West Asian Football Federation
WAFF logo
WAFF members
Formation15 May 2001; 20 years ago (2001-05-15)[1]
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersAmman, Jordan
Membership
12 member associations
Official languages
English
Arabic
President
Jordan Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
WebsiteThe-WAFFF.com

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 the Central Asian Football Federation.

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.

History

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Controversy

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".[3]

Organization

Presidents

Prince Ali has in fact founded the WAFF.[4]

President Years
Jordan Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 2001–present

Vice-presidents

Vice-president Years
Iran Hassan Ghaffari 2001–2011
Iran Ali Kafashian 2011–2014
State of Palestine Jibril Al Rajoub 2014–present

General secretary

President Years
Jordan Khalil Al Salem 2017–present

Member associations

WAFF has 12 member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation and the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA)..

Association Joining year National Teams
Bahrain Bahrain 2010 (M, W)
Iraq Iraq 2001 (Founding Member) (M, W)
Jordan Jordan 2001 (Founding Member) (M, W)
Kuwait Kuwait 2010 (M, W)
Lebanon Lebanon 2001 (Founding Member) (M, W)
Oman Oman 2010 (M)
State of Palestine Palestine 2001 (Founding Member) (M, W)
Qatar Qatar 2009 (M, W)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2010 (M)
Syria Syria 2001 (Founding Member) (M, W)
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2009 (M, W)
Yemen Yemen 2009 (M)

Former members

Competitions

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

WAFF competitions

WAFF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

Current title holders

See also: 2022 in association football, 2022 in sports, and FIFA International Match Calendar

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
WAFF Championship 2019  Jordan 1st  Saudi Arabia TBD
U-23 Championship 2021  Jordan 1st  Saudi Arabia TBD
U-18 Championship 2021  Iraq 2nd  Lebanon TBD
U-15 Championship 2021  Yemen 1st  Saudi Arabia TBD
Futsal Championship 2012  Iran 2nd  Jordan TBD
Beach Soccer Championship 2013  Iran 1st  Oman 2021
National teams (Women's)
WAFF Women's Championship 2019  Jordan 4th  Bahrain 2021
U-18 Girls' Championship 2019  Lebanon 1st  Bahrain 2021
U-15 Girls' Championship 2019  Lebanon 1st  Jordan 2021
U-14 Girls' Championship 2022 TBD
Futsal Women's Championship 2012 Iran 2nd Jordan TBD
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Clubs Championship 2019 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1st Lebanon SAS 2021

Major tournaments

FIFA World Cup

See also: FIFA World Cup and FIFA World Cup qualification

Legend
Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South KoreaJapan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Qatar
2022

CanadaMexico United States
2026

Years 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

AFC Asian Cup

See also: AFC Asian Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualification

Legend
Team Hong Kong
1956
South Korea
1960
Israel
1964
Iran
1968
Thailand
1972
Iran
1976
Kuwait
1980
Singapore
1984
Qatar
1988
Japan
1992
United Arab Emirates
1996
Lebanon
2000
China
2004
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
2007
Qatar
2011
Australia
2015
United Arab Emirates
2019
China
2023
Years
 Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS 1st q 11
 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
 Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th R16 9
 Syria GS GS GS GS GS GS q 7
 Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS R16 6
 Oman GS GS GS R16 4
 Jordan QF QF GS R16 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 TBD 63

Olympic Games

See also: Football at the Summer Olympics and Olympic Games

Legend

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

Team
1900 to
1976
Soviet Union
1980
United States
1984
South Korea
1988
Spain
1992
United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Brazil
2016
Japan
2020
Years
 Iraq QF GS GS 4th GS 5
 Saudi Arabia GS GS GS 3
 Kuwait QF GS GS 3
 Qatar GS QF 2
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
 Syria GS 1
Total 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 14

Former competition

FIFA Confederations Cup

See also: FIFA Confederations Cup

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Mexico
1999
South Korea
Japan
2001
France
2003
Germany
2005
South Africa
2009
Brazil
2013
Russia
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

FIFA world rankings

See also

References

  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. ^ "Angry Gulf nations leading charge to kick Australia out of Asian Football Confederation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  4. ^ "FIFA elections: Factbox for presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein |". dna. 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ "'Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 2011-07-22. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  8. ^ a b c d e Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked