Kuwait Football Association
AFC
Kuwait FA.png
Founded1952 (1952)
HeadquartersKuwait City, Kuwait[1]
FIFA affiliation1964
AFC affiliation1964
AFC (1964)[2]
WAFF affiliation2010
PresidentAbdullah Al-Shaheen
Websitehttp://www.kfa.org.kw

The Kuwait Football Association (Arabic: الإتحاد الكويتي لكرة القدم) is the governing body of football in Kuwait.

Kuwait has thrice been suspended by FIFA for political interference since 2007 and were allowed to participate in the 2011 Asian Cup qualifying campaign and other international competitions on a provisional basis.[3]

Association Staff

Name Position Source
Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Yousef Al-Sabah President [4][5]
Kuwait Ahmad Oqiah Maran Al Enezi Vice President [4][6]
Kuwait Salah Eissa Al Qenaei General Secretary [4][7]
n/a Treasurer
Kuwait Abdulaziz Hamada Technical Director [4][8]
Kuwait Thamer Enad Team Coach (Men's) [4][8]
n/a Team Coach (Women's)
Kuwait Sattam Al-Sahli Media/Communications Manager [4]
n/a Futsal Coordinator
Switzerland Mike Bössler Director of Refereeing [4]

FIFA Suspension

Contrary to the road map established by FIFA and the AFC, the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Youth and Sport continued to interfere. Elections were held on 9 October in direct violation of the FIFA Executive Committee's May 2007 decision to the contrary. As a consequence, the committee recommended to the FIFA Executive Committee that the Kuwait Football Association be unsuspended.[9] Kuwait's football federation board resigned days after world governing body FIFA unsuspended the Gulf Arab state.[10] The suspension was lifted after the federation said it will ratify new statutes to prevent government interference in the sport as demanded by FIFA. "Otherwise FIFA will immediately suspend the (federation) again," FIFA said in a statement.[11] The suspension was conditionally lifted and extended by the FIFA Congress in June 2009.[12] FIFA was closely monitoring the situation within Kuwait.[13]

On 16 October 2015, FIFA suspended Kuwait and all remaining results from AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup qualification were added as forfeits while all Kuwaiti teams that were participating in international competitions were withdrawn.[14] Kuwait tried to get the suspension lifted at the 66th FIFA Congress but this was rejected and therefore from the earlier announcement on 27 April 2016, the hosting of the Arabian Gulf Cup tournament was moved to Qatar.[15] The suspension was eventually lifted on 6 December 2017 after Kuwait's adoption of a new sports law.[16]

Competitions

Friendly Competitions

Current champions

Championship Current champion(s) Title number(s) won Date won Previous Champions Season
STC Premier League Kuwait SC 14 14 April 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwaiti Division One Al-Shabab SC 5 18 April 2018 Al-Fahaheel FC 2017-18
Kuwait Emir Cup Kuwait SC 13 8 May 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwait Crown Prince Cup Qadsia SC 8 28 January 2018 Kuwait SC 2017-18
Kuwait Federation Cup Kazma SC 2 27 March 2018 Kazma SC 2017-18
Kuwait Super Cup Kuwait SC 4 7 September 2017 Kuwait SC 2017

Defunct/paused

Championship Final champion(s) Title number(s) won Date won Previous Champions Season
Kuwait Joint League Kuwait SC 2 1989 Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait) 1988-89
Al Khurafi Cup Kazma SC 2 2007 Qadsia SC 2006-07

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Kuwait - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2019. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  2. ^ "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED". The Straits Times. 28 August 1964. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Kuwait hopeful of peace talks with FIFA. Sydney Morning Herald 27 February 2009". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Kuwait". FIFA.com. 2022-01-22.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  6. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  7. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  8. ^ a b "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  9. ^ "Priority given to protection of FIFA principles and members 29 October 2007 FIFA.com". Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Kuwait federation board quit over FIFA ban www.soccernet.com 1 November 2007". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  11. ^ FIFA lifts ban on Kuwait after it pledges to prevent government interference USA Today 11 September 2007
  12. ^ "Brazil 2014 host cities confirmed FIFA.com 31 May 2009". Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  13. ^ Key decisions reached in Rio FIFA.com 31 September 2009 Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association FIFA.com 16 October 2015". Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  15. ^ "FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed FIFA.com 13 May 2016". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association lifted FIFA.com 6 December 2017". Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.