The 2021 South Asian Football Confederation is the thirteenth edition of the competition since its inception in 1993. It is a biennial international men’s football tournament and this time is hosted in Mali, Maldives.
India is the most successful country in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) tournament having won the competition a record seven times. However, the Maldives won the title in the last edition after beating India 2-1 in the final.
What countries are participating in the South Asian Football Confederation 2021?
the moldive Islands
Two other member states of Pakistan and Bhutan refrained from participating in the tournament.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on 7 April 2021 due to third party interference. It was considered a serious violation of FIFA laws. The headquarters of the PFF in Lahore was taken over by a group of protesters, thus they expelled the FIFA-appointed normalization committee in the PFF led by Harun Malik. Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah took over the reins of administration. FIFA has warned FIFA of the consequences of not restoring the status quo. However, the situation remained unchanged forcing the FIFA Council to suspend the Pakistan Football Association. Thus, the national team cannot carry out any football activity.
Where Bhutan decided to refrain from participating in the tournament after the Bhutanese government did not give the necessary permission to send the national team abroad due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
In which stadium is the South Asian Football Confederation held?
All South Asian Football Association Championship matches will be played at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives.
AFC Asian Cup 2021 matches and results
|October 1||Sri Lanka with Bangladesh||16:30||0-1|
|October 1||Nepal vs Maldives||21:30||1-0|
|October 4||Bangladesh vs India||16:30||1-1|
|October 4||Sri Lanka and Nepal||21:30||2-3|
|October 7||India vs Sri Lanka||16:30||0-0|
|October 7||Maldives – Bangladesh||21:30||2-0|
|October 10||Maldives – Sri Lanka||16:30||1-0|
|October 10||Nepal vs India||21:30||0-1|
|October 13||Bangladesh and Nepal||16:30||1-1|
|October 13||India vs Maldives||21:30||3-1|
|October 16||India vs Nepal||21:30|
* All times are IST.
What is the final date for the 2021 South Asian Football Championship?
The final will be played on October 16 between the top two teams after the quarter-final stage.
|Sunil Chhetri (India)||4|
|Ali Ashfaq (Maldives)||3|
|Anjan Besta (Nepal)||2|
|Manish Dangi (Nepal)||1|
|Paul Barman (Bangladesh)||1|
|Yassin Arafat (Bangladesh)||1|
|Marvin Hamilton (Sri Lanka)||1|
|Dillon de Silva (Sri Lanka)||1|
|Suman Lama (Nepal)||1|
|Ayush Galan (Nepal)||1|
|Hamza Mohamed (Maldives)||1|
|Somon Raza (Bangladesh)||1|
|Manveer Singh (India)||1|
2021 AFC Championship Schedule:
|3||the moldive Islands||4||2||2||4||4||6|
* Latest update after India beat Maldives 3-1.