Discover the origins and history of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation
Founded in 1956, SAFF also joined the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to organize local championships and to participate in international games.
The Saudi Football Federation organizes local football competitions for international teams and clubs in Saudi Arabia. They supervise 153 clubs participating in football competitions. These clubs are divided into different categories from youth to adult teams.
The Saudi Football Federation is one of the most famous associations in Asia in the field of football. The achievements of Saudi football are plentiful at the regional, continental and international levels. At the regional level, Saudi Arabia won the Gulf Cup title three times in its history. It is enough to point out that the Saudi national football team has never missed the final of the Asian Cup since 1984. Not until in 2004 in China, where the Japanese team won the title for the first time since 1984.
During the five-time Asian Cup final, Saudi Arabia won the title three times, in 1984, 1988 and 1996, after losing the 1992 and 2000 finals to the Japanese team with the same score of 1-0.
At the international level, the Saudi team has reached the World Cup four consecutive times since 1994, where they qualified for the first time. Followed by their qualification at the World Cup France 1998, then the World Cup in South Korea and Japan in 2002 and the World Cup Germany 2006.
One of the greatest achievements by the Saudi junior team was winning the World Youth Championship held in Scotland in 1989, beating the host team, which is the first of its kind for Asian Football.
Saudi Football achievements did not stop with the national team. The local clubs also participated in continental tournaments in Asia. The first Gulf Asian Team to particpate in the Club World Cup was Al-Nasr Saudi in 2000 followed by Ittihad Saudi in 2005.
One of the achievements of the Saudi Football Federation is the formation of a strong base and spread of the game in Saudi Arabia, where official figures indicate 16160 players of different age groups playing the game. In addition to the presence of 531 referees, including 10 international referees, and 260 Saudi trainers from different ages. The Saudi Arabian Football Association adopted the new logo on 1 May 2017 in the presence of the President of the Federation of football, Adel Ezzat and several members of the Union.
H.H Prince Faisal bin Fahad bin Abdulaziz
His Highness, may God have mercy on him, had his fingerprints in the development of sport, culture and youth movement in the Kingdom and the Arab world through the ambitious national programs sponsored by the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, in addition to the continuous activity through the Arab Union of Sports.