West Asian Football Federation

The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), founded in 2001, is an association of the football playing nations in Western Asia. Its founding members are Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In 2009, three more associations joined the federation: Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Four other nations of Western Asia: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia joined in 2010.[2] Iran left the federation on 10 June 2014 with the creation of Central Asian Football Federation.

West Asian Football Federation
WAFF logo
WAFF members
Formation15 May 2001[1]
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersAmman, Jordan
Membership
12 member associations
President
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
WebsiteThe-WAFFF.com

They organize the West Asian Football Federation Championship. Some nations were invited to participate in the competition from outside the region. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which are not members, were invited to participate in the first edition of the tournament in 2000. The Secretary General is the Jordanian Khalil Al Salem.

Member associations

WAFF has 12 member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Association Joining year Men's team Women's team
Bahrain 2010 Bahrain Bahrain
Iraq 2001 (Founding Member) Iraq Iraq
Jordan 2001 (Founding Member) Jordan Jordan
Kuwait 2010 Kuwait Kuwait
Lebanon 2001 (Founding Member) Lebanon Lebanon
Oman 2010 Oman
Palestine 2001 (Founding Member) Palestine Palestine
Qatar 2009 Qatar Qatar
Saudi Arabia 2010 Saudi Arabia
Syria 2001 (Founding Member) Syria Syria
United Arab Emirates 2009 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Yemen 2009 Yemen

Former members

International competitions participation

FIFA World Cup participation

Team
1930

1934

1938

1950

1954

1958

1962

1966

1970

1974

1978

1982

1986

1990

1994

1998

2002

2006

2010

2014

2018

2022
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Saudi ArabiaR16GSGSGSGS510
 UAEGS18
 IraqGS19
 KuwaitGS110
 Qatarq110
Total0000000000011111110011837
Legend

FIFA Confederations Cup participation

Team
1992

1995

1997

1999


2001

2003

2005

2009

2013

2017
Years
 Saudi Arabia2ndGSGS4th4
 IraqGS1
 United Arab EmiratesGS1
Total11210001006

AFC Asian Cup participation

Team
1956

1960

1964

1968

1972

1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004




2007

2011

2015

2019
Total appearances
 KuwaitGS2nd1st3rdGS4thQFGSGSGS10
 Saudi Arabia1st1st2nd1st2ndGS2ndGSGSR1610
 UAEGSGSGS4th2ndGSGSGS3rdSF10
 QatarGSGSGSGSQFGSGSQFGS1st10
 IraqGS4thQFQFQF1stQF4thR169
 SyriaGSGSGSGSGSGS6
 BahrainGS4thGSGSGSR166
 OmanGSGSGSR164
 JordanQFQFGSR164
 PalestineGSGS2
 LebanonGSGS2
 YemenGS1
Total00002245635586891163
Legend

Summer Olympics participation

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarter-finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  Qualified but withdrew
  •    Did not qualify / enter
  •    Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team
1900 to
1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016

2020
Total
 Iraq QF GS GS 4th GS 5
 Kuwait QF GS GS 3
 Qatar GS QF 2
 Saudi Arabia GS GS 2
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
 Syria GS 1
Total0331211101113

Competitions

WAFF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

CompetitionHoldersMost recent event
Men
Men's Football Championship Bahrain2019
U-23 Men's Football Championship Iran2015
U-18 Men's Football Championship Iraq2019
U-15 Men's Football Championship Saudi Arabia2019
Men's Futsal Championship Iran2012
Men's Beach Soccer Iran2013
Women
Women's Football Championship Jordan2019
Women's Clubs Championship Shabab Al-Ordon2019
U18 Girls Championship Jordan2018
U15 Girls Championship Lebanon2019
Women's Futsal Championship Iran2012

Rankings

Presidents

Prince Ali has in fact founded the WAFF.[7]

President Years
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 2001 – present

Vice-Presidents

Vice-President Years
Hassan Ghaffari 2001 – 2011
Ali Kafashian 2011 – 2014
Jibril Al Rajoub 2014 – present

General Secretary

President Years
Khalil Al Salem 2017 – present

Controversy

On 29 January 2015, after the defeat of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, West Asian Football Federation members reportedly sought to remove Australia from the AFC primarily due to "Australia benefiting hugely from Asian involvement without giving much in return".[8]

See also

References

  1. "Chapter 1". Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  2. "WAFF Articles and Definitions". The-waff.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 25 July 2019.
  5. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  6. Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
  7. "FIFA elections: Factbox for presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein". dna. 21 February 2016.
  8. "Angry Gulf nations leading charge to kick Australia out of Asian Football Confederation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
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