Oman Football Association
|Oman Football Association
الاتحاد العُماني لكرة القدم
|President||Khalid Hamad Al-Busaidi|
|Vice president||Salim Al-Wahibi (1st VP)
Saif Al-Hosani (2nd VP)
The Oman Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد العُماني لكرة القدم) is the governing body of football in Oman. It was founded in 1978, has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation and of FIFA since 1980.
Despite being a young association, their achievement at the youth level is impeccable. In the 1996 and 2000 AFC U-17 Championship, they became champions of Asia and representing Asia in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Ecuador, they managed a record high fourth place finish. Also in the same tournament Mohamed Al Kathiri was awarded most valuable player and was given the golden ball, scoring most individual goals.
At the senior level, success has been far and few. However, lately they seemed to have announced their arrival at the senior events. They reached the Asian Cup, China 2004 final rounds and did well against Asian champions Japan. Later in 2007 they reached the Asian Cup once again, but just went to the group stages. In the Gulf Cup, they reached the final twice, only to lose to Qatar and later, UAE; before winning it as hosts in 2009.
Players such as Imad Ali Al-Hosni have been impressive and are looked at as the future of Omani football. In addition, Oman is looking to take advantage of FIFA's assistance in the GOAL project to further develop the game in Oman. Also Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is leading the path of Omani football to Europe, being the first Omani to play in the Premier League. Along with Al-Habsi, Khalifa Ayil has sparked interest from Arsène Wenger of Arsenal.
Oman has a total of 45 clubs divided into three divisions. The First Division has 12 clubs, Second Division has 13 clubs while the Third Division has 20 clubs.
|1995||Mohamed Al Kathiri||1995 Asian Young Footballer of the Year|
|1995||Mohamed Al Kathiri||Golden Ball of 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship|
|2002||Hani Al Dhabit||Golden Shoe of the 15th Gulf Cup|
|2003||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 16th Gulf Cup|
|2004||Imad Al-Hosni||Golden Shoe of the 17th Gulf Cup|
|2004||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 17th Gulf Cup|
|2007||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 18th Gulf Cup|
|2009||Ali Al-Habsi||Best Goalkeeper of the 19th Gulf Cup|
Team awards and achievements
|1989||Fanja||Won first place trophy||Gulf Clubs Championship 1989|
|1994||Oman F.C.||Won second place||Asian Club Championship 1993-94|
|1994||Oman U-17 Team||Won third place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 1994|
|1995||Oman U-17 Team||Reached fourth place in tournament||1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship|
|1995||Dhofar S.C.S.C.||Won second place||Gulf Clubs Championship 1995|
|1996||Oman U-17 Team||Won first place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 1996|
|2000||Oman U-17 Team||Won first place trophy||AFC U-17 Championship 2000|
|2004||Oman National Team||Won second place trophy||17th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2007||Oman National Team||Won second place trophy||18th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2009||Oman National Team||Won the Gulf Cup||19th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2012||Oman U-21 Team||Runners up AFC VS CAF||Olympics 2012|
Omani League teams 2010-11
- June 25, 1980: "Asian Football Confederation holds 9th congress in Hong Kong: Oman and Democratic Yemen were admitted into the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) by a resolution passed at its ninth congress here yesterday, thus bringing the AFC total membership to 35." Xinhua General News Service
- Oman Football Association at the FIFA website.
- Oman Football Association at AFC site
- Oman Football Association Official website