Central Asian Football Association

The Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)[1] is an association of the football playing nations in Central Asia.

Central Asian Football Association
Formation9 January 2015 (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
6 member associations
Rustami Emomali
Vice President
Khurshed Mirzo

In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation and approved at the Extraordinary Congress in January 2015 during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[2][3] As a result, CAFA will in the future be able to have member(s) on the AFC executive committee.

The formation of CAFA was spearheaded by the Iranian Football Federation following disputes with West Asian Football Federation members. It was reported that AFC President Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa gained politically from the creation of the new zone.[4]


Members of the six nations met with AFC president Sheikh Salman on 10 May 2014 to talk about the possibility of creating a new Asian football zone. The delegations were invited by the AFC president following an initiative by Iran and Afghanistan.[5] At the extraordinary AFC congress on 9 June 2014 in São Paulo, the plan of the new zone was ratified by the congress.[6][7]

Member associations

CAFA consists of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

CodeAssociationNational Football teamsNational Futsal teamsNational Beach
Soccer teams
Former federation
AFG AfghanistanMen's (U21·U19·U17) Women'sMen'sMen's1933194819542015YesSAFF (2005–2014)
IRN IranMen's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19·U17)Men's · Men's U-20 · Women'sMen's1920194819542015YesWAFF (2001–2014)
KGZ KyrgyzstanMen's (U21·U17) Women'sMen's1946199419942015Yes
TJK TajikistanMen's (U21·U17) Women'sMen's1936199419942015Yes
TKM TurkmenistanMen's (U21·U17) Women'sMen's1992199419942015Yes
UZB UzbekistanMen's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19)Men's · Women's Men's1946199419942015Yes
Association National Football Leagues National Football Cups Super Cups
 Afghanistan Afghan Premier League
 Iran Persian Gulf Pro League
Kowsar Women Football league
Hazfi Cup Iranian Super Cup
 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Top League
Kyrgyzstan Women's Championship
Kyrgyzstan Cup Kyrgyzstan Super Cup
 Tajikistan Tajikistan Higher League Tajikistan Cup Tajikistan Super Cup
 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Higher League Turkmenistan Cup Turkmenistan Super Cup
 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Super League
Uzbek women's football championship
Uzbekistan Cup Uzbekistan Super Cup


Executive committee

Position Name Years active
President Rustam Emomali 2019 – present
Vice-president Dastanbek Konokbaev 2019 – present
Second Vice-president Arslan Aynazarov 2019 – present
General Secretary Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present
Vice-General Secretary Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada 2015 – present
AFC Vice-president Ali Kafashian 2015 – present
Female General Secretary Zohra Mehri 2015 – present


President Years
Mirabror Usmanov 2015 – 2018
Umid Ahmadjonov 2018 – 2019
Rustam Emomali 2018 – present


Vice-President Years
Rustam Emomali 2015 – 2018
Khurshed Mirzo 2018 – 2019
Dastanbek Konokbaev 2019 – present

General Secretaries

General Secretaries Years
Avazbek Maksumov 2015 – 2017
Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present

CAFA championships

CAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.[10][11]

CompetitionHoldersLast Event
Men's Tournaments
CAFA Men's Championshipn/an/a
CAFA U-23 Men's Championshipn/an/a
CAFA U-19 Men's Championship Iran2019
CAFA U-16 Boys Championship Tajikistan2019
CAFA U-15 Boys Championship Iran2018
CAFA Futsal Championshipn/an/a
CAFA U-19 Futsal Championshipn/an/a
Women's Tournaments
CAFA Women's Championship Uzbekistan2018
CAFA U-23 Women's Championship Uzbekistan2019
CAFA U-19 Women's Championship Uzbekistan2016
CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Iran2019

See also


  1. "اتحادیه فوتبال آسیای مرکزی ایجاد شد" (in Persian). BBC. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. "AFC adds a fifth zone as Extraordinary Congress approves amendments to AFC Statutes". The AFC. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. Warshaw, Andrew (10 June 2014). "Shaikh Salman flexes his political muscle to brush aside Prince Ali". InsideWorldFootball.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. "Central Asians meet Sheikh Salman to create CAFA". aff.org.af. 17 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. "Sheikh Salman Wins Bitter Battle to End Prince Ali's FIFA Vice-Presidency" (10 June 2014). worldfootballinsider.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. "AFC president to resume FIFA Vice Presidency". goal.com. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  8. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/afc.html%7Cdate= 4 May 2017
  9. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/#AFC
  10. http://the-cafa.com/about-cafa/
  11. Competitions
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