Kuwait and Nepal to play the opening match of SAFF Championship 2023 New Delhi 17 May 2023 Visiting team Kuwait will face Nepal in the opening match of the SAFF Championship 2023 scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, India, from 21 June – 4 July. At the official draw ceremony that took place in India, All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Kalyan Chaubey, South Asian Football Federation General Secretary Anwarul Huq and AIFF General Secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran conducted the draw for championship. The draw mechanism was as follows: There will be 7 Pots altogether, 4 Country Pots, and..."Read more
Dhaka 8 May 2023 The lineup for the 14th SAFF Championship 2023 has been complete with the confirmation of Lebanon. The Football Association of Lebanon accepted the South Asian Football Federation’s invitation for the championship on Monday. The 14th edition of the SAFF Championship 2023 is scheduled to take place in Bengaluru, India, from 21 June – 4 July. The SAFF Executive Committee meeting held on 31 March 2023 had decided to feature teams from outside SAFF regions with a view make the championship more competitive. The participating teams are: Bangladesh Bhutan India Kuwait Lebanon Maldives Nepal Pakistan ..."Read more
Dhaka 6 May 2023 The SAFF Ordinary Congress held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dhaka on 6 May elected Ali Umar from Football Association of Maldives and Sundar Narsingh Joshi from All Nepal Football Association as the vice presidents of the SAFF. The duo were elected unopposed by the congress for the remaining term of 2022-2026. The position had remained vacant since the last congress on 2 July 2022. Likewise, AIFF General Secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran was elected as the SAFF representative at the AFC Executive Committee for the term of 2023-2027. Earlier, the SAFF Executive Committee meeting held discussions..."Read more
3 May 2023 The National Men’s Team of Kuwait will be competing in the 14th edition of the SAFF Championship to be held in Bengaluru, India, from 21 July – 4 June. The Football Association of Kuwait confirmed its participation to SAFF on 3 May 2023. With Kuwait’s participation, seven teams have been confirmed for SAFF Championship so far. SAFF is in correspondence with several others to increase the number to eight teams. The SAFF Executive Meeting held on 31 March 2023 had decided to invite one or two teams from outside the SAFF region with a view..."Read more
Media Release Dhaka 6 April 2023 Sundar Narsingh Joshi and Ali Umar have been nominated by their respective member associations for Vice Presidency in the SAFF Executive Committee. Joshi is representing All Nepal Football Association, while Umar is representing Football Association of Maldives. Similarly, Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran of All India Football Federation was nominated for AFC Executive Committee member representing SAFF. Their position is subject to endorsement by the SAFF Congress which will take place in Dhaka on 6 May 2023."Read more
Media Release 31 March 2023 The South Asian Football Federation’s Executive Committee meeting held on 31 March 2023 virtually has endorsed All India Football Federation’s proposal to host the SAFF Championship 2023 in Bengaluru from 21 June – 3 July 2023. The Executive Committee also held discussions on inviting one or two teams from outside the SAFF region to participate in the SAFF Championship 2023 with a view to increase the total number of participants to eight teams and make the event more competitive. "Read more
Dhaka 28 March 2023 Russia won the SAFF U17 Women’s Championship 2023 title after finishing at top of the table with 12 points from four matches. In their last match of the championship, they defeated India 2-0 in the match played at Kamalapur Stadium on Tuesday. For Russia, Vasilisa Avdienko scored the opening goal in the 10 minute followed by Daria Kotlova in 13th minute. Bangladesh finished as runner-up with seven points from four matches, while India stood third with six points. Similarly, host Bangladesh played a 1-1 draw against Nepal earlier in the day. The point earned from the..."Read more
Dhaka 26 March 2023 Russia maintained their lead at top of the table of the SAFF U17 Women’s Championship 2023 following their 3-0 win against Nepal at Kamalapur Stadium on Sunday. The win gave Russia nine points from three matches and need just a draw against India in their last outing to win the title. Nepal, on the other hand, are at fourth with three points. Russia had to wait till the 63rd minute of the match to break the deadlock as Nepal defended exceptionally well putting all attempts of Russia at bay. Elea Golik opened the scoring for Russia..."Read more
Dhaka22 March 2023 Russia defeated Bangladesh 3-0 to make a winning start in the ongoing SAFF U17 Women’s Championship being held at Kamalapur Stadium. Captain Elena Golik scored a brace in the win for Russia with her first goal of the match coming as early as in the 5th minute. She got her second goal in the 45th minute. Anastasia sealed the win for Russia scoring in the 66th minute. In another match of the day, Nepal bagged three points from their 5-0 win against Bhutan. Barsha Oli and Senu Pariyar scored a brace each, while Dipa Rokaya was..."Read more
Dhaka20 March 2023 India and Bangladesh bagged three points each from their opening fixtures on the first day of the SAFF U17 Women’s Championship 2023 that got underway in Dhaka on Monday. India defeated Nepal 4-1 in the first match of the championship, while hosts Bangladesh registered a one-sided 8-1 win over Bhutan. India opened their scoring in 10th minute through Shilji Shahji and there was no looking back for the Indian side who had developed a comfortable 3-0 margin going into the interval. Shilji Shahji got her second goal in the 40th minute and Pooja added one immediately..."Read more
Dhaka5 March 2023 The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has partnered with Kelme Bhutan for the sponsorship of referee kits for the SAFF U17 Women's Championship 2023 scheduled to take place in Dhaka from March 20-28. . As a world-renowned sports apparel company with professional football in its DNA, Kelme has accumulated more than 60 years of brand history and heritage. The brand is currently in partnership with the Asian Football Confederation, a number of La Liga First and Second Division clubs, and has in recent years also provided professional football equipment to an English Premier League club, Russian..."Read more
Media Release Dhaka 14 Feb 2023 The South Asian Football Federation’s executive committee meeting held virtually on 14 Feb 2023 has approved the tender bid of Sports Partner International for the marketing and commercial rights of the SAFF Championship. The SAFF had published a notice inviting tender bids to acquire the rights of the SAFF Championship on 13 December 2022 and received the bid within the deadline on 16 January 2023. As per the decision of the committee, the rights has been awarded for four editions till 2029,..."Read more
Dhaka 13 Dec 2022 The South Asian Football Federation invites interested parties to submit tender bids for the SAFF Championship. Tenders must be sent in by 2 January 2023. Tenderers who are interested in submitting a tender should inform to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11.59 PM (Bangladesh time). TENDER BIDS "Read more
Dhaka11 Nov 2022 Nepal won the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship title for the first time following a 1-1 draw with host Bangladesh in the match played at the Kamalapur Stadium on Friday. Nepal remained unbeaten garnering 10 points from 4 matches in the three-team competition that followed a double round league format. Bangladesh finished with seven points, while Bhutan were unable to register any points. Nepal came to the match needing just a draw to lift the trophy, while host Bangladesh, who had lost their previous encounter against Nepal by 1-0, needed all three points to keep the title..."Read more
Kolkata13 Oct 2022 With an objective to enhance the knowledge of referee assessors in the South Asian region, the South Asian Football Federation organized the first ever SAFF Referee Assessor Workshop in Kolkata, India, from 10-13 October. The four-day workshop saw the participation of eight former and current FIFA Referees and FIFA Assistant Referees from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives and Nepal. As part of the workshop, the participants attended the matches of the ongoing ISL to analyze the matches. They also had theoretical classes conducted by AIFF Referee Department Manager Suresh Srinivasan, who is also an AFC Elite Referee..."Read more
Kathmandu 19 Sept. 2022 Bangladesh won their maiden SAFF Women's Championship 2022 defeating Nepal 3-1 in the finals on Monday. Nepal's hope of lifting the title in front of a sold out crowd at Dasharath Stadium ended in agony. Shamsunnahar gave Bangladesh the lead in the 13th minute. Srimoti Krishnarani Sarkar doubled the lead in the 42nd. Backed by a vocal crowd Nepal slowly began to put some pessure in the second half. With rain pouring heavily, Anita Basnet pulled one back in the 77th minute. But any comeback from Nepali side was quickly distinguished as Sarkar scored Bangladesh's third..."Read more
Male' (4 Oct. 2021) - Arafat's header helped Bangladesh hold India to a 1-1 draw in their second match of the SAFF Championship 2021 being held at the National Stadium, Male, Maldives. Arafat's equalizer came in the 74th minute when he dived in to connect Rakim Hussian's feed. With the point earned from the match, Bangladesh has four points and leads the table. Nepal, however, can claim pole position should they manage a win over Sri Lanka later in the day. Bangladesh played with a numerical disadvantage from the 54th minute as Bishwanath Ghosh received the marching orders when he..."Read more
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) is the unity of South Asian football-playing countries
The organization is made of football’s national governing units of each member country of the region.
The member associations are – Bangladesh Football Federation, Bhutan Football Federation, All India Football Federation, Football Association of Maldives, All Nepal Football Association, Pakistan Football Federation, and Football Federation of Sri Lanka. At present, the President of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Mr. Kazi Md. Salahuddin is leading the SAFF as its President. The SAFF Secretariat is currently located in Bangladesh.
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SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
The South Asian football nations meet each other in the regional championship. It will be a royal rumble followed by a final to crown the champ. Get ready for the heat!
SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
Date: 21 JUNE - 4 JULY
TEAMS: GROUP A (INDIA, KUWAIT, NEPAL, PAKISTAN) GROUP B (LEBANON, MALDIVES, BHUTAN, BANGLADESH)
FORMAT: THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS. TWO TEAMS FROM EACH GROUP SHALL ADVANCE TO THE SEMI-FINAL
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