|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Anurak Srikerd|
| Thailand 9–0 Malaysia |
(Bangkok, Thailand; November 1998)
Thailand 9–0 Timor-Leste
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 8 November 2009)
| Thailand 0–6 Japan |
(Bangkok, Thailand; 13 November 1999)
|AFC U-23 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2020)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||4th place (2002, 2014)|
|Southeast Asian Games|
|Appearances||10 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Gold Medal (7 titles)|
The Thailand national under-23 football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทยรุ่นอายุไม่เกิน 23 ปี, RTGS: futbon thim chat thai run ayu mai koen yi-sip-sam pi), also known as the Thailand Olympic football team is the national team for the under-23 and 22 level, representing Thailand in international football competitions in the Olympic Games, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments including the AFC U-23 Championship. It is controlled by the Football Association of Thailand.
The team won the Southeast Asian Games gold medal for a record 7th time, making it the most successful among ASEAN football teams. Despite its major domination in Southeast Asia competition, the team never won any gold medal in Asian level.
2014 Asian Games
The 2014 Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea. The Thailand U23 Team under coach Kiatisuk Senamuang built a young-blood team that would later become the main Thailand senior team with players such as Chanathip Songkrasin, Sarach Yooyen, Kawin Thamsatchanan, Charyl Chappuis, etc. In this competition the team made top performance by finishing in fourth place, the highest in the Asian Games after 1998.
2016 AFC U-23 Championship
The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament was held in Qatar from 12–30 January 2016. Thailand qualified for the tournament by runner-up in the qualification stage in homeland in March 2015. The Young Elephants recorded comprehensive victories; 2–1 against Cambodia; 5–1 against Philippines and 0–0 against North Korea.
The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship doubled as the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics Football tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Thailand were eliminated from the championship in the group stage. A 1–1 draw to Saudi Arabia followed by a 0–4 loss to Japan meant that Thailand needed to defeat North Korea in the final group match. A nil-all draw resulted in the elimination for Thailand from the tournament and hence failure to qualify for the Olympics. Although eliminated, Thailand earned praise and reputation for its strong performance in the tournament.
2018 AFC U-23 Champioship
In the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, Thailand only finished second in their qualification, but with the team being undefeated, Thailand beat Malaysia 3–0 and was held draws by Mongolia and Indonesia, Thailand became the best runners-up to qualify. The Young Elephants prepared by hosting the friendly 2017 M-150 Cup, where they finished fourth but managed to beat Japan 2–1. This enthusiastic performance of Thailand put up great hope for the team, having earlier conquered the 2017 SEA Games.
However, having entered the tournament, it would become Thailand's complete nightmare. They opened their game with a 0–1 loss to North Korea before got slapped with the same result to Japan, eventually eliminated the Young Elephants from the competition. The Thais bid goodbye from the competition in a humiliating fashion, with a devastating 1–5 loss to Palestine. To add the dismay, their defeated rivals Malaysia and Vietnam both moved on to progress from the group stage, with the latter managed to reach the final and ended in second place.
2020 AFC U-23 Championship
Thailand was awarded as host of the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, therefore they were automatically qualified. Thailand still participated in the qualification as an opportunity to train and improve the team. Thailand, once again, finished second, after beating Indonesia and Brunei, but lost to Vietnam. Before the tournament, Thailand was eliminated at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after the group stage.
In the group stage, Thailand would face Iraq, Australia and maiden debutant Bahrain, and was tipped favorably to progress, mainly due to Australia's underperformance in the tournament and inexperienced Bahrain. Thailand prepared by playing against Saudi Arabia in the friendly encounter, but lost 0–1. In their first match against inexperienced Bahrain, the Thais proved to be too dominant for the visitor, as the Thais demolished Bahrain 5–0. This win allowed more Thai supporters coming to cheer for the Thai side in their second encounter against underperformed Australia, instead, Thailand suffered a heartbreaking 1–2 loss to Australia despite having taken the lead and putting Thailand's quest to the final stage in their final game against Iraq. In final matches in group state Thailand draw Iraq 1–1 earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in AFC U-23 Championship as the second-placed team in the group behind Australia. In quarterfinals Thailand have to face with the winner of Group B, Saudi Arabia and lost with penalty 1-0 end the way to 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Lose
Current coaching staff
- As of 29 July 2021
|Carles Romagosa||Technical Director|
|Anurak Srikerd||Assistant Coach|
|Issara Sritaro||Assistant Coach|
|Umarin Yaodam||Goalkeeping Coach|
The following 23 players were called up for 2020 AFC U-23 Championship.
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|Olympic Games finals||Qualifications|
|1992||Spain||Preliminary round qualification||8||5||0||3||25||9|
|1996||United States||Preliminary round qualification||4||2||0||2||12||6|
|2000||Australia||Second round qualification||6||1||2||3||4||13|
|2004||Greece||Second preliminary round qualification||2||0||1||1||2||5|
|2008||China||Second round qualification||8||3||2||3||9||7|
|2012||Great Britain||First preliminary round qualification||2||0||0||2||0||4|
|2016||Brazil||Did not qualify||2016 AFC U-23 Championship|
|2020||Japan||Did not qualify||2020 AFC U-23 Championship|
|2024||France||To be determined||To be determined|
|2028||United States||To be determined||To be determined|
*:Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
AFC U-23 Asian Cup
|AFC U-23 Asian Cup finals||Qualifications|
|20131||Oman||Did not qualify||5||2||1||2||11||6|
|2022||Uzbekistan||To be determined||To be determined|
|AFC U-23 Asian Cup history|
|2016||Group stage||13 January||Saudi Arabia||D 1–1||Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha|
|16 January||Japan||L 0–4|
|19 January||North Korea||D 2–2|
|2018||Group stage||10 January||North Korea||L 0–1||Jiangyin Stadium, Jiangyin|
|13 January||Japan||L 0–1|
|16 January||Palestine||L 1–5||Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre, Changzhou|
|2020||Group stage||8 January||Bahrain||W 5–0||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok|
|11 January||Australia||L 1–2|
|14 January||Iraq||D 1–1|
|Quarter-Final||18 January||Saudi Arabia||L 0–1||Thammasat Stadium, Khlong Luang|
Southeast Asian Games
AFF U-22 Youth Championship
|AFF U-22 Youth Championship record|
|Summer Universiade record|
*: Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
An all-time record table of Thailand national under-23 football team in major competitions only including; Summer Olympics, AFC U-23 Championship, M-150 Cup, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games.
|Thailand national under-23 football team all-time record|
|United Arab Emirates||3||1||0||2||5||6||−1||33.33%|
|Last match updated was against Saudi Arabia under-23 on 19 January 2020|
This is a list of honours for the Thailand national under-23 football team.
- Bronze medal (1): 2007
- Winners (1): 2017
- BIDC Cup (Cambodia)
- Winners (1): 2013
- Thailand national football team
- Thailand national under-21 football team
- Thailand national under-20 football team
- Thailand national under-17 football team
- Football in Thailand
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- Football Association of Thailand (in Thai)