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Bahrain Football Association

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Bahrain Football Association
Short nameBFA
Founded1957; 67 years ago (1957)
HeadquartersManama, Bahrain
FIFA affiliation1968
AFC affiliation1957
PresidentAli Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
General SecretaryEbrahim Al Bouainain

The Bahrain Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد البحريني لكرة القدم) is the governing body of football in Bahrain, and controls the Bahrain national football team. It was founded in 1957, and has been a member of FIFA since 1968. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation.

Office-holders and officials[edit]

Name Position Source
Bahrain Sheikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa President [1][2]
Bahrain Shaikh Khaled bin Salman Al Khalifa Vice President [1][2]
Bahrain Ali Ahmed Al Bouainain 2nd Vice President [1][2]
Bahrain H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa 3rd Vice President [1][2]
Bahrain Rashed Al Zaabi General Secretary [1][2]
Bahrain Ali Ahmed Al Bouainain Treasurer [1]
Bahrain Aabed Al Ansari Technical Director [1][2]
Portugal Hélio Sousa Team Coach (Men's) [1][2]
Bahrain Khalid Al Harban Team Coach (Women's) [1][2]
Bahrain Ahmed Mahdi Media/Communications Manager [1]
Bahrain Alef Al Mannaei Futsal Coordinator [1]
Bahrain Jasim Karim Referee Coordinator [1]

The Association's president is Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. The vice-president is Sheikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa.

The General Secretary is Ebrahim Saad Al Buainain.

The National Men's Team Coach is Dragan Talajić (Croatia's ) and the Women's Team Coach is Khaled Al-Harban.[3]

Bahraini Premier League[edit]

The Bahraini Premier League, established in 1957, is the top professional football league in Bahrain. Featuring ten teams, the league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Bahraini Second Division. Matches are played from October to April, with clubs vying for the championship and qualification to the AFC competitions. Al-Muharraq SC is the most successful club in the league’s history. The league is governed by the Bahrain Football Association and has grown significantly, contributing to the development of football in Bahrain.


In November 2017, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain pulled out of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup due to the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Member Association - Bahrain". www.fifa.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Member Association - Bahrain". www.fifa.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to miss Qatar's Gulf Cup amid rift". 17 November 2017 – via uk.reuters.com.

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