Iraqi Football Association
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Iraqi Football Association
Iraq Football Association
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Beach football
Founded8 October 1948; 71 years ago (1948)
AffiliationFIFA (1950)
AFC (1970)[1]
UAFA (1974)
WAFF (2000)
AGCFF (2016)
PresidentAbdul Khaliq Masood
Official website

The Iraq Football Association (Arabic: ? ? ? ‎) is the governing body of football in Iraq, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraq Super League.[2][3][4][5][6] The Iraqi Football Association was founded in 1948 and has been a member of FIFA since 1950, the Asian Football Confederation since 1970, and the Sub-confederation regional body West Asian Football Federation since 2000. Iraq also is part of the Union of Arab Football Associations and has been a member since 1974. The Iraqi team is commonly known as Usood Al-Rafidain (Arabic: ? ‎), which literally meaning Lions of Mesopotamia.

Association Founded

The Iraqi Football Association (Ittihad Al-Iraqi Le-Korat Al-Kadem) was formed on October 8, 1948 and was the third sports union to be founded in Iraq after the Track and Field Athletics and the Basketball Federations. The two unions took part at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, July 29 - August 14 - however the Iraqi FA had not been founded, so no football team took part in the Olympics. It was during the Olympics that the idea of an Iraq Football Association was put forward. During the 1948 London Olympic Games, Iraq's basketball team lost every game by an average of 104 points per game. They scored an average of 23.5 points per game. The team included Iraq's first ever-national football captain Wadud Khalil and another member of Iraq's first ever-national squad in 1951, the outside right Salih Faraj.[7]

First Administration

The first Iraqi FA administration was headed by President Obaid Abdullah Al-Mudhayfi and Saadi Jassim as general secretary, with its headquarters in the Sheikh Omar district in Baghdad. The IFA was an association of 14 teams from all over Iraq, they included the Royal Olympic Club ('Nadi Al-Malikiya Al-Olympiya'), Royal Guards ('Haris Al-Maliki'), Royal Air Force ('Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Malikiya'), Police College ('Kuliya Al-Shurta'), Kuliya Al-Askariya ('Military College'), Dar Al-Mualameen Alaliya ('Highest Teacher's House'), Casual's Club, Al-Marouf Al-Tarbiya ('Physical Education'), Kuliya Al-Hakok ('College of Law'), Quwa Al-Siyara ('Armoured Cars') from the capital Baghdad and four other teams Nadi Al-Minaa Al-Basri (Basra Port Club), Sharakat Al-Naft Al-Basra (Basra Petroleum Company) from Basra and branches in the provinces of Mosul and Kirkuk. [7]


The Iraqi youth national teams have been ejected from tournaments for fielding over-age players.[8] In 1989, Iraq was banned for using over-age players in the under-20 world championships in Saudi Arabia. That ban was extended when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990.[9]

Association information

List of Presidents of IFA

The following is a list of presidents of Iraq Football Association (IFA).

Presidency President Took office Left office
1 Abdullah Al-Muthaifi 1948 1952
2 Akram Fahmi 1953 1954
3 Saadi Hussein Al-Douri 1954 1955
4 Ismail Mohammed 1955 1956
5 Hadi Abbas 1956 1959
6 Adeeb Najeeb 1959 1961
7 Adil Al-Basheer 1961 1964
8 Fahad Juwad Al-Meera 1964 1968
- 1968 1976
9 Moayad Al-Badri 1976 1977
10 Hisham Atta Ajjaj 1977 1980
11 Soryan Tawfeeq 1980 1984
12 Sabah Mirza Mahmoud 1984 1985
13 Uday Hussein 1985 1988
14 Kareem Mahmoud Mulla 1988 1990
15 Uday Hussein 1990 2003
16 Hussein Saeed 2004 2011
17 Najeh Humoud 2011 2014
18 Abdul Khaliq Masood 2014


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  2. ^ "Football mad Iraq's new field of dreams - Iraq - NZ Herald News". 2011-10-15. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Iraq elect new football head - Football". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "When Saturday Comes - War games". 2012-07-09. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Suzanne Goldenberg. "Uday: career of rape, torture and murder | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved .
  6. ^ " - Sports Illustrated - The Magazine - From Sports Illustrated: Son of Saddam - Monday March 24, 2003 05:00 PM". 2003-03-24. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b Mubarak, Hassanin. "Iraqi Football History".
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