SAFF Championship

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2018 SAFF Championship logo
Founded1993;26 years ago (1993) as SAARC Gold Cup
Region SAFF
Number of teams
Current championsFlag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of India.svg  India (7 titles)
Website www.saffsuzukicup.org
Soccerball current event.svg 2018 SAFF Championship

The South Asian Football Federation Championship or SAFF Championship, officially called SAFF Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons (previously known as South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup and SAFF Gold Cup), is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation. Previous names have included the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup in 1995. Seven teams currently compete in the South Asian Football Federation Tournament.

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South Asian Football Federation

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia and is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005. In February 2015, captain Haroon Amiri announced that Afghanistan had officially left the SAFF for the new Central Asian Football Association.

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History

The countries that currently compete in the tournaments are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is held every two years. [1] Afghanistan joined SAFF in 2005 and left the association in 2015 to become a founding member of Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF).

Bangladesh national football team national team of Bangladesh controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation

The Bangladesh National Football Team is the national team of Bangladesh controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation, and became a member of FIFA in 1974 even though the Bangladesh Football Federation was first founded in 1972. Bangladesh was elected as a member of the AFC Executive Committee 1982–86 and 1998–02. The current Executive Committee was elected democratically, under an AFC approved constitution and direct supervision of FIFA & AFC, in April 2008.

Bhutan national football team national association football team

The Bhutan national football team represents Bhutan in international men's football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in Bhutan, the Bhutan Football Federation, which is a member of the Asian Football Federation and the regional body the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The team play their home games at the national stadium, Changlimithang. The side have consistently been ranked as the worst, or one of the worst national teams in the world on both the official FIFA rankings and the Elo rating system. As of the end of November 2017 they have won only six competitive fixtures against other international teams and have a goal difference of −279 in official matches. The team have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament and beyond friendlies and qualifying matches, their only official competition has been in the regional South Asian Games and the South Asian Football Federation Cup.

India national football team mens national association football team representing India

The India national football team represents India in international football and is controlled by the All India Football Federation. Under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and governed in Asia by the AFC, the team is also part of the South Asian Football Federation. The team, which was once considered one of the best teams in Asia, had its golden era during the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, under the coaching of Syed Abdul Rahim, India won gold during the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games, while finishing fourth during the 1956 Summer Olympics.

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship kicked off in Kathmandu in 1997, evolving out of its forerunner, the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Gold Cup. Since its inception, the biennial competition has developed into South Asia’s premier football tournament, promoting the regional development of the game. The SAFF Championship 2001 was first postponed from Oct/Nov 2001 to Jan/Feb 2002 due to the suspension of the Bangladeshi FA from FIFA; the tournament finally took place in 2003. The 2018 edition was hosted by Bangladesh. [2]

Tournament summary

YearHostFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreRunner-up3rd PlaceScore4th Place
1993
Details
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
Flag of India.svg
India
[ note ]Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Sri Lanka
Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
[ note ]Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
1995
Details
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Sri Lanka
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Sri Lanka
1–0Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
[ note ]Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
1997
Details
Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of India.svg
India
5–1Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
1–0Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Sri Lanka
1999
Details
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of India.svg
India
2–0Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
2–0Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
2003
Details
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
1–1
(5–3 pen.)
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
Flag of India.svg
India
2–1Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
YearHostFinalLosing semi-finalists [ 2 ]
ChampionScoreRunner-up
2005
Details
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
Flag of India.svg
India
2–0Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives and Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
2008
Details
Flag of Maldives.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Maldives & Sri Lanka
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
1–0Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan and Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
2009
Details
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of India.svg
India
0–0
(3–1 pen.)
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh and Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
2011
Details
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of India.svg
India
4–0Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2013).svg
Afghanistan
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives and Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal
2013
Details
Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of Afghanistan.svg
Afghanistan
2–0Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives and Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal
2015
Details
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of India.svg
India
2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Afghanistan.svg
Afghanistan
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives and Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
2018
Details
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
2–1Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal and Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
2020
Details
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Pakistan
1Final tournaments in league table format.
2No third place match has been played since 2005; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Statistics

Performance by nation

NationChampionsRunners-upThird-placeFourth-placeSemi-finalists
Flag of India.svg  India 7 (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009 [note 1] , 2011, 2015)4 (1995, 2008, 2013, 2018)1 (2003)
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 2 (2008, 2018)3 (1997, 2003, 2009)1 (1999)4 (2005, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 1 (2003)2 (1999, 2005)1 (1995)2 (1995, 2009)
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 1 (2013)2 (2011, 2015)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 1 (1995)1 (1993)1 (1997)3 (2008, 2009, 2015)
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1 (1993)2 (1995, 1999)3 (2011, 2013, 2018)
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1 (1997)2 (1993, 2003)2 (2005, 2018)
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 1 (2008)

Participating nations

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semifinals [lower-alpha 1]
  • GS – Group stage
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •     Hosts
  •  ×  – Did not enter
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Withdrew before qualification
  •    Withdrew/Disqualified after qualification
  •    Not part of SAFF
Team Flag of Pakistan.svg
1993
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
1995
Flag of Nepal.svg
1997
Flag of India.svg
1999
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
2003
Flag of Pakistan.svg
2005
Flag of Maldives.svg Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
2008
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
2009
Flag of India.svg
2011
Flag of Nepal.svg
2013
Flag of India.svg
2015
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
2018
Flag of Pakistan.svg
2020
Total
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan Not part of SAFF GSGSGSGS2nd1st2ndNot part of SAFF 7
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh ×SFGS2nd1st2ndGSSFGSGSGSGS11
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan Not part of SAFF GSGSSFGSGSGSGSGS8
Flag of India.svg  India [lower-alpha 2] 1st2nd1st1st3rd1st2nd1st1st2nd1st2nd12
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives ××2nd3rd2ndSF1st2ndSFSFSF1st10
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 3rdSFGS4thGSGSGSGSSFSFGSSF12
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 4thGS3rdGS4thSFGSGSGSGS×SFq12
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 2nd1st4thGSGSGSSFSFGSGSSFGS12
Notes
  1. The third-place match was not played in 1995 and has not been played after 2003.
  2. In 2009, India participated with their under-23 team.

All-time table

As of 2018.

RankTeamPartPldWDLGFGADifPts
1Flag of India.svg  India 1250321089234+58106
2Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 10432211109144+4777
3Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 11381510134338+555
4Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 1237136184660−1445
5Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1136128163242−1044
6Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 727124114842+640
7Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1238116214456−1239
8Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 82411221393−804


Top goalscorers

See also

Football has been a sport at the South Asian Games since it commenced in 1984. Since the 2004 South Asian Games, the age limit for men's teams is under 23, plus up to three overaged players for each squad, which is the same as the age limit in football competitions at the Summer Olympics and Asian Games. Pakistan is currently the most successful country in the Men's event with 4 Gold Medals while India is the most successful in Women's event with 2 Gold Medals.

The Arabian Gulf Cup, also known as the Gulf Cup of Nations and often referred to simply as the Gulf Cup, is a biennial football competition for the Arab states of the Arabian Gulf, in addition to neighbouring state Yemen, and is governed by the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation. The history of the competition has also seen it held every three to four years due to political or organisational problems.

The Arab Nations Cup is a football competition held between Arab countries. The first edition took place in Lebanon in 1963. Iraq is the most successful team in the history of the tournament with four consecutive titles in 1964, 1966, 1985 and 1988, while Saudi Arabia has won twice in 1998 and 2002. Other winning sides were Tunisia in 1963, Egypt in 1992, and Morocco in 2012.

Notes

  1. The 2009 tournament was won by India national U-23 team.

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SAFF U-19 Championship

The SAFF U-19 Championship is a football championship for male footballers under the age of 19 and is organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The championship was held for the first time in August 2015 in Nepal and now it has been officially changed to SAFF U-18 Championship from 2017 edition since most teams use to send their U-18 team keeping in mind AFC U-19 Championship qualification.

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