2018 SAFF U-15 Championship

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2018 SAFF U-15 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryNepal Nepal
Dates25 October–3 November 2018
Teams6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in Lalitpur host cities)
Final positions
Champions Bangladesh (2nd title)
Runners-up Pakistan
Third place India
Fourth place   Nepal
Tournament statistics
Matches played10
Goals scored47 (4.7 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bangladesh Nihat Jaman Ucchash (4 Goals)
Best player(s)Pakistan Haseeb Khan
Fair play award Bangladesh

The 2018 SAFF U-15 Championship was the 5th edition of the SAFF U-16 Championship, an international football competition for men's under-15 national teams organized by SAFF. The tournament was hosted by Nepal from October 25 to November 3, 2018 at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal. Six out of seven teams from the region took part, as Srilanka later withdrew their team, and the teams were divided into two groups.[1][2] On 3 November 2018, Bangladesh beat Pakistan to claim their second SAFF title.[3]

Host selection[edit]

A draw for tournament ceremony was held on 13 September 2018 at conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation.

BFF general secretary Abu Naeem Shohag, chairman of the BFF Media Committee Amirul Islam Babu and Mindu Dorji, the deputy general secretary of Bhutan Football Federation was also present on the occasion.

Initially all of seven countries team participated for the draw, two groups A and B were made, A consited of Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Pakistan and group B consisted of India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka

But later Sri Lanka had its team withdrawn from the tournament and the groups are redefined.[2]

Group A Group B


 Sri Lanka

† Sri Lanka withdrew before tournament
‡ Pakistan drawn to Group B, thus both the groups redefined


Players born on or after 1 January 2003 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team had to register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom had to be goalkeepers.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Appearances
in the SAFF U-16 Championship
Previous best performance
 Bangladesh 5th Champions (2015)(2018)
 Bhutan 3rd Fourth Place
 India 5th Champions (2013, 2017)
 Maldives 4th Group Stage
   Nepal (Host) 5th Runners-up (2013, 2017)
 Pakistan 3rd Champions (2011)


ANFA Complex
Capacity: 4,000

Match officials[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
1  Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 6 Qualified for Knockout stage
2    Nepal (H) 2 1 0 1 5 0 +5 3
3  Maldives 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13 0
Source: SAFF
(H) Host.
Nepal   4–0 Maldives
Referee: Muhammad Ahmad Rauf (Pakistan)

Bangladesh 9–0 Maldives
Nihat Jaman Goal 11'19'23'46'
Mehedi Hassan Goal 44'
Rasel Ahmed Goal 47'66'
Ashikur Rahman Goal 80'90+5'
Referee: Pema Tshewang (Bhutan)

Bangladesh 2–1   Nepal
Referee: Harish Kundu (India)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
1  Pakistan 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualified for Knockout stage
2  India 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 3
3  Bhutan 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0
Source: SAFF
India 1–2 Pakistan
Thlacheu Vanlalruatfela Goal 53' SAFF AIFF Adnan Justin Goal 36'
Wasif Goal 85'
Referee: Bhubon Mohon Tarafder (Bangladesh)

Bhutan 0–4 Pakistan
SAFF Mudassar Nazar Goal 20'
Iftikar Ahmed Goal 23'
Moin Ahmed Goal 29'42'

Bhutan 0–4 India
SAFF AIFF Shubho Paul Goal 4' (pen.)
Subba Kushang Goal 66'
Aman Xalxo Goal 89'
Referee: Sudish Kumar Pandey (Nepal)


1 November  – ANFA Complex
 Bangladesh 1 (4)
3 November  – ANFA Complex
 India 1 (2)
 Bangladesh 1 (3)
1 November  – ANFA Complex
 Pakistan 1 (2)
 Pakistan 4
   Nepal 0
Third Place
3 November  – ANFA Complex

Knockout stage[edit]


Bangladesh 1–1 India

Pakistan 4–0   Nepal
Goal 54' (o.g.)
Mohib Ullah Goal 59' (pen.)68' (pen.)
Moin Ahmed Goal 77'
Referee: Pema Tshewang (Bhutan)

Third Place[edit]

 India1–0   Nepal
Referee: Bhubon Mohon Tarafder (Bangladesh)


 Bangladesh1–1 Pakistan
Referee: Sudish Kumar Pandey (Nepal) [4]


The following awards were given for the 2018 SAFF U-15 Championship.

Fair Play Award Most Valuable Player Golden Boot Award
 Bangladesh Pakistan Haseeb Khan Bangladesh Nihat Jaman Ucchash


There were 47 goals scored in 10 matches, for an average of 4.7 goals per match.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


  1. ^ "SAFF U15 draw held". South Asian Football Federation.
  2. ^ a b "SAFF Revises SAFF U15 Match Fixtures After Sri Lanka Pulls Out". Goal Nepal. 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "SAFF Under-15 Championship: Bangladesh beat Pakistan on penalties to claim second title". saffederation.org. SAFF. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ https://refereesfifa.blogspot.com/2018/11/2018-saff-u-15-championship-final.html