Central Asian Football Association
AbbreviationCAFA
Formation9 January 2015; 9 years ago (2015-01-09)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
Membership
6 member associations
President
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali
Vice president
Afghanistan Mohammad Yousef Kargar
General secretary
Tajikistan Ulugbek Karimov
Websitewww.the-cafa.com

Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) is one of five regional bodies of governance in association football in Asia.[1] It governs association football, futsal, and beach football in Central Asia. Headquartered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, CAFA consists of six full national association members i.e Afghanistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan with India[2] & Oman[3] as invitational members.[4]

CAFA consists of the national football associations of Central Asia, and runs competitions between national teams, and also controls the prize money, regulations, as well as media rights to those competitions. CAFA aims to develop and strengthen the game of football throughout the region by raising the standards and creating more opportunities for the Member Associations for further growth.

In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation and approved at the Extraordinary Congress in January 2015 during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[5][6] As a result, CAFA will be able to have representative member(s) on the AFC executive committee.

The formation of CAFA was spearheaded by the Iranian Football Federation following disputes with West Asian Football Federation members. It was reported that AFC President Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa gained politically from the creation of the new zone.[7]

History

Members of the six nations met with AFC president Sheikh Salman on 10 May 2014 to talk about the possibility of creating a new Asian football zone. The delegations were invited by the AFC president following an initiative and proposed by Afghanistan and Iran.[8] At the extraordinary AFC congress on 9 June 2014 in São Paulo, the plan of the new zone was ratified by the congress.[9][10] It was subsequently approved at the AFC Extraordinary Congress in January 2015. CAFA's main headquarters after its foundation is located in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

In October 2023, CAFA and AIFF signed a memorandum of understanding which will facilitate the participation of Indian teams in the Central Asian tournaments.[11][12]

Executive committee

Position Name Years active
President Tajikistan Rustam Emomali 2019–present
Vice-president Afghanistan Mohammad Yousef Kargar 2023–present
Second Vice-president Turkmenistan Arslan Aynazarov 2019–present
General Secretary Tajikistan Ulugbek Karimov 2019–present

Presidents

President Years
Uzbekistan Mirabror Usmanov 2015–2018
Uzbekistan Umid Ahmadjonov 2018–2019
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali 2019–2023 (Term 1),
2023–present (Term 2)

Vice-presidents

Vice-president Years
Tajikistan Rustam Emomali 2015–2018
Tajikistan Khurshed Mirzo 2018–2019
Kyrgyzstan Dastanbek Konokbaev 2019–2023
Afghanistan Mohammad Yousef Kargar 2023–present

General Secretaries

General Secretary Years
Uzbekistan Avazbek Maksumov 2015–2017
Uzbekistan Sanjar Rizayev 2018–2019
Tajikistan Ulugbek Karimov 2019–2023 (Term 1),
2023–present (Term 2)

AFC Vice-Presidents for Central Zone

General Secretary Years
Iran Ali Kafashian 2015–2016
Iran Mehdi Taj 2016–present

AFC Executive Committee Members for Central Zone

AFC Exco Years
Afghanistan Mehri Zohra 2015–2019
Afghanistan Ali Reza Aghazada 2019–2023
Kyrgyzstan Dastanbek Konokbaev 2023–present

Member

AFC Member Years
Iran Hedayat Mombini 2023–present

Member associations

CAFA consists of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Code Association National Football teams National Futsal teams National Beach
Soccer teams
Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
CAFA
affiliation
IOC
member
Former federation
AFG Afghanistan Afghanistan Men's (U21·U19·U17) 1933 1948 1954 2015 Yes SAFF (2005–2014)
IRN Iran Iran Men's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19·U17) Men's (U-20) Women's Men's 1920 1948 1954 2015 Yes WAFF (2001–2014)
KGZ Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TJK Tajikistan Tajikistan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1936 1994 1994 2015 Yes
TKM Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Men's (U21·U17) Women's Men's 1992 1994 1994 2015 Yes
UZB Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Men's (U21·U19·U17) Women's (U19) Men's Women's Men's 1946 1994 1994 2015 Yes
Association National Football Leagues League Champion National Football Cups Cup Champion Super Cups Super Cup Champion
 Afghanistan Afghan Premier League Shaheen Asmayee
 Iran Persian Gulf Pro League Persepolis Hazfi Cup Persepolis Iranian Super Cup Persepolis
Kowsar Women Football league Khatoon F.C Women's Hazfi Cup Women's Super Cup
 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Top League Dordoi Kyrgyzstan Cup Neftchi Kochkor-Ata Kyrgyzstan Super Cup Dordoi
Kyrgyzstan Women's Championship
 Tajikistan Tajikistan Higher League Istiklol Tajikistan Cup Khujand Tajikistan Super Cup Istiklol
 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Higher League Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan Cup Şagadam Turkmenistan Super Cup Altyn Asyr
 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Super League Pakhtakor Uzbekistan Cup Nasaf Uzbekistan Super Cup Pakhtakor
Uzbek women's football championship Sogdiana Uzbek women's Cup Bunyodkor Tashkent Uzbek women's Super Cup Bunyodkor Tashkent

Competitions

See also: List of association football competitions and FIFA International Match Calendar

Current title holders

See also: Portal:Current events/Sports, 2024 in association football, 2024 in sports, and FIFA International Match Calendar

For events postponed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, see Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports.

CAFA runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.[13][14]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition[14]
Men's National teams
CAFA Nations Cup 2023  Iran 1st  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-20 Championship 2023  Uzbekistan 1st  Iran TBD
CAFA U-19 Championship 2022  Iran 2nd  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-17 Championship 2023  Tajikistan 1st  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-16 Championship 2022  Iran 1st  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-15 Championship 2021  Iran 2nd  Tajikistan TBD
CAFA U-14 Championship 2022  Tajikistan 1st  Iran TBD
CAFA Futsal Cup 2023  Iran 1st  Afghanistan TBD
CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship 2022  Iran 1st  Afghanistan TBD
Women's National teams
CAFA Women's Championship 2022  Uzbekistan 2nd  Iran TBD
CAFA U-23 Women's Championship 2019  Uzbekistan 1st  Iran TBD
CAFA U-20 Women's Championship 2021  Uzbekistan 1st  Iran TBD
CAFA U-19 Women's Championship 2016  Uzbekistan 1st  Iran TBD
CAFA U-18 Women's Championship 2022  Iran 1st  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-17 Women's Championship 2023  Uzbekistan 2nd  Iran TBD
CAFA U-15 Girls Championship 2022  Uzbekistan 2nd  Iran TBD
CAFA U-14 Girls Championship 2023  Iran 1st  Kyrgyzstan TBD
CAFA Women's Futsal Championship 2024  Iran 3th  Uzbekistan TBD
CAFA U-19 Women's Futsal Championship 2020  Iran 1st  Uzbekistan TBD

Events by Year

Source:[15]

# Year Events
1 2016 2
2 2017 2
3 2018 3
4 2019 4
5 2020 1
6 2021 3
7 2022 8
8 2023 7

Events timeline

Number Event Host City Host Country Champions Teams Dates Ref
1 2016 CAFA U-19 Boys Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 6 7-16 August [16]
2 2016 CAFA U-19 Women's Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 4 14-16 October [17]
3 2017 CAFA U-15 Boys Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Afghanistan 5 2-9 July [18]
4 2017 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Hisor  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 4 26-28 August [19]
5 2018 CAFA U-16 Boys Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 4 3-13 July [20]
6 2018 CAFA U-15 Boys Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Iran 6 20-31 July [21]
7 2018 CAFA Women's Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 5 23 Nov – 1 Dec [22]
8 2019 CAFA U-16 Boys Championship Dushanbe - Hisor  Tajikistan  Tajikistan 6 26 July - 1 August [23]
9 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 5 9-15 August [24]
10 2019 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Iran 4 13-16 September [25]
11 2019 CAFA U-23 Women's Championship Dushanbe - Hisor  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 6 22-28 November [26]
12 2020 CAFA U-19 Women's Futsal Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 6 24-29 January [27]
13 2021 CAFA U-20 Women's Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 5 11–17 June [28]
14 2021 CAFA U-17 Women's Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 4 3-7 July [29]
15 2021 CAFA U-15 Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 5 17–24 November [30]
16 2022 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 4 21-28 January [31]
17 2022 CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship Bishkek  Kyrgyzstan  Iran 5 12-19 February [32]
18 2022 CAFA U-18 Women's Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 4 11-15 March [33]
19 2022 CAFA U-16 Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 5 13-20 May [34]
20 2022 CAFA Women's Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 5 6-21 July [35]
21 2022 CAFA U-19 Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 5 3-13 August [36]
22 2022 CAFA U-15 Girls Championship Hisor  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 3 21-26 October [37]
23 2022 CAFA U-14 Championship Hisor  Tajikistan  Tajikistan 5 11–18 November [38]
24 2023 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship Tashkent  Uzbekistan  Iran 4 27–30 January [39]
25 2023 CAFA U-17 Women's Championship Hisor  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 4 10–17 March [40]
26 2023 CAFA U-20 Championship Dushanbe - Tursunzoda  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan 5 21–28 May [41]
27 2023 CAFA Championship Bishkek - Tashkent  Kyrgyzstan -  Uzbekistan  Iran 7 10–20 June [42]
28 2023 CAFA Futsal Cup Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 6 23–30 July [43]
29 2023 CAFA U-17 Championship Hisor  Tajikistan  Tajikistan 5 18–28 August [44]
30 2023 CAFA U-14 Girls Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 4 15–19 October [45][46]
31 2024 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship Dushanbe  Tajikistan  Iran 5 2–12 February

Medals

As of 20 October 2023 (After 2024 CAFA Women's Futsal Championship).

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Iran (IRI)1511127
2 Uzbekistan (UZB)1212529
3 Tajikistan (TJK)321318
4 Afghanistan (AFG)1315
5 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)03811
6 Turkmenistan (TKM)0022
7 Oman (OMA)0011
Totals (7 entries)31313193

Rankings

Futsal

See also

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