The Chile national football team (Selección de fútbol de Chile) represents Chile in major international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. The team is commonly referred to as La Roja ("The Red One"). They have appeared in nine World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they finished in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the World Cup. Since the mid to late 1960s, the Elo ratings ranks Chile among the 25 strongest football teams in the world.
Chile are the reigning Copa América champions; after winning 2015 Copa América on home soil, they successfully defended their title in the United States in the Copa América Centenario in 2016. Prior to this, Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four occasions. As a result of winning the 2015 Copa América, they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they finished second.
Chile is one of the four founding member nations of CONMEBOL. Together with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, the four competed in the first South American Championship, later to be renamed the Copa América, in 1916. On October 12, 1926, Chile made the first corner-kick goal in Copa América history in a match against Bolivia.
Chile was one of the thirteen national teams that competed in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. The team started off well, beating Mexico and France without conceding a goal. A 3–1 loss to Argentina in the final game left the Chilean team in second place within the group, eliminating it from the tournament. In the 1950 World Cup, Chile defeated the United States, 5–2, but nevertheless was eliminated in the first round.
The best Chilean result in the World Cup was third place in 1962, as the host nation. Chile lost 4–2 to eventual champion Brazil in a semi-final but went on to defeat Yugoslavia 1–0 to earn third place. Chilean players made two World Cup firsts: the first player to miss a World Cup penalty kick was the Chilean Guillermo Subiabre, in a 1930 FIFA World Cup match against France, and Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card, during a match against West Germany at the 1974 World Cup.
La Roja's most infamous moment, known as the "Roberto Rojas scandal" or in Chile as "El Maracanazo", occurred on 3 September 1989. At a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium, Brazil led Chile 1–0 and La Roja needed to win. Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead. A firework had been thrown from the stands by a Brazilian fan named Rosenery Mello do Nascimento and was smouldering about a yard away. After Rojas was carried off the pitch, the Chilean players and coaches claimed that conditions were not safe and they refused to return, so the match was abandoned. However, video footage of the match showed that the firework had not made contact with Rojas. FIFA forfeited the game to Brazil, Chile was banned from the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life, although an amnesty was granted in 2001.
On July 19, 2007, the Chilean Football Federation banned six of the national team players, because of "internal indiscipline" during the Copa América tournament, for 20 international matches each and none of the players will ever be allowed to captain the national team. The players banned were captain Jorge Valdivia, defenders Álvaro Ormeño, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas, Pablo Contreras and striker Reinaldo Navia. Nelson Acosta's resignation as manager came after Chile were knocked out of the 2007 Copa América. Chile had qualified to the quarter-finals after a 3–2 win against Ecuador, and a 0–0 draw against Mexico. But two losses, one of those being a 6–1 defeat against Brazil, sealed Acosta's fate. Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa was given the task of becoming the Chile national team manager in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
On October 16, 2008, Chile beat Argentina 1–0 for the first time in a qualifying competition, making history. Marcelo Bielsa was acclaimed for this accomplishment by both Chilean and Argentinian people. This match was seen as one of the reasons that ended Alfio Basile's tenure as Argentina's coach.
After finishing in second place of the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and reaching the round of 16 at the tournament, head coach Marcelo Bielsa extended his contract with the Chilean national team until 2015. Bielsa stated that he would leave his position if Jorge Segovia were elected as President of the Chilean Football Board. He followed through on this threat, despite Segovia's election being annulled, and resigned in February 2011. Claudio Borghi then became Chile's manager in March 2011.
After a string of bad performances and harsh criticisms, Claudio Borghi stepped down as Chile's manager in November 2012. A new manager, Jorge Sampaoli, was appointed in December 2012. A disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli broke new records for La Roja by winning 10, drawing 3, and losing only 3 of 15 games as the head of the Chilean national team.
In the 2015 Copa América, Chile won their first game against Ecuador, with 2–0 being the score. In their second game, Chile drew against Mexico. Chile advanced to the knockout stage as Group A winners with 7 points and most goals scored of any team in the tournament (10). Then they beat Uruguay in the quarterfinals and Peru in the semifinals. In the final, Chile defeated Argentina on penalties (4–1) after a 0–0 draw, to win their first Copa America title.
In January 2016, just six months after winning the 2015 Copa America, Jorge Sampaoli stepped down as Chile's manager. A new manager, the Argentinean Juan Antonio Pizzi, was appointed at the end of the same month, who then led La Roja to a second Copa America Centenario 2016 victory after again beating Argentina in the final.
In the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, for which they had qualified by winning the Copa America, Chile won their first group stage match against Cameroon with 2–0 being the score. In their second match against the Germany, Chile drew after a hard match and both team scored 1. In their final game of the group stage against Australia, Chile drew once again but qualified to the knockout stage on virtue of having more points than Australia, though having less points than Germany. In the semis, after a tense and exciting match, Chile came out on top, beating Portugal on Penalties, 3–0 and hence they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final. In their first ever final in a FIFA-sanctioned tournament, Chile faced Germany and lost 1–0.
The team kit consists of a red jersey, blue shorts, and white socks. The away jersey features a white jersey, white shorts, and blue socks. The color scheme of red, white, and blue that was featured in the 1947 South American Championship, the precursor of the Copa América, has remained in place since. In 2016, red shorts were introduced as an option for the first time.
In August 2010, Puma acquired the contract to be the official kit supplier for the Chilean team from 2011–2015, paying US$ 3 million per year, also providing referees' kits and balls for domestic club competitions. The previous kit supplier, from 2004 to 2010 including the 2010 World Cup, was Brooks Sports. 
Puma company ended its link after the Copa America 2015 with the tender for the new brand that will outfit the team since August 2015. This procedure was won by the American company Nike. Thus, the brand will be responsible for all the costumes of the selection once the Copa America ends. The contract with Nike will last until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
|Le Coq Sportif||1973|
The Chilean national team plays their qualifying matches at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos located in Santiago, Chile and can be found at the commune of Ñuñoa. The construction of the stadium began in February 1937, and opened on 3 December 1938. The current official registered capacity is of 49,000 spectators, but has surpassed the 75,000 mark on many occasions when the match is of high demand. An example would be the 1962 FIFA World Cup semi-final match Chile vs. Brazil, where over 76,000 spectators viewed the game. The maximum attendance ever was 85,262 on December 26, 1962, for a game between Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile.
With 89 games played, this match is the most recurrent in the history of the Chilean national team and the third of the Argentine national team - after their encounters with Uruguay, Brazil. From that first game of the Roja in its history, played in Buenos Aires on May 27, 1910. This confrontation accumulates a history more than centenary, and calls a high attendance in Chile.
The Chile–Peru football rivalry is known in Spanish as the Clásico del Pacífico ("Pacific Derby"). The rivalry is considered to be one of the fiercest rivalries in the world, with CNN World Sport editor Greg Duke ranks it among the top ten football rivalries in the world. The rivalry between Chile and Peru stems from historical politics, border disputes, and the War of the Pacific, with the rivalry producing some of the most intense matches in South American footballing history.
Chile first faced Peru in the 1935 South American Championship, losing 1–0.
The following 23 players have been called up for the friendly matches against Sweden on March 24, and Denmark on March 27, 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of March 27, 2018 after the match against Denmark.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|23||GK||Johnny Herrera||May 9, 1981||23||0||Universidad de Chile|
|12||GK||Gonzalo Collao||September 9, 1997||0||0||Cobreloa|
|25||GK||Brayan Cortés||March 11, 1995||0||0||Colo-Colo|
|15||DF||Jean Beausejour||June 1, 1984||100||6||Universidad de Chile|
|4||DF||Mauricio Isla||June 12, 1988||100||4||Fenerbahçe|
|3||DF||Enzo Roco||August 16, 1992||19||1||Cruz Azul|
|5||DF||Paulo Díaz||August 25, 1994||11||0||San Lorenzo|
|2||DF||Miiko Albornoz||November 30, 1990||9||1||Hannover 96|
|6||DF||Guillermo Maripán||May 6, 1994||5||0||Alavés|
|16||DF||Igor Lichnovsky||March 7, 1994||2||0||Necaxa|
|24||DF||Valber Huerta||August 26, 1993||0||0||Huachipato|
|17||MF||Gary Medel||August 3, 1987||110||7||Beşiktaş|
|8||MF||Arturo Vidal||May 22, 1987||100||24||Bayern Munich|
|20||MF||Charles Aránguiz||April 17, 1989||66||7||Bayer Leverkusen|
|10||MF||Pablo Hernández||October 24, 1986||23||3||Celta|
|13||MF||Erick Pulgar||January 15, 1994||8||0||Bologna|
|22||MF||Diego Valdés||January 30, 1994||3||0||Morelia|
|7||FW||Alexis Sánchez||December 19, 1988||121||39||Manchester United|
|11||FW||Eduardo Vargas||November 20, 1989||82||35||UANL|
|9||FW||Nicolás Castillo||February 14, 1993||12||1||UNAM|
|21||FW||Martín Rodríguez||August 5, 1994||9||1||Cruz Azul|
|18||FW||Ángelo Sagal||April 18, 1993||8||2||Pachuca|
|19||FW||Marcos Bolados||February 28, 1996||2||1||Universidad Católica|
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Claudio Bravo||April 13, 1983||119||0||Manchester City||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|GK||Cristopher Toselli||June 15, 1988||9||0||Atlas||v. Bolivia, September 5, 2017|
|GK||Cristóbal Campos||January 1, 1999||0||0||Universidad de Chile||v. Burkina Faso, June 2, 2017|
|DF||Gonzalo Jara||August 29, 1985||110||3||Universidad de Chile||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|DF||Eugenio Mena||July 18, 1988||53||3||Bahia||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|DF||Óscar Opazo||October 18, 1990||2||0||Colo-Colo||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|DF||Osvaldo González||August 10, 1984||14||0||Toluca||v. Bolivia, September 5, 2017|
|DF||Ignacio Tapia||February 22, 1999||0||0||Huachipato||v. Burkina Faso, June 2, 2017|
|MF||Jorge Valdivia||October 19, 1983||79||7||Colo-Colo||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||José Pedro Fuenzalida||February 22, 1985||48||3||Universidad Católica||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||Francisco Silva||February 11, 1986||39||0||Cruz Azul||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||Felipe Gutiérrez||October 8, 1990||35||4||Sporting Kansas City||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||César Pinares||May 23, 1991||4||1||Colo-Colo||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||Esteban Pavez||May 1, 1990||3||0||Atlético Paranaense||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|MF||Marcelo Díaz||December 30, 1986||61||1||UNAM||v. Bolivia, September 5, 2017|
|MF||Yerko Leiva||June 14, 1998||1||0||Universidad de Chile||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE|
|MF||Gabriel Suazo||August 9, 1997||1||0||Colo-Colo||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE|
|MF||Carlos Carmona||February 21, 1987||51||1||Colo-Colo||v. Venezuela, March 28, 2017|
|FW||Felipe Mora||August 2, 1993||0||0||Cruz Azul||v. Sweden, March 23, 2018 INJ|
|FW||Mauricio Pinilla||February 4, 1984||45||8||Universidad de Chile||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|FW||Esteban Paredes||August 1, 1980||40||12||Colo-Colo||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|FW||Edson Puch||September 4, 1986||20||2||Querétaro||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|FW||Leonardo Valencia||April 25, 1991||9||1||Botafogo||v. Brazil, October 10, 2017|
|FW||Fabián Orellana||January 27, 1986||40||2||Eibar||v. Bolivia, September 5, 2017|
|June 2 Friendly||Chile||3–0||Burkina Faso||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 (UTC−4)||Vidal 10', 75'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Diego Abal (Argentina)
|June 9 Friendly||Russia||1–1||Chile||Moscow, Russia|
|Vasin 67'||Report||Isla 56'||Stadium: VEB Arena
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|June 13 Friendly||Romania||3–2||Chile||Cluj-Napoca, Romania|
|Stadium: Cluj Arena
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
|June 18 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup||Cameroon||0–2||Chile||Moscow, Russia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Vidal 81'
|Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
|June 22 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup||Germany||1–1||Chile||Kazan, Russia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Stindl 41'||Report||Sánchez 6'||Stadium: Kazan Arena
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|June 25 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup||Chile||1–1||Australia||Moscow, Russia|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Rodríguez 67'||Report||Troisi 42'||Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|June 28 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup||Portugal||0–0 (a.e.t.)
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Kazan Arena
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|July 2 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final||Chile||0–1||Germany||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stindl 20'||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|August 31 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||Chile||0–3||Paraguay||Santiago, Chile|
|Vidal 24' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Referee: Néstor Pitana
|September 5 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||Bolivia||1–0||Chile||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:00 (UTC−4)||Arce 59' (pen.)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|October 5 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||Chile||2–1||Ecuador||Santiago, Chile|
|Ibarra 82'||Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Referee: Sandro Ricci
|October 10 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||Brazil||3–0||Chile||São Paulo, Brazil|
Gabriel Jesus 57', 90+2'
|Stadium: Allianz Parque
|March 24 Friendly||Sweden||1–2||Chile||Solna, Sweden|
|18:00 UTC+1||Toivonen 23'||Report||Vidal 22'
|Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|March 27 Friendly||Denmark||0–0||Chile||Aalborg, Denmark|
|18:00 UTC+1||||Stadium: Aalborg Stadium
Referee: John Beaton, (Scotland)
Most capped players
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Group Stage||5th||3||2||0||1||5||3||Qualified as invitees|
|1950||Group Stage||9th||3||1||0||2||5||6||Qualified automatically|
|1954||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||1||10|
|1962||Third Place||3rd||6||4||0||2||10||8||Qualified as hosts|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||5||4|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||3|
|1986||Did not qualify||9||5||2||2||18||12|
|1998||Round of 16||16th||4||0||3||1||5||8||16||7||4||5||32||18|
|2002||Did not qualify||18||3||3||12||15||27|
|2010||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||3||5||18||10||3||5||32||22|
|2018||Did not qualify||18||8||2||8||26||27|
|2022||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup matches (by team)|
|Opponent||Wins||Draws||Losses||Total||Goals Scored||Goals Conceded|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|South American Championship record|
|1929||Did not participate|
|1959||Did not participate|
|Copa América record|
Gold Silver Bronze
|1896||Athens||No Football Tournament|
|1900||Paris||Did Not Participate|
|1932||Los Angeles||No football tournament|
|1948||London||Did Not Participate|
|1956||Melbourne||Did Not Participate|
|1960||Rome||Did Not Qualify|
|1988||Seoul||Did Not Qualify|
|2004||Athens||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|2020||Tokyo||To Be Determined|
|Pan American Games record|
|1955 and 1959||Did not participate|
|1967 to 1979||Did not participate|
|1991||Did not participate|
|1999 to 2015||Did not participate|
El acuerdo se cerró en los últimos días. El contrato será vigente después de la Copa América hasta la cita planetaria.
|Copa América Champions
2015 (1st title)
2016 (2nd title)