WAFF Championship

The West Asian Football Federation Championship (Arabic: بطولة اتحاد غرب آسيا لكرة القدم), or simply WAFF Championship, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), the governing body of football in Western Asia. The championship has been held, on average, every two years.[1]

WAFF Championship
Organising bodyWAFF
Founded2000; 23 years ago (2000)
RegionWestern Asia
Number of teams9 (2019)
Current champions Bahrain (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iran (4 titles)
Websitethe-waff.com
2023 WAFF Championship

The current champion is Bahrain, having defeated hosts Iraq in the 2019 final. The most successful team is Iran, with four titles; however, they do not compete in the competition anymore as they are no longer members of the WAFF.

HistoryEdit

The inaugural WAFF Championship was held in 2000 in Jordan, with Iran winning the first edition.[2] It was hosted in memory of Hussein of Jordan, who had died a year prior.[3] The Al Hussein Cup, assigned to the winner of each tournament, was designed and manufactured in Italy in 2000, and is made of silver and copper.[2]

ResultsEdit

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of Teams
1 2000   Jordan  
Iran
1–0
King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
 
Syria
 
Iraq
4–1  
Jordan
8
2 2002   Syria  
Iraq
3–2 (a.e.t.)
Al Abbassiyyine Stadium, Damascus
 
Jordan
 
Iran
2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 pen.)
 
Syria
6
3 2004   Iran  
Iran
4–1
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
 
Syria
 
Jordan
3–1  
Iraq
6
4 2007   Jordan  
Iran
2–1
Amman International Stadium, Amman
 
Iraq
  Jordan and   Syria[note 1] 6
5 2008   Iran  
Iran
2–1
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
 
Jordan
  Qatar and   Syria[note 1] 6
6 2010   Jordan  
Kuwait
2–1
King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
 
Iran
  Iraq and   Yemen[note 1] 9
7 2012   Kuwait  
Syria
1–0
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 
Iraq
 
Oman
1–0  
Bahrain
11
8 2013   Qatar  
Qatar
2–0
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha
 
Jordan
 
Bahrain
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 pen.)
 
Kuwait
9
9 2019   Iraq  
Bahrain
1–0
Karbala International Stadium, Karbala
 
Iraq
[note 2] 9
10 2023   TBD 12
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • pen.: after penalty shoot-out
  • TBD: to be determined
Notes
  1. ^ a b c The two semi-finalists in 2007, 2008, and 2010 did not play a third-place match.
  2. ^ There were neither semi-finals nor a third-place match in 2019.

Teams reaching the top fourEdit

Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place1 Fourth place Total
  Iran 4 (2000, 2004*, 2007, 2008*) 1 (2010) 1 (2002) 6
  Iraq 1 (2002) 3 (2007, 2012, 2019*) 2 (2000, 20102) 1 (2004) 7
  Syria 1 (2012) 2 (2000, 2004) 2 (20072, 20082) 1 (2002*) 6
  Bahrain 1 (2019) 1 (2013) 1 (2012) 3
  Qatar 1 (2013*) 1 (20082) 2
  Kuwait 1 (2010) 1 (2013) 2
  Jordan 3 (2002, 2008, 2013) 2 (2004, 20072*) 1 (2000*) 6
  Yemen 1 (20102) 1
  Oman 1 (2012) 1
* = hosts
1 = includes semi-finals in case there was no third-place match
2 = semi-final

Records and statisticsEdit

Top goalscorers by tournamentEdit

Year Player(s) Goals
2000   Razzaq Farhan 4
2002   Alireza Nikbakht 2
  Razzaq Farhan
  Muayad Salim
  Anas Sari
2004   Ali Daei 5
2007   Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2
  Salih Sadir
2008   Kianoush Rahmati 3
2010   Ali Al-Nono 4
2012   Qasim Said 4
  Ahmad Al Douni
2013   Boualem Khoukhi 6
2019   Hussein Ali 3

All-time tableEdit

Rank Team Participations Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg
Pts
Trophies
1   Iran 7 28 19 7 2 56 16 +40 64 2.29 4
2   Iraq 8 31 16 8 7 40 22 +18 56 1.80 1
3   Jordan 9 31 12 9 10 37 28 +9 45 1.45 0
4   Syria 8 29 9 9 11 32 40 −8 36 1.24 1
5   Bahrain 4 15 6 6 3 8 6 +2 24 1.60 1
6   Kuwait 4 14 6 4 4 17 17 0 22 1.57 1
7   Qatar 2 7 5 0 2 12 10 +2 15 2.14 1
8   Palestine 9 22 3 4 15 16 35 −19 13 0.59 0
9   Oman 4 11 3 3 5 9 13 −4 12 1.09 0
10   Lebanon 7 18 3 3 12 9 25 −16 12 0.67 0
11   Yemen 3 10 2 2 6 10 13 −3 8 0.80 0
12   Saudi Arabia 3 8 1 3 4 3 10 −7 6 0.75 0
13   Kazakhstan 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3 1.00 0
14   Kyrgyzstan 1 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0 0.00 0

Under-age tournamentsEdit

Under-23Edit

WAFF U-23 Championship
Founded2015; 8 years ago (2015)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams11 (as of 2021)
Current champions  Saudi Arabia (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Iran
  Jordan
  Saudi Arabia
(1 title each)
  2022 WAFF U-23 Championship

The WAFF U-23 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-23 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2015, with Iran winning the inaugural competition.

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of Teams
1 2015   Qatar  
Iran
2–0
Lekhwiya SC Stadium, Doha
 
Syria
 
Qatar
3–0  
Yemen
10
2 2021   Saudi Arabia  
Jordan
3–1
Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium, Khobar
 
Saudi Arabia
  Iraq and   Syria[note 1] 11
3 2022   Saudi Arabia  
Saudi Arabia
3–1
King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah
 
Qatar
 
Syria
1–0  
Oman
6
4   Iraq
Notes
  1. ^ The two semi-finalists in 2021 did not play a third-place match.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total
  Saudi Arabia 1 (2022*) 1 (2021*) 2
  Iran 1 (2015) 1
  Jordan 1 (2021) 1
  Syria 1 (2015) 1 (2022) 1 (2021) 3
  Qatar 1 (2022) 1 (2015*) 2
  Yemen 1 (2015) 1
  Oman 1 (2022) 1
  Iraq 1 (2021) 1
* = hosts

Under-18Edit

WAFF U-18 Championship
Founded2019; 4 years ago (2019)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams9 (as of 2021)
Current champions  Iraq (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Iraq (2 titles)
  2021 WAFF U-18 Championship

The WAFF U-18 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-18 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2018, with Iraq winning the inaugural competition.

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of Teams
1 2019   Palestine  
Iraq
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 pen.)
Faisal al-Husseini Stadium, Ramallah
 
United Arab Emirates
 
Jordan
3–0  
Palestine
6
2 2021   Iraq  
Iraq
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 pen.)
Al-Madina Stadium, Baghdad
 
Lebanon
[note 1] 9
Notes
  1. ^ There were neither semi-finals nor a third-place match in 2021.
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • pen.: after penalty shoot-out
  • TBD: to be determined
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total
  Iraq 2 (2019, 2021) 2
  United Arab Emirates 1 (2019) 1
  Lebanon 1 (2021) 1
  Jordan 1 (2019) 1
  Palestine 1 (2019) 1

Under-16Edit

WAFF U-16 Championship
Founded2005; 18 years ago (2005)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams9 (as of 2022)
Current champions  Jordan (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Iran
  Iraq
(2 titles each)
  2022 WAFF U-16 Championship

The WAFF U-16 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-16 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2005, with Iran winning the inaugural competition.

WAFF U-16 Championship
Edition Year Host Final Third place match No. of Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1 2005   Iran  
Iran
2–0
Tehran
 
Syria
 
Iraq
5–0
Tehran
 
Lebanon
6
2 2007   Syria  
Syria
[note 1]  
Iran
 
Jordan
[note 1]  
Iraq
5
3 2009   Jordan  
Iran
3–2
Amman
 
Syria
 
Iraq
3–1
Amman
 
Jordan
9
4 2013   Palestine  
Iraq
[note 1]  
United Arab Emirates
 
Jordan
[note 1]  
Palestine
4
5 2015   Jordan  
Iraq
[note 1]  
Saudi Arabia
 
United Arab Emirates
[note 1]  
Palestine
5
6 2018   Jordan  
Japan
[note 1]  
India
 
Jordan
[note 1]  
Yemen
5
7 2019   Jordan  
Saudi Arabia
[note 1]  
Jordan
 
Syria
[note 1]  
Iraq
9
8 2021   Saudi Arabia  
Yemen
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 pen.)
 
Saudi Arabia
  Syria and   United Arab Emirates[note 2] 9
9 2022   Jordan  
Jordan
1–0  
Lebanon
  Iraq and   Syria[note 2] 8
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The tournament was played in a round-robin league format.
  2. ^ a b The two semi-finalists did not play a third-place match.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalist Total
  Iran 2 (2005*, 2009) 1 (2007) 3
  Iraq 2 (2013, 2015) 2 (2005, 2009) 2 (2007, 2019) 1 (2022) 7
  Syria 1 (2007*) 2 (2005, 2009) 1 (2019) 2 (2021, 2022) 6
  Saudi Arabia 1 (2019) 2 (2015, 2021*) 3
  Jordan 1 (2022*) 1 (2019*) 3 (2007, 2013, 2018*) 1 (2009*) 6
  Yemen 1 (2021) 1 (2018) 2
  Japan 1 (2018) 1
  United Arab Emirates 1 (2013) 1 (2015) 1 (2021) 3
  Lebanon 1 (2022) 1 (2005) 2
  India 1 (2018) 1
  Palestine 2 (2013*, 2015) 2
* = hosts

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Asian Championship". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b ""كأس الحسين".. رمزية تاريخية وعودة ميمونة". The WAFF. Archived from the original on 24 September 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  3. ^ "اتحاد غرب آسيا يُحدد موعد بطولة الرجال العاشرة". جريدة الغد (in Arabic). 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 30 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.

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