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Association Sportive des FAR
AS.FAR logo.png
Full name Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales
Nickname(s) Les FAR
The Leader (الزعيم)
Black Army
Founded 1 September 1958; 59 years ago (1958-09-01)
Ground Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
Flag of Morocco.svg Rabat, Morocco
Ground Capacity 53,000
Chairman Morocco Hosni Benslimane
Manager Morocco Abderrazak Khairi
League Botola
2016–17 6th
Current season

Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales (Arabic: الجمعية الرياضية للقوات المسلحة الملكية‎) Also known as the Royal Army Club (Arabic: نادي الجيش الملكي‎), known usually as ASFAR is a professional sport club based in Morocco's capital city (Rabat-Sale).

The club was founded in 1958 soon after Morocco had gained their independence, and is one of the most famous football clubs in Morocco. ASFAR stands for French: Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales, roughly translated to mean Sports Association the Royal Armed Forces. Founded the late Moroccan monarch King Hassan II. AS FAR is the most Successful team in Morocco with 29 titles in total and is also the most popular team in Morocco because of their numerous fans inside and outside the country. As we see in 2017 AS FAR has signed the first Non-Moroccan player Aboubacar Ibrahim Toungara from Mali, and the one of the talented Malian player in the continent.


The AS FAR configuration idea came in the era of independence by the late King Hassan II who was a football fan. In 1958 the idea is applied after it has been difficult during the colonial era by gathering players from the Royal Moroccan armed forces and work with them to develop all levels (technical level, fitness management, sportsmanship.) for an integrated team. AS FAR being a national team, since its inception, officials adopted to bring Moroccan players only, from all over Morocco Moroccan clubs that use reverse other foreign players.

And owns the AS FAR the best athlete center of the composition at the continental level, an area of nearly 40 hectares, contains two stadiums for Trainings and stadium with artificial turf as this center has many facilities including a hotel and a school. Selected red and green colors of the Club, the same colors of the Moroccan flag, reflecting his patriotism, and add the black shirts of the Club. Since then, wearing shirts striped vertically red and green and black pennant included immortal of the Royal armed forces motto "God, fatherland, King" as an expression of the extent of his patriotism, The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces is financier of the team along with other incomes and incomes of pitch, being the far team lkaeath by Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium since it opened 1983, which seats more than 52000 spectators.


Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium[edit]

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium (Arabic: مركب الأمير مولاي عبد الله‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Rabat, Morocco. It is named after Prince Moulay Abdellah of Morocco. It was built in 1983 and is the home ground of ASFAR. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it can also stage athletics. The stadium holds 52,000. Since 2008 it is host of the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme de Rabat. It was a confirmed venue for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations until Morocco was stripped of its hosting rights. It was also a venue for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

Sports Center of FAR[edit]

Sports centre of FAR is based in the city of Salé, glued to the town of Rabat. This is the sports centre of the club of ASFAR.

It has an area of 40 hectares. This centre has two grass pitches, a synthetic for football, and two with artificial grass, a swimming Hall, built in the form of tent caidale all-wood, two Olympic swimming pools, a gym equipped with the most sophisticated equipment, three Tennis courts, a fight for the boxing room and gym.

Within this centre, there are also medical service composed of a physiotherapy room, a balneotherapy room and a room of electrotherapy without forgetting a dental surgery practice. This service is provided by five sports doctors including a woman and a dental surgeon.


Lieutenant Hosni Benslimane, goalkeeper of ASFAR worn by his teammates after the final of the Coupe du Trône 1959.

National titles[edit]

Winners (12): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1984, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2008
Runners-up (7): 1960, 1971, 1991, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013
Winners (1): 1959
Winners (11): 1959, 1971, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (5): 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2012
Winners (4): 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963

International titles[edit]

Winner (1): 1985
Winner (1): 2005
Runners-up (1): 2006
Runners-up (3): 1966، 1989، 1993
Runners-up (2): 1967, 1970
Runners-up (1): 1986
Runners-up (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 2005
Runners-up (1): 2008

Season by season[edit]

The Royal Army was the first Club to win the National Championship title in four consecutive years (1961-1962-1963-1964) and the only team that achieved a triple throne Cup on two occasions, years (1984-1985-1986) and 2 years (2007-2008-2009) and was the only team that has honorably keep the glasses in his locker and most is the culmination of Moroccan League locally 12, Cup Throne 11, and Moroccan Super Cup 4.

Season Botola Coupe du Trône
1958–1959 GNF 2 Winner
1959–1960 2 1/8 final
1960–1961 1 1/2 final
1961–1962 1 1/16 final
1962–1963 1 1/2 final
1963–1964 1 1/4 final
1964–1965 4 1/8 final
1965–1966 * *
1966–1967 1 1/2 final
1967–1968 1 1/4 final
1968–1969 3 1/8 final
1969–1970 1 1/8 final
1970–1971 2 Winner
1971–1972 4 1/16 final
1972–1973 12 1/16 final
1973–1974 9 1/16 final
1974–1975 12 1/16 final
1975–1976 11 1/16 final
1976–1977 7 1/16 final
1977–1978 7 1/4 final
1978–1979 9 1/4 final
1979–1980 13 1/8 final
1980–1981 9 1/16 final
1981–1982 6 1/8 final
1982–1983 7 1/16 final
1983–1984 1 Winner
1984–1985 3 Winner
1985–1986 3 Winner
1986–1987 1 1/2 final
1987–1988 3 Finalist
1988–1989 1 1/2 final
1989–1990 7 Finalist
1990–1991 2 1/4 final
1991–1992 6 1/4 final
1992–1993 8 1/8 final
1993–1994 3 1/2 final
1994–1995 4 1/16 final
1995–1996 6 Finalist
1996–1997 7 1/8 final
1997–1998 8 Finalist
1998–1999 8 Winner
1999–2000 9 1/8 final
2000–2001 8 1/8 final
2001–2002 6 1/2 final
2002–2003 9 Winner
2003–2004 2 Winner
2004–2005 1 1/8 final
2005–2006 2 1/8 final
2006–2007 2 Winner
2007–2008 1 Winner
2008–2009 3 Winner
2009–2010 7 1/8 final
2010–2011 6 1/16 final
2011–2012 7 Finalist
2012–2013 2 1/8 final
2013–2014 7 1/4 final
2014–2015 11 1/8 final
2015–2016 4 ...

* The club has made a year after having been suspended by the Moroccan federation. Because when the season that preceded, the club had lost a match by 3–0 against the MAS and players had beaten the referee at the end of the meeting. During this year, the team had played tournaments and friendlies.

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Ultras Askary

At the continental level, AS FAR is the first Moroccan club to have participated in an African Cup; It was in 1968, when it has reached the stage of the semi-finals of the African Cup of Champions Clubs. She was also the first Moroccan club to win the CAF Champions League, in 1985.

2005 – Second Round
2006 – Second Round
2007 – Group Stage
2008 – Preliminary Round
2009 – First Round
2014 – Preliminary Round
1968 – Semi-finals
1985 – Champion
1986 – Quarter-finals
1988 – Semi-finals
1990 – Second Round
2004 – Intermediate Round
2005 – Champion
2006 – Finalist
2010 – First Round
2013 – Intermediate Round
1987 – Quarter-finals
1997 – Finalist
1999 – Quarter-finals
2000 – Quarter-finals
2001 – Second Round
2006 – Finalist

International partnerships for the Club[edit]

Mohammed V Trophy: Royal Army team had the privilege of participating in the first version of Mohammed V international Cup 1962 after won the League title for the same year and followed the Club shares that it became the Club most involved with this cup with 8 posts after winning the League in those years, and he is buffeted by stronger world clubs Cup final came in then, and on two occasions but was not lucky enough to win the years 1967 and 1970 and was able to record 20 goals through 16 games, this Details of this leader games trophy against stronger clubs:


Semi-finalels Flag of France.svg Stade de Reims Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 5–0
Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan Espagne Real Madrid 1–0
Consolation Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR Espagne Real Madrid 4–3
Final Flag of France.svg Stade de Reims Flag of Italy.svg Inter Milan 2–1


Semi-finals Espagne Real Zaragoza Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR (2)1–1(4)
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Partizan Belgrade Flag of France.svg AS Monaco (3)4–4(5)
Consolation Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR Flag of France.svg AS Monaco (1)3–3(4)
Final Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Partizan Belgrade Espagne Real Zaragoza 4–2


Semi-finals Espagne Real Madrid Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 4–0
Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne 3–0
Consolation Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 3–2
Final Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors Espagne Real Madrid 2–1


Semi-finals Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 1–0
Espagne Real Madrid Flag of Morocco.svg Wydad Casablanca 2–0
Consolation Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR Flag of Morocco.svg Wydad Casablanca 5–2
Final Espagne Real Madrid Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors (2)1–1(4)


Semi-finals Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Prague 1–0
Bulgarie Ruda Zvezda Espagne Valencia CF 2–0
Consolation Espagne Valencia CF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dukla Prague (4)2–2(1)
Final Bulgarie Ruda Zvezda Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 1–0


Semi-finals Flag of Brazil.svg CR Flamengo Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 2–1
Flag of Argentina.svg Racing Club Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne 1–0
Consolation Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 2–0
Final Flag of Brazil.svg CR Flamengo Flag of Argentina.svg Racing Club 3–2


The Cup Mohammed V 1970 is the 9th edition organized. This edition being held in Casablanca from 29 to 31 August 1970 saw the victory of the Spanish club Atletico de Madrid face the Moroccans of ASFAR in the final.

Semi-finals Flag of Spain.svg Atlético de Madrid Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne 2–1
Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR Flag of Belgium.svg Standard de Liège 1–0
Consolation Flag of France.svg AS Saint-Étienne Flag of Belgium.svg Standard de Liège (4)1–1(2)
Final Flag of Spain.svg Atlético de Madrid Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 4–1


Semi-finals Flag of Brazil.svg Grêmio Porto Alegre Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax Amsterdam 2–0
Flag of Belgium.svg Standard de Liège Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 1–0
Consolation Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax Amsterdam Flag of Morocco.svg AS FAR 4–1
Final Flag of Belgium.svg Standard de Liège Flag of Brazil.svg Grêmio Porto Alegre 2–0

Popular culture[edit]

A.S. FAR: History of a legend football[edit]

Book of the AS FAR.jpg

A book on the history of the Association Sportswoman of the Royal Armed Forces (AS FAR), football, his Division writer Azzouz Belfaida comes from appear under the title "AS FAR, history a footballing legend. Born to Taza in 1939, Belfaida began his career in the front Taza Najah to integrate AS FAR where he played from 1958 to 1967. He was the author of the first goal AS far in the League, 14 September 1958 (4th minute), against the Safi Ittihad (victory of AS FAR 4–1). During his coaching career, he was including Deputy Cluseau, Barinagua and Faria, before take control of several teams of first and second divisions Belfaida back on 50 years of existence of the military club, since its inception in 1958 by late SM Hassan II, then Prince heir, until 2009, a story that the author accompanied from the beginning, since he wore the Habs Jersey (Red black and green) from 1958 to 1967, before becoming technical framework in the club breast and rubbing shoulders with several renowned coaches, such as the French Guy Cluseau, the Moroccan Mustapha Geary, the Spanish Sabino Barinagua and Brazilian Mehdi Faria. This book Archivist relate, inter alia, performance of this prestigious club who was still the locomotive of football Moroccan and main purveyor of national team in material of human resources, to through its different generations, whether those Hosni Benslimane, Ammar and Mokhtatif and Waseem and Allal, or even those of ten and Dawson and, more recently, raki and Lemnasfi. The book draws up an inventory of different games played by AS FAR, be it at the level national (national championship, Cup from the throne, the Youth Cup, Cup Mohammed V), continental and regional or in the World Championship military, as well as of different interests of its players in the national teams. The author traces also the various events that have marked the course of AS FAR, first representative of football Moroccan in competitions African (1968) and first team of the Kingdom to have won the Cup African champions (1985) For Belfaida, this book fills the empty huge in documentation of sporting history Moroccan, especially at the level of clubs. In a statement to the MAP, it stated that this book, based on memory, still fresh, of the author and his diary and his own archives that he held daily, is the culmination of dozens years of hard work, consisting of in the collection, analysis and classification matter, before its reformulation, with the help of his brother Abdelaziz, which is University Professor. In the preface to the book, General of Division Noureddine El Kanabi, president delegate AS FAR, indicates that this book is "a valuable tool and information platform for the professionals and researchers wishing to complement and strengthen their knowledge", "a history through its pages for the nostalgic" and "a revelation for young athletes who have not lived the epic of this glorious team".

AS FAR scoring records[edit]

AS FAR Season 2009–10
Season Player Goals Scored
1980 Morocco Idris Ouadich 15
1983 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 14
1987 Morocco Abderrazak Khairi 12
1988 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 17
1990 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 22
1991 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 15
1992 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 11
1995 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 15
2005 Morocco Mohamed Armoumen 12
2007 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch 12
2008 Morocco Abderrazak El Mnasfi 13
2009 Morocco Mustapha Allaoui 14
2011 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch 11
2016 Morocco Mahdi Naghmi 12
2017 MoroccoMohammed kamal 8



In recent years, the ultras supporters groups such as Ultras Askary 2005 and Black Army 2006 have grown. According to magazine World Ultra, the club's supporters made the best sixth trip to the world in the city of Fez during the month of November 2007. It is a monthly chart that ranks the best movement of each month. Public askary had a displacement of 10.231 supporters behind the movements of other clubs such as: Boca Juniors (1), Inter Milan (2nd), (4th) Olympiakos, Olympique de Marseille (3rd), Paris Saint-Germain (5th).

Sports Club[edit]

There are several other sporting branches in the Club including: basketball, athletics, handball, boxing, volleyball, taekwondo, wrestling and armorial, aerobics and gymnastics and swimming and other sports. These sports besides football professionally and the results of the Club in those prestigious results are sports and distinct local and continental levels.

  • Basketball: basketball is the second discipline created by the FAR (in 1959).
  • Athletics: founded in 1959.
  • handball: handball section was founded in 1960.
  • Boxing: created just after the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.
  • Volleyball: established in 1973.
  • Taekwondo: established in 1976.
  • Boxing: after the OJ in Seoul in 1988, the section of the fight has emerged.
  • Archery: this section was created in 2002.
  • Aerobics: after archery, aerobics became the tenth discipline in AS FAR.
  • Swimming : created in 2008.

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