6th CAFA Congress


6th CAFA Congress took stage in Dushanbe

CAFA Congress brought senior management of all six member associations which took place on 16th December in the capital city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The gathering of Central Asian’s member associations which was held in a hybrid form both online and on-site have started with a welcome speech of CAFA President – Mr. Rustam Emomali expressing his delight to see all Member Associations delegates stressing that all CAFA members plays key role in development of the football in the region and thanked everyone as well as Asian Football Confederation and FIFA for their support and fruitful cooperation.

The Congress was also attended by CAFA Senior Vice-President Dastanbek Konokbayev and Vice President Arslan Aynazarov, members of the Executive Committee of CAFA – Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) and Mehdi Taj (Iran), heads and delegates of Football Federations of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, and Afghanistan. CAFA Vice-President Arslan Aynazarov as well as other officials of the Football Federation of Turkmenistan participated in the Congress online.

The exchange of views on the development of football in our region and the opportunity to meet with each other are very valuable for each of us,» Rustam Emomali began his speech. «The last two years have been difficult for the world community and for the development of Central Asian football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.»

«The creation of the financial support program of the Asian Football Confederation for regional associations has allowed the Central Asian Football Association to expand its capabilities and work on a permanent basis since the beginning of 2021,» the President continued. – We are glad that the Central Asian Football Association has made great efforts to hold competitions among different ages not easy pandemic period. During this year, three competitions were held in Dushanbe under the auspices of CAFA. I believe these achievements can be the result of the collective work of the organization. At the same time, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the holding of these competitions, and thank the national associations for their support and cooperation.

In 2022, we plan to organize eight competitions among different ages. Participation in these tournaments gives the national teams of the participating countries a good stage of preparation for qualifying tournaments under the auspices of the AFC, and, of course, players can improve their skills.

I would like to emphasize that the national associations of Central Asia play a key role in the development of football in the region. A number of AFC competitions were successfully held in the countries of our region, which increased the prestige of the organization and proved once again that the Asian Football Confederation can always count on us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Asian Football Confederation for their trust and fruitful cooperation.

Despite some problems, the national federations that are part of the Central Asian Football Association were able to work together in an atmosphere of solidarity to contribute to the development and revival of football in the region. I hope that in the future we will continue to contribute to the development and progress of football in the region,» President of the Central Asian Football Association Rustami Emomali said.

One of the main agenda topics were:
Activity report 2021
— Detailed report of all the events was presented by CAFA General Secretary Mr. Ulugbek Karimov
Approval of budget for 2022
— Unanimous approval of the budget 2022 from all CAFA Mas

Proposals of member associations were also taken into account. First vice-president of the Uzbekistan Football Association, Ravshan Irmatov, proposed in the future to hold the Navruz Cup competition among the national teams of the Central Asian Football Association on FIFA dates, as well as to jointly submit an application to host the Youth FIFA World Cup competitions.