|Nickname(s)||Tricolors (The Tricolours)|
|Association||Andorran Football Federation|
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
|Head coach||Koldo Álvarez|
|Most caps||Ildefons Lima (128)|
|Top scorer||Ildefons Lima (11)|
|Home stadium||Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella|
|Current||137 2 (17 September 2020)|
|Highest||125 (September 2005)|
|Lowest||206 (December 2011)|
|Current||181 2 (16 September 2020)|
|Highest||171 (February 2005, September 2005)|
|Lowest||193 (September 2015)|
| Andorra 1–6 Estonia |
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 13 November 1996)
| Andorra 2–0 Belarus |
(Aixovall, Andorra; 26 April 2000)
Andorra 2–0 Albania
(Andorra la Vella, Andorra; 17 April 2002)
San Marino 0–2 Andorra
(Serravalle, San Marino; 22 February 2017)
| Czech Republic 8–1 Andorra |
(Liberec, Czech Republic; 4 June 2005)
Croatia 7–0 Andorra
(Zagreb, Croatia; 7 October 2006)
The Andorra national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country (only Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands are smaller).
Andorra's first official game was a 6–1 defeat in a friendly match to Estonia in 1996. Since the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, Andorra have competed in qualifying for every European Championship and World Cup but have had very little success. They have only ever won six matches, four of them at home. They have three wins in competitive matches, 1–0 wins against Macedonia in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition; Hungary in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition; and Moldova in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition.
Though the Andorran Football Federation formed in 1994, and the domestic league started in 1995, the national team could not participate in major championships until it gained affiliation with governing bodies FIFA and UEFA in 1996. The national team played its first match against Estonia in Andorra La Vella and lost 6–1.
Andorra's first match in a FIFA-sanctioned competition was a 3–1 loss to Armenia on 5 September 1998 in a qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000. Andorra lost all ten qualifiers for the tournament. The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals. Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties, and two of which were in the away matches. Andorra conceded 28 goals, and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.
For their first World Cup qualifying campaign, Andorra were drawn in a group with Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal. They lost their opening match 1–0 to Estonia. In the next game, they lost 3–2 to Cyprus but scored their first World Cup qualifying goals. They were again defeated by Estonia, this time 2–1. They lost all their matches and their only away goal was in a 3���1 loss against Ireland. Their worst defeat was 7–1 to Portugal on a neutral ground in Lleida, Spain. Andorra finished the campaign with no points and conceded 36 goals in ten matches.
In the team's qualification campaign for Euro 2004 they again lost every game. They scored their only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Bulgaria. In this competition the scores were closer than before as they lost 3–0 to Bulgaria, Croatia and Belgium, 2–0 twice to Estonia, 2–0 to Croatia and 1–0 to Belgium.
By Andorran standards, qualification for the 2006 World Cup was successful. They won their first competitive game 1–0 at home against Macedonia. Andorra midfielder Marc Bernaus, who played in the Spanish second division, received a long throw in off his chest and volleyed in a goal early in the second half. After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game "a shameful outcome, a humiliation." Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.
In Euro 2008 qualifying, Andorra again lost every game. The closest game was against Russia, a 1–0 defeat on 21 November 2007. Their biggest defeat was a 7–0 loss to Croatia in Andorra La Vella, which is their worst defeat in UEFA competitions and matched their loss to the Czech Republic as their largest losing deficit. Andorra scored only two goals and conceded 42 in a total of 12 games. In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Andorra lost all ten matches. For the tournament, they scored three goals, in defeats to Belarus and Kazakhstan, and conceded 39 goals, including six in a defeat to England, the largest margin in the group.
Qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012 ended in familiar fashion; they lost all ten matches, scoring only one goal and conceding 25; their best results were two one-goal losses to Slovakia and a 3–1 loss in Ireland. The 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament was even more disastrous. Andorra lost all their matches while conceding 30 goals and not scoring.
During 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying, Andorra again lost all of its ten games but scored four goals, setting a national team record for goals scored in a European Championship qualifying group. On 22 February 2017, Andorra beat San Marino away 2–0 in a friendly match, ending with 12 years and 132 days without winning any match. On 9 June 2017, Andorra beat Hungary 1–0 in a World Cup home qualifier with a goal by Marc Rebés, their first victory in a competitive match since 2004. Thanks to these two wins and a draw against the Faroe Islands on 6 July 2017, Andorra progressed 57 positions in the FIFA rankings to 129th, its second best position ever. On 21 March 2018, Rebés scored the only goal of a friendly win over Liechtenstein in Spain, giving Andorra their third victory of the last 13 months and sixth of all time.
In 2018, Andorra made its debut in the newly created UEFA Nations League. They played in Group 1 of League D, where they finished at the bottom of the group with four ties and two losses, finishing unbeaten at home.
On 11 October 2019, Andorra won 1–0 against Moldova in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying competition, thus ending a 56-match winless run in Euro qualifiers. One month later, the team earned one more point after an away draw against Albania, thus avoiding for the first time to end a qualifying round in the last position.
From 1996 until 2014, Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra and the Andorran Premier League. On 9 September 2014, the national team began playing at the new Estadi Nacional with a capacity of 3,306.
Andorra have occasionally played home matches outside their borders. For example, Andorra hosted France and England in the 2000 European Championship, 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup qualifiers in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, which was the home of RCD Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.
Andorra's lopsided win-loss record gives them a lowly reputation in world football. The nation has only won three competitive fixtures, World Cup qualifying matches against Macedonia in 2004 and Hungary in 2017, both by 1–0; a European Championship qualifying match against Moldova in 2019, by the same score; and three friendly games against Belarus and Albania at home and San Marino away, all of them by 2–0.
With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country, until the admission of Gibraltar, the talent pool is small. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. Since Andorra began playing in 1996, their average FIFA ranking is 163.
Manuel Miluir was the first coach of the team and managed their first three matches of European Championship qualifying. He departed in 1999 to make way for David Rodrigo, whose first competitive match was a 2–0 European Championship qualifying defeat at home to Iceland on 27 March of that year. Rodrigo had been in charge of the team until February 2010, when it was announced that Koldo would take over this role.
- Isidre Codina (1996)
- Manuel Miluir (1997–1999)
- David Rodrigo (1999–2009)
- Koldo Álvarez de Eulate (2010–)
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||10||0||0||10||5||36|
UEFA European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|1960 to 1996||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify||10||0||0||10||3||28|
|2024||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
UEFA Nations League record
|UEFA Nations League record|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
|1||France||10||8||1||1||25||6||+19||25||Qualify for final tournament||—||1–1||4–0||4–1||3–0||2–1|
2020–21 UEFA Nations League
|1||Faroe Islands||2||2||0||0||4||2||+2||6||Promotion to League C||—||10 Oct||3–2||13 Oct|
|2||Latvia||2||0||2||0||1||1||0||2||14 Nov||—||13 Oct||0–0|
|3||Malta||2||0||1||1||3||4||−1||1||17 Nov||1–1||—||14 Nov|
|4||Andorra||2||0||1||1||0||1||−1||1||0–1||17 Nov||10 Oct||—|
Recent results and fixtures
|11 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||1–0||Moldova||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
|14 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Iceland||2–0||Andorra||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|20:45 (18:45 UTC±0)||Report||Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur|
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
|14 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Albania||2–2||Andorra||Elbasan, Albania|
||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|17 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Andorra||0–2||Turkey||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|3 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Latvia||0–0||Andorra||Riga, Latvia|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Daugava Stadium|
|6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||0–1||Faroe Islands||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Andorra||v||Cape Verde||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
|10 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||v||Malta||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
|13 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Faroe Islands||v||Andorra||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands|
|14 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Malta||v||Andorra||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
|17 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Andorra||v||Latvia||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Estadi Nacional|
Andorra all-time record against all nations
- As of 6 September 2020
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||0||2||0||6||−6||.000|
|Republic of Ireland||4||0||0||4||2||11||−9||.000|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||.000|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.000|
° FIFA-unofficial match on 19 February 1998 between Andorra – Czech Republic (0–1) is not included.
The following players have been called up to the Andorra squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ferran Pol||28 February 1983||27||0||UE Santa Coloma||v. Turkey, 17 November 2019|
|GK||Francisco Pires||25 January 1998||0||0||Engordany||v. Iceland, 14 October 2019|
|DF||Ildefons Lima||10 December 1979||128||11||Inter d'Escaldes||v. Turkey, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Joan Cervós||24 February 1998||17||0||Colorado Springs Switchbacks||v. Turkey, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Albert Alavedra||26 February 1999||0||0||Cerdanyola||v. Albania, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Adri Rodrígues||14 August 1988||16||0||Atlètic d'Escaldes||v. Iceland, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Marc Ferré||11 January 1994||2||0||Unattached||v. Latvia, 3 September 2020PRE|
|MF||Víctor Rodríguez||7 September 1987||30||0||Unattached||v. Turkey, 17 November 2019|
|FW||Ricard Fernández||19 March 1999||7||0||Formentera||v. Turkey, 17 November 2019|
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET: player retired from international football
INJ: player withdrewed due to injury
Most capped players
- As of 6 September 2020
|7||Koldo Álvarez de Eulate||78||0||1998–2009|
- As of 3 September 2020
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