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; 5 years ago (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
6 member associations
Tajikistan Rustami Emomali
Vice President
Tajikistan Khurshed Mirzo

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]

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
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 · 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


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   Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present
Vice-General Secretary   Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada 2015 – present
AFC Vice-president   Ali Kafashian 2015 – present
Female General Secretary   Zohra Mehri 2015 – present


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


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

General SecretariesEdit

General Secretaries Years
  Avazbek Maksumov 2015 – 2017
  Sanjar Rizayev 2018 – present

CAFA championshipsEdit

CAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.[10][11]

Competition Holders Last Event
Men's Tournaments
CAFA Men's Championship n/a n/a
CAFA U-23 Men's Championship n/a n/a
CAFA U-19 Men's Championship   Iran 2019
CAFA U-16 Boys Championship   Tajikistan 2019
CAFA U-15 Boys Championship   Iran 2018
CAFA Futsal Championship n/a n/a
CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship n/a n/a
Women's Tournaments
CAFA Women's Championship   Uzbekistan 2018
CAFA U-23 Women's Championship   Uzbekistan 2019
CAFA U-19 Women's Championship   Uzbekistan 2020
CAFA U-15 Girls Championship   Iran 2019

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. 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. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/afc.html%7Cdate= 4 May 2017
  9. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/#AFC
  10. ^ http://the-cafa.com/about-cafa/
  11. ^ Competitions

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