Kuwait Football Association

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Kuwait Football Association
الاتحاد الكويتي لكرة القدم
Kuwait FA.png
SportFootball
Futsal
Beach football
JurisdictionKuwait
AbbreviationKFA
Founded1952 (1952)
AffiliationFIFA (1964)
AFC (1964)[1]
UAFA (1976)
WAFF (2010)
AGCFF (2016)
HeadquartersAdiliya
Official website
www.kfa.org.kw
Kuwait

The Kuwait Football Association (Arabic: الإتحاد الكويتي لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Kuwait.

Kuwait has thrice been suspended by FIFA for political interference since 2007 and were allowed to participate in the 2011 Asian Cup qualifying campaign and other international competitions on a provisional basis.[2]

Association Staff[edit]

Name Position Source
Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah President [3]
Kuwait Ahmad Al-Enezi Vice President [4]
Kuwait Al Salah Qenaei General Secretary [5]
n/a Treasurer
n/a Technical Director
Kuwait Ahmad Alhamdan 2nd Technical Director [6]
Croatia Romeo Jozak Team Coach (Men's) [7]
n/a Team Coach (Women's)
Kuwait Sattam Al-Sahli Media/Communications Manager [8]
n/a Futsal Coordinator
n/a Referee Coordinator

FIFA Suspension[edit]

Contrary to the road map established by FIFA and the AFC, the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Youth and Sport continued to interfere. Elections were held on 9 October in direct violation of the FIFA Executive Committee's May 2007 decision to the contrary. As a consequence, the committee recommended to the FIFA Executive Committee that the Kuwait Football Association be suspended.[9] Kuwait's football federation board resigned days after world governing body FIFA suspended the Gulf Arab state.[10] The suspension was lifted after the federation said it will ratify new statutes to prevent government interference in the sport as demanded by FIFA. "Otherwise FIFA will immediately suspend the (federation) again," FIFA said in a statement.[11] The suspension was conditionally lifted and extended by the FIFA Congress in June 2009.[12] FIFA was closely monitoring the situation within Kuwait.[13]

On 16 October 2015, FIFA suspended Kuwait and all remaining results from AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup qualification were added as forfeits while all Kuwaiti teams that were participating in international competitions were withdrawn.[14] Kuwait tried to get the suspension lifted at the 66th FIFA Congress but this was rejected and therefore from the earlier announcement on 27 April 2016, the hosting of the Gulf Cup of Nations tournament was moved to Qatar.[15] The suspension was eventually lifted on 6 December 2017 after Kuwait's adoption of a new sports law.[16]

Competitions[edit]

Friendly Competitions[edit]

  • Kuwait Champions Challenge

Current champions[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Title number(s) won Date won Previous Champions Season
VIVA Premier League Kuwait SC 14 14 April 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwaiti Division One Al-Shabab SC 5 18 April 2018 Al-Fahaheel FC 2017-18
Kuwait Emir Cup Kuwait SC 13 8 May 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwait Crown Prince Cup Qadsia SC 8 28 January 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwait Federation Cup Kazma SC 2 27 March 2018 Kazma SC 2017-18
Kuwait Super Cup Kuwait SC 4 7 September 2017 Kuwait SC 2017

Defunct/paused[edit]

Championship Final champion(s) Title number(s) won Date won Previous Champions Season
Kuwait Joint League Kuwait SC 2 1989 Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait) 1988-89
Al Khurafi Cup Kazma SC 2 2007 Qadsia SC 2006-07

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED". The Straits Times. 28 August 1964.
  2. ^ Kuwait hopeful of peace talks with FIFA. Sydney Morning Herald 27 February 2009
  3. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  4. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  5. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  6. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  7. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  8. ^ https://www.fifa.com/associations/association/kuw/about
  9. ^ Priority given to protection of FIFA principles and members 29 October 2007 FIFA.com
  10. ^ Kuwait federation board quit over FIFA ban www.soccernet.com 1 November 2007
  11. ^ FIFA lifts ban on Kuwait after it pledges to prevent government interference USA Today 11 September 2007
  12. ^ Brazil 2014 host cities confirmed FIFA.com 31 May 2009
  13. ^ Key decisions reached in Rio FIFA.com 31 September 2009 Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association FIFA.com 16 October 2015
  15. ^ FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed FIFA.com 13 May 2016
  16. ^ Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association lifted FIFA.com 6 December 2017

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