The Lebanese Football Association (LFA) (Arabic: الاتحاد اللبناني لكرة القدم, romanized: Al-Ittiḥād Al-Lubnānī Likurat Al-Qadam; French: Fédération Libanaise de Football) is the governing body of association football in Lebanon. Formed in 1933, it is a member of both the AFC and FIFA. It is also one of the founding members of the WAFF, joining in its inception in 2001.
|Founded||22 March 1933|
In 1931 Khalil Hilmi, a member of Riyadi Beirut, attempted to form a federation. However, the proposal failed as Nahda opposed its formation. On 22 March 1933, representatives of thirteen football clubs gathered in the Minet El Hosn district in Beirut to form the Lebanese Football Association (LFA). Hussein Sejaan was the LFA's first president. Lebanon was one of the first nations in the Middle East to establish an administrative body for association football.[a] The LFA joined FIFA in 1936 and the AFC in 1964. In 2001, the LFA joined the WAFF as one of its founding members.
In 1985, in the midst of the Lebanese Civil War, the LFA was divided into two administrations: Western, headed by Nabil Al Raei, and Eastern, headed by Hamid Khoury. FIFA froze Lebanon's membership until 5 February 1987, when FIFA president Sepp Blatter sent a Telex letter to the LFA recognizing the elections of 2 May 1985, which had elected Al Raei as the LFA president.
- As of 6 April 2020
Board of directorsEdit
|Senior Vice President||Raymond Semaan|
|Second Vice President||Ahmad Kamareddine|
|General Secretary||Jihad El Chohof|
|Treasurer||Mahmoud El Rabaah|
|Media and Communication Manager||Faten Abi Firaj|
|Technical Director||Mohamad Bassem|
|Futsal Coordinator||Semaan Gergis Douaihy|
|National Coach Men||Ivan Hašek|
|National Coach Women||Wael Gharzeddine|
|Referee Coordinator||Talaat Najm|
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