Sport in Saudi Arabia
This article is about the sports in Saudi Arabia.
Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia. In recent years, the sport has grown in popularity, and some Saudi players currently play in Europe. The Saudi Arabian national football team is governed by the Saudi Football Federation (SFF). The SFF organises the Saudi Leagues, and the Saudi Arabian Cup. The Saudi national team has competed in four FIFA World Cup competitions, in 1994, 1998, 2002, and most recently, in 2006. The Saudi team has also competed in seven AFC Asian Cup competitions, first in 1984. Achievements from the AFC Cup include being the Champions in 1984, 1988, and recently, in 1996. The current player of the year is Hussein Sulaimani, who is the captain of Saudi Arabian football team. Saudi Arabia also regularly participate in the Gulf Cup of Nations, AFC Champions League, and Arab Nations Cup.
Basketball is also a popular sport in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Premier League (basketball) has been home to several players who competed at the FIBA Asia Championship and has also attracted NBA-players such as Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
Rugby union in Saudi Arabia is a minor but growing sport, which has been played for several decades in the Kingdom. Many of the local rugby clubs date back to the late 1970s.
This is a list of Saudi Arabian national sports teams:
- Saudi Arabia national football team
- Saudi Arabia national basketball team
- Saudi Arabia national handball team
- Saudi Arabia national cricket team
- Saudi Arabia at the Olympics
- Saudi Arabia at the Paralympics
- Saudi Arabia Football Federation
- Women's sport in Saudi Arabia
- List of sports venues in Saudi Arabia