SAFF Women's Championship

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SAFF Women's Championship
Founded2010
Region SAFF
Number of teams7 (formerly 8)
Current championsFlag of India.svg  India
Most successful team(s)Flag of India.svg  India (5 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 SAFF Women's Championship

The SAFF Women's Championship, also called the South Asian Football Federation Women's Cup, is the main association football competition of the women's national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). Seven members currently compete in the tournament. Formerly, eight members competed, before the departure of Afghanistan from SAFF.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

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.

Afghanistan womens national football team womens national association football team representing Afghanistan

The Afghanistan women's national football team is the women's national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF). They play the majority of their home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

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The current SAFF members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is held every two years.

Bangladesh womens national football team national association football team

The Bangladesh women's national football team is the women's national association football team of Bangladesh controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation under the supervision of the women's football committee. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and has yet to qualify for the World Cup or a AFC Women's Asian Cup finals.

The Bhutan national women's football team represents Bhutan in international women's football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in Bhutan, the Bhutan Football Federation, which is currently a member of the Asian Football Federation and the regional body the South Asian Football Federation. Bhutan play their home games at the national stadium, Changlimithang. It is one of the younger national teams in the world having played its first match in 2010. Bhutan took part in the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship in Islamabad, Pakistan at the end of 2014, losing all three games, including a 4-1 loss to host Pakistan in which Tshering Yangdon scored just the second official goal in the team's history.

India womens national football team womens national association football team representing India

The India women's national football team is controlled by the All India Football Federation and represents India in women's international football competitions. The women's team resumed playing on 7 September 2012 after nearly a year-long hiatus. 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 was one of the best teams in Asia in the mid 70s to early 80s, when they became runners-up at 1980 and 1983 AFC Women's Asian Cup. Presently, the Indian team has won all the SAFF Women's Championship that they have participated in since 2010.

So far India has won every edition, beating Nepal four times and Bangladesh once in the final. [1] [2]

List of winners

Refs: [3] [4] [5]

YearHostFinalLosing semi-finalists
ChampionScoreRunner-up
2010
Details
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh Flag of India.svg
India
1–0Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh, Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
2012
Details
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka Flag of India.svg
India
3–1Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2013).svg  Afghanistan, Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
2014
Details
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of India.svg
India
6–0Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh, Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
2016
Details
Flag of India.svg  India Flag of India.svg
India
3–1Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives, Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal
2019
Details
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal [6] Flag of India.svg
India
3–1Flag of Nepal.svg
Nepal
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka, Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh

Medal summary

NationChampionsRunners-upSemi-finalists
Flag of India.svg  India 5 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019)
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2019)1 (2016)
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 1 (2016)3 (2010, 2014, 2019)
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 3 (2012, 2014, 2019)
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 1 (2016)
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 1 (2012)
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1 (2010)

General Statistics

As of 2019

RankTeamPartPldWDLGFGADifPts
1Flag of India.svg  India 5232210138613267
2Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 5231805102178554
3Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 5188193832625
4Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 51761101843-2519
5Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 3104061338-2512
6Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 51532101456-4211
7Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 4121291067-575
8Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 5140113377-721

See also

Football at the South Asian Games

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