All Nepal Football Association
|President||Karma Tsering Sherpa|
The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) (Nepali: अखिल नेपाल फुटबल संघ (एन्फा) is the governing body of football in Nepal. It is responsible for the national team as well as club competitions. The organisation was founded in 1951 as the All Nepal Football Association and became affiliated with FIFA in 1972. The current President of ANFA is newly elected Karma Tsering Sherpa.Its current headquarters is located in the ANFA House in ANFA Complex, Satdobato.
The entry and initial start-up of football came in Nepal during Rana regime in 1921. The game was introduced in Nepal by the young players who had learnt this game from other countries. This game was watched by a huge mass of audience and became very famous at that time. However, it is believed that the pioneer of this game in Nepal was Narayan Narshingh Rana of Thamel and Chandrajung Thapa of Naxal. There were some places, which were used as football ground for palace teams, such as sujan khanal, Mrigendra Shamsher Niwas babarmahal, Mahabir Niwas Tangal palace, Nar shamsher Niwas Singhdarbar, Rudra Shamsher Niwas Bhahadur Bhavan, and Thamel Narsingh camp. Whereas in the decade of 1930s, both local and palace teams commonly used the grounds of Singhdarbar, Chhauni, Gaucharan, Jawalakhel and Lainchaur for playing football. Despite of political instability at that time football was yet played enthusiastically during 1921 to 1990 by various teams without goal post, but the criterion was that the opponent team could follow the ball to the goal line.
Formation of the FA (1950)
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Football development in Nepal had only possible when ANFA started working from root level. Keeping this in mind, ANFA has given its work priority for building fundamental material for the association. At Very first, ANFA has built Hostel in Satdobato, Lalitpur where it has shown its solid dedication toward the development of Football game in Nepal by opening ANFA office with Playground. This work of ANFA has been appreciated everywhere. Before starting Goal project, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has also appreciated this work done by ANFA and provided an opportunity to represent as a model in FIFA congress. Then ANFA started to build technical centers in Chyasal of Lalitpur, Butwal, Rupandehi, Sunsari and Dharan under the roof of FIFA Goal project. Similarly, ANFA has planned to open technical centers in Mid-Western and Far-Western development regions of Nepal in Future.
ANFA also runs several competitions:
- Martyr's Memorial A-Division League
- Martyr's Memorial B-Division League
- Martyr's Memorial C-Division League
- National League
- Lalit Memorial U-18 Tournament
- Vice President Women's National League
There are currently 45 district associations affiliated with the All Nepal Football Association.
Additionally three district associations have observer status.
- Khotang District Football Association
- Manang District Football Association
- Nawalpur District Football Association
Taken from All Nepal Football Association's website on 5 January 2019
|President||Karma Tsering Sherpa|
|Vice President||Krishna Bahadur Thapa|
|Bir Bahadur Khadka|
|Upendra Man Singh|
|Pankaj Bikram Nembang|
|General Secretary||Indraman Tuladhar|
|Purna Man Chitrakar|
|Rabindra Nath Shrestha|
|Madhu Sudhan Upadhyay|
|Pradesh Singh Rathour|
|Dirgha Bahadur K.C.|
|Ratna Kumar Shrestha|
|Pema Dolma Lama|
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