|Association||Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) |
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Vom Ca-nhum|
|Most caps||Chen Po-Liang (79)|
|Top scorer||Chen Po-Liang (25)|
|Home stadium||Taipei Municipal Stadium |
Kaohsiung National Stadium
|Current||138 (18 February 2021)|
|Highest||121 (April–May 2018)|
|Lowest||191 (June 2016)|
Philippines 2–1 Republic of China
(Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)[Note 1]
Republic of China 3–2 South Vietnam
(Manila, Philippines; 1 May 1954)
| Chinese Taipei 10���0 Guam |
(Macau, China; 17 June 2007)
| Kuwait 10–0 Chinese Taipei |
(Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; 9 November 2006)
|Appearances||2 (first in 1960)|
|Best result||Third place (1960)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2006)|
|Chinese Taipei national football team|
The Chinese Taipei national football team represents Taiwan (the Republic of China) in international football and is controlled by the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA, Traditional Chinese: 中華民國足球協會), the governing body for football in Taiwan.
It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation. Despite never qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, Taiwan reached the semi-finals of the 1960 and 1968 AFC Asian Cups, finishing third in the former. The side also won gold in the football sector at the 1954 and 1958 Asian Games although the players in the team originated from British Hong Kong.
The Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) was founded in Mainland China as the China Football Association (CFA) in 1924 and relocated to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of the Chinese Civil War. Affiliated with FIFA in 1932 as China, it rejoined FIFA in 1954, first under the name Taiwan, then Republic of China, and later Chinese Taipei.
The team's greatest success came when they finished third in the Asian Cup in 1960, playing as Taiwan. However, the players in the team originally came from Hong Kong, as well, as the reputation of the Hong Konger national team was not as good.
The side reached their highest FIFA World Ranking, the 121th placement, in July 2018, under the guidance of renowned English coach Gary White. Since its signing in the autumn of 2017, White's strategies to improve not only the national team, but also the standards of football on the island included an extended scouting operation looking for talents of Taiwanese heritage from abroad: the cast proved to be successful when players such as Tim Chow, Will Donkin and Emilio Estevez were tapped in for the national team.
Plus, in December 2017, the country hosted the CTFA International Tournament, a tier 1 competition that hosted Laos, Philippines and Timor-Leste as guest members and was designed to test Taiwan's representative in preparation for international friendlies and tournaments in the future years: Taiwan won all of its three games, thus securing the victory of the mini-tournament and its first official international trophy in 55 years. Thanks to the four goals he scored (two of which in the final match against Laos), striker Li Mao was deemed as the competition's top scorer.
White led a successful period for the Chinese Taipei, including winning 7 FIFA international games in a row. Charged with taking Taiwan to their first AFC Asian Cup since 1968, White had took over the guide of the national team halfway through the qualification campaign: eventually, he brought them to the third round of the qualifiers, missing a spot to the tournament (in favour of Bahrain and Turkmenistan) by just one point. White was then offered a contract by the Hong Kong national team and left his role in Taiwan in September 2018.
Following the Englishman's departure, Taiwan went on a severe lack of satisfaction during the following year. Vom Ca-nhum, employed as a caretaker manager while he was guiding the under-19 squad, had not been able to qualify his side to the final round of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship (even though they won their match against Mongolia). Then, another Englishman, Louis Lancaster, who previously assisted Gary White during his time on the island, was appointed as the main coach to take his first senior management position. However, things got even worse for the Chinese Taipei: in 2019, the team won just one out of the nine matches they played (a 2-0 win in a friendly against Hong Kong), and they were prematurely eliminated from the continental qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, losing all of their first five games and getting thrashed by Australia (1-7), Kuwait (9-0) and Jordan (5-0). Following the shocking results in the first phase of the qualifiers, Lancaster was sacked in December 2019, and the federation soon decided to hire Vom Ca-nhum again, this time on a full basis, as he was one of the few coaches on the island to have already gained an AFC Pro A coaching license.
The qualification match for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in February 2011 was played on Kaohsiung National Stadium, while the qualification match for 2014 FIFA World Cup in July 2011 was played on Taipei Municipal Stadium.
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
| 1930 to
|Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China only, which did not enter||Did not exist|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
| 1962 to
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||1||17|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determimed|
Olympic Games record
|1900 to 1936||Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China only, which did not enter|
|1952 to 1956||Did not enter|
|1964 to 1976||Did not qualify|
|1980||Refused to participate|
|1984 to 1988||Did not qualify|
AFC Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup Record|
|1956||Did not qualify|
| 1980 to
|Did not enter|
| 1992 to
|Did not qualify|
AFC Challenge Cup record
|2008||Did not qualify|
East Asian Cup
|EAFF East Asian Cup record||Preliminary round|
|2003||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||13||3|
Asian Games record
- 1951 – Did not enter
- 1954 – Champion
- 1958 – Champion
- 1962 – Did not enter
- 1966 – Preliminary round
- 1970 to 1998 – Did not enter due to weak football strength.
In 2002, the age is limited under 23 years old.
All time results
Here are Taiwan's football results and fixtures' record since 1949.
Recent and forthcoming fixtures
Win Draw Lose
|15 October 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Chinese Taipei||1–7||Australia||Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
|14 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Kuwait||9–0||Chinese Taipei||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium|
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
|19 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Jordan||5–0||Chinese Taipei||Amman, Jordan|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
AFC Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1984||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||2||18|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||2||8|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games Record|
|2002–present||See Chinese Taipei national under-23 football team|
The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round matches against Jordan on 19 November 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November after the match against Jordan.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Pan Wen-chieh||29 June 1992||32||0||Taiwan Steel|
|18||GK||Chiu Yu-hung||31 August 1994||18||0||Taipower|
|23||GK||Shih Shin-an||10 October 1992||0||0||Tatung|
|2||DF||Wang Ruei||10 August 1993||22||1||Taichung Futuro|
|3||DF||Chen Ting-yang||28 September 1992||46||3||Taichung Futuro|
|4||DF||Hung Tzu-kuei||1 June 1993||24||0||CPC|
|5||DF||Lin Cheng-yi||30 September 1987||27||2||Taipower|
|6||DF||Chen Wei-chuan||29 August 1992||28||0||Taiwan Steel|
|8||DF||Cheng Hao||13 January 1997||2||0||Taiwan Steel|
|21||DF||Hsieh Po-an||3 November 1994||5||0||Taipower|
|7||MF||Will Donkin||26 December 2000||18||0||Mosta|
|11||MF||Wu Chun-ching||18 December 1988||50||8||Taiwan Steel|
|12||MF||Wen Chih-hao||25 March 1993||45||4||Beijing BSU|
|13||MF||Lin Chang-lun||28 June 1991||31||2||Taipower|
|14||MF||Chen Chao-an||22 June 1995||27||2||Taipower|
|15||MF||Yen Ho-shen||31 December 1990||16||2||Taipower|
|16||MF||Emilio Estevez||10 August 1998||3||0||Ourense CF|
|17||MF||Chen Po-liang||11 August 1988||79||25||Changchun Yatai|
|9||FW||Ko Yu-ting||18 January 1994||10||0||Taipower|
|10||FW||Chen Hao-wei||30 April 1992||49||8||Taichung Futuro|
|19||FW||Lee Hsiang-wei||15 April 1996||7||0||Taipower|
|20||FW||Chu En-le||8 September 1987||27||6||Taichung Futuro|
|22||FW||Chen Jui-chieh||15 July 1995||8||0||Taiwan Steel|
The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|MF||Chen Yi-wei||27 March 1987||60||2||Taipower||v. Kuwait, 14 November 2019RET|
The official kit supplier is currently produced by ANGO since 2019, a local sports brand in Taiwan.
|1936||Ngan Shing-kwan (顏成坤)|
|1954–1958||Lee Wai Tong (李惠堂)|
|1966||Ho Ying Fun (何應芬)|
|1966, 1968, 1971||Pau King Yin (鮑景賢)|
|1967||Hsu King Shing (許竟成)|
|1977–1981||Law Pak (羅 北)|
|1981–1985||Chiang Chia (江 洽)|
|1985–1988||Lo Chih-tsung (羅智聰)|
|1988–1993||Huang Jen-cheng (黃仁成)|
|1994–2000||Chiang Mu-Tsai (強木在)|
|2000–2001||Huang Jen-cheng (黃仁成)|
|2001–2005||Lee Po-houng (李博洪)|
|2005||Edson Silva (埃德森席爾瓦)|
|2005–2007||Toshiaki Imai (今井敏明)|
|2008–2009||Chen Sing-An (陳信安)|
|2009–2011||Lo Chih-tsung (羅智聰)|
|2011||Lee Tae-ho (李泰昊)|
|2012||Chen Kuei-Jen (陳貴人) (caretaker)|
|2012||Chiang Mu-Tsai (強木在)|
|2013–May 2016||Chen Kuei-Jen (陳貴人)|
|May–October 2016||Toshiaki Imai (今井敏明)|
|November 2016–August 2017||Kazuo Kuroda (黑田和生)|
|August–September 2017||Reiji Hirata (平田礼次) (caretaker)|
|September 2017 - September 2018||Gary White (蓋瑞·懷特)|
|September 2018–January 2019||Vom Ca-nhum (王家中) (caretaker)|
|January 2019–December 2019||Louis Lancaster (路易斯·蘭卡斯特)|
|February 2020||Vom Ca-nhum (王家中)|
|Head Coach||Vom Ca-nhum|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Dragos Plopeanu|
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