheets 1 1 0
Failed to score 4 1 3

The Brunei national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Brunei; recognized as Brunei Darussalam by FIFA), nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of Brunei, controlled by the 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.

The Brunei State Football Amateur Association was formed on 15 March 1956. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and they were known as the Brunei Football Association. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Championship. So far, Brunei has entered the FIFA World Cup qualifiers only four times, in 1986, 2002, 2018 and 2022. On these occasions, they did not qualify for the competition. They have made five appearances in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, but they have never passed the first qualification round.

History

Early days

Brunei national football team of 18 players and 4 officers posed for a photo together with Mohd Yusof at Berakas Airport in 1970

The national team's first appearance took place during the 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where they were unable to qualify after all three heavy defeats. The following two championships (1976 and 1977) were no different from the first, with their first and second victory during the 1980 Summer Olympics. In 1979, 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.

Brunei won their first and only Brunei Merdeka Games trophy in 1985. Since then, team was not able to qualify into or win any major tournaments. Coming the closest was the 1993 Philippines International Cup, where they came in third position after a 1–0 victory against the Philippines. Brunei was then invited for the inaugural 2006 AFC Challenge Cup held in Bangladesh being grouped with Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. Brunei narrowly lost to Sri Lanka 1–0 before bouncing back from their defeat in the second match winning against Nepal 2–1 however with them needing the win in the last fixture, Brunei ended up in a goalless draw crashing out from the cup splitting the same points as Nepal but on goal differences.

Suspension

In September 2009, the Brunei Football Association (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. 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. DPMM has confirmed to Football Association of Singapore (FAS) that they are unable to finish their S.League season because of the issue with its association. FIFA rejected FAS's final request on 17 October 2009 to permit DPMM to compete in the current S.League season while BAFA's suspension persisted.

On 19 March 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed to submit to the next FIFA Congress the expulsion of the association 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 and 10 June in South Africa having met the conditions for reinstatement it would be expelled. Brunei were re-instated on 31 May 2011 and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) was formed that same year.

Reform

Brunei captain, Hendra Azam playing against Indonesia during the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Upon returning to the football action, the Wasps were unable to qualify for both the 2012 and 2014 AFF Championship following several losses. Brunei was again defeated 2–1 in aggregate against the Chinese Taipei during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification in March 2015. The wasps failed to qualify for the 2016 AFF Championship after suffering defeats from Cambodia and Laos. Brunei was then invited to the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup where they finished in fourth place after losing 3–2 to Laos. Despite the disappointment, Shah Razen Said from the Bruneian side managed to become the tournament's top scorer, finishing with a total of 4 goals.

Timor-Leste defeated Brunei in the second leg 2018 AFF Championship qualifying match at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 8 September 2018, securing their spot in the 2018 AFF Championship final round group action for the first time in 14 years. Despite having a two-goal advantage from the first leg, Timor-Leste fell 1–0 but still advanced with a 3–2 aggregate score. Brunei defeated Mongolia 2–1 on 11 June 2019, but were unable to advance to the next stage of the preliminary joint qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Returrn to the AFF Championship

Under new coach Mario Rivera, Brunei managed to qualify to the 2022 AFF Championship for the first time in 26 years since its inaugural edition in 1996, by defeating Timor-Leste 6–3 on aggregate. The Wasps were grouped with Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia. They finished the group stage without gaining a single point, conceding at least 5 goals in every game with Razimie Ramlli scoring against the Philippines and Nur Ikhwan Othman scoring against Cambodia.

On 17 October 2023, Brunei returned to the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium after four years since their last match against Mongolia in 2019 for their fixture against Indonesia in the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification. The Wasps were beaten 0–12 on aggregate, knocking them out of the qualification in the first round.

2024 win streak

In 2024, FIFA invited Brunei to the 2024 FIFA Series held in March in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where they would face their first ever opponents outside of their confederation. On 22 March, Brunei faced off against CONCACAF opponent Bermuda but conceded two late goals, losing 2–0. Four days later, Brunei came against Vanuatu and won the match 3–2, when three minutes into stoppage time Hakeme Yazid Said's direct free kick sealed the victory against their opponents from Oceania.

Later in June of that year, Brunei invited the Sri Lankan national team to two friendly matches in the country in conjunction with the FIFA calendar. Headed by interim coach Rui Capela Batista, Brunei extended their winning form to three which is the first time in their history after captain Azwan Ali Rahman scored the only goal in both games held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 8 and 11 June.

The Brunei national soccer team, also known as the Brunei Darussalam national football team, represents the Southeast Asian country of Brunei in international soccer competitions. The team is governed by the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam and competes in various regional and international tournaments.

The Brunei soccer team has a rich history in the sport, with a passionate fan base that supports the team through thick and thin. The team has had its ups and downs over the years, but continues to strive for success on the international stage.

The team's colors are yellow and black, reflecting the national flag of Brunei. The players are known for their skill, determination, and teamwork on the field, making them a formidable opponent for any team they face.

Overall, the Brunei national soccer team is a source of pride for the country and its fans, as they continue to represent Brunei with honor and sportsmanship in the world of international soccer.