Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
|President||Shahaboddin Azizi Khadem|
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, 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.
On 23 November 2006, the federation was suspended by FIFA, 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Current title holders
|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)|
|Presidency ||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||1953||1954||second term|
|(4)||Hossein Siasi||1954||second term|
|(1)||Dr.Ali Kani||1954||1955||second term|
|(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
|14||Hossein Raghfar||1981||1982||youngest president of FFIRI ever with 28 years old|
|(13)||Hossein Abshenasan||1982||1983||second term|
|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
|20||Amir Abedini||1994||chairman of Persepolis|
|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||qualified to 2014 World Cup|
2008 and 2012 Best Asian Football Federation of the Year 
|25||Mehdi Taj||2016||2019||qualified to 2018 World Cup|
|—||Heydar Baharvand (acting)||2019||2021|
|26||Shahaboddin Azizi Khadem||2021||Present|
|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|
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
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