Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium

Coordinates: 31°50′51″N 35°13′49″E / 31.84750°N 35.23028°E / 31.84750; 35.23028
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Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Full nameFaisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Coordinates31°50′51″N 35°13′49″E / 31.84750°N 35.23028°E / 31.84750; 35.23028
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction costUS$4 million (renovation)
Palestine national football team
Hilal Al-Quds Club

Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب فيصل الحسيني الدولي) is an association football stadium on Dahiat al'Barid Street in Al-Ram. It is one of the home stadiums of the Palestine national football team. It is named after Faisal Husseini, a Palestinian politician who died in 2001. The stadium has a seating capacity of 12,500 spectators.

Palestine international matches[edit]

On 26 October 2008, the team played Jordan in their first-ever home international in 10 years of FIFA membership. In attendance were FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.[1] On 29 October 2009, the Palestinian national women's football team played its first home international match against Jordan before a capacity crowd at the stadium.[2]

On 9 March 2011, Palestine "played its first ever competitive match at home in the West Bank". It was the second leg of a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games, against Thailand. Thailand had won the first leg 1–0 in Bangkok; Palestine won the second 1–0 at the stadium, with a goal by Abdelhamid Abuhabib in the 43rd minute. The draw on aggregate led to a penalty shootout, with Thailand winning 6–5. Attending the match was Prime Minister Fayyad, who described it as a "historic day".[3]

Palestine 1–0 (1–1 on aggregate) Thailand
Abuhabib 43'
Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram

On 3 July 2011, the stadium hosted "the first World Cup game ever to be played at home in the Palestinian territories". The game was the second leg of a two-match encounter against Afghanistan, in the first round of the Asian Football Confederation qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The game was a draw, enabling Palestine to advance to the second round on aggregate. Afghanistan were eliminated.[4]

Palestine 1–1 Afghanistan
Wadi 12' Report Arezou 63'
Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram
Attendance: 9,000


  1. ^ "Jordan ties Palestine in historic match". The Jordan Times. 27 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Palestine women tie Jordan in soccer first". Ma'An News Agency. 26 October 2000. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Palestinian footballers in bittersweet Olympic match". BBC News. 9 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Palestinians play first World Cup qualifier at home" Archived 3 February 2023 at the Wayback Machine, BBC, 3 July 2011

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