WAFF Discusses Cooperation with the Oman FA and Iraq FA

Friday 31/07/2020

West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) discussed with the Oman Football Association and Iraq Football Association, the aspects of cooperation on both the technical and administrative levels in order to serve the common interests. 

WAFF General Secretary, Khalil Al Salem, held a meeting with Oman FA’s General Secretary, Saeed Al Balushi, during which they emphasized the partnership between the two sides and discussed ways to exchange experiences that directly contribute to the development of local football both in Oman and regionally.

Moreover, Al Salem reviewed with Al Balushi the programs that WAFF intends to implement, regarding organizing training courses and workshops in various fields. Both parties discussed further the possibility of taking advantage of the distinctive expertise of the Oman FA in this domain.

Al Salem also reiterated the role of WAFF in support of all civil associations and harnessing its technical, administrative and human potential for them. In return, Al Balushi praised WAFF’s great efforts to develop football and expressed the readiness of the Oman FA to intensify forms of cooperation.

Furthermore, in the meeting with the Iraq FA, Al Salem revealed to General Secretary Mohamed Farhan the willingness of WAFF to be a mediator to arrange a cooperation agreement between the Iraq FA and the Spanish League "La Liga”. This initiative comes as a step to open the doors to Iraq FA to benefit from the great experiences of "La Liga”, especially women football who has a big interest at WAFF and all local federations.

Al Salem reviewed with Al Balushi and Farhan the perceptions currently presented for the return of sporting activities that stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they have discussed the updated local activities in Oman and Iraq as wel as WAFF’s agenda. They reviewed all the possible measures to reprogram regional championships and more accurately to identify the dates for the return of local activities in the two local federations.

In addition, Al Salem revealed that the continuous and separate meetings that WAFF has carried out with the civil federations some time ago contributed to identifying important details, especially as the picture began to become clearer regarding the agenda of the 2020 championships, whether at the local, regional, continental or global levels. This helps WAFF set new dates for its championships. 

Al Salem stressed that the recent announcement by the AFC of its championship dates for clubs and teams made the picture clearer to WAFF, which seeks to continue its championships and programs based on its mission and goals towards developing football in the region. 

At the two meetings, Al Salem presented West Asian Football Federation's championships in 2020. Those tournaments were the 8th WAFF U16 Boys Championship that was scheduled in Saudi Arabia last April, the 2nd WAFF U18 Boys Championship that would be held in Jordan in March, the 2nd WAFF U23 Men Championship which was agreed in principle to be deported to next year, as well as the 10th  WAFF Men Championship, which unanimously agreed to choose a new date for them, instead of the date proposed by the hosts, UAE, who proposed earlier next year.

Regarding WAFF’s Women Championships, it has been decided to postpone two championships; the 3rd WAFF U16 Girls Championship which was to be held in Kuwait in November, and the 3rd WAFF U18 Girls Championship which UAE were supposed to host in the coming December. The 2nd WAFF Women Clubs Championship will take place in December as planned.