South Asian Football Federation
|Motto||Strength in Unity|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka , Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan.|
|7 member associations|
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia and is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005. In February 2015, captain Haroon Amiri announced that Afghanistan had officially left the SAFF for the new Central Asian Football Association.
The current champions of SAFF are the Maldives after a 2–1 win over India at the 2018 SAFF Championship and in women football India is the present champion after a 3–1 victory over Nepal at the 2019 SAFF Women's Championship.
The SAFF was founded in 1997, with Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In 2000, they expanded to 7 members, adding Bhutan. In 2005, Afghanistan joined too, but they left in 2015 to join the new CAFA.
|P. P. Lakshmanan||1997 – 2001|
|Ganesh Thapa||2001 – 2009|
|Country||Year||Association||Member||League (Men's)||League (Women's)|
|Bangladesh||1997||Bangladesh Football Federation||Founding Member||Bangladesh Premier League||Bangladesh Women's League|
|India||1997||All India Football Federation||Founding Member||I-league, Indian Super League||Indian Women's League|
|Maldives||1997||Football Association of Maldives||Founding Member||Dhivehi Premier League|
|Nepal||1997||All Nepal Football Association||Founding Member||Martyr's Memorial A-Division League|
|Pakistan||1997||Pakistan Football Federation||Founding Member||Pakistan Premier League||National Women Football Championship|
|Sri Lanka||1997||Football Federation of Sri Lanka||Founding Member||Sri Lanka Football Premier League|
|Bhutan||2000||Bhutan Football Federation||Expansion 1||Bhutan National League|
|2005–2015||Afghanistan Football Federation|
Afghanistan, who had joined the South Asian Football Federation(SAFF) in the 2005 expansion 2 phase, left the association in 2015 to become a founding member of Central Asian Football Association (CAFA).
The South Asian Football Federation runs several competitions on subcontinental level.
The South Asian Football Federation announced in April 2011 that they had decided to start a new tournament for association football club sides, the SAFF Club Championship, with the inaugural edition to be held in Bangladesh from 1–15 September of the same year. However the competition was postponed and desires to revive the competition were again announced in July 2013 but the competition has still not started with accusations that India, the prime nation in the competition, are not altogether interested in participating.
Sri Lanka was supposed to host first edition in August 2014. That however did not happen.
A new possible start was set for December 2016 but later announced that 2017 would see the first edition. This again was changed and announced that 2018 would be the start of the tournament.
Current title holders
|National teams (Men)|
|South Asian Games Men's tournament||2019||Nepal||4th||Bhutan||2021|
|National teams (Women)|
|U-18 Women's Championship||2018||Bangladesh||1st||Nepal||2019|
|U-15 Women's Championship||2019||India||1st||Bangladesh||2020|
|South Asian Games Women' tournament||2019||India||3rd||Nepal||2021|
Men's National Teams
Leading Men's Team:
Women's National Teams
Leading Women's team:
Top goalscorer in men's football
- As of 20 September 2019, the players with most goals scored in career from South Asia (SAFF) are:
By number of goals
(Players with at least 20 goals)
(only highest goalscorers from each country)
- Players in bold are active international players.
- Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
- ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
- Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)
- East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
- West Asian Football Federation (WAFF)
- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
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