Bangladesh is preparing to host the 13th edition of the SAFF Championship …
South Asia’s biennial international men’s football competition, SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship will be held from September 14-25, 2021 in Bangladesh, Goal understands.
Pakistan was supposed to host the tournament, but later it was transferred to Bangladesh. The BFF (Bangladesh Football Federation) has hosted the competition three times previously in 2003, 2009 and 2018.
On April 11, 2018, SAFF awarded the organizing rights for the SAFF 2021 Championship to Pakistan after FIFA re-established membership in the Pakistan Football Federation. It would have been the country’s first international football tournament after the ban was overturned. However, on September 15, 2019, SAFF President Kazi Salahuddin and Secretary General Anwarul Haque Helal, along with representatives from seven member countries, decided to move the venue to Bangladesh.
The SAFF Championship was scheduled to be held in September 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament was postponed during a meeting held by the executive committee on June 30, 2020.
All matches will take place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. The participating nations are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.
India are the most successful team with seven titles to their name. They won their seventh title in 2015 when they beat Afghanistan 2-1 in the final.
The Maldives are the defending champions, beating India by two goals to one in 2018 in Dhaka.