Qatar Football Association

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Qatar Football Association
Association crest
Founded 1960
FIFA affiliation 1972
AFC affiliation 1974[1]
President Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani

The Qatar Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد القطري لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Qatar.


The advent of football at Qatar dates back to the year of 1946, accompanied by the arrival of oil companies. The new game's popularity expanded immediately, which led to the establishment of Al Najah as the country’s first football club in 1950.

The athletic union[edit]

These ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of the first governing body in Qatari sport "the athletic union" headed by Sheikh Suhaim bin Hamad alongside Hitmi Al Hitmi, Majed bin Saad, and Khalifa Al Mutawah.

However, this committee lasted only for a few months, due to the resignation of its members.

Arranging matches[edit]

Unlike nowadays, the organization of football lacked competence and experience. So matches were arranged by oral agreement or by simply writing a letter, conventionally, bringing a cup was the responsibility of the team that called for the match in the first place.

First football tournament[edit]

Under the supervision of Qatar Oil Company, the first football tournament ever in Qatar was held at the city of Dukhan. Despite the participation of several Doha teams – including Al Najah – host team Dukhan managed to win the 1951 Izzadeen tournament.

Pukett Cup[edit]

Qatar Oil Company replaced the old competition with a new one, Pukett Cup kicked off during the 1957 season, Al Najah went on to win the cup for the first time in their history.

Transfer market[edit]

Whether locally or regionally, rules and regulations were not very restrictive about players moving from one club to another, just a resignation letter and 10 Indian rupees were required of the player who wished to move. This undemanding system was in effect until the year 1962.

Foreign players[edit]

Qatari clubs were booming with foreign players throughout the 1950s until the 1970s, players from Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Ethiopia enriched Qatari football and played an enormous role in spreading the game among local fans.

Contracts were not signed to recruit foreign players; instead, they were employed in governmental administrations or private companies.


The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1970 to govern football in Qatar. The Association organized the first Qatar League in 1972-73.


The Qatari Football Association has been criticized for hiring migrant workers to fill their empty stadiums in the Qatar Stars League, paying them one dollar an hour to "sit in the stadiums and pretend to have fun".[2]


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