WAFF Championship
Organising bodyWAFF
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
RegionWestern Asia
Number of teams9 (2019)
Current champions Bahrain (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iran (4 titles)
Websitethe-waff.com
2023 WAFF Championship

The West Asian Football Federation Championship (Arabic: بطولة اتحاد غرب آسيا لكرة القدم), or simply 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.[1]

The current champion is Bahrain, having defeated 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.

History

The inaugural WAFF Championship was held in 2000 in Jordan, with Iran winning the first edition.[2] It was hosted in memory of Hussein of Jordan, who had died a year prior.[3] The Al Hussein Cup, assigned to the winner of each tournament, was designed and manufactured in Italy in 2000, and is made of silver and copper.[2]

Results

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 2013  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 2023  UAE 12
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 four

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 (2013) 1 (2012) 3
 Qatar 1 (2013*) 1 (20082) 2
 Kuwait 1 (2010) 1 (2013) 2
 Jordan 3 (2002, 2008, 2013) 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 statistics

Top goalscorers by tournament

Year Player(s) Goals
2000 Iraq Razzaq Farhan 4
2002 Iran Alireza Nikbakht 2
Iraq Razzaq Farhan
Jordan Muayad Salim
Syria Anas Sari
2004 Iran Ali Daei 5
2007 Iran Mehdi Rajabzadeh 2
Iraq Salih Sadir
2008 Iran Kianoush Rahmati 3
2010 Yemen Ali Al-Nono 4
2012 Oman Qasim Said 4
Syria Ahmad Al Douni
2013 Qatar Boualem Khoukhi 6
2019 Iraq Hussein Ali 3

All-time table

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 tournaments

Under-23

WAFF U-23 Championship
Founded2015; 7 years ago (2015)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams11 (as of 2021)
Current champions Jordan (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iran
 Jordan
(1 title each)
2022 WAFF U-23 Championship

The WAFF U-23 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-23 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2015, with Iran winning the inaugural competition.

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

Qatar
3–0
Yemen
10
2 2021  Saudi Arabia
Jordan
3–1
Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium, Khobar

Saudi Arabia
 Iraq and  Syria[note 1] 11
3 2022  Saudi Arabia 8
4  Iraq
Notes
  1. ^ The two semi-finalists in 2021 did not play a third-place match.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place1 Fourth place Total
 Iran 1 (2015) 1
 Jordan 1 (2021) 1
 Syria 1 (2015) 1 (20212) 2
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2021*) 1
 Qatar 1 (2015*) 1
 Iraq 1 (20212) 1
 Yemen 1 (2015) 1
* = hosts
1 = includes semi-finals in case there was no third-place match
2 = semi-final

Under-18

WAFF U-18 Championship
Founded2019; 3 years ago (2019)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams9 (as of 2021)
Current champions Iraq (2nd title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq (2 titles)
2021 WAFF U-18 Championship

The WAFF U-18 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-18 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2018, with Iraq winning the inaugural competition.

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 2021  Iraq
Iraq
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 pen.)
Al-Madina Stadium, Baghdad

Lebanon
[note 1] 9
Notes
  1. ^ There were neither semi-finals nor a third-place match in 2021.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total
 Iraq 2 (2019, 2021) 2
 United Arab Emirates 1 (2019) 1
 Lebanon 1 (2021) 1
 Jordan 1 (2019) 1
 Palestine 1 (2019) 1

Under-16

WAFF U-16 Championship
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005)
RegionWest Asia (WAFF)
Number of teams9 (as of 2022)
Current champions Jordan (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iran
 Iraq
(2 titles each)
2022 WAFF U-16 Championship

The WAFF U-16 Championship is an international football competition contested by the West Asian men's under-16 national teams of the WAFF member associations. The competition began in 2005, with Iran winning the inaugural competition.

WAFF U-16 Championship
Edition Year Host Final Third place match No. of Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1 2005  Iran
Iran
2–0
Tehran

Syria

Iraq
5–0
Tehran

Lebanon
6
2 2007  Syria
Syria
[note 1]
Iran

Jordan
[note 1]
Iraq
5
3 2009  Jordan
Iran
3–2
Amman

Syria

Iraq
3–1
Amman

Jordan
9
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
8 2021  Saudi Arabia
Yemen
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 pen.)

Saudi Arabia
 Syria and  United Arab Emirates[note 2] 9
9 2022  Jordan
Jordan
1–0
Lebanon
 Iraq and  Syria[note 2] 8
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The tournament was played in a round-robin league format.
  2. ^ a b The two semi-finalists did not play a third-place match.
Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalist Total
 Iran 2 (2005*, 2009) 1 (2007) 3
 Iraq 2 (2013, 2015) 2 (2005, 2009) 1 (2007, 2019) 1 (2022) 6
 Syria 1 (2007*) 2 (2005, 2009) 1 (2019) 2 (2021, 2022) 6
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2019) 2 (2015, 2021*) 3
 Jordan 1 (2022*) 1 (2019*) 3 (2007, 2013, 2018*) 1 (2009*) 6
 Yemen 1 (2021) 1 (2018) 2
 Japan 1 (2018) 1
 United Arab Emirates 1 (2013) 1 (2015) 1 (2021) 3
 Lebanon 1 (2022) 1 (2005) 2
 India 1 (2018) 1
 Palestine 2 (2013*, 2015) 2
* = hosts

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b ""كأس الحسين".. رمزية تاريخية وعودة ميمونة". The WAFF. Archived from the original on 24 September 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  3. ^ "اتحاد غرب آسيا يُحدد موعد بطولة الرجال العاشرة". جريدة الغد (in Arabic). 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 30 June 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2022.