Football in Pakistan
|Governing body||Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)|
(formed in 1948, joined FIFA in 1948)
Pakistan's current top domestic league, Pakistan Premier League, was formed in 2004 in an attempt to professionalize domestic football. Also contested is National Football Challenge Cup, a knock-out competition between clubs and departments. The current captain of the Pakistani national team is Hassan Bashir. Pakistan is currently ranked 205 in the FIFA World Rankings.
The origin of football in Pakistan can be traced back to mid-nineteenth century when the game was introduced by British soldiers in British India. Initially, games were played between army teams. However, clubs were soon set up around the country. Kohat FC was the first club to be established in 1930, it became the first outstation team to win the North-West India Football Championship 1937 in 1937 defeating Government College Lahore 1–0 in the finals. More clubs were formed after independence which includes Afghan FC Chaman and Wohaib.
Foundation of PFF
Football in Pakistan is as old as the country itself. Shortly after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was created, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan) became its first Patron-in-Chief. PFF received recognition from FIFA in early 1948.. The annual National Championship was organized shortly after. In 1950, the national team gained their first international experience in Iran and Iraq. In 1954, the Pakistan National Team participated in the Asian Games at Manila and also toured the Far East. In 1958, Pakistan again took part in the Tokyo Asian Games. Pakistan also took part in the annual Asian Quadrangular Tournament.. However, the game could not develop as smoothly as it should have. Pakistan's participation in international competitions has not been regular. The standard achieved in the early 1950s could not be maintained because of lack of organization of the game.
The Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup is the national knockout competition of football in Pakistan.
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