List of SAFF Championship Winners (1993-2023)

List of SAFF Championship winners and runners-up: The SAFF Championship, initially known as SAARC Gold Cup and established in 1993, has been held 14 times so far. The tournament began as a four-team event and later expanded to include eight teams.

From 1993 to 1999, the South Asian Football Championship was held every two years. However, there was a gap of four years before the next edition in 2003, followed by consecutive editions in 2008 and 2009.

In the inaugural edition, the winner was determined based on the points table standings after the round-robin stage. However, starting with the 1995 edition, the champion is decided through knockout rounds, including semi-finals and a final.

Of the seven participating teams, only five managed to win the title, as Afghanistan, which is no longer participating in the SAFF, won the championship before leaving to form the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA).

SAFF Championship – Successful Team

List of SAFF Championship winners

As for the most successful team in the SAFF Championship, India holds that distinction, having won the title a record nine times and finishing runners-up on four occasions. This means that India has reached the final in 13 of the 14 editions held so far.

The next most successful nation in the tournament is Maldives, with two SAFF Cup wins in five final appearances. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have each won the coveted title once.

SAFF Championship โ€“ Finals 1993 to 2023

In the history of the SAFF Championship, the final match went to extra time on four occasions, with two of them requiring a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. A previous final was decided by Sudden Death, while another match was resolved in extra time.

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The tournament has also featured a third-place playoff match for the bronze medal, but this has been the case only in the inaugural edition and in the four subsequent editions. India (2003), Bangladesh (1995), Maldives (1999), Pakistan (1997) and Nepal (1993) have secured the third spot in the playoffs once so far. In the remaining eight editions there was no play-off match for third place. Nepal and Pakistan twice finished in fourth place each.

The SAFF Championship 2023 recently concluded and India became a stunning ninth-time champion. Eight teams participated in the championship, including Kuwait and Lebanon, which participated as guest nations.

SAFF Championship: full list of winners, finalists and past hosts

With each edition of the tournament, South Asian football continues to evolve and fans eagerly await the next chapter of this exciting football journey.

Here is the full list:

Year

Hosts)

Champions

Final score

Runners-up

1993

Pakistan

India

All against all

Sri Lanka

nineteen ninety five

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

1-0 (Sudden Death)

India

1997

Nepal

India

5-1

Maldives

1999

India

India

2-0

Bangladesh

2003

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

1-1 AET (5-3 PS)

Maldives

2005

Pakistan

India

2-0

Bangladesh

2008

Maldives and Sri Lanka

Maldives

1-0

India

2009

Bangladesh

India

0-0 AET (3-1 PS)

Maldives

2011

India

India

4-0

Afghanistan

2013

Nepal

Afghanistan

2-0

India

2015

India

India

2-1 TIE

Afghanistan

2018

Bangladesh

Maldives

2-1

India

2021

Maldives

India

3-0

Nepal

2023

India

India

5-4 APR

Kuwait

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