Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran

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Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
AFC
Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (low res).png
Founded1920; 101 years ago (1920)[1]
HeadquartersTehran, Iran
FIFA affiliation1948
AFC affiliation1954[2]
CAFA affiliation2015
PresidentShahaboddin Azizi Khadem[3]
Websiteffiri.ir

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) (Persian: فدراسیون فوتبال جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎, Federasiun-e Futbal-e Jimhuri-ye Eslâmi-ye Iran) is the governing body for football in Iran. It was founded in 1920,[4] and has been a member of FIFA since 1948. It is also a member of the Asian Football Confederation. The FFIRI is responsible for organizing the Iranian national football team.

History[edit]

Suspension[edit]

On 23 November 2006, the federation was suspended by FIFA,[5] due to government interference in football matters. FIFA rules decree that a national football federation should remain autonomous from the national government. However, on 17 December 2006, the ban was lifted and a new Transitory Board was composed of Mohsen Safaei Farahani as chairman, Kioumars Hashemi as deputy chairman and Mohammad Hassan Ansarifar, Hassan Ghaffari, Mohammad Khabiri and Ali Reghbati as members.

Controversies[edit]

The federation and Islamic government do not allow Iranian women into their stadiums.[6]

During the 2009 Iranian election protests, seven members of the Iran national football team were initially reported to have been banned for life by the federation for wearing green armbands in support of the Iranian Green Movement.[7]

Iran women's national football team was briefly banned by FIFA from international competition in 2011 for being forced by the federation to wear hijabs.[8][9]

In 2015, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran banned players from the men's national team due to conscription problems.[10][11]

In August 2017, the federation reportedly banned Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi from the national team after they played against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the UEFA Europa League.[12]

On 9 November 2018 Fatma Samoura, Secretary General of International Federation of Football Association FIFA said she would ask Iranian government to end ban on women’s entry to sport stadiums.[13] On 7 August 2019, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, prosecutor general of Iran, supporting the ban, said that it should not concern FIFA, if women in Iran can enter sports stadiums or not.[14] However, after continuous pressure from FIFA, IRNA deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said, women would be allowed to enter Azadi Stadium to watch the men’s World Cup 2022 qualifier match between Iran and Cambodia in October.[15]

Competitions[edit]

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Senior (Men's)
Youth (Men's)
Senior (Women's)
Youth (Women's)

Membership[edit]

Organization affiliation
FIFA since 1948 (73 years ago)
AFC since 1958 (63 years ago)
West Asian Football Federation 2001–2014 (13 Years) (Founding Member)
Central Asian Football Association since 2015 (six years ago) (Founding Member)

Presidents[edit]

Old Logo of Iran Football Federation (until 1979)[citation needed]
Jersey badge of Team Melli in the 1978 FIFA World Cup[16]
Presidency [17] President Took office Left office Note
1 Dr.Ali Kani 1947 1950 Runners-up of 1951 Asian Games
2 Hedayatollah Gilanshah 1950 1952 Commander of Imperial Iranian Air Force (1952)
3 Mohsen Haddad 1952
4 Hossein Siasi 1952 1953
(3) Mohsen Haddad 1953 1954 second term
(4) Hossein Siasi 1954 second term
(1) Dr.Ali Kani 1954 1955 second term
5 Mostafa Salimi 1955 1956
6 Hossein Mobasher 1956 1958
7 Mostafa Makri 1958 1960
8 Zabih Khabiri 1960 1961
9 Hossein Soroudi 1961 1962
(6) Hossein Mobasher 1962 1967 second term
qualified to 1964 Olympics
Runners-up of 1966 Asian Games
(9) Hossein Soroudi 1967 1968 second term
(7) Mostafa Makri 1968 1972 second term
winner of 1968 Asian Cup and 1972 Asian Cup
qualified to 1972 Olympics
10 Kambiz Atabay 1972 1979 Presidents of AFC
(1 August 1976 - 9 December 1978)
qualified to 1978 World Cup
qualified to 1976 Olympics
winner of 1976 Asian Cup
Founder of Takht Jamshid Cup
winner of 1974 Asian Games
11 Naser Noamooz 1979 1980 first president after revelation
qualified to 1980 Olympics but boycotted the event
Third place of 1980 Asian Cup
12 Hadi Tavoosi 1980 1981
13 Hossein Abshenasan 1981
14 Hossein Raghfar 1981 1982 youngest president of FFIRI ever with 28 years old[18]
(13) Hossein Abshenasan 1982 1983 second term
15 Behrooz Sahabeh 1984
16 Nasrollah Sajjadi 1985
17 Ali Mohammad Mortazavi 1986 1987
18 Mohammad Reza Pahlavan 1987 1989 Third place of 1988 Asian Cup
(11) Naser Noamooz 1989 1993 second term
winner of 1990 Asian Games
Founder of Azadegan League
19 Mohammad Safizadeh 1993 1994
20 Amir Abedini 1994 chairman of Persepolis
(1993—2001)
21 Dariush Mostafavi 1994 1997 Third place of 1996 Asian Cup
22 Mohsen Safaei Farahani 1997 2002 qualified to 1998 World Cup
winner of 1998 Asian Games and 2002 Asian Games
Founder of Iran Pro League
winner of 1998 FIFA Fair Play Award
member of Iranian Parliament (2000-2004)
23 Mohammad Dadkan 2002 2006 Third place of 2004 Asian Cup
qualified to 2006 World Cup
Third place of 2006 Asian Games
(22) Mohsen Safaei Farahani 2006 2008 second term
interim, appointed by FIFA
24 Ali Kafashian 2008 2016[19] qualified to 2014 World Cup
2008 and 2012 Best Asian Football Federation of the Year [20]
25 Mehdi Taj 2016[21] 2019[22] qualified to 2018 World Cup
Heydar Baharvand (acting) 2019 2021
26 Shahaboddin Azizi Khadem 2021 Present
# President Stability[23]
1 Ali Kafashian 8 years and 4 months
2 Kambiz Atabay 7 years and 6 months
3 Mohsen Safaei Farahani 4 years and 9 months
4 Mostafa Makri 4 years and 6 months
5 Hossein Mobasher 4 years
6 Naser Noamooz 3 years and 10 months
7 Mohammad Dadkan 3 years and 9 months
8 Ali Kani 3 years and 7 months
Mehdi Taj 3 years and 7 months

Board members[edit]

Position Name
President Shahaboddin Azizi Khadem
General Secretary Hassan Kamranifar (acting)
First Vice President Hamidreza Mehrali (acting)
Second Vice President Heydar Baharvand (acting)
Third Vice President and Women Section Shohreh Mousavi[24]
Head of Referees Committee
Representative of Provincial Football Boards
Representative of Club chairpersons
Member of Board
Head of Iran Football League Organization Heydar Baharvand
Member of Board

National teams[edit]

Head coach: Dragan Skočić

Head coach: Hamid Estili

Head coach: Davoud Mahabadi

Head coach: Hossein Abdi

Head coach: Mohammad Yavari

Head coach: Mohammad Nazemosharia

Head coach: Ali Sanei

Head coach: Abbass Hashempour

Head coach: Maryam Irandoost

Head coach: Maryam Azmoon

Head coach: Maryam Azmoon

Head coach: Shadi Mahini

Head coach: Shahnaz Yari

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Iran’s Football Archived 2016-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, ffiri.ir
  2. ^ "Asian soccer championship next year". The Straits Times. 27 May 1954."ASIAN SOCCER FINALS IN SINGAPORE May be used as Olympic series". The Singapore Free Press. 5 October 1954."Singapore to Meet Indonesia in Asian Soccer Tourney". The Straits Times. 14 June 1955.
  3. ^ حیدر بهاروند سرپرست فدراسیون فوتبال شد
  4. ^ "Member Association – Iran".
  5. ^ "FIFA suspends Iran Football Federation". fifa.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ Cohen, Claire (26 June 2014). "World Cup ban? Iran's women just don't care". Retrieved 17 March 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  7. ^ Clayton, Andy (24 June 2009). "Iran soccer players banned from national team after wearing green pro-opposition wristbands". NY Daily News. New York. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Iran women's soccer team thwarted by hijab ban". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  9. ^ "Iran's women soccer team banned from Olympics, because of headscarves". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  10. ^ "Mehrdad Pooladi saved by FIFA !". TeamMelli.
  11. ^ "Team Melli unable to use players under Military Service. – TeamMelli". www.teammelli.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  12. ^ Erdbrink, Thomas (10 August 2017). "Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis". Retrieved 17 March 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  13. ^ FIFA To Engage With Iran To Lift Ban On Women In Stadiums
  14. ^ "Iran judge: Ban on women in football stadiums does not concern FIFA". DPAInternational. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Iran Agrees to Let Women Watch Soccer World Cup Qualifier". Truly. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Historical Football Kits - World Cup 1978". historicalkits.co.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  17. ^ "شناسنامه کامل روسای تاریخ فدراسیون فوتبال :: ورزش سه". www.varzesh3.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  18. ^ پارسینه. "سی و سومین رئیس فوتبال کیست". پارسینه-Parsine. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  19. ^ "ورزش". Etemaad.com. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  20. ^ "فدراسیون فوتبال ایران برترین فدراسیون آسیا". ffiri.ir. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  21. ^ "مهدی تاج رئیس فدراسیون فوتبال شد". varzesh3.com. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  22. ^ "Mehdi Taj resigns as head of Iran football federation". Tehran Times.
  23. ^ "100 ماه ریاست کفاشیان در فدراسیون فوتبال :: ورزش سه". www.varzesh3.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  24. ^ "الهه عرب عامری هم نایب رئیس سوم شد :: ورزش سه". www.varzesh3.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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