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.
|Motto||Strength in Unity|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka , Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan.|
|7 member associations|
The current champions of SAFF are the Maldives after a 2–1 win over India at the 2018 SAFF Championship and in women football India is the present champion after a 3−1 victory over Nepal at the 2019 SAFF Women's Championship.
|Country||Year||Association||Member||League (Men's)||League (Women's)|
|1997||Bangladesh Football Federation||Founding Member||Bangladesh Premier League|
|1997||All India Football Federation||Founding Member||I-league, Indian Super League||Indian Women's League|
|1997||Football Association of Maldives||Founding Member||Dhivehi Premier League|
|1997||All Nepal Football Association||Founding Member||Martyr's Memorial A-Division League|
|1997||Pakistan Football Federation||Founding Member||Pakistan Premier League|
|1997||Football Federation of Sri Lanka||Founding Member||Sri Lanka Football Premier League|
|2000||Bhutan Football Federation||Expansion 1||Bhutan National League|
|1997 – 2001|
|2001 – 2009|
|2009 – present|
Men's National Teams
Leading Men's Team:
Women's National Teams
Leading Women's team:
The South Asian Football Federation runs several competitions on subcontinental level.
Current title holders
|Competitions||Current Champions||Title||Runners-up||Next edition|
|SAFF U-18 Championship||1st||2021|
|SAFF U-15 Championship||3rd||2020|
|South Asian Games Men||4th||2021|
|SAFF Women's Championship||5th||2021|
|SAFF U-18 Women's Championship||1st||2019|
|SAFF U-15 Women's Championship||1st||2020|
|South Asian Games Women||3rd||2021|
Top goalscorer in men's football
- As of 20 September 2019, the players with most goals scored in career from South Asia (SAFF) are:
By number of goals
(Players with at least 20 goals)
(only highest goalscorers from each country)
- Players in bold are active international players.
The South Asian Football Federation announced in April 2011 that they had decided to start a new tournament for association football club sides, the SAFF Club Championship, with the inaugural edition to be held in Bangladesh from 1–15 September of the same year. However the competition was postponed and desires to revive the competition were again announced in July 2013 but the competition has still not started with accusations that India, the prime nation in the competition, are not altogether interested in participating.
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