SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) was currently in the news due to recently concluded SAFF tournament in New Delhi. SAFF Championship is the erstwhile form of South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup that was the join form of South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup-95 in 1995.
The tournament with the converted name began in Kathmandu in 1997 in which eight teams had participated. SAFF Cup tournament is an international version of South Asian Countries whose national team participated in the tournament.
SAFF Cup was began to promote the game of football in South Asian region and the member nations of SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) participate in it. These are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Since it's inception from 1993, it continues to be held at every alternate year except in 2007. The last championship was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi in 2011. Only the tournament of 2007 could not be held at its scheduled time that was played in 2008 and Maldives and Sri Lanka co-hosted it.
India has dominated in this version and won SAFF Championship six times in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2011. India hosted this championship cup 1999 and 2011.
Sri Lanka (1995), Bangladesh (2003) and Maldives (2008) each have won the championship one time. Pakistan hosted this championship in 1993 and 2005, Sri Lanka in 1995 and in 2008 with the collaboration of Maldives, Nepal in 1997, and Bangladesh in 2003 and 2009.