After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. And as things improve in this Southeast Asian nation, football has begun to make its appearance. It is only in recent years that Laos has fielded a team to compete in international tournaments. But even then, their participation has only been confined to regional competitions.Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Laos has also gone on to compete in the Asean Tiger Cup. Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has proven that they have some substance and are able to challenge some of the more established teams.

In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines while two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they stunned Malaysia, a country that has qualified for the Olympics twice in the past. Laos has gone on to compete in other SEA Games and the Tiger Cup and have performed creditably.

There are over 60 clubs in Laos who play regularly in domestic competitions.


Fast Facts
Climate: The weather in this nation is governed by two main monsoons that hit the entire region each year. The monsoons are from May to September and November to March. The southern regions of Laos, including the Mekong Valley, are among the hottest and also the wettest. The northern areas are cooler and receive less rain.

Economy: Up to 80% of the population are involved in forestry, agriculture and fishing. Laos is also rich in minerals but this industry has not been fully exploited. Population: The nation, with a population of around 4.9 million, has a low density of people per square kilometer. The most populated area is the Mekong River Valley in the southern reaches of this country.

Religion: Buddhism is widely observed. During the war years it was suppressed but has come out in the open again after 1992.

Language: Lao is the official language and spoken by the various ethnic groups in the country. English is spoken but not very widely.

Currency: The official currency is the Kip. (US$1 equals 4205 kip)