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2015 SAFF Championship

SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015
Tournament details
Host country India
Dates 23 December 2015
– 3 January 2016
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)

The 2015 SAFF Championship, also officially known as the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015 (due to sponsorship reasons), will be the 11th SAFF Championship, a biennial regional football tournament for South Asian (SAFF) international teams. It will take place in Trivandrum, India from 23 December 2015 to 2 January 2016. The tournament was originally planned to take place on July 2015, however due to scheduling congestion and monsoons, the tournament was postponed.[1]

The defending champions coming into the tournament will be Afghanistan who, despite their intention to leave SAFF and join the newly created Central Asian Football Association, will still participate in this edition of the tournament.[2]

On 15 September, it was announced that Suzuki Motors would host the naming rights of the tournament for the first time.[3]

Contents

  • Host selection 1
  • Participating nations 2
    • Group draw 2.1
  • Venue 3
  • Squads 4
  • Officials 5
  • Group stage 6
    • Group A 6.1
    • Group B 6.2
  • Knockout stage 7
    • Semi-final 7.1
    • Final 7.2
  • Top goalscorers 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Host selection

During the 2013 SAFF Championship, it was reported that India expressed interest in hosting the 2015 tournament. Then, on 10 September 2013, during a meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, it was announced that India would host the 2015 SAFF Championship.[4]

Participating nations

Participating nations.

Along with the hosts, the other seven nations from the South Asian region will participate in the championship. Afghanistan will come into the tournament as the reigning champions from the 2013 edition.

Team Appearances
in the SAFF Championship
Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
on Nov'15
 Afghanistan 8th Champions (2013) 150
 Bangladesh 10th Champions (2003) 182
 Bhutan 7th Semi-finals (2008) 173
 India 11th Champions (1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011) 167
 Maldives 9th Champions (2008) 176
   Nepal 11th Third-place (1993) 190
 Pakistan 11th Third-Place (1997) 177
 Sri Lanka 11th Champions (1995) 191

Group draw

The Official Draw for the competition will take place in New Delhi, India on the 16 September 2015.[5]
Group A Group B

 India
   Nepal
 Sri Lanka
 Pakistan

 Afghanistan
 Maldives
 Bhutan
 Bangladesh

Venue

It was officially announced that the tournament would be held at the Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India.[6]

Trivandrum
Trivandrum International Stadium
Capacity: 50,000

Squads

Officials

Group stage

All times are local, IST (UTC+5:30).

Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advance to the semi-finals
  • Group winners
  • Group runners-up

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2    Nepal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 December 2015. Source: SAFF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
23 December 2015
15:30
Nepal    v  Sri Lanka

25 December 2015
15:30
Pakistan  v    Nepal

27 December 2015
18:30
India  v    Nepal

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Maldives 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Bhutan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 24 December 2015. Source: SAFF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers


Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
31 December – Trivandrum
 Winner A TBD  
 Runner up B TBD  
 
3 January – Trivandrum
     Finalist A TBD
   Finalist B TBD
31 December – Trivandrum
 Winner B TBD
 Runner up A TBD  

Semi-final

31 December 2015
15:30
Winner A v Runner up B

31 December 2015
18:30
Winner B v Runner up A

Final

3 January 2016
18:30
Winner 13 v Winner 14

Top goalscorers

References

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  6. ^

External links

  • Official Site
  • Official Youtube Channel
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