Football Association of Maldives

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Football Association of Maldives
Short nameFAM
Founded1982; 42 years ago (1982)
HeadquartersFAM House, M. Ujaalaahingun, Malé, Maldives 20388
FIFA affiliation1986
AFC affiliation1984 (associate member)[1]
SAFF affiliation1997
PresidentBassam Adeel Jaleel[2]
Vice-President (now defunct)

The Football Association of Maldives (FAM), founded in 1982, is the governing body of football in the Maldives. The association under the guidance of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the sport in the Maldives. In 1986, FAM became a member of AFC and FIFA respectively.[3]

For the full history, statistics and records of the senior team, see Maldives national football team.


The FAM has an executive committee of five members under the President, in addition to a Senior Vice President, Vice President and General Secretary. FAM is housed in FAM House in Malé, which was constructed with funding from FIFA "Goal" Project.

While FIFA and AFC required their members to constitute elected governance, FAM first had an appointed governance by the government of Maldives, which was reshuffled by the Ministry of Youth in the last quarter of 2006, in association with the political changes President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom brought about. FAM was audited by the Audit Office (during the same period, i.e. late 2006) of the Republic of Maldives and the association was accused with embezzlement of funds. However, the Chairman Abdul Shukoor was not dismissed and the General Secretary Ibrahim Ismail Ali was transferred to a post in the Olympic Committee of the Maldives.[citation needed]

In July 2008, elective governance was introduced to FAM and Ali Azim was elected President of the association. On 26 January 2013, FAM held its second election according to FIFA and AFC Statutes and Ilham Ahmed was elected as the President, and Mohamed Hanim as the General Secretary of FAM and subsequently appointed Hussain Jawaz as the General Secretary on 4 June 2014 upon Hanim's resignation.[4] After a brief spell under the Normalization Committee appointed by FIFA on 2 December 2014 under the guidance of Mohamed Shaweed in May 2016, Ahmed Thariq was elected as the President and Bassam Adeel Jaleel was appointed as the General Secretary. However, with the dismissal of General Secretary Jaleel after three months of his term in office, President Thariq was forced out of the office due to resignation of five executive members followed by the reinstatement of Bassam as the General Secretary from FIFA due to unlawful statutory dismissal resulting in a call for election. Bassam contested with Thariq and was elected as the president on 20 November 2016. Hussain Jawaz was appointed as the General Secretary.[citation needed]

On 22 October 2023, Police Services raided the FAM house to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption on the orders of the Prosecutor General's Office.[5][6] It was alleged that the association was misusing funds it was received by international federations and associations by transferring funds to personal bank accounts.[5] Police found out that the association had transferred funds it received in US dollars to a private company's bank account that belongs to an associate of the FAM's senior members.[7]

Role and events[edit]

FAM is the governing body for football in the Maldives. It organizes the zone tournaments and the Dhivehi League, Maldives FA Cup, and the Cup Winners Cup. Maldivian football is divided by FAM into 3 divisions, in which the 1st Division consists of 10 clubs. The number of clubs in the 2nd and 3rd division has been quite inconsistent, and so has been the method and relegation rules so far. In December 2014 the Dhivehi League was reformed as the Dhivehi Premier League with 10 clubs. FAM is directly responsible for the organization of the individual matches, in which the referees come directly under the association and are not a separate entity, but rather as a referee's committee. It has been noted even in the season of 2007, many officials directly involved with clubs have been appointed as match commissioners in certain divisions.[citation needed]

Association staff[edit]

Name Position Source
Maldives Bassam Adeel Jaleel President [3][8]
Maldives Ali Umar Vice President [3][8]
Maldives Hussein Shafiu 2nd Vice President [3][8]
Maldives Hussain Jawaz General Secretary [3][8]
n/a Treasurer
Maldives Ali Suzain Team Coach (Men's) [9]
Maldives Ahmed Nashid Team Coach (Women's) [3][8]
Maldives Faid Ibrahim Media/Communications Manager [3]
Maldives Ismail Riyaz Futsal Coordinator [3]
Maldives Mohamed Ameez Referees Director [3]


  1. ^ "A wonder court at your service". The Straits Times. 11 April 1984.
  2. ^ Shaany, Aishath. "Bassam reelected as president of FAM". Raajje. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Member Association – Maldives – FIFA". FIFA. Archived from the original on 5 November 2023. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  4. ^ "FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF MALDIVES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE". Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b Rehan, Mohamed (22 October 2023). "Police cracks down on FAM over corruption". The Edition. Archived from the original on 4 November 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  6. ^ Masood, Mohamed (22 October 2023). "Police enter FAM house as part of probe into finances". Sun. Archived from the original on 4 November 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  7. ^ Rehan, Mohamed (22 October 2023). "Police discover possible financial mismanagement, Bassam refuses to comment". The Edition. Archived from the original on 4 November 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Football Association of Maldives (FAM) - The AFC". The AFC. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Ali Suzain is appointed National Coach". Archived from the original on 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.

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