Iraq Football Association

The Iraq Football Association (IFA) (Arabic: الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم) is the governing body of football in Iraq, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraqi Premier League.[3][4][5][6][7] The Iraqi Football Association was founded in 1948 and has been a member of FIFA since 1950, the Asian Football Confederation since 1970, and the Sub-confederation regional body West Asian Football Federation since 2001. Iraq is also part of the Union of Arab Football Associations and has been a member since 1974. The Iraqi team is commonly known as Usood Al-Rafidain (Arabic: أسود الرافدين), which literally means Lions of Mesopotamia.

Iraq Football Association
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Founded1948; 74 years ago (1948)
HeadquartersZayouna, Baghdad, Iraq[1]
FIFA affiliation1950
AFC affiliation1970[2]
WAFF affiliation2001 (founding member)
PresidentAdnan Dirjal
Vice-PresidentAli Jabbar
Younis Mahmoud


The Iraqi Football Association (Ittihad Al-Iraqi Le-Korat Al-Kadem) was formed on October 8, 1948, and was the third sports union to be founded in Iraq after the Track and Field Athletics and the Basketball Federations. The two unions took part at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, held from July 29 to August 14, however the Iraqi FA had not been founded, so no football team took part in the Olympics. It was during the Olympics that the idea of an Iraq Football Association was put forward. During the 1948 London Olympic Games, Iraq's basketball team lost every game by an average of 104 points per game. They scored an average of 23.5 points per game. The team included Iraq's first ever-national football captain Wadud Khalil and another member of Iraq's first ever-national squad in 1951, the outside right Salih Faraj.[8]

First administrationEdit

The first Iraqi FA administration was headed by President Obaid Abdullah Al-Mudhayfi and Saadi Jassim as general secretary, with its headquarters in the Sheikh Omar district in Baghdad. The IFA was an association of 14 teams from all over Iraq, they included the Royal Olympic Club (‘Nadi Al-Malikiya Al-Olympiya’), Royal Guards (‘Haris Al-Maliki’), Royal Air Force (‘Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Malikiya’), Police Schools (‘Madaris Al-Shurta’), Kuliya Al-Askariya (‘Military College’), Dar Al-Mualameen Alaliya (‘Highest Teacher's House’), Casual's Club, Al-Marouf Al-Tarbiya (‘Physical Education’), Kuliya Al-Hakok (‘College of Law’), Quwa Al-Siyara (‘Armoured Cars’) from the capital Baghdad and four other teams Nadi Al-Minaa Al-Basri (Basra Port Club), Sharakat Al-Naft Al-Basra (Basra Petroleum Company) from Basra and branches in the provinces of Mosul and Kirkuk.[8]


The Iraqi youth national teams have been ejected from tournaments for fielding over-age players.[9] In 1989, Iraq was banned for using over-age players in the U-20 World Championships in Saudi Arabia. That ban was extended when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990.[10]


The IFA organises several national competitions:

Current title holdersEdit

Competition Year Champions Runners-up Next edition
Senior (Men's)
Iraqi Premier League 2021–22 Al-Shorta Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2022–23
Iraq Division One 2021–22 Al-Hudood Karbalaa 2022–23
Iraq Division Two 2021–22 Al-Etisalat Al-Hawija 2022–23
Iraq FA Cup 2021–22 Al-Karkh Al-Kahrabaa 2022–23
Iraqi Super Cup 2022 Al-Shorta Al-Karkh 2023
Youth (Men's)
Iraqi Youth Premier League 2021–22 Al-Minaa Amanat Baghdad 2022–23
Iraq Youth Division One 2021–22 Al-Nasiriya Duhok 2022–23
Senior (Women's)
Iraqi Women's Football League 2020–21 Naft Al-Shamal Nineveh Girls 2022–23

Association informationEdit

As of September 2021, the members of the Iraq Football Association leadership team are:[11][12]

Position Incumbent
President   Adnan Dirjal
First Vice President   Ali Jabbar
Second Vice President   Younis Mahmoud
General Secretary   Mohammed Farhan Obaid
Treasurer   Masoud Abed-Alkhaliq
Technical Director   John Whittle
Team Coach (Men's) vacant
Team Coach (Women's)   Adil Qader
Media/Communications Manager   Zeyad Hamid
Futsal Coordinator   Najih Humoud
Referee Coordinator   Alaa Al Abadee

Other members:[12]

Govand Abdulkhaliq, Raheem Lafta, Ahmed O. Zamil, Firas Nori, Mohammed Naser, Ghalib Abbas, Yahya Zghair, Khalaf Jalal, Ghanim Oraibi, Rasha Talib

List of presidents of IFAEdit

The following is a list of presidents of Iraq Football Association (IFA).

Presidency President Took office Left office
1 Abdullah Al-Muthaifi 1948 1952
2 Akram Fahmi 1953 1954
3 Saadi Hussein Al-Douri 1954 1955
4 Ismail Mohammed 1955 1956
5 Hadi Abbas 1956 1959
6 Adeeb Najeeb 1959 1961
7 Adil Basheer 1961 1964
8 Fahad Juwad Al-Meera 1964 1968
1968 1976
9 Moayad Al-Badri 1976 1977
10 Hisham Atta 1977 1980
11 Soryan Tawfeeq 1980 1984
12 Sabah Mirza Mahmoud 1984 1985
13 Uday Hussein 1985 1988
14 Kareem Mahmoud Mulla 1988 1990
15 Uday Hussein 1990 2003
17 Ahmed Radhi 2003 2004
18 Hussein Saeed 2004 2011
19 Najeh Humoud 2011 2014
20 Abdul Khaliq Masood 2014 2020
21 Eyad Al Nadawi 2020 2021
22 Adnan Dirjal 2021 present

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Tengku re-elected AFC president". The Straits Times. 19 December 1970."Seluroh Asia tetap sokong Sir Stanley". Berita Harian (Malay language). 1 January 1971.
  3. ^ "Football mad Iraq's new field of dreams – Iraq". NZ Herald News. 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  4. ^ "Iraq elect new football head - Football". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ "When Saturday Comes – War games". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  6. ^ Suzanne Goldenberg. "Uday: career of rape, torture and murder | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ " – Sports Illustrated – The Magazine – From Sports Illustrated: Son of Saddam – Monday March 24, 2003 05:00 PM". 2003-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  8. ^ a b Mubarak, Hassanin. "Iraqi Football History".
  9. ^ "Massive age fraud in the Iraqi youth team". 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  10. ^ Clarey, Christopher (1993-10-16). "SOCCER; Iraqi Soccer Team Takes Its First Shot at a Big Target and Misses". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  11. ^ "Iraq: Association Information". FIFA. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  12. ^ a b "The - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.

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