Bhutan Football Federation
It is a small country just south of Tibet, at the eastern end of the Himalayas that affiliated to FIFA in 2000. It was until currently ranked in the FIFA world rankings at 202. The Bhutan national team played their first international match for many years in 1999 at the south Asian games held in Nepal.

On 30th June 2002 Bhutan faced Montserrat in The Other Final and won 4-0. As this was a FIFA recognized match, Bhutan rose to 199 in the World Rankings. At this present time there are 9 or 10 teams that take part in the national tournament.

With the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) membership, the scenario in Bhutan is likely to change. The BFF has already acquired six acres land at Changjiji where it will have its headquarters and hostels, and fields for the selected football players under 14, 16 and 19. Funded by FIFA, the project costing $400,000 will start next year. There are even plans of building a national stadium at Babesa. Besides the coaches at various schools, the BFF has three coaches certified by the AFC (Asian Football Confederation). Presently there are 9 clubs in the A Division and 9 teams in the B Division. The most expensive player gets Nu 5,500 monthly aside from coaching, equipment and free lod ging. Players must go outside to get more exposure.

Just recently Bhutan played its qualifying matches for the South Asian games in Group F against Guam and Mongolia out of which they qualified for the next round of qualifying matches in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Kharey Basnet, General Secretary, Post Box No. 365, Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: ++975 (2) 322350; Fax: 321131
E-mail: bff@druknet.bt

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