Bangladesh Football Federation

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Bangladesh Football Federation
AFC
Bangladesh Football Federation.svg
Founded 1972; 45 years ago (1972)
Headquarters Dhaka
FIFA affiliation 1976
AFC affiliation 1973
SAFF affiliation 1997
President Kazi Salahuddin
Website http://www.bff.com.bd

Bangladesh Football Federation or BFF is the governing body of football in Bangladesh. The organisation which manages the game of association football in Bangladesh. It administers the running of Bangladesh national football team and Bangladesh women's national football team including oversees all aspects of the country's football.

BFF controls Bangladesh Premier League and premier domestic club competition, in addition to various other competitions and teams.

BFF was one of founding members of South Asian Football Federation. It is based at BFF Bhaban, Motijheel, Dhaka.

History[edit]

BFF was founded on 15 July 1972, by Md. Yousuf Ali (Former Education, Culture and Sports Minister). Ali presided the association with Abul Hashem of Wari Club as general secretary.[1]

It became affiliated with AFC and FIFA in 1973 and 1976 respectively.[2] Bangladesh was elected as member in the AFC Executive Committee 1982-86 and 1998-02.

Hafizuddin Ahmed was elected vice president of AFC for 1990-94.[3]

The BFF continued the Dhaka League that started in 1948, after the independence of Bangladesh. It gained huge numbers of fans and support and continued with premier, first, second and third divisions in the process.

In 1980, the Federation started top the Federation Cup, which grew to be the country's top national cup competition.

In 2007 BFF started the country's top tier professional league Bangladesh Premier League (known as B. League then).

In 2009 it launched the Super Cup tournament, the highest budgeted football tournament organised by BFF, Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat arch-rivals Dhaka Abahani SC.[4]

In 2012 BFF launched 2nd tier professional league Bangladesh Championship League.

The BFF is also a founding member of South Asian Football Federation.

Competitions[edit]

Active[edit]

Competitions currently run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Current Champion Remarks
BPL 2007 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club The country's top tier professional football league.
BCL 2012 Rahmatganj MFS The country's second tier professional league.
Senior Division League 1948 Badda Jagarani Sangsad The new name for the Dhaka League.
Federation Cup 1980 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club The country's top club cup competition.
Super Cup 2009 Dhaka Mohammedan SC The country's highest budgeted cup competition.
Pioneer League 1987 Ansar & VDP Tournament for grass root level football clubs.
Bangabandhu Cup 1996-97 Malaysia International football tournament.

Defunct[edit]

Competitions previously run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Last Season Last Champion Remarks
NFC 2000 2005-06 Dhaka Mohammedan SC The country's national semi-pro league that had its last season in 2005-06.
Aga Khan Cup 1958 1981/1982 Bangkok Bank F.C. and Brothers Union
[Shared after 1-1 draw]
Multinational club competition last held in 1981.
Sher-e-Bangla Cup 1975 1994 Bhola Semi-pro cup that had its last season in 1994.

Stadiums[edit]

(List of football stadiums in Bangladesh)

Official partners[edit]

Nitol-Tata the sole distributor of Tata vehicles in Bangladesh was the official sponsor between 2000 till 2005

In April 2008, the BFF secured BDT 16,00,00,000 (equivalent to USD 22,85,714 appx) for three years from a multinational mobile operator company, Citycell (Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited) for three years as sponsorship for Bangladesh Football Federation, which is a record in the football sponsorship money securing in the history of Bangladesh football.

Later in 2010, it made contract with Grameenphone - country's leading mobile phone operator, for the sponsorship of BFF's tournaments.

BFF secured USD 70,000 for one year when Nitol-Tata again became the official sponsor for the 2013/2014 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BFF info". bangladeshdir.com. 
  2. ^ "Bangladesh on FIFA.com". FIFA.com. 
  3. ^ "BFF info". bangladeshdir.com. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh: Mohammedan SC Clinch Citycell Super Cup". goal.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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