The National football team of Iran (Persian: تیم ملی فوتبال ایران, Tīm-e Melli Fūtbāl-e Īrān), also known as Team Melli (Persian: تیم ملی Tīm-e Melli), represents Iran in international football competitions and is governed by the Iran Football Federation. The national football team of Iran, known as Team Melli, has been the best team in Asia in the last four years and is currently 28th strongest team in the world according to the latest FIFA World Rankings as of April 2017.
Iran is one of the most successful national teams in Asia with three Asian Cup championships (1968, 1972, and 1976). Iran has qualified for the World Cup four times (1978, 1998, 2006, and 2014) but has never advanced past the group stage. Iran's only win in the World Cup has been a 2–1 victory against the United States in 1998.Close