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  • The Iraqi national football team represents Iraq in international football since 1948 and It is governed by the Iraq Football Association. The Iraqi Football Association was founded in 1948 and has been a member of FIFA since 1950, the Asian Football Confederation since 1970, and the sub-confederation regional body West Asian Football Federation since 2000. Iraq also is part of the Union of Arab Football Associations and has been a member since 1974. The Iraqi team is commonly known as which literally meaning Lions of Mesopotamia. Iraq is one of the most successful national teams in the Arab League, having a record won of a total of four Arab Nations Cup. On the Asian level Iraq is one of the powerhouses having won the AFC Asian Cup once, the Gold Medal of the Asian Games, Three Gulf Cups of Nations, and West Asia Championship. Iraq have been awarded the AFC National Team of the Year award two times, being the only team from West Asia to win this award.

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