West Asian Football Federation

The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF; Arabic: اتحاد غرب آسيا لكرة القدم, romanizedIttiḥād Gharb Āsiyā li-Kurat al-Qadam), founded in 2001, is an association of the football playing nations in Western Asia. Its founding members are Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In 2009, three more associations joined the federation: Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Four other nations of Western Asia: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia joined in 2010.[2] Iran left the federation on 10 June 2014 with the creation of the Central Asian Football Federation.

West Asian Football Federation
Formation15 May 2001; 21 years ago (2001-05-15)[1]
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersAmman, Jordan
Membership
12 member associations
President
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Websitewww.the-waff.com/eng/ (in English)

They organize the West Asian Football Federation Championship. Some nations were invited to participate in the competition from outside the region. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which are not members, were invited to participate in the first edition of the tournament in 2000. The Secretary General is the Jordanian Khalil Al Salem.

Member associationsEdit

Association Joining year
  Bahrain 2010
  Iraq 2001 (Founding member)
  Jordan 2001 (Founding member)
  Kuwait 2010
  Lebanon 2001 (Founding member)
  Oman 2010
  Palestine 2001 (Founding member)
  Qatar 2009
  Saudi Arabia 2010
  Syria 2001 (Founding member)
  United Arab Emirates 2009
  Yemen 2009
Former member
  Iran 2001–2014 (Founding member)

Current title holdersEdit

Tournament Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition[3] Dates
National teams
WAFF Championship 2019 (Final)   Bahrain 1st   Iraq 2023 (Final) 20 March – 2 April 2023
WAFF U-23 Championship 2021   Jordan 1st   Saudi Arabia 2022 3–18 November 2022
U-18 Championship 2021   Iraq 2nd   Lebanon TBD
U-16 Championship 2022   Jordan 1st   Lebanon TBD
Futsal Championship 2022   Kuwait 1st   Saudi Arabia TBD
Beach Soccer Championship 2022   United Arab Emirates 1st   Oman TBD
National teams (women)
WAFF Women's Championship 2022   Jordan 5th   Lebanon TBD
U-18 Girls' Championship 2022   Lebanon 2nd   Syria 2024 TBD
U-15 Girls' Championship 2019   Lebanon 1st   Jordan 2022 TBD
U-14 Girls' Championship 2022   Jordan 1st   Lebanon TBD
Futsal Women's Championship 2022   Iraq 1st   Saudi Arabia TBD
Club teams (women)
Women's Clubs Championship 2022   Orthodox Club 1st   Safa 2023

RankingsEdit

National football teamEdit

WAFF Men's National Football Team Ranking by FIFA
Update: 23 June 2022

Women's national football teamEdit

WAFF Women's National Football Team Ranking by FIFA
Update: 13 October 2022

National futsal teamEdit

WAFF Men's National Futsal Team Ranking by Futsal World Ranking
Update: June 2022

WAFF AFC FIFA Country Points
1 8 41   Kuwait 1073
2 10 45   Iraq 1033
3 11 46   Lebanon 1032
4 14 67   Bahrain 897
5 17 77   Saudi Arabia 855
6 20 88   Qatar 807
7 22 90   Oman 783
8 24 98   United Arab Emirates 697
9 25 102   Palestine 680
* * *   Jordan 877*
* * *   Syria 651*
* * *   Yemen 578*
  • Note: (*) Inactive

Women's national futsal teamEdit

WAFF Women's National Futsal Team Ranking by The Roon Ba
Update: June 2022

AFF AFC World Country Points
1 5 25   Jordan 5264
2 11 40   Syria 5022
3 15 48   Lebanon 4913
4 16 50   Bahrain 4841
5 18 55   Iraq 4705
6 19 60   Palestine 4494
7 22 65   Saudi Arabia 4300
8 23 67   United Arab Emirates 4253
9 24 69   Kuwait 4180
10 30 76   Qatar 3621
11 31 77   Oman 3438
  • Note: (*) Inactive

National beach soccer teamEdit

AFF Men's National Beach Soccer Team Ranking by BSWW
Update: December 2021

WAFF Country Points
1   United Arab Emirates 776
2   Oman 500
3   Palestine 118
4   Lebanon 100
5   Bahrain 60
6   Kuwait 49
7   Iraq 41
8   Syria 37
9   Qatar 31
10   Saudi Arabia 30

ControversyEdit

On 29 January 2015, after the defeat of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, West Asian Football Federation members reportedly sought to remove Australia from the AFC primarily due to "Australia benefiting hugely from Asian involvement without giving much in return".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chapter 1". Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "WAFF Articles and Definitions". The-waff.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. ^ "Championships". www.the-waff.com. West Asian Football Federation (WAFF). Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Angry Gulf nations leading charge to kick Australia out of Asian Football Confederation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-26.

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