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SAFF Championship

SAFF Suzuki Cup
2018 SAFF logo.jpg
2018 SAFF Championship logo
Founded1993; 26 years ago (1993) as SAARC Gold Cup
RegionSAFF
Number of teams
Current champions Maldives (2nd title)
Most successful team(s) India (7 titles)
Websitewww.saffsuzukicup.org
2018 SAFF Championship

The South Asian Football Federation Championship or SAFF Championship, officially called SAFF Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons (previously known as South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup and SAFF Gold Cup), is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation. Previous names have included the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup in 1995. Seven teams currently compete in the South Asian Football Federation Tournament.

History

The countries that currently compete in the tournaments are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is held every two years.[1] Afghanistan joined SAFF in 2005 and left the association in 2015 to become a founding member of Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF).

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship kicked off in Kathmandu in 1997, evolving out of its forerunner, the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Gold Cup. Since its inception, the biennial competition has developed into South Asia’s premier football tournament, promoting the regional development of the game. The SAFF Championship 2001 was first postponed from Oct/Nov 2001 to Jan/Feb 2002 due to the suspension of the Bangladeshi FA from FIFA; the tournament finally took place in 2003. The 2018 edition was hosted by Bangladesh.[2]

Tournament summary

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1993
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan

India
[note]
Sri Lanka

Nepal
[note]
Pakistan
1995
Details
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
1–0
India

Bangladesh
[note]
Nepal
1997
Details
Nepal
Nepal

India
5–1
Maldives

Pakistan
1–0
Sri Lanka
1999
Details
India
India

India
2–0
Bangladesh

Maldives
2–0
Nepal
2003
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Bangladesh
1–1
(5–3 pen.)

Maldives

India
2–1
Pakistan
Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists [2]
Champion Score Runner-up
2005
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan

India
2–0
Bangladesh
 Maldives and  Pakistan
2008
Details
Maldives Sri Lanka
Maldives & Sri Lanka

Maldives
1–0
India
 Bhutan and  Sri Lanka
2009
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

India
0–0
(3–1 pen.)

Maldives
 Bangladesh and  Sri Lanka
2011
Details
India
India

India
4–0
Afghanistan
 Maldives and    Nepal
2013
Details
Nepal
Nepal

Afghanistan
2–0
India
 Maldives and    Nepal
2015
Details
India
India

India
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Afghanistan
 Maldives and  Sri Lanka
2018
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Maldives
2–1
India
   Nepal and  Pakistan
2020
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan
1Final tournaments in league table format.
2No third place match has been played since 2005; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Statistics

Performance by nation

Nation Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place Semi-finalists
 India 7 (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009 [note 1], 2011, 2015) 4 (1995, 2008, 2013, 2018) 1 (2003)
 Maldives 2 (2008, 2018) 3 (1997, 2003, 2009) 1 (1999) 4 (2005, 2011, 2013, 2015)
 Bangladesh 1 (2003) 2 (1999, 2005) 1 (1995) 2 (1995, 2009)
 Afghanistan 1 (2013) 2 (2011, 2015)
 Sri Lanka 1 (1995) 1 (1993) 1 (1997) 3 (2008, 2009, 2015)
   Nepal 1 (1993) 2 (1995, 1999) 3 (2011, 2013, 2018)
 Pakistan 1 (1997) 2 (1993, 2003) 2 (2005, 2018)
 Bhutan 1 (2008)

Participating nations

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semifinals[a]
  • GS – Group stage
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •     — Hosts
  •  ×  – Did not enter
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Withdrew before qualification
  •     — Withdrew/Disqualified after qualification
  •     — Not part of SAFF
Team Pakistan
1993
Sri Lanka
1995
Nepal
1997
India
1999
Bangladesh
2003
Pakistan
2005
MaldivesSri Lanka
2008
Bangladesh
2009
India
2011
Nepal
2013
India
2015
Bangladesh
2018
Pakistan
2020
Total
 Afghanistan Not part of SAFF GS GS GS GS 2nd 1st 2nd Not part of SAFF 7
 Bangladesh × SF GS 2nd 1st 2nd GS SF GS GS GS GS 11
 Bhutan Not part of SAFF GS GS SF GS GS GS GS GS 8
 India[b] 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 12
 Maldives × × 2nd 3rd 2nd SF 1st 2nd SF SF SF 1st 10
   Nepal 3rd SF GS 4th GS GS GS GS SF SF GS SF 12
 Pakistan 4th GS 3rd GS 4th SF GS GS GS GS × SF q 12
 Sri Lanka 2nd 1st 4th GS GS GS SF SF GS GS SF GS 12
Notes
  1. ^ The third-place match was not played in 1995 and has not been played after 2003.
  2. ^ In 2009, India participated with their under-23 team.

All-time table

As of 2018.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  India 12 50 32 10 8 92 34 +58 106
2  Maldives 10 43 22 11 10 91 44 +47 77
3  Bangladesh 11 38 15 10 13 43 38 +5 55
4  Sri Lanka 12 37 13 6 18 46 60 −14 45
5  Pakistan 11 36 12 8 16 32 42 −10 44
6  Afghanistan 7 27 12 4 11 48 42 +6 40
7    Nepal 12 38 11 6 21 44 56 −12 39
8  Bhutan 8 24 1 1 22 13 93 −80 4


Top goalscorers

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The 2009 tournament was won by India national U-23 team.

References

  1. ^ "From SAARC Gold Cup to SAFF Championship". Givemegoal.com.np. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ Infos at goalnepal.com

External links