United Arab Emirates Football Association

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United Arab Emirates Football Association
AFC
UAE FA.png
Founded1971
HeadquartersAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates[1]
FIFA affiliation1974
AFC affiliation1974[2]
PresidentRashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi IV
Websitewww.uaefa.ae

The United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA; Arabic: الاتحاد الاماراتي لكرة القدم) is the governing body of association football, beach soccer and futsal in the United Arab Emirates.

Association staff[edit]

Name Position Source
United Arab Emirates Sheikh Rashid Humaid Al Nuaimi President [3][4]
United Arab Emirates Abdullah Nasser Al Jneibi Vice President [5][6]
United Arab Emirates Yousif Hussain Alsahlawi Al-Ali 2nd Vice President [7]
United Arab Emirates Mohammed Hazzam Al Dhaheri General Secretary [8][9]
United Arab Emirates Hesham Al Zarooni Treasurer [10]
Belgium Michel Sablon Technical Director [11][12]
Argentina Rodolfo Arruabarrena Team Coach (Men's) [13][14]
United Arab Emirates Houriya Al Taheri Team Coach (Women's) [15]
United Arab Emirates Salim Al Naqbi Media/Communications Manager [16]
United Arab Emirates Ali Al Traifi Referee Coordinator [17]

President[edit]

The following is a list of selected presidents of the United Arab Emirates Football Association including pre-UAEFA era.

President Term
Mubarak Al Nahyan 1957–1961
Ghanem Ghabbash 1973–1974
Mana' Al Maktoum 1974–1976
Sultan Al Nahyan 1976–1981
Hamdan Al Nahyan 1984–1993
Abdullah Al Nahyan 1993–2001
Saeed Al Nahyan 2001–2002
Yousuf al-Serkal 2004–2008
Muhammed Al Rumaithi 2008–2011
Yousuf Al Serkal 2011–2016
Marwan Ghalaita 2016–2020
Rashid Al Nuaimi 2020–

Activity[edit]

At the level of developing the national cadres, the FA chose 2010 as the Year of the National Coach and signed various agreements with some national associations in the game for development and training including Germany, Spain, Czech, Italy and Egypt. The national coaches took over the youth and junior national teams and they were provided with financial support.

At the organizational level, the FA hosted the FIFA Club World Cups in 2009 and 2010, the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and other friendly and official championships and supported the women football and launched the Futsal in collaboration with sports council within the country. The next step is to organize and host the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In 2010, UAEFA partnered with the Mubadala Development Company to launch the UAEFA Grassroots Festivals, a state-wide campaign to recruit and train certain players.[18]

In July 2011, a 3-year sponsoring deal was signed with Panasonic.[19] In January 2016, UAEFA signed a partnership with the United States Sports Academy to provide UAEFA a football club operators licensing program.[20]

In December 2016, UAEFA renewed its partnership with the Japan Football Association.[21]

In February 2017, UAEFA warned 46 football players (including Asamoah Gyan) about their inappropriate hairstyles that did not conform to its guidelines.[22]

In October 2017, UAEFA requested that the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup be postponed while the issue with Qatar was being resolved.[23]

Management[edit]

League system[edit]

Tier 1:UAE Pro League
Tier 2:UAE First Division League
Tier 3:UAE Second Division League
Tier 4:UAE Third Division League

Domestic Cups[edit]

Defunct tournaments[edit]

National teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  2. ^ "AFC BARS ISRAEL FROM ALL ITS COMPETITIONS". Reuters. The Straits Times. 16 September 1974.
  3. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  4. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  6. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  7. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  8. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  9. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  11. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  12. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  13. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  14. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  15. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  16. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  17. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - United Arab Emirates - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  18. ^ UAE Football Association and Mubadala Kick Off Grassroots Football Festivals, Mubadala.com, 17 April 2010
  19. ^ Panasonic links up with UAE Football Association, Soccerex.com, 26 July 2011
  20. ^ United Arab Emirates Partners with United States Sports Academy for Football Education, Ussa.edu, 13 January 2016
  21. ^ JFA renews partnership with United Arab Emirates, Jfa.jp, 2 December 2016
  22. ^ Mike Henson, Asamoah Gyan deemed to have 'unethical hair' in United Arab Emirates, Bbc.com, 15 February 2017
  23. ^ Qatar Gulf Cup boycott is over Kuwait's FIFA ban, UAE FA says, Sbs.com.au, 18 October 2017

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