Palestinian Football Association

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Palestinian Football Association
Short namePFA
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998)[1]
FIFA affiliationProvisional: 31 May 1995[2]
Full member: 1998
AFC affiliation1995 (Provisional member), 1998
WAFF affiliation2000
PresidentJibril Rajoub

The Palestinian Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد الفلسطيني لكرة القدم) is the governing body for football in Palestine, and for the men's Palestine national football team and the Palestine women's national football team.[3] The federation dates back to 1928. The Arabs of Palestine established a separate federation to represent them.[4]


Palestinian Jewish formation[edit]

The Mandatory Palestine Football Federation was founded in 1928 by Jews living in the British Mandate of Palestine. Its national team, Mandatory Palestine national football team, participated in qualifying rounds for the 1934 Football World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup. In 1948 it changed its name to Israel Football Association.[5][6]

Palestinian Arab formation[edit]

A Palestine Football Association representing the Palestinian Arabs was formed in 1962 and has been a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations since that was formed in 1974.[citation needed]

Palestinian Authority[edit]

It was accepted as a member by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian Authority.[7] The PFA has also been a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 1998, in the West Asian Football Federation.[citation needed]

On 11 February 2011, the PFA formed the first women's league.[8]


The football division system is parted into two: the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There is a men's West Bank Premier League and a men's Gaza Strip League as well as a West Bank Women's League. Each league has 12 clubs.[citation needed]


  • President: General Jibril Rajoub
  • First Vice-president: Ibrahim Abu Saleem
  • Vice-president: Susan Shalabi, Ziab El Khatib
  • General Secretary: Omar Abu Hashia
Name Position Source
State of Palestine Jibril Rajoub President [9][10]
State of Palestine Ibrahim Abu Salim Vice President [9][10]
State of Palestine Susan Shalabi Molano 2nd Vice President [10]
State of Palestine Ziad Bekai 3rd Vice President [10]
State of Palestine Firas Abu Hilal General Secretary [9][10]
State of Palestine Ibrahim Eleyan Treasurer [9]
State of Palestine Abdalnasser Barakat Technical Director [9][10]
Tunisia Makram Daboub Team Coach (Men's) [9][10]
State of Palestine Ahmad Sharaf Team Coach (Women's) [9][10]
State of Palestine Ghassan Jaradat Media/Communications Manager [9]
State of Palestine Anan Waleed Futsal Coordinator [9]
State of Palestine Hussam Al Hussein Referee Coordinator [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Member Association – Palestine –". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "Presidential Election Item 13 on FIFA Congress Agenda". FIFA. 16 April 1998. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Soccer is Under Fire in Palestine". Vice. 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Football in Palestine: Power, conflict, and hope". 18 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Member Association - Israel -". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ [1] - History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year). See page #3, third remark (or page #5, fifth remark), regarding Mandatory Palestine being the forerunner of Israel. Retrieved on 14 April 2020
  7. ^ "Member Association - Palestine". FIFA. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Women's league kicks-off in Palestine". Asian Football Confederation. 11 February 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Member Association - Palestine -". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "The - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.

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