Qualification history
The Sultanate of Oman did not go through the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying process until Italy 1990, at the culmination of which they found themselves bottom of their section. It would subsequently take the Middle East side over ten years to finally obtain a result against one of the traditional Asian powerhouses, and another 13 to actually flirt with qualification. During a remarkable Brazil 2014 campaign, the rapidly improving Omanis finished fourth in Group B in the final round, just four points behind Australia. That improvement continued on the road to Russia 2018, when the Omanis finished second in Group D behind a dominant Iran, with a memorable draw in Muscat against the eventual group winners a notable result. However, they did not do enough to place as one of the four best runners up and will have to wait until at least Qatar 2022 for their debut on the global stage.