Today football in Israel is controlled by the Israel Football Association (IFA), and it is possible for anyone with Israel tickets watch the national team taking on some of the best teams in the world. The game of football was popular during the British Palestine mandate and football matches were a regular occurrence during this time, but it was not until Israel became a nation that the IFA was born, and the first match of the Israeli team took place on 26th September 1948 against the USA Olympic Team. Since then the team has had a varied international history, initially competing in the Asian Football Confederation between 1954-1974. Israel were excluded from AFC competition by the end of 1974 as a result of the Arab Israeli conflict, and the refusal of many Arab nations to compete against Israel.Israel quickly joined the Oceania Confederation and stayed there for the next seventeen years.
Israel in International Competition
Since 1991 Israel has competed in European club competitions, receiving full UEFA membership in 1994. In 2000 they successfully reached the playoffs of UEFA Euro 2000.Watching any championship match is always a thrilling experience, and Israel rarely disappoint their fans. Their best world cup performance was in 1970 when they qualified for the playoff stages. They came close to qualifying again in 2006 when they almost reached the playoff stages of the competition, ending third in their group, equal on points with Switzerland, who qualified for the next stage on goal difference. In 2010 it was a similar story with Israel again finishing in fourth place in their group, on this occasion it was Switzerland who came out on top of the group with Greece and Latvia in second and third spots.Outside European competition, Israel were finalists in the AFC Asian cup in 1956 and again in 1960 before hosting and successfully winning the competition in 1964.
Watch Israel in Haifa or Jerusalem
Fans who purchase Israel tickets for matches played in Israel will be able to watch the game in world class surroundings. In the past, matches would have been played in the national stadium in Ramat Gan, but since 2014 the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa has shared games with the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Both of these stadiums can accommodate in excess of 30,000 fans and are rated as world class venues. As well as playing host to the national team they are also used for Israeli clubs who make it to the UEFA Champions League. Wherever you have the opportunity to watch Israel, purchasing Israel tickets will ensure you enjoy world class football at one of the best stadiums in the world.