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Central Asian Football Association

Central Asian Football Federation
Abbreviation CAFF
Type Sports organization
Membership 6 member associations

The Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF) is an association of the football playing nations in Central Asia.

In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation.[1] As a result, CAFF will in the future be able to have member(s) on the AFC executive committee.

The formation of CAFF 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.[2]


  • History 1
  • Member associations 2
  • Ranking 3
    • Men's National Teams 3.1
    • Women's National Teams 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Members of the six nations met with AFC president Sheihk Salam on 10 May 2014 to talk about the possibility to creating a new Asian football zone. The delegations were invited by the AFC president following an initiative by Iran and Afghanistan.[3] At the extraordinary AFC congress on 9 June 2014 in Sao Paulo, the plan of the new zone was ratified by the congress.[4][5]

Member associations

CAFF will consist of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Association Former federation Men's team Women's team
Afghanistan SAFF, 2005–2014 Afghanistan Afghanistan
Iran WAFF, 2000–2014 Iran Iran
Kyrgyzstan None Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan None Tajikistan Tajikistan
Turkmenistan None Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan None Uzbekistan Uzbekistan


See also


  1. ^ Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan"'". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Warshaw, Andrew (10 June 2014). "Shaikh Salman flexes his political muscle to brush aside Prince Ali". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Central Asians meet Sheikh Salman to create CAFA". 17 May 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sheikh Salman Wins Bitter Battle to End Prince Ali's FIFA Vice-Presidency" (10 June 2014). Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "AFC president to resume FIFA Vice Presidency". 11 June 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)".  
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