Since gaining independence in 1991, Armenia
has been writing its own football history and the national association takes part in all FIFA competitions (senior, youth and women's football). Ararat Yerevan were one of the leading teams in the top league in the Soviet Union, often playing in European club competitions. A number of Armenian players played for the «Sbornaja» (national team), including Khoren Oganesian at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and Eduard Markarov in the 1970s. Both played for Ararat Yerevan. Markarov later became assistant coach of the Soviet Union's youth team, and was part of the coaching staff at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Portugal in 1991, when the team finished third.