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
AbbreviationCAFA
Formation9 January 2015; 8 years ago (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
Membership
6 member associations
President
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali
Vice president
Kyrgyzstan Dastanbek Konokbaev
General secretary
Tajikistan Ulugbek Karimov
Websitewww.the-cafa.com

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 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]

HistoryEdit

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 and proposed by Afghanistan and Iran .[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

PresidentsEdit

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

Vice-presidentsEdit

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

AFC Vice-Presidents for Central ZoneEdit

General Secretary Years
  Ali Kafashian 2015–2016
  Mehdi Taj 2016-present

AFC Executive Committee Members for Central ZoneEdit

AFC Exco Years
  Mehri Zohra 2015–2019
  AGHAZADA Sayed Ali 2019-present

Member associationsEdit

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

Code Association National Football teams National Futsal teams National Beach
Soccer teams
Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
CAFA
affiliation
IOC
member
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 League Champion National Football Cups Cup Champion Super Cups Super Cup Champion
  Afghanistan Afghan Premier League Shaheen Asmayee
  Iran Persian Gulf Pro League Esteghlal Hazfi Cup Nassaji Mazandaran Iranian Super Cup Esteghlal
Kowsar Women Football league Khatoon F.C Women's Hazfi Cup Women's Super Cup
  Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Top League Dordoi Kyrgyzstan Cup Neftchi Kochkor-Ata Kyrgyzstan Super Cup Dordoi
Kyrgyzstan Women's Championship
  Tajikistan Tajikistan Higher League Istiklol Tajikistan Cup Khujand Tajikistan Super Cup Istiklol
  Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Higher League Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan Cup Şagadam Turkmenistan Super Cup Altyn Asyr
  Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Super League Pakhtakor Uzbekistan Cup Nasaf Uzbekistan Super Cup Pakhtakor
Uzbek women's football championship Sogdiana Uzbek women's Cup Bunyodkor Tashkent Uzbek women's Super Cup Bunyodkor Tashkent

CompetitionsEdit

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[9]
Men's National teams
Men's Championship TBD TBD
U-23 Championship TBD TBD
CAFA U-19 Championship (18/19) 2022   Iran 2nd   Uzbekistan 2025
CAFA U-17 Championship (16/17) 2022   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-15 Championship (14/15) 2022   Tajikistan 1st   Iran TBD
CAFA Futsal Championship TBD TBD
CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship 2022   Iran 1st   Afghanistan TBD
Women's National teams
CAFA Women's Championship 2022   Uzbekistan 2nd   Iran 2026
U-23 Women's Championship 2019   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
CAFA U-20 Women's Championship 2021   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
CAFA U-19 Women's Championship (18/19) 2022   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-17 Women's Championship (16/17) 2021   Uzbekistan 1st   Iran TBD
CAFA U-15 Girls Championship (14/15) 2022   Uzbekistan 2nd   Iran TBD
CAFA Women's Futsal Championship 2022   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan 2024
CAFA U-19 Women's Futsal Championship 2020   Iran 1st   Uzbekistan 2022

Events by YearEdit

Source:[10]

# Year Events
1 2016 2
2 2017 2
3 2018 3
4 2019 4
5 2020 1
6 2021 3
7 2022 8
8 2023 1

Events TimelineEdit

Number Event Host City Host Country Teams Dates Ref
1 2016 CAFA U-19 Boys Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 4
2 2016 CAFA U-19 Women's Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 4
3 2017 CAFA U-15 Boys Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 4
4 2017 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Hisor   Tajikistan 4
5 2018 CAFA U-16 Boys Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 4 3-13 July
6 2018 CAFA U-15 Boys Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 6 20-31 July
7 2018 CAFA Women's Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 5 23 Nov – 1 Dec
8 2019 CAFA U-16 Boys Championship Dushanbe - Hisor   Tajikistan 6 26 July - 1 August
9 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 9-15 August
10 2019 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 4 13-16 September
11 2019 CAFA U-23 Women's Championship Dushanbe - Hisor   Tajikistan 6 22-28 November
12 2020 CAFA U-19 Women's Futsal Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 6 24-29 January
13 2021 CAFA U-20 Women's Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 11–17 June
14 2021 CAFA U-17 Women's Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 4 3-7 July
15 2021 CAFA U-15 Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 17–24 November
16 2022 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 4 21-28 January
17 2022 CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship Bishkek   Kyrgyzstan 5 12-19 February
18 2022 CAFA U-18 Women's Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 4 11-15 March
19 2022 CAFA U-16 Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 13-20 May
20 2022 CAFA Women's Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 6-21 July
21 2022 CAFA U-19 Championship Dushanbe   Tajikistan 5 3-13 August
22 2022 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Hisor   Tajikistan 3 21-26 October
23 2022 CAFA U-14 Championship Hisor   Tajikistan 5 11–18 November
24 2023 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship Tashkent   Uzbekistan 4 27–31 January
  •     Men
  •     Women

MedalsEdit

As of 1 Jan 2023 (After 2022 CAFA U-14 Championship).

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Iran (IRI)109120
2  Uzbekistan (UZB)108321
3  Tajikistan (TJK)221115
4  Afghanistan (AFG)1203
5  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0268
6  Turkmenistan (TKM)0022
Totals (6 entries)23232369

RankingsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b "Competitions". the-cafa.com. Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Competitions — Central Asian Footbal Association [Cafa]".
  11. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/men?dateId=id13407%7Cdate=16 September 2021
  12. ^ "Women's Ranking". Fifa.com.

External linksEdit