Bangladesh Football Federation

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Bangladesh Football Federation
AFC
Bangladesh Football Federation.svg
Founded1972; 49 years ago (1972)
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
FIFA affiliation1976
AFC affiliation1974[1]
SAFF affiliation1997
PresidentKazi Salahuddin
Vice-PresidentAbdus Salam Murshedy
Websitebff.com.bd

Bangladesh Football Federation (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ ফুটবল ফেডারেশন, Bānlādēśa phuṭabala phēḍārēśana) is the governing body that administrates the sport of association football in Bangladesh. It is in charge of running the country's men's and women's national teams, as well as the Bangladesh Premier League and various other competitions and tournaments. The BFF was one of founding members of the South Asian Football Federation. It is based at BFF Bhaban, in the Motijheel Thana of the country's capital, Dhaka.[2][3]

History[edit]

The Bangladesh Football Federation was founded on 15 July 1972 by Md. Yousuf Ali, the country's former Minister for Education, Culture and Sport; the general secretary under Ali was Abul Hashem of Wari Club.[4]

It became affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1973, and FIFA in 1976.[5] It is also a founding member of South Asian Football Federation. Bangladesh has been elected to be part of the AFC Executive Committee for two four-year terms: in 1982–1986 and 1998–2002. Hafizuddin Ahmed was elected vice-president of the AFC for the term from 1990 to 1994.[4]

After Bangladesh gained independence in the early 1970s, the BFF assumed responsibility for the Dhaka League, which had begun in 1948. The league resumed for the 1973 season, but has since been superseded by the Bangladesh Premier League (founded in 2007 as the B.League) and the Bangladesh Championship League (in 2012), and now exists only as a regional league at the third tier of the nation's football league pyramid.

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

In 2009, it launched the Super Cup tournament, which ran in 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2013, the prize money for winning the competition was Tk10 million.[6] In the inaugural competition, Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat arch-rivals Dhaka Abahani SC.[7]

Name Position Source
Bangladesh Kazi Salahuddin President [8][9]
Bangladesh Abdus Salam Murshedy Senior Vice-president [8][9]
Bangladesh Imrul Hasan 2nd Vice-president [8][9]
Bangladesh Kazi Nabil Ahmed 3rd Vice-president [8][9]
Bangladesh Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik 4th Vice-president [8][9]
Bangladesh Mohiuudin Ahmed Mohi 5th Vice-president [8][9]
Bangladesh Md. Abu Nayeem Shohag General Secretary [8][9]
n/a Tresurer
England Paul Smalley Technical Director [8]
England Jamie Day Team Coach (Men's) [8][9]
Bangladesh Golam Robbani Choton Team Coach (Women's) [8]
Bangladesh Khalid Mahmud Nowmee Media/Communications Manager [8]
n/a Futsal Coordinator
Bangladesh Shahidul Islam Referee Coordinator [8]

Competitions[edit]

Active[edit]

Competitions currently run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Current Champion Remarks
BPL 2007 Bashundhara Kings The country's top tier professional football league.
BCL 2012 Bangladesh Police FC The country's 2nd tier professional football league.
Senior Division League 1948 Kawran Bazar Pragati Sangha The country's 3rd tier professional football league.
Federation Cup 1980 Bashundhara Kings The country's top clubs cup football competition.
Super Cup 2009 Dhaka Mohammedan SC The country's highest budgeted cup football competition.
Pioneer Football League (Bangladesh) 1987 Elias Ahmed Chowdhury SS The country's grass root level clubs football league.
Independence Cup 1972 Bashundhara Kings The Country's top clubs cup football competition.
Bangabandhu Cup 1996-97 Palestine International football tournament.
Bangamata U-19 Women's International Gold Cup 2019 Bangladesh/Laos joint champions International U-19 Women's football tournament.
Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2015 Terengganu F.C. International clubs football tournament.
BFF U-18 Football Tournament 2014 NoFeL Sporting Club U-18 The country's youth U-18 club football tournament.
Bangladesh Women's Football League 2011 Bashundhara Kings The country's women's professional clubs football league.
National Football Championship (Bangladesh) 2000 Dhaka Mohammedan The country's national Semi-professional football league.
Dhaka Second Division Football League 2015 Samaj Kallyan KS The country's 4th tier professional clubs football league.
Dhaka Third Division Football League 2003 Dhaka Wari Club The country's 5th tier professional clubs football league.

Defunct[edit]

Competitions previously run by BFF include:

Competition First Season Last Season Last Champion Remarks
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 US$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 US$70,000 for one year when Nitol-Tata again became the official sponsor for the 2013–14 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Bars Israel from All Its Competitions". The Straits Times. Reuters. 16 September 1974.
  2. ^ "অর্থ ব‍্যয়ে স্বচ্ছতা না থাকায় বাফুফেকে অনুদান বন্ধ করে দিয়েছে ফিফা". Daily Sports BD. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  3. ^ "BFF announce full list of emergency committee". Daily Football Bangladesh. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "BFF info". bangladeshdir.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Bangladesh". FIFA.com.
  6. ^ Mahmood, Raihan (7 May 2013). "Super Cup prize money remain unchanged". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh: Mohammedan SC Clinch Citycell Super Cup". goal.com. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Member Association - Bangladesh - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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