KATHMANDU 26 September 2023 Media Release South Asian Football Federation proudly announces the successful completion of its highly anticipated seminar, SAFF FCMS SEMINAR, held on 26th September 2023 at the Himalaya Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event brought together a diverse group of professionals and enthusiasts, creating an inspiring platform for learning, networking, and collaboration. With a focus on Competition Registration, the seminar featured engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and interactive workshops led by experts. Attendees were from 6 MA’s who manage the registration system and were provided with lectures, and live classes followed by a workshop which helped them..."Read more
KATHMANDU 30 Sept. 2023 India won the SAFF U19 Championship 2023 title defeating Pakistan 3-0 at the Dashrath Stadium on Saturday. All three goals from India came in the second half. Manglenthang Kipgen scored a brace in the win. Kipgen opened the scoring for India in the 64th minute and found his double in the 85th minute. Gwgwmsar Goyary sealed the one sided win the 90+5 minutes. The Individual awards went to: Most Valuable Player: Manglenthang Kipgen (IND) Top Scorers: Gwgwmsar Goyary (IND), Jigme Namgyal (IND), Samir Tamang (NEP) – 3 goals each Best Goalkeeper: Lionel Daryl Rymmei (IND)"Read more
Kathmandu25 Sept. 2023 Host Nepal confirmed their berth in the semi-finals of the SAFF U19 Championship 2023 after they emerged victorious in their last Group ‘A’ match Maldives. In the match played at the Dashrath Stadium on Monday, Nepal defeated Maldives 4-1 with goals from Prashant Laksman (17’), Samir Tamang (30’, 90+6’ ) and Niraj Dhami (88’). Adam Layaan scored the only goal for Maldives in the Nepal finished runner-up behind Pakistan who topped the group with four points. Maldives, with just a point to their credit, crashed out of the competition. Likewise, India finished as the winner of..."Read more
Kathmandu22 Sept. 2023 Pakistan and Bhutan confirmed their semi-final berths in the ongoing SAFF U19 Championship 2023. In the matches held on Saturday at the Dashrath Stadium, Pakistan drew 1-1 against Maldives to collect four points from two matches. The draw was enough to put Pakistan in the semi-finals from Group A. The last Group B match against host Nepal and Maldives shall decide who will join Pakistan from Group A. Maldives shall have a point from their draw, while Nepal are without a point. Maldives made a bright start unlocking the Pakistan defense in the 39th minute through..."Read more
Kathmandu21 Sept. 2023 India and Pakistan made a winning start to their SAFF U19 Championship 2023 campaign recording convincing wins in their respective matches played at the Dashrath Stadium on Thursday. India made light work of Bangladesh defeating them 3-0 while Pakistan edged host Nepal 1-0. India has it all easy against Bangladesh as they went in front in the first minute itself through Gwgwmsar Goyary. Naoba Meitei (45+5’) and Arjun Oinam (90’) were the other scorers for India. In the second match of the day, Pakistan went close to scoring several times before getting their winning goal through..."Read more
Dhaka16 Sept. 2023 The SAFF Executive Committee Meeting held at the SAFF Headquarters on Saturday has formed four standing committees under the chairmanship of SAFF Executive Committee Members. The meeting chaired by SAFF President, Kazi Md Salahuddin formed the competition, marketing and communication, finance and development committee. Each committee consist of five members out of which the chairman of each committee is a member of the SAFF Executive Committee. The meeting decided on the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the committees while the decision on the additional members of the committee will be decided by the SAFF Secretariat as..."Read more
Thimpu 10 Sept. 2023 India displayed a dominant performance over Bangladesh in the finals of the SAFF U16 Championship 2023 to be crowned the champions of the competition at the Changlimithang National Stadium on Sunday. India, who had advanced to the finals of the tournament on a back of eight goals against Maldives in the semi-finals, scored as early as in the eight minute through Bharat Lairenjam. Bangladesh never looked as promising as they were against Pakistan in the semi-finals. As a result of this, they were constantly pushed back in their own half. Levis Zangminlum scored the winning goal..."Read more
Thimpu8 Sept. 2023 India and Bangladesh advanced to the finals of the SAFF U16 Championship 2023 following wins in their respective matches on Friday. India routed Maldives 8-0 in the first semi-final of the match, while Bangladesh came from a goal behind to defeat Pakistan 2-1. For India, Vishal Yadav (22’), Mohammed Kaif (36’), Levis Zangminlum (53’), Aiborlang Khartangmaw (62’, 82’), Manbhakupar Malngiang (70’), Md. Arbash (77’, 84’) scored. In another semi-final between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Abdul Ghani opened the scoring for Bangladesh in the 6th minute, but MD Mursed Ali brought Bangladesh in level terms in the 14th..."Read more
Thimpu6 Sept. 2023 India and Bangladesh advanced to the semi-finals of the SAFF U16 Championship 2023 as winners and runners up respectively from Group A. India collected six points from two matches following 1-0 victory over Nepal, while Bangladesh advanced with three points. In today’s match, India scored the winning goal in the 33rd minute. They will now face Maldives in the semi-finals. Maldives, meanwhile, defeated host Bhutan 3-2 in a thrilling encounter. Mohamed Ilan Imran gave Maldives the early lead in the 4th minute but Sonam Dorji fired a quick fire double in the 42nd and 45+3 minute..."Read more
Thimpu 3 Sept. 2023 India and Pakistan opened their SAFF U16 Championship 2023 campaign with wins in their respective matches held at the Changlimithang National Stadium on Sunday. On the first match of the day, India defeated Bangladesh 1-0, while Pakistan came from behind to defeat host Bhutan 2-1. Thoungamba Singh Usham scored all important goal for India in the 74th minute. India now have three points after the win and will take on Nepal on 6 September. Bangladesh also have a match against Nepal on 4 September. Pakistan, meanwhile, needed a 30th minute goal from Subhan Karim to see..."Read more
Media Release Kathmandu August 16, 2023 The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) organized the SAFF Safeguarding in Football Seminar 2023 with the support of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). This significant event brought together safeguarding officers from the Football federations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan, aiming to enhance best practices and safety measures within football. The seminar with BRAC and Educo as their official facilitating partners, provided a platform for participants to get elaborated training that will strengthen their day-to-day activities. SAFF Vice President Sundar Narshing Joshi delivered the opening remarks, and Token of Appreciations..."Read more
Bengaluru 4 July 2023 India won the SAFF Championship for the ninth time as they defeated Kuwait 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout in the final after the scoreline stood at 1-1 at Bengaluru's Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday. Kuwait found themselves in the front in the 14th minute with Shabib Al Khaldi finding the back of the net. India fought hard before finally getting some success in the 38th minute as Lallianzuala Chhangte scored the equaliser. In the penalty shootout for India, Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Subhasish Bose and Mahesh Singh Naorem scored while Udanta Singh Kumam..."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
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.
Upcoming Competitions & Events
SAFF U16 CHAMPIONSHIP 2023 & SAFF U19 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 U16 CHAMPIONSHIP 2023 | SAFF U19 CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
Date: 1-10 SEPTEMBER | Date: 21-20 SEPTEMBER
Host: BHUTAN | NEPAL
TEAMS SAFF U16: GROUP A (INDIA, NEPAL , BANGLADESH) | GROUP B (BHUTAN, MALDIVES, PAKISTAN) | TEAMS SAFF U19: GROUP A (NEPAL, MALDIVES, PAKISTAN) | GROUP B (INDIA, BHUTAN, BANGLADESH)
FORMAT: THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS. TWO TEAMS FROM EACH GROUP SHALL ADVANCE TO THE SEMI-FINAL
Ashalata Devi is an Indian professional football player who plays as a defender for the Indian National Team and Indian Women’s league side Sethu FC. Currently she is the captain of the India Women’s National Football Team. Devi is considered one of the finest defenders in Asia.