Palestinian Football Association

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Palestinian Football Association
AFC
Palestine FA (logo).png
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)[1]
HeadquartersJerusalem
FIFA affiliationProvisional: 31 May 1995[2]
Full member: 1998
AFC affiliation1995 (Provisional member), 1998
WAFF affiliation2000
PresidentJibril Rajoub banned
Websitepfa.ps

The Palestinian Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد الفلسطيني لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body for football in Palestine, and for the men's Palestine national football team and the Palestine women's national football team.[3]

History[edit]

Palestinian Jewish formation[edit]

The Mandatory Palestine Football Federation was founded in 1928 by the Zionist movement. Its national team, Mandatory Palestine national football team, participated in qualifying rounds for the 1934 Football World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup. In 1948 it changed its name to Israel Football Association.[4][5]

Palestinian Arab formation[edit]

A Palestine Football Association representing the Palestinian Arabs was formed in 1962 and has been a member of the Union of Arab Football Associations since that was formed in 1974.[citation needed]

Palestinian Authority[edit]

It was accepted as a member by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian Authority.[6] The PFA has also been a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 1998, in the West Asian Football Federation.

On 11 February 2011, the PFA formed the first women's league.[7]

Divisions[edit]

The football division system is parted into two: the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There is a men's West Bank Premier League and a men's Gaza Strip League as well as a West Bank Women's League. Each league has 12 clubs.

Management[edit]

  • President: General Jibril Rajoub
  • First Vice-President: Ibrahim Abu Saleem
  • Vice-President: Susan Shalabi, Ziab El Khatib
  • General Secretary: Omar Abu Hashia
Name Position Source
State of Palestine Jabril Al Majoub President [8][9]
State of Palestine Ibrahim Abu Salim Vice President [10][11]
State of Palestine Susan Shalabi Molano 2nd Vice President [12]
State of Palestine Ziad Bekai 3rd Vice President [13]
State of Palestine Firas Abu Hilal General Secretary [14][15]
State of Palestine Ibrahim Eleyan Treasurer [16]
State of Palestine Abdalnasser Barakat Technical Director [17][18]
Algeria Noureddine Ould Ali Team Coach (Men's) [19][20]
State of Palestine Ahmad Sharaf Team Coach (Women's) [21][22]
State of Palestine Ghassan Jaradat Media/Communications Manager [23]
State of Palestine Anan Waleed Futsal Coordinator [23]
State of Palestine Hussam Al Hussein Referee Coordinator [23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "Presidential Election Item 13 on FIFA Congress Agenda". www.fifa.com. FIFA. 16 April 1998.
  3. ^ "Soccer Is Under Fire in Palestine". www.vice.com. Vice. 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Israel - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  5. ^ [1] - History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year). See page #3, third remark (or page #5, fifth remark), regarding Mandatory Palestine being the forerunner of Israel. Retrieved on 14 April 2020
  6. ^ "Member Association - Palestine". www.fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Women's league kicks-off in Palestine". www.the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 11 February 2011.
  8. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  9. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  11. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  12. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  13. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  14. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  15. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  16. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  17. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  18. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  19. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  20. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  21. ^ FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  22. ^ "The AFC.com - The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  23. ^ a b c FIFA.com. "Member Association - Palestine - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.

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