West Asian Football Federation

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West Asian Football Federation
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WAFF logo
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WAFF members
Formation 15 May 2001 [1]
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Amman, Jordan
Membership
12 member associations
President
Jordan Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Website http://www.the-waff.com

The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), founded in 2001, is an association of the football playing nations in Western Asia. Its founding members are Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In 2009, three more associations joined the federation: Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Four other nations of Western Asia: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia joined in 2010.[2] Iran left the federation on 10 June 2014 with the creation of Central Asian Football Federation.

They organize the West Asian Football Federation Championship. Some nations were invited to participate in the competition from outside the region. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which are not members, were invited to participate in the first edition of the tournament in 2000. The Secretary General is the Jordanian Fadi Zureiqat.

Member associations[edit]

WAFF has 12 member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Association Joining year Men's team Women's team
Bahrain Bahrain 2010 Bahrain Bahrain
Iraq Iraq 2001 (Founding Member) Iraq Iraq
Jordan Jordan 2001 (Founding Member) Jordan Jordan
Kuwait Kuwait 2010 Kuwait Kuwait
Lebanon Lebanon 2001 (Founding Member) Lebanon Lebanon
Oman Oman 2010 Oman -
State of Palestine Palestine 2001 (Founding Member) Palestine Palestine
Qatar Qatar 2009 Qatar Qatar
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2010 Saudi Arabia -
Syria Syria 2001 (Founding Member) Syria Syria
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2009 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Yemen Yemen 2009 Yemen -

Former members[edit]

International competitions participation[edit]

FIFA World Cup participation[edit]

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South KoreaJapan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Saudi Arabia R16 GS GS GS 4 9
 UAE GS 1 8
 Iraq GS 1 9
 Kuwait GS 1 10
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 7 36
Legend

FIFA Confederations Cup participation[edit]

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Mexico
1999
South Korea
Japan
2001
France
2003
Germany
2005
South Africa
2009
Brazil
2013
Russia
2017
Years
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
 Iraq GS 1
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6

AFC Asian Cup participation[edit]

See also: AFC Asian Cup
Team Hong Kong
1956
South Korea
1960
Israel
1964
Iran
1968
Thailand
1972
Iran
1976
Kuwait
1980
Singapore
1984
Qatar
1988
Japan
1992
United Arab Emirates
1996
Lebanon
2000
China
2004
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
2007
Qatar
2011
Australia
2015
United Arab Emirates
2019
Total appearances
 Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
 Saudi Arabia 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd GS 2nd GS GS q 10
 UAE GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd q 10
 Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS q 10
 Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th q 9
 Syria GS GS GS GS GS q 6
 Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS 5
 Jordan QF QF GS 3
 Oman GS GS GS 3
 Lebanon GS 1
 Palestine GS 1
Total 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 5 6 3 5 5 8 6 8 9 5 63
Legend

Summer Olympics participation[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarter-finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify / enter
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team
1900 to
1976
Soviet Union
1980
United States
1984
South Korea
1988
Spain
1992
United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Brazil
2016
Total
 Iraq QF GS GS 4th GS 5
 Kuwait QF GS GS 3
 Qatar GS QF 2
 Saudi Arabia GS GS 2
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
 Syria GS 1
Total 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 13

Competitions[edit]

WAFF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

Competition Holders Most recent event
Men's Football Championship  Qatar 2014
U-23 Men's Football Championship  Iran 2015
U-16 Men's Football Championship  Iraq 2015
Women's Football Championship  Jordan 2014
Men's Futsal Championship  Iran 2012
Women's Futsal Championship Iran 2012

Rankings[edit]

Presidents[edit]

President Years
Jordan Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 2001 -

Vice-Presidents[edit]

Vice-President Years
Iran Hassan Ghaffari 2001 - 2011
Iran Ali Kafashian 2011 - 2014
State of Palestine Jibril Al Rajoub 2014 -

General Secretary[edit]

President Years
Jordan Fadi Zureikat 2001 -

Controversy[edit]

On 29 January 2015, after the defeat of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, West Asian Football Federation members reportedly sought to remove Australia from the AFC primarily due to "Australia benefiting hugely from Asian involvement without giving much in return".[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111004221456/http://www.the-waff.com/assets/attach/53_400.doc. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "WAFF Articles and Definitions". The-waff.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  3. ^ "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Angry Gulf nations leading charge to kick Australia out of Asian Football Confederation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 

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