New subregion South West

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New subregion South West

Joined: October 5th, 2014, 1:11 pm

May 18th, 2018, 8:17 pm #1

The West Asian Football Federation was rocked by the departure of Iran and the 'Stans a couple of years back, well now Saudi Arabia wants out from Iran's allies in the region as well.

The "SWAFF" combines South and West but leaves out Qatar, the four Levant teams, and Nepal/Bhutan. Although the Indian FA seems to think they'll stay a part of SAFF and this won't replace it.

A new club tournament has been mooted, no word on the fate of the Gulf Cup. Ultimately I'd love to see Israel feature in some kind of regional tournament, perhaps at youth level.

This comes after Saudi asked Jordan if they could move the WAFF headquarters and got a no.The Saudis already have the Arab-wide FA and the U-23 Islamic Solidarity games headquartered in Jeddah (likely at the same desk as their sports ministry).
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Joined: November 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

May 19th, 2018, 3:26 am #2

Israel in a youth tournament: you must be joking!
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Joined: October 5th, 2014, 1:11 pm

May 19th, 2018, 12:30 pm #3

Mostly dreaming, yes, although part of the Saudi break from Qatar/Palestine is rumoured to be the Saudi Prince's desire to develop relations with Israel and eventually recognize their legitimacy.

Of course, it could be decades before that translates to the pitch!
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Joined: July 4th, 2011, 6:46 am

May 19th, 2018, 1:29 pm #4

themodelcitizen wrote:The "SWAFF" combines South and West but leaves out Qatar, the four Levant teams, and Nepal/Bhutan. Although the Indian FA seems to think they'll stay a part of SAFF and this won't replace it.
So theoretically, the West could keep running with 5 members and the South with a tiny 2 or 3, or perhaps the latter split off into CAFA or AFF? Or they just all go in together to form a 7 or 8-member "SAWAFF"...
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Joined: January 20th, 2009, 11:52 pm

May 19th, 2018, 2:41 pm #5

There was an article about this in the NY Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/spor ... d-cup.html
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Joined: October 5th, 2014, 1:11 pm

May 19th, 2018, 3:22 pm #6

I can't imagine AFC will allow the political climate to overrule geography in such a way, at least the CAFA split made some sense on a map. Qatar + four doesn't make much of a WAFF, and Nepal and Bhutan don't really fit into CAFA, the EAFF or AFF.
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Joined: November 13th, 2017, 8:43 am

May 19th, 2018, 4:38 pm #7

themodelcitizen wrote:I can't imagine AFC will allow the political climate to overrule geography in such a way, at least the CAFA split made some sense on a map. Qatar + four doesn't make much of a WAFF, and Nepal and Bhutan don't really fit into CAFA, the EAFF or AFF.
My question is, why we’re Nepal and Bhutan left out? If Bangladesh and India were included, doesn’t make sense that those two were left out. Out of the three subregions, I think CAFF would make the most sense. Then EAFF followed by the AFF


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Joined: October 5th, 2014, 1:11 pm

May 19th, 2018, 6:07 pm #8

All I can think is that the Saudis deemed those two Himalayan countries not worth their place from either a competitive perspective or one of geopolitical influence
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