Football takes pride of place in the sporting life of Yemen
. In recent years, former top players have been assuming responsibilities in the youth sector at the national association. The fact that Yemen
have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland is an achievement that, only a short while ago, they would never have dreamed of. Never before has a Yemeni team qualified for a FIFA final competition. The hard work being undertaken with young players is now being reflected in the senior national team. It scored a noteworthy triumph by coming second at the 2001/2002 Al-Aqsa Cup.