Quwat Salahaddin

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Quwat Salahaddin (Arabic: فريق قوات صلاح الدين, lit.'Salahaddin Forces'), formerly known as Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha (Arabic: فريق الفرقة الثالثة, lit.'Third Division'), was an Iraqi football team based in Habbaniyah which represented the 3rd Division of the Iraqi Army. The team competed in the Iraq Central FA Premier League from the 1962–63 season until the 1972–73 season, and also competed in Iraq's first national football league in the 1973–74 season.

Quwat Salahaddin
Full nameQuwat Salahaddin Al-Ayoubi
Dissolved1975; 49 years ago (1975)
LeagueIraqi National First Division



Quwat Salahaddin were founded as Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha and were originally based in Baqubah before moving to Habbaniyah.[1] Al-Firqa Al-Thalitha won the Iraq Central FA Premier League on one occasion in 1965–66 and also won the Iraq Central FA Perseverance Cup on two occasions in 1963 and 1966. In 1972, the team was renamed to Quwat Salahaddin.

In 1974, the Iraq Football Association decided to implement a clubs-only policy for domestic competitions, forming the Iraqi National Clubs League which was only open to clubs and not institute-representative teams such as Quwat Salahaddin.[2] With the IFA dictating that only a single club would be allowed to represent the Army in the new top-flight, Al-Jaish Sports Club was established on 18 August 1974 by the Iraqi Olympic Committee,[3] replacing Quwat Salahaddin, Quwat Al-Nasr and Al-Quwa Al-Bahriya in the top-flight.

Quwat Salahaddin participated in the 1974–75 Armed Forces League, after which most of the team's players joined Al-Jaish SC and the newly-formed Salahaddin SC.[1]






  • Army Cup
    • Winners (2): 1961, 1963
  • Quartet Cup
    • Winners (1): 1963


  1. ^ a b "Iraq 1974/75". RSSSF. 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Iraqi Football League History" (in Arabic). NIIIIS.com. 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Mubarak, Hassanin (2020). Birth of the Lions of Mesopotamia: The early years of football in Iraq. ISBN 979-8670555623.