South Asian Football Federation

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South Asian Football Federation
SouthAsianFootballFederation logo.png
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SAFF members
Formation1997; 25 years ago (1997)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Membership
7 member associations
President
Kazi Salahuddin
General Secretary
Anwarul Huq
Parent organization
AFC
Websitesaffederation.org

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia and is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation. The current members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

History[edit]

The SAFF was founded in 1997, with Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In 2000, they expanded to 7 members, adding Bhutan. In 2005, Afghanistan joined too, but later, left in 2015, to join then newly formed Central Asian Football Association.[1]

Presidents[edit]

President Years
India P. P. Lakshmanan 1997–2001[2]
Nepal Ganesh Thapa 2001–2009[3]
Bangladesh Kazi Salahuddin 2009–present[4]

Because of health issues in 2016, Rodrigo Ranjith replaced Salahuddin as acting president for two months.[5] Salahuddin was voted to resume presidency in March 2016.[6] Next SAFF election will be held in April, 2022.

Member associations[edit]

Code Association Founded SAFF affiliation Top tier league (men's) Top tier league (women's) National team
BAN  Bangladesh 1972 1997 Bangladesh Premier League Bangladesh Women's Football League
IND  India 1937 1997 Indian Super League Indian Women's League
MDV  Maldives 1982 1997 Dhivehi Premier League
NEP    Nepal 1951 1997 Martyr's Memorial A-Division League National Women's league
PAK  Pakistan 1947 1997 Pakistan Premier League National Women Football Championship
SRI  Sri Lanka 1939 1997 Sri Lanka Super League
BHU  Bhutan 1983 2000 Bhutan National League Women's National League

Former members[edit]

Country Year Association Notes
 Afghanistan
2005–2015 Afghanistan Football Federation Afghanistan had joined the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) in the 2005, left the association in 2015 to become a founding member of Central Asian Football Association (CAFA).

Competitions[edit]

The South Asian Football Federation runs several competitions on subcontinental level.

National team[edit]

Club[edit]

The South Asian Football Federation announced in April 2011 that they had decided to start a new tournament for association football club sides, the SAFF Club Championship, with the inaugural edition to be held in Bangladesh from 1–15 September of the same year.[7] However the competition was postponed and desires to revive the competition were again announced in July 2013 but the competition has still not started with accusations that India, the prime nation in the competition, are not altogether interested in participating.[8]

Sri Lanka was supposed to host first edition in August 2014.[9] That however did not happen.

A new possible start was set for December 2016 but later announced that 2017 would see the first edition.[10][11] This again was changed and announced that 2018 would be the start of the tournament.[12] But the Club Championship was never a reality and only remained as a plan on paper.

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition Dates
National teams
Men's Championship 2021
(Final)
 India 8th    Nepal 2023
(Final)
TBD July 2023
South Asian Games Men's tournament 2019    Nepal 4th  Bhutan 2023 TBD March 2023
U-18/U-19 Men's Championship 2019  India 1st  Bangladesh 2022 25 July – 5 August 2022
U-15 Men's Championship 2019  India 3rd    Nepal 2022 5–16 September 2022
National teams (women)
Women's Championship 2019
(Final)
 India 5th    Nepal 2022
(Final)
12–24 August 2022
South Asian Games Women's tournament 2019  India 3rd    Nepal 2023 TBD March 2023
U-18/U-19 Women's Championship 2022  India 1st  Bangladesh 2024
U-15 Women's Championship 2019  India 1st  Bangladesh 2022 TBC
Club teams
SAFF Club Championship TBD 1st TBD 2022
(Final)
TBD

Titles by nation[edit]

Nation National team National team (women) Club Total
SAFF SAG U18/U19 U15/U16 SAFF SAG U18/U19 U15/U16 SCC
 India 8 3 1 3 5 3 1 2 0 26
 Bangladesh 1 2 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 8
   Nepal 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 8
 Pakistan 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
 Maldives 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
 Sri Lanka 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Bhutan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 13 3 6 5 3 3 5 0

Note: (†) Former member.

Rankings[edit]

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.

Top goalscorer in men's football[edit]

As of 20 October 2021, the players with most goals scored in career from South Asia (SAFF) are:
Players in bold are active international players.

Top goalscorer in women's football[edit]

As of 20 October 2021, the players with most goals scored in career from South Asia (SAFF) are:

(Players with at least 35 goals)

# Name Career Goals Caps Avg/Game
1 India Bala Devi 2010–present 52 58 0.9
2 India Sasmita Malik 2007–present 40 35 1.14
3 Nepal Sabitra Bhandari 2014–present 38 34 1.12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Afghanistan to play SAFF Championship for the last time in 2015". 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Ganesh Thapa no longer SAFF president". República Sports. Nepal Republic Media. 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Bangladesh to host inaugural SAFF club championship". Zeenews.india.com. 18 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Salauddin laments India's lack of initiative towards SAFF Club Championship". Goal India. 30 July 2013. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  9. ^ "First ever South Asian Club Championship to be played in Sri Lanka". SouthAsiaFootball.com. 13 March 2014. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Ranjith Rodrigo appointed acting President of SAFF". dailynews.lk. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh to host SAFF Suzuki Cup". maldivessoccer.com. 25 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  12. ^ "SAFF to hold biennial club tournament from 2018". Dawn. 6 October 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  13. ^ "FIFA World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 3 April 2022. Archived from the original on 3 April 2022.
  14. ^ "The FIFA World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 3 December 2022.

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