CAFA History

Members of the six nations met with AFC president Sheikh Salman on 10 May 2014 to talk about the possibility of creating a new Asian football zone. The delegations were invited by the AFC president following an initiative by Iran and Afghanistan.

At the extraordinary AFC congress on 9 June 2014 in São Paulo, the plan of the new zone was ratified by the congress.

The Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)is an association of the football playing nations in Central Asia.

In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation and approved at the Extraordinary Congress in January 2015 during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. As a result, CAFA will in the future be able to have member(s) on the AFC executive committee.

The formation of CAFA was spearheaded by the Iranian Football Federation following disputes with West Asian Football Federation members. It was reported that AFC President Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa gained politically from the creation of the new zone

In 2015 Central Asian Football Federation has changed his name to Central Asian Football Association.

The first elected President - Mirabror Usmanov Uzbekistan 2014-2017

Vice-president Tajikistan - Rustam Emomali 2015(Tadjikistan)

General Secretary - Sardor Rakhmatullaev 2015 (Uzbekistan)

Vice-General Secretary - Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada 2015 (Afghanistan)

AFC Vice-president - Ali Kafashian 2015 (Iran)

Female General Secretary - Zohra Mehri 2015 (Afghanistan)

New beginning

In 2018 Umid Akhmadjonov was elected as a new President of the CAFA

The Vice-president of CAFA is Khurshed Mirzo

In 2018 Sandjar Rizaev has also elected as a new Secretary General of the CAFA

CAFA will consist of six member associations. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Afghanistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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

Competition

CAFA U-16 Boys Championship from 22-30 June 2018

CAFA U-15 Girls Championship from 23-31 July 2018

CAFA championship 2018 from 8-16 October 2018

CAFA U-19 Futsal Championship from 20-27 November 2018

Participating on World Cup’s.

From Central Asian region only Iran was qualified to the FIFA World Cup’s, in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014. But every time Iran can’t qualify from the group stage.

Participating on Asian Cup’s.

At the Asian Cups from the Central Asian region, only three teams participated: Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Most of all participatedat this tournament is Iran team, which is a regular participant from the 1968; only 13 participations. The best achievement of the Iranian national team in the Asian Cups is the winning the tournaments on 1968, 1972 and 1976.

On the second place is the Uzbekistan team, which regularly participates in the Asian Cup from the 1996 tournament; only 6 participations. The best achievement of the national team of Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup is the fourth place in the tournament in 2011.

The national team of Turkmenistan participated in the Asian Cup once, in the 2004 tournament, where he could not leave the group.



PRESIDENT GREETING

Message from the CAFA President

Dear Members of the CAFA,

For the purpose of promoting football and friendship in the region, the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) was established immediately after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Football is the only organised medium that unifies the Central Asian region where political and historical issues are evident, and the role played by the CAFA is not to be taken lightly.

New powers such as the Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan are emerging in Asian football, and we see signs of a shift in the power map. Improving the national level of football will raise the overall quality of Asian football, and only then can Asia compete equally at the world’s top class level. With many countries that have competed in the FIFA World Cup, Central Asia have to be driving force of football in the Asian region. It is important to continue working hard together in friendly rivalry to further reinforce the level of Asian football.

More than half of the world’s population live in Asia. It should be noted that many companies based in Asia support the AFC and FIFA and their competitions. The growth of Central Asia increases the value of Asia in the global football market, and it is therefore imperative that we put our efforts into developing the marketing power of CentralAsian football.

Asia is emerging as a strong force in both men’s and women’s football. The solidarity of the Central Asian football members is more important than ever. Let us reconfirm our strong bond based on friendship and cooperation through mutual understanding and close communication. As the new president of the CAFA, and I will live up to my responsibility with honour and pride. I look forward to working with you all.

Umid Akhmatdjanov

President, Central Asian Football Association