Ethiopian Football Federation

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Ethiopian Football Federation
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Founded 1943
FIFA affiliation 1952
CAF affiliation 1957
President Juneidi Basha

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) is the governing body of football in Ethiopia. It organizes all tiers of the national football league and the national team.



The Ethiopian Football Federation was founded in 1943 and became affiliated with FIFA in 1952. In 1957 the EFF along with its Egyptian, Sudanese, and South African counterparts founded CAF.

In January 2008, dissatisfied with the "dismal" record of Ethiopian football, the General Assembly fired Dr. Ashebir Woldegiorgis, the head of the EFF, who refused to step down. However, the next month both the EFF and the CAF announced that they did not recognize Dr. Ashebir's dismissal. Despite this, the EFF membership refused to allow Dr. Ashebir access to his office.[1] The standoff continued over the following months, which led to the FIFA suspending their membership 29 July 2008. As a result the Ethiopia-Morocco match scheduled for 5–7 September was canceled, and Ethiopia kicked out of the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[2] This crisis came to an end 16 May 2009, when Dr. Ashebir announced he would resign.[3] Following elections for a new president 18 July, in which Sahlu Gebrewold Gebremariam became president, a three-man delegation from FIFA said that they were "satisfied with the result" and handed a FIFA flag to the new president as a token that the EFF had been readmitted to that body. Sahlu afterwards announced his priority as president was to heal the rift in the country over this sport, and to "facilitate a renaissance in Ethiopian football."[4] The Ethiopia Football Association has elected Juneidi Basha as its new president to replace Sahilu Gebrewold. He beat three other candidates for the top football job in the East African nation, winning 55 of the 101 votes at Thursday's General assembly.

Juneydi, a businessman, represented the eastern region of Dire Dawa.[5]

Ethiopian Football Leagues[edit]

Premier League[edit]

The EFF was responsible for all regulatory processes of both the Men's and Women's premier league.

Ethiopian Super League[edit]

The second division of Ethiopian Football is also run by the Ethiopian Football Federation.

The African Cup of Nations[edit]

Ethiopia participated in the inaugural African Cup of Nations in 1957 hosted by Sudan, eventually losing 4-0 in the final to Egypt. In the 1959 edition of the tournament they finished third behind both Sudan and Eventual champions Egypt. Ethiopia hosted and won the 1962 edition of the African Cup of Nations beating Egypt in the final 4-2.[6]

In the qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Ethiopia was able to defeat both Benin and Sudan in Home and Away fixtures to qualify for the tournament. This was the first time that Ethiopia had qualified to the Africa Cup of Nations in 31 years, a tremendous achievement for the once proud footballing nation.

Women's Football[edit]

Women's football has gained more popularity in recent years in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian national team having only made its debut in September 2002 in the 2002 African Championship's qualifiers.


The EFF also runs other competitions:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ethiopia problems set to continue", BBC website, 28 March 2008 (accessed 21 May 2009)
  2. ^ "Ethiopia kicked out of World Cup" BBC website, 12 September 2008 (accessed 21 May 2009)
  3. ^ "EFF boss Woldegiorgis steps down", BBC website, 16 May 2009 (accessed 21 May 2009)
  4. ^ Uduak Amimo, "Fifa readmits Ethiopia federation", BBC website 18 July 2009 (accessed 19 August 2009)
  5. ^ "Ethiopia FA elects new president". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Durosimi (14 December 2001). "How it all began". BBC Sports. 

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