Israel Football Association
- The direct descendant of the current association was the Palestine Football Association which was founded in 1928 and affiliated to FIFA in 1929. Admitted to the Asian Football Confederation in 1954 but was expelled in 1974 due to the Arab-Israel conflict and several Muslim countries refusing to play against them. This was illustrated by the farcical Asian qualifying campaign for the 1958 World Cup in which all the other teams withdrew leaving Israel as the sole remaining team without playing a single game. FIFA ruled that no team could qualify without playing one match (barring the hosts and champions) and duly arranged a play-off with Wales which the Welsh won 4-0 on aggregate. Israel qualified for the 1970 World Cup via a play-off against Australia and drew games against Italy and Sweden.
After exclusion from the AFC Israel competed in UEFA's qualifying for the 1982 World Cup. For 1986 and 1990 editions they participated in Oceania qualifying and lost out in the final play-off again, this time to Colombia. In 1994 Israel joined UEFA fully and has competed there since.
England have played four games against Israel with 2 wins and two draws.
Head to head
- European Championship Qualifier