Central Asian Football Association

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Central Asian Football Association
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Formation9 January 2015; 4 years ago (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersTashkent, Uzbekistan
6 member associations
Uzbekistan Umid Ahmadjonov
Vice President
Tajikistan Khurshed Mirzo

The Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)[1] is an association of the football playing nations in Central Asia.

In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation and approved at the Extraordinary Congress in January 2015 during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[2][3] As a result, CAFA will in the future be able to have member(s) on the AFC executive committee.

The formation of CAFA was spearheaded by the Iranian Football Federation following disputes with West Asian Football Federation members. It was reported that AFC President Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa gained politically from the creation of the new zone.[4]


Members of the six nations met with AFC president Sheikh Salman on 10 May 2014 to talk about the possibility of creating a new Asian football zone. The delegations were invited by the AFC president following an initiative by Iran and Afghanistan.[5] At the extraordinary AFC congress on 9 June 2014 in São Paulo, the plan of the new zone was ratified by the congress.[6][7]

Member associations[edit]

CAFA consists of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Code Association National Football teams National Futsal teams National Beach
Soccer teams
Founded FIFA
Former federation
AFG Afghanistan Afghanistan Men's Men's 1933 1948 1954 2015 Yes SAFF (1997–2014)
IRN Iran Iran Men's · Men's U-20 · Women's Men's 1920 1948 1954 2015 Yes WAFF (2001–2014)
KGZ Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TJK Tajikistan Tajikistan Men's 1936 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TKM Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Men's 1992 1994 1994 2015 Yes
UZB Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Men's · Women's Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
Association National Football Leagues National Football Cups Super Cups
 Afghanistan Afghan Premier League
 Iran Persian Gulf Pro League
Kowsar Women Football league
Hazfi Cup Iranian Super Cup
 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Top League
Kyrgyzstan Women's Championship
Kyrgyzstan Cup Kyrgyzstan Super Cup
 Tajikistan Tajikistan Higher League Tajikistan Cup Tajikistan Super Cup
 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Higher League Turkmenistan Cup Turkmenistan Super Cup
 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Super League
Uzbek women's football championship
Uzbekistan Cup Uzbekistan Super Cup


Executive committee[edit]

Position Name Years active
President Uzbekistan Umid Ahmadjonov 2018 – present
Vice-president Tajikistan Khurshed Mirzo 2018 – present
General Secretary Uzbekistan Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present
Vice-General Secretary Afghanistan Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada 2015 – present
AFC Vice-president Iran Ali Kafashian 2015 – present
Female General Secretary Afghanistan Zohra Mehri 2015 – present


President Years
Uzbekistan Mirabror Usmanov 2015 – 2018
Uzbekistan Umid Ahmadjonov 2018 – present


Vice-President Years
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali 2015 – 2018
Tajikistan Khurshed Mirzo 2018 – present

General Secretaries[edit]

Vice-President Years
Uzbekistan Sardor Rakhmatullaev 2015 – 2018
Uzbekistan Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present

CAFA championships[edit]

CAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.[10][11]

Competition Holders Last Event Next event
CAFA men's Championship  Iran 2018 TBD
CAFA Women's Championship  Uzbekistan 2018 TBD
CAFA U-19 Men's Championship  Iran 2016 2018
CAFA U-19 Women's Championship  Uzbekistan 2016 TBD
CAFA U-16 Boys Championship  Iran 2018 TBD
CAFA U-15 Boys Championship  Iran 2018 TBD
CAFA U-16 Girls Championship  Uzbekistan 2017 2018
CAFA Futsal Championship n/a n/a TBD
CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship n/a 2018 TBD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "اتحادیه فوتبال آسیای مرکزی ایجاد شد" (in Persian). BBC. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "AFC adds a fifth zone as Extraordinary Congress approves amendments to AFC Statutes". The AFC. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. ^ Warshaw, Andrew (10 June 2014). "Shaikh Salman flexes his political muscle to brush aside Prince Ali". InsideWorldFootball.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Central Asians meet Sheikh Salman to create CAFA". aff.org.af. 17 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Sheikh Salman Wins Bitter Battle to End Prince Ali's FIFA Vice-Presidency" (10 June 2014). worldfootballinsider.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ "AFC president to resume FIFA Vice Presidency". goal.com. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/afc.html%7Cdate= 4 May 2017
  9. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/#AFC
  10. ^ http://the-cafa.com/about-cafa/
  11. ^ Competitions

External links[edit]