South Asian Football Federation

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South Asian Football Federation
SouthAsianFootballFederation logo.png
SAFF.PNG
SAFF members
Motto Strength in Unity
Formation 1997
Type Sports organization
Membership 7 member associations
President
Bangladesh Kazi Salahuddin

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005.[1] The current champion of SAFF is Afghanistan after they defeated India 2-0.

Member associations[edit]

SAFF Championship
FIFA Code Year Association Member
 Bangladesh
1997
Bangladesh Football Federation Founding Member
 India
1997
All India Football Federation Founding Member
 Maldives
1997
Football Association of Maldives Founding Member
   Nepal
1997
All Nepal Football Association Founding Member
 Pakistan
1997
Pakistan Football Federation Founding Member
 Sri Lanka
1997
Football Federation of Sri Lanka Founding Member
 Bhutan
2000
Bhutan Football Federation Expansion 1

Former members[edit]

SAFF Championship
FIFA Code Year Association Member
 Afghanistan
2005
Afghanistan Football Federation Expansion 2

In 2014, the Central Asian Football Federation was created with six members:  Afghanistan,  Iran,  Kyrgyzstan,  Tajikistan,  Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan.[2] Afghanistan left the South Asian Football Federation(SAFF) in 2014 and moved to Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF)

Presidents[edit]

President Years
Nepal Ganesh Thapa 1999 - October 2009 [3]
Bangladesh Kazi Salahuddin October 2009 - October 2012

SAFF Championship[edit]

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) organizes the SAFF Championship, also called the South Asian Football Federation Cup (previously South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup), a regional football competition of South Asian countries. It is held every two years. Previous names have included the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup 95 in 1995.[citation needed]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1993
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan

India
[note 1]
Sri Lanka

Nepal
[note 1]
Pakistan
1995
Details
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
1 – 0
India

Bangladesh
[note 2]
Nepal
1997
Details
Nepal
Nepal

India
5 – 1
Maldives

Pakistan
1 – 0
Sri Lanka
1999
Details
India
India

India
2 – 0
Bangladesh

Maldives
2 – 0
Nepal
2003
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Bangladesh
1 – 1
(5 – 3 pen.)

Maldives

India
2 – 1
Pakistan

Since the 2005 edition, there was no official third place match. Hence, there were no official third place and fourth place being awarded. Semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists [2]
Champion Score Runner-up
2005
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan

India
2 – 0
Bangladesh
 Maldives and  Pakistan
2008
Details
Maldives Sri Lanka
Maldives and Sri Lanka

Maldives
1 – 0
India
 Bhutan and  Sri Lanka
2009
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

India
0 – 0
(3 – 1 pen.)

Maldives
 Bangladesh and  Sri Lanka
2011
Details
India
India

India
4 – 0
Afghanistan
 Maldives and    Nepal
2013
Details
Nepal
Nepal

Afghanistan
2 – 0
India
 Maldives and    Nepal
2015
Details
India
India
TBD TBD TBD
1Final tournaments in league table format.
2No third place match has been played since 2005; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

SAFF U-16 Championship[edit]

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) also organizes the SAFF U-16 Championship an international youth football competition contested by the national teams of the members of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2011
Details
Nepal
Nepal
Pakistan  2 – 1  India Nepal    2 – 1  Bangladesh
2013
Details
Nepal
Nepal
India  1 – 0 Nepal     Bangladesh 1 – 0  Afghanistan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Footballinternational.co.uk > Asian Zone > Central South Asian Zone > South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
  2. ^ "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ganesh Thapa no longer SAFF president". República Sports. Nepal Republic Media. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 

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