Wales football team
The Wales football team is the football team of Wales or the Welsh football team. Unlike England and Scotland, the Welsh football team is not the most followed version of the game. In Wales, the Welsh rugby team is the most followed. In this circumstance, it is not surprising that the Welsh football team is usually ranked lower than the English and Scottish teams.
|Nickname(s)||The Dragons (Welsh: Y Dreigiau)|
|Association||Football Association of Wales (FAW)|
|Head coach||Ryan Giggs|
|Most caps||Chris Gunter (93)|
|Top scorer||Gareth Bale (31)|
|Home stadium||Cardiff City Stadium|
|Current||28 9 (22 December 2022)|
|Highest||8 (October 2015)|
|Lowest||117 (August 2011)|
| Scotland 4–0 Wales |
(Glasgow, Scotland; 26 March 1876)
| Wales 11–0 Ireland |
(Wrexham, Wales; 3 March 1888)
| Scotland 9–0 Wales |
(Glasgow, Scotland; 23 March 1878)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1958)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 1958|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Semi-finals, 2016|
Recently, the team has been more highly ranked. The team recorded the biggest rise in the history of the FIFA World Rankings, moving from 117th in 2011 to 8th place in 2015. They are also the smallest nation by population to ever reach the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championship, after reaching the UEFA Euro 2016 semi-finals.
Most appearances change
- As of 3 July 2016
Top scorers change
- As of 18 November 2020 (players still active in bold):
Prior to 1954 the Welsh team was chosen by a panel of selectors with the team captain fulfilling the role of coach.
|Ronnie Burgess||1965 (caretaker manager for one match due to unavailability of Dave Bowen)|
|David Williams||1988 (caretaker manager for one match)|
|Neville Southall||1999 (caretaker manager for one match)|
|Brian Flynn||2010 (caretaker manager for two matches)|
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- "Wales one behind Brazil in Fifa rankings; Northern Ireland 35th". BBC Sport. 1 October 2015.
- "Forget Denmark '92 and Greece '04, Wales can eclipse both Euro fairytales". Eurosport UK. 4 July 2016.