WAFF Championship

The West Asian Football Federation Championship, or simply the 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. The current champion is Bahrain, having beat hosts Iraq in the 2019 final. The most successful team is Iran, with four titles; however, they can't compete in the competition anymore as they are no longer members of the WAFF.

WAFF Championship
Founded2000; 20 years ago (2000)
RegionWestern Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams9 (2019)
Current champions Bahrain (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iran (4 titles)
Websitewww.the-waff.com
2021 WAFF Championship

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 2014   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 2021   United Arab Emirates 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 (2014) 1 (2012) 3
  Qatar 1 (2014)* 1 (20082) 2
  Kuwait 1 (2010) 1 (2014) 2
  Jordan 3 (2002, 2008, 2014) 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 goalscorersEdit

Year Player Goals scored
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
2014   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

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
 
Iraq
3–0  
Yemen
10
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total
  Iran 1 (2015) 1
  Syria 1 (2015) 1
  Qatar 1 (2015) 1
  Yemen 1 (2015) 1

Under-18Edit

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 2020   Jordan TBD
  • 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 1 (2019) 1
  United Arab Emirates 1 (2019) 1
  Jordan 1 (2019) 1
  Palestine 1 (2019) 1

Under-15Edit

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of Teams
1 2005   Iran  
Iran
2–0
Tehran
 
Syria
 
Iraq
5–0
Tehran
 
Lebanon
2 2007   Syria  
Syria
[note 1]  
Iran
 
Jordan
[note 1]  
Iraq
3 2009   Jordan  
Iran
3–2
Amman
 
Syria
 
Iraq
3–1
Amman
 
Jordan
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
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The tournament was played in a round-robin league format.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total
  Iran 2 (2005*, 2009) 1 (2007) 3
  Iraq 2 (2013, 2015) 2 (2005, 2009) 1 (2007, 2019) 5
  Syria 1 (2007*) 2 (2005, 2009) 1 (2019) 4
  Saudi Arabia 1 (2019) 1 (2015) 2
  Japan 1 (2018) 1
  Jordan 1 (2019*) 3 (2007, 2013, 2018*) 1 (2009*) 5
  United Arab Emirates 1 (2013) 1 (2015) 2
  India 1 (2018) 1
  Palestine 2 (2013*, 2015) 2
  Lebanon 1 (2005) 1
  Yemen 1 (2018) 1
* = hosts

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