SAFF Championship

Last updated
SAFF Suzuki Cup
2018 SAFF logo.jpg
Founded1993;27 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 2020 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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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).

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship kicked off in Lahore in 1993, 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]

The 2020 edition of the SAFF Championship will be hosted by Bangladesh. [3] [4]

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 Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
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 Bangladesh.svg
2020
Total
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan Not part of SAFFGSGSGSGS2nd1st2ndNot part of SAFF7
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh ×SFGS2nd1st2ndGSSFGSGSGSGS11
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan Not part of SAFFGSGSSFGSGSGSGSGS8
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×SF12
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


Top goalscorers by edition

YearsPlayer(s)Goals
1993 Flag of India.svg I. M. Vijayan 3
1995 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Mohamed Amanulla 3
1997 Flag of India.svg I. M. Vijayan 6
1999 Flag of Nepal.svg Naresh Joshi 3
Flag of India.svg Bhaichung Bhutia
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Mihazur Rehman
Flag of Maldives.svg Mohamed Wildhan
2003 Flag of Pakistan.svg Sarfraz Rasool 4
2005 Flag of Maldives.svg Ibrahim Fazeel 3
Flag of Maldives.svg Ali Ashfaq
Flag of Maldives.svg Ahmed Thariq
2008 Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2013).svg Harez Habib 4
2009 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Enamul Haque 4
Flag of Maldives.svg Ahmed Thariq
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg E. B. Channa
2011 Flag of India.svg Sunil Chhetri 7
2013 Flag of Maldives.svg Ali Ashfaq 10
2015 Flag of Afghanistan.svg Khaibar Amani 4
2018 Flag of India.svg Manvir Singh 3

Overall top goalscorers

Players with 10 or more goals at SAFF Championships
RankNationPlayerGoals scored
1 Flag of Maldives.svg Ali Ashfaq 20
2 Flag of India.svg Sunil Chhetri 13
3 Flag of India.svg Bhaichung Bhutia 12
4 Flag of Maldives.svg Ibrahim Fazeel 10
Flag of Maldives.svg Ahmed Thariq

See also

Notes

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

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