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Israel national under 21 football team

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Most caps  Arik Benado (39)
Home stadium  Ness Ziona Stadium
Appearances  2 (first in 2007)
Head coach  Marco Balbul
Location  Israel
Top scorer  Alon Mizrahi (15)
FIFA code  ISR
Best result  Group Stage, 3rd Place
Captain  Ataa Jaber
Ground  Ness Ziona Stadium
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Association  Israel Football Association

Israel's national Under-21 team (Hebrew: הנבחרת הצעירה של ישראל בכדורגל‎‎) is considered to be the feeder team for the Israel national football team. It has recently qualified for the European Championships to be held in the Netherlands after beating the French under-21 team 2-1 on aggregate.


This team is for Israeli players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U-21s, senior side and again for the U-21s, as Shlomi Arbeitman has done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).

The U-21 team came into existence, following the Israel's acceptance as a full member of UEFA. A draw in a qualifier against Greece in Greece was Israel U-21s' first result.

Israel U-21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around Israel in an attempt to encourage fans in all areas of the country to get behind Israel. Because of the lack of appeal compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds are used (such as HaMoshava Stadium).

Competition History

There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. European U-21 teams compete for the European Championship, with the finals every even-numbered year. It will be held in odd-numbered years from 2007. Israel has never fared well in European Under-21 Football Championships.

The current campaign started shortly after the 2006 finals - the qualification stage of the 2007 competition. UEFA have decided to shift the next tournament forward to avoid a clash with senior tournaments taking place in even-numbered years. The competition has therefore been reduced as qualifying must be completed in a year's less time. In their three-team qualification group, Israel finished ahead of Turkey and Wales. In the two-legged play-off against France for a place in the final stage, the team achieved a surprising 1-1 draw in France and won the home match 1-0, with Amir Taga scoring in stoppage time.

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

Top Appearances

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top Goalscorers

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Greece and Albania.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 3 June 2016.
  • Recent callups

    The following players have been called up for the team within the last 8 months:


    Israel national under-21 football team Wikipedia