Bangladesh Football Federation

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Bangladesh Football Federation
AFC
Association crest
Founded 1972
FIFA affiliation 1976
AFC affiliation 1974[1]
President Kazi Salahuddin
Website www.bff.com.bd

The Bangladesh Football Federation (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ ফুটবল ফেডারেশন) or BFF is the governing body of football in Bangladesh. It controls the country's men's, women's and youth national teams and oversees all aspects of the country's football. The BFF is based at BFF Bhaban Motijheel, Dhaka near Bangabandhu National Stadium.

History[edit]

BFF was founded on 15 July 1972, by Prof. Md. Yousuf Ali (former Education, Culture and Sports Minister). Prof. Yousuf Ali presided the association with Abul Hashem of Wari Club as general secretary.[2]

It became affiliated with AFC and FIFA in 1973 and 1976 respectively.[3] Bangladesh was elected as member in the AFC Executive Committee 1982-86 and 1998-02.

Major (Rtd) Hafizuddin Ahmed was elected vice president of AFC for 1990-94.[4]

The BFF continued the Dhaka Football League that started in 1948, after the independence of Bangladesh. It gained huge fanship and support and continued with premier, first, second and third divisions in the process.

In 1980, the Federation started top the Federation Cup, which grew to be the country's top national cup competition.

In 2007 BFF started the country's top tier professional league Bangladesh Premier League (known as B. League then).

In 2009 it launched the Super Cup tournament, the highest budgeted football tournament organised by BFF, Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat arch-rivals Dhaka Abahani.[5]

In 2012 BFF launched 2nd tier professional league Bangladesh Championship League.

The BFF is also a founding member of South Asian Football Federation

Competitions[edit]

Active[edit]

Competitions currently run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Current Champion Remarks
Bangladesh Premier League 2007 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club the country's top tier professional football league
Bangladesh Championship League 2012 Rahmatganj MFS the country's second tier professional league
Senior Division Football League 1948 Badda Jagarani Sangsad the new name for the Dhaka League
Federation Cup 1980 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club the country's top club cup competition
Super Cup 2009 Mohammedan Sporting Club the country's highest budgeted cup competition

Defunct[edit]

Competitions previously run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Last Season Last Champion Remarks
National Football Championship (Bangladesh) 2000 2005-06 Mohammedan Sporting Club the country's national semi-pro league that had its last season in 2005-06
Aga Khan Gold Cup 1958 1981/1982 Bangkok Bank F.C. and Brothers Union
[Shared after 1-1 draw]
multinational club competition last held in 1981
Bangabandhu Cup 1996/1997 1999 Japan League XI multinational club and B Team competition last held in 1999
Sher-e-Bangla Cup 1975 1994 Bhola semi-pro cup that had its last season in 1994

Official partners[edit]

Nitol-Tata the sole distributor of Tata vehicles in Bangladesh was the official sponsor between 2000 till 2005

In April 2008, the BFF secured BDT 16,00,00,000 (equivalent to USD 22,85,714 appx) for three years from a multinational mobile operator company, Citycell (Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited) for three years as sponsorship for Bangladesh Football Federation, which is a record in the football sponsorship money securing in the history of Bangladesh football.

Later in 2010, it made contract with Grameenphone - country's leading mobile phone operator, for the sponsorship of BFF's tournaments.

BFF secured USD 70,000 for one year when Nitol-Tata again became the official sponsor for the 2013/2014 season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC BARS ISRAEL FROM ALL ITS COMPETITIONS". Reuters. The Straits Times. 16 September 1974. 
  2. ^ "BFF info". bangladeshdir.com. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh on FIFA.com". FIFA.com. 
  4. ^ "BFF info". bangladeshdir.com. 
  5. ^ doi= "Bangladesh: Mohammedan SC Clinch Citycell Super Cup". goal.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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