Players born on or after 1 January are eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team have registered a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom had to be goalkeepers. Maldives and Pakistan will not be taking part in the tournament in this year's format.
The country won the title with a over the hosts Nepal in the final. India has reached an unbeatable record of 23 matches in the history of the tournament from the win of this title. The Indian team maintained their dominance throughout the match and did not give any chance to return to Nepal.
After a proposal from a potential marketing agent, the South Asian Football Federation SAFF is mulling the introduction of a new format for the SAFF Championship from which could see an end to the practice of staging the regional football extravaganza at a single venue. Bangladesh are scheduled to host the 13th edition of the SAFF Championship in September with an existing tournament format that will divide the seven participating teams into two groups, with the top two teams from each group to advance to the semifinals. The tournament may be the last to be held with the format.
Written by: Anjishnu Roy. The tournament will kickoff on August 21 in Kalyani, West Bengal. For the edition, players born on or after January 1, are eligible to participate in this tournament. The previous edition was held in Nepal and Bangladesh won the tournament with Pakistan finishing second while India ended up in the third place.
It was initially scheduled to be hosted by Bangladesh in December but later postponed to 4—15 September Maldives and Bhutan made bids to host the games but the latter withdrew its bid. This was the third SAFF Championship hosted by Bangladesh, after victory in the edition and semi finalists in
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LAHORE: Pakistan is to host a series of international soccer competitions, with three regional tournaments set to be played in the country over the next three years. The PFF described the hosting duties as a big achievement, adding that it has been a long time since international soccer stars played in Pakistani stadiums. He added that his team was grateful to the South-Asian nations for supporting Pakistan in its promotion of the game, and he vowed to improve Pakistani football.
Bhutan joined the federation in and Afghanistan in Because of health issues inRodrigo Ranjith replaced Salahuddin as acting president for two months. Rankings are calculated by FIFA. The South Asian Football Federation runs several competitions on subcontinental level.
The idea of a Champions League for South Asia is not new, writes John Duerden, but it is perhaps needed for development. When talking about Asian football, the southern region is often overlooked with the giants of the east and west taking most of the trophies, money and accolades but with a population of over 1. If plans to organise and introduce a champions league for clubs in the area actually come to fruition, it could be a major step in the right direction.