Palestinian Football Association

The Palestinian Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد الفلسطيني لكرة القدم) is the governing body for football in Palestine, and for the men's Palestine national football team and the Palestine women's national football team.[3][4]

Palestinian Football Association
Short namePFA
Founded1998; 26 years ago (1998)[1]
FIFA affiliationProvisional: 31 May 1995[2]
Full member: 1998
AFC affiliation1995 (Provisional member), 1998
WAFF affiliation2000
PresidentJibril Rajoub

History edit

Palestinian Jewish formation edit

The Mandatory Palestine Football Federation was founded in 1928 by Jews living in the British Mandate of Palestine. Its national team, Mandatory Palestine national football team, participated in qualifying rounds for the 1934 Football World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup. In 1948 it changed its name to Israel Football Association.[5][6]

Palestinian Arab formation edit

A Palestine Football Association representing the Palestinian Arabs was formed in 1962[7] and has been a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations since that was formed in 1974.[8]

Palestinian Authority edit

It was accepted as a member by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian Authority.[9] The PFA has also been a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 1998, in the West Asian Football Federation.[7]

On 11 February 2011, the PFA formed the first women's league.[10]

Divisions edit

The football division system is parted into two: the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There is a men's West Bank Premier League and a men's Gaza Strip Premier League[11] as well as a West Bank Women's League.[12]

Management edit

  • President: General Jibril Rajoub
  • First Vice-president: Ibrahim Abu Saleem
  • Vice-president: Susan Shalabi, Ziab El Khatib
  • General Secretary: Omar Abu Hashia
Name Position Source
  Jibril Rajoub President [13][14]
  Ibrahim Abu Salim Vice President [13][14]
  Susan Shalabi Molano 2nd Vice President [14]
  Ziad Bekai 3rd Vice President [14]
  Firas Abu Hilal General Secretary [13][14]
  Ibrahim Eleyan Treasurer [13]
  Abdalnasser Barakat Technical Director [13][14]
  Makram Daboub Team Coach (Men's) [13][14]
  Ahmad Sharaf Team Coach (Women's) [13][14]
  Ghassan Jaradat Media/Communications Manager [13]
  Anan Waleed Futsal Coordinator [13]
  Hussam Al Hussein Referee Coordinator [13]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Member Association – Palestine –". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "Presidential Election Item 13 on FIFA Congress Agenda". FIFA. 16 April 1998. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Soccer is Under Fire in Palestine". Vice. 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Football in Palestine: Power, conflict, and hope". 18 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Member Association - Israel". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ [1] - History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year). See page #3, third remark (or page #5, fifth remark), regarding Mandatory Palestine being the forerunner of Israel. Retrieved on 14 April 2020
  7. ^ a b "Palestinian footballers: National team without a state – DW – 11/16/2023". Retrieved 2024-01-02.
  8. ^ admin (2021-10-08). "Palestine Goes International: On Palestinian Achievements in Sports throughout the Decades". Palestine Chronicle. Retrieved 2024-01-02.
  9. ^ "Member Association - Palestine". FIFA. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Women's league kicks-off in Palestine". Asian Football Confederation. 11 February 2011.
  11. ^ Khaled, Ali (2015-07-27). "Football in times of crisis: Palestine's game endures in the face of tragedy". The National. Retrieved 2024-01-02.
  12. ^ von der Lippe, Gerd (2020-07-02). "'We can!' – women's football in the Occupied West Bank". European Journal for Sport and Society. 17 (3): 214–230. doi:10.1080/16138171.2020.1792073. ISSN 1613-8171.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Member Association - Palestine". Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "The - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.

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