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The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), 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 Central Asian Football Federation.

West Asian Football Federation
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WAFF members
Formation15 May 2001[1]
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersAmman, Jordan
Membership
12 member associations
President
Jordan Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
WebsiteThe-WAFFF.com

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.

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Member associationsEdit

WAFF has 12 member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Association Joining year Men's team Women's team
  Bahrain 2010 Bahrain Bahrain
  Iraq 2001 (Founding Member) Iraq Iraq
  Jordan 2001 (Founding Member) Jordan Jordan
  Kuwait 2010 Kuwait Kuwait
  Lebanon 2001 (Founding Member) Lebanon Lebanon
  Oman 2010 Oman
  Palestine 2001 (Founding Member) Palestine Palestine
  Qatar 2009 Qatar Qatar
  Saudi Arabia 2010 Saudi Arabia
  Syria 2001 (Founding Member) Syria Syria
  United Arab Emirates 2009 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
  Yemen 2009 Yemen

Former membersEdit

International competitions participationEdit

FIFA World Cup participationEdit

Team  
1930
 
1934
 
1938
 
1950
 
1954
 
1958
 
1962
 
1966
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
  
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2018
 
2022
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
  Saudi Arabia R16 GS GS GS GS 5 10
  UAE GS 1 8
  Iraq GS 1 9
  Kuwait GS 1 10
  Qatar q 1 10
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 8 37
Legend

FIFA Confederations Cup participationEdit

Team  
1992
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2009
 
2013
 
2017
Years
  Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
  Iraq GS 1
  United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6

AFC Asian Cup participationEdit

Team  
1956
 
1960
 
1964
 
1968
 
1972
 
1976
 
1980
 
1984
 
1988
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
 
 
 
2007
 
2011
 
2015
 
2019
Total appearances
  Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
  Saudi Arabia 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd GS 2nd GS GS R16 10
  UAE GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd SF 10
  Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS 1st 10
  Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th R16 9
  Syria GS GS GS GS GS GS 6
  Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS R16 6
  Oman GS GS GS R16 4
  Jordan QF QF GS GS 4
  Palestine GS GS 2
  Lebanon GS GS 2
  Yemen GS 1
Total 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 5 6 3 5 5 8 6 8 9 11 63
Legend

Summer Olympics participationEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarter-finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify / enter
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team
1900 to
1976
 
1980
 
1984
 
1988
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
2008
 
2012
 
2016
Total
  Iraq QF GS GS 4th GS 5
  Kuwait QF GS GS 3
  Qatar GS QF 2
  Saudi Arabia GS GS 2
  United Arab Emirates GS 1
  Syria GS 1
Total 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 13

CompetitionsEdit

RankingsEdit

PresidentsEdit

Prince Ali has in fact founded the WAFF.[7]

President Years
  Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 2001 – present

Vice-PresidentsEdit

Vice-President Years
  Hassan Ghaffari 2001 – 2011
  Ali Kafashian 2011 – 2014
  Jibril Al Rajoub 2014 – present

General SecretaryEdit

President Years
  Khalil Al Salem 2017 – present

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".[8]

See alsoEdit

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. ^ "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 14 June 2019.
  5. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  6. ^ a b c Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
  7. ^ "FIFA elections: Factbox for presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein". dna. 21 February 2016.
  8. ^ "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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