Oman Football Association

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Oman Football Association
الاتحاد العُماني لكرة القدم

OFA
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Sport Football
Futsal
Beach football
Jurisdiction Oman
Founded 1978 (1978)
Affiliation FIFA (1980)
AFC (1979)
UAFA (1978)
WAFF (2010)
GFU
Headquarters Oman
President Khalid Hamad Al-Busaidi
Vice president Salim Al-Wahibi (1st VP)
Saif Al-Hosani (2nd VP)
Secretary Saleh Al-Farsi
Official website
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Oman


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 since 1979 and of FIFA since 1980. Oman Football Association is a relatively young member of the football fraternity. They were founded in 1978 and the following year, joined AFC before making the FIFA family in 1980.

Overview[edit]

Oman plays against Japan in the qualifying rounds for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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.

Individual awards[edit]

Year Player Award
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[edit]

Year Team Award Competition
1989 Oman Fanja Won first place trophy Gulf Clubs Championship 1989
1994 Oman 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 Oman 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 Oman National Team Won second place trophy 17th Gulf Cup of Nations
2007 Oman Oman National Team Won second place trophy 18th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Oman 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 10-11[edit]

Al-Ahli (Sedab)
Al-Hilal (Salalah)
Al-Nahda
Al-Nasr
Al-Oruba
Al-Shabab
Al-Suwaiq
Al-Talia
Dhofar
Muscat
Oman FC
Saham

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