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
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Formation9 January 2015; 6 years ago (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
6 member associations
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali
Vice president
Kyrgyzstan Dastanbek Konokbaev
General secretary
Tajikistan Ulugbek Karimov

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]

Executive committeeEdit

Position Name Years active
President   Rustam Emomali 2019–present
Vice-President   Dastanbek Konokbaev 2019–present
Second Vice-President   Arslan Aynazarov 2019–present
General Secretary   Ulugbek Karimov 2019–present


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


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

General SecretariesEdit

General Secretary Years
  Avazbek Maksumov 2015–2017
  Sanjar Rizayev 2018–2019
  Ulugbek Karimov 2019–present

Member associationsEdit

CAFA consists of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.India football team will be the first invite team in CAFA from 2022

Code Association National Football teams National Futsal teams National Beach
Soccer teams
Founded FIFA
Former federation
AFG   Afghanistan Men's (U21·U19·U17) Women's Men's Men's 1933 1948 1954 2015 Yes SAFF (2005–2014)
IRN   Iran Men's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19·U17) Men's (U-20) Women's Men's 1920 1948 1954 2015 Yes WAFF (2001–2014)
KGZ   Kyrgyzstan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TJK   Tajikistan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1936 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TKM   Turkmenistan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1992 1994 1994 2015 Yes
UZB   Uzbekistan Men's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19) Men's Women's Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
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


Current title holdersEdit

CAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.[8][9]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Men's Championship TBD N/A N/A TBD
U-23 Championship TBD N/A N/A TBD
U-18 Championship 2019   Iran 1st   Tajikistan 2021
U-16 Championship 2019   Tajikistan 1st   Uzbekistan TBD
U-15 Championship 2018   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan 2021
CAFA Futsal Championship TBD N/A N/A TBD
CAFA U-19 Men's Futsal Championship TBD N/A N/A TBD
National teams (Women's)
Women's Championship 2018   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
U-23 Women's Championship 2019   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
U-19 Women's Championship 2021   Uzbekistan 2nd   Iran TBD
U-17 Girls Championship 2021   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
U-15 Girls Championship 2019   Iran 1st   Kyrgyzstan TBD
CAFA U-19 Women's Futsal Championship 2020   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan 2022


See alsoEdit


  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. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 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. ^ "ABOUT CAFA". October 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "COMPETITIONS". March 9, 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/men?dateId=id13407%7Cdate=16 September 2021
  11. ^ "Women's Ranking". Fifa.com.

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