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West Asian Football Federation

West Asian Football Federation
WAFF logo
WAFF members
Formation 15 May 2001 [1]
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Amman, Jordan
12 member associations
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein

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, 3 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 Central Asian Football Federation.[3]

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 Fadi Zureiqat.


  • Member Associations 1
    • Former members 1.1
  • Competitions 2
  • Rankings 3
    • Men's National Teams 3.1
    • Women's National Teams 3.2
  • Presidents 4
  • Vice-Presidents 5
  • General Secretary 6
  • Controversy 7
  • See also 8
  • Footnotes 9
  • External links 10

Member Associations

WAFF has 12 member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Association Joining year Men's team Women's team
Bahrain 2010 Bahrain Bahrain
Iraq 2001 (Founding Member) Iraq Iraq
Jordan 2001 (Founding Member) Jordan Jordan
Kuwait 2010 Kuwait Kuwait
Lebanon 2001 (Founding Member) Lebanon Lebanon
Oman 2010 Oman -
Palestine 2001 (Founding Member) Palestine Palestine
Qatar 2009 Qatar Qatar
Saudi Arabia 2010 Saudi Arabia -
Syria 2001 (Founding Member) Syria Syria
United Arab Emirates 2009 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Yemen 2009 Yemen -

Former members


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

Competition Holders Most recent event
Men's Football Championship  Qatar 2014
U-23 Men's Football Championship  Iran
U-16 Men's Football Championship  Iraq 2013
Women's Football Championship  Jordan 2014
Men's Futsal Championship  Iran 2012
Women's Futsal Championship Iran 2012



President Years
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein 2001 -


Vice-President Years
Hassan Ghaffari 2001 - 2011
Ali Kafashian 2011 - 2014
Jibril Al Rajoub 2014 -

General Secretary

President Years
Fadi Zureikat 2001 -


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".[7]

See also


  1. ^ WAFF - The Official Website Of The West Asian Football Federation - Organization - Statutes/Regulations
  2. ^ WAFF - The Official Website Of The West Asian Football Federation - Members Associations
  3. ^ Central Asian Football Federation
  4. ^ Central Zone' gets thumbs up from Tajikistan"'". The AFC. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 18 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women)". FIFA. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  7. ^ Angry Gulf nations leading charge to kick Australia out of Asian Football Confederation

External links

  • Official Website
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