Currently, Pakistan has not been able to get past the group stages of the SAFF Championship. Besides, they have also been unable to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
FIFA World Cup 2022 football
Despite the absence of its team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Pakistan still has a role to play in this mega event. The country is manufacturing and supplying match balls for the FIFA tournament.
The country is also supplying tens of thousands of flags for the World Cup. While the World Cup is still a few months away, the nation is already working towards security and other arrangements. Thousands of air force and navy troops are taking part in the security arrangements.
The company Forward Sports, located in Sialkot, is the biggest producer of football in Pakistan. It is also one of the two manufacturers of FIFA match balls.
In addition to making match balls, Forward Sports also produces footballs for the German Bundesliga and other major tournaments. In 2013, it adopted thermo-bonded technology, which allows for the production of soccer balls without stitches. The firm’s revenues were $51 million in rupee terms during that time.
The company’s CEO and managing director is Hassan Masood. He says that the company has manufactured footballs for major tournaments such as the World Cup and the German Bundesliga. He also says that the company is renowned for making high-quality sports goods.
The company also makes footballs for the Champions League. These include balls that use water-based glues, colours and flight stability. In addition to making footballs, Forward Sports is also famous for manufacturing and exporting a wide variety of sports goods. In 2018, the company exported sports goods worth Rs65.2 billion.
While the presence of Pakistan is a bit overshadowed by the absence of its football team at the FIFA World Cup, the country can still be felt at the event through its flags, footballs, and other security arrangements.
The company’s Sialkot facility is known for producing high-quality footballs and other sports goods. In addition to making the official match balls of two World Cups, the company is also supplying footballs for the 2022 World Cup.
While the country has fallen out of favor for its football team, it has made a name for itself in the world’s richest sport.
Failure to reach group stages of the SAFF Championship
Despite winning the last four SAFF Championships, Bangladesh has failed to qualify for the group stage of the competition in each of these four tournaments. This year they drew their first-ever match against India in the group stage and then lost to Maldives in the final.
Bangladesh’s men’s team will play in the SAFF U-20 Championship in Male, Maldives from October 1 to 16. The SAFF Championship will be held at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, named after legendary footballer Dashrath Chand. The stadium can hold a maximum of 18,000 spectators.
Nepal, on the other hand, has never made it to the SAFF Championship final. The national team has made it to the semifinals three times in the past, but lost to India four times. The team defeated Bhutan in 2015 but lost to India in the semi-final in 2016.
Having lost in their last four SAFF Championships, Bangladesh looks at this tournament as a chance to reclaim their place in the top league. Bangladesh’s final match will be against Nepal and will be a very tough game. Assistant coach Kiran Shrestha said that it is a game that needs to be won if Nepal wants to qualify for the semi-finals.
In the U-17 SAFF Championship, six Indian players scored. Sunil Chhetri became the leading goal scorer in the tournament with four goals. The tournament also saw Srimoti Krishnarani Sarkar, MS Jahan Shopna, and Rashmi Kumari Ghising score.
India began their campaign with a 3-0 win over Pakistan. However, they lost to Bangladesh 3-0 in their final group game. The Blue Tigers scored a late goal to win the game. The team’s goal difference with the Maldives was only one point. The team finished second in Group A.
The team is ranked 171 in the FIFA rankings. However, they are in fourth place in the points table. If Nepal can beat Bangladesh, they can become the first team to beat a country from outside the top two in the SAFF Championship.
The SAFF Championship has a new format. It will be played on a round-robin league basis. The top two teams of each group will play in a final.
Return to the international arena
Earlier this year, Pakistan football made its return to international football after a three-year ban from FIFA’s international competitions. The ban halted all football activities in Pakistan, but the PFF has now been restored to FIFA’s international fold. Moreover, Pakistan has been granted a place in the first round of AFC qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
The federation has been reinstated by FIFA and will be managed by a normalization committee. The normalization committee will work to oversee the daily affairs of the PFF and ensure that the country’s clubs are registered properly. It will also draft an electoral code in conjunction with FIFA. It will also conduct elections at the provincial and district levels.
In June, FIFA lifted the ban on the PFF. This comes after a letter was sent by FIFA’s secretary general Fatma Samoura to the PFF. During the letter, Samoura said that the federation had been reinstated and that all PFF membership rights had been restored.
In addition, the normalization committee has been given a twelve-month mandate to oversee the football activities in Pakistan. This will include organizing elections at the district and provincial levels, overseeing the clubs and teams in the country, and drafting an electoral code in conjunction with FIFA.
The normalization committee will also hold elections for a new PFF executive committee and will work to ensure that clubs in Pakistan are registered properly. It will also work to promote football activities in the country and help establish a national league. This league is expected to be an annual competition with a focus on grassroots development.
Pakistan has had some success in the Asian Cup in the past. However, Pakistan has always been low in the FIFA rankings. In the qualifying rounds of the Asian Cup, Pakistan finished in the bottom half of their groups. Moreover, Pakistan has failed to make it past the group stage in every edition of the competition. In 2006, FIFA added a two-legged play-off round for the lowest-ranked teams in the region. This meant that Pakistan finished fourth in the first SAFF Cup. However, Pakistan also failed to make it past the first round in the subsequent editions.