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South Asian Football Federation

South Asian Football Federation
SAFF members
Motto Strength in Unity
Formation 1997
Type Sports organization
Membership 7 member associations
President Kazi Salahuddin

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005.[1] The current champion of SAFF is Afghanistan after they defeated India 2-0.

SAFF is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation.

Contents

  • Member associations 1
    • Former members 1.1
  • Presidents 2
  • SAFF Championship 3
  • SAFF U-16 Championship 4
  • SAFF Women's Championship 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Member associations

Country Year Association Member
 Bangladesh 1997 Bangladesh Football Federation Founding Member
 India 1997 All India Football Federation Founding Member
 Maldives 1997 Football Association of Maldives Founding Member
   Nepal 1997 All Nepal Football Association Founding Member
 Pakistan 1997 Pakistan Football Federation Founding Member
 Sri Lanka 1997 Football Federation of Sri Lanka Founding Member
 Bhutan 2000 Bhutan Football Federation Expansion 1

Former members

Country Year Association
 Afghanistan
2005–2014 Afghanistan Football Federation

Afghanistan who had joined South Asian Football Federation(SAFF) in the 2005 expansion 2 phase, left the association 2014 and became a founding member of Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF).

Presidents

President Years
Ganesh Thapa 1999 - October 2009 [2]
Kazi Salahuddin October 2009 - present

SAFF Championship

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) organizes the SAFF Championship, also called the South Asian Football Federation Cup (previously South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup), a regional football competition of South Asian countries. It is held every two years. Previous names have included the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup 95 in 1995.

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1993
Details

Pakistan

India
[note 1]
Sri Lanka

Nepal
[note 1]
Pakistan
1995
Details

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
1 – 0
India

Bangladesh
[note 2]
Nepal
1997
Details

Nepal

India
5 – 1
Maldives

Pakistan
1 – 0
Sri Lanka
1999
Details

India

India
2 – 0
Bangladesh

Maldives
2 – 0
Nepal
2003
Details

Bangladesh

Bangladesh
1 – 1
(5 – 3 pen.)

Maldives

India
2 – 1
Pakistan

Since the 2005 edition, there was no official third place match. Hence, there were no official third place and fourth place being awarded. Semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists [2]
Champion Score Runner-up
2005
Details

Pakistan

India
2 – 0
Bangladesh
 Maldives and  Pakistan
2008
Details

Maldives and Sri Lanka

Maldives
1 – 0
India
 Bhutan and  Sri Lanka
2009
Details

Bangladesh

India
0 – 0
(3 – 1 pen.)

Maldives
 Bangladesh and  Sri Lanka
2011
Details

India

India
4 – 0
Afghanistan
 Maldives and    Nepal
2013
Details

Nepal

Afghanistan
2 – 0
India
 Maldives and    Nepal
2015
Details

India
TBD TBD TBD
1Final tournaments in league table format.
2No third place match has been played since 2005; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

SAFF U-16 Championship

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) also organizes the SAFF U-16 Championship an international youth football competition contested by the national teams of the members of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2011
Details

Nepal
Pakistan  2 – 1  India Nepal    2 – 1  Bangladesh
2013
Details

Nepal
India  1 – 0 Nepal     Bangladesh 1 – 0  Afghanistan


SAFF Women's Championship

The federation also organizes the SAFF Women's Championship an international women's football competition contested by the national teams of the members of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists
Champion Score Runner-up
2010[3][4]
Details
Bangladesh
India
1 – 0
Nepal
 Bangladesh,  Pakistan
2012
Details
Sri Lanka
India
3 – 1
Nepal
 Afghanistan,  Sri Lanka,
2014
Details
Pakistan[5]
India
6 – 0
Nepal
 Bangladesh,  Sri Lanka,

See also

References

  1. ^ Footballinternational.co.uk > Asian Zone > Central South Asian Zone > South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
  2. ^ "Ganesh Thapa no longer SAFF president". República Sports. Nepal Republic Media. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  3. ^ "SAFF: India clinch the title". indiablooms.com. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Indian women football team flay Pakistan in SAFF semis". sunday-guardian.com. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.goalnepal.com/news.php?id=15999

External links

  • RSSSF page on the South Asian Federation Cup
  • South Asia Football - Complete SAFF website


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