The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) is planning a single venue inter-club tournament from 2014 with the champions from each of the eight countries, federation secretary Alberto Colaco said here on Tuesday. The first edition will possibly be held in Bangladesh because federation president Kazi Salahuddin wants it that way.
“It will be held in August to serve India,” said Salahuddin after a SAFF meeting. August being a month of pre-seasons at Indian clubs, the meet won’t interfere in an already crowded calendar that must now also accommodate an inter-city franchise tournament.
Colaco said the prize money for this $1m tournament would be nearly $175,000 almost $80,000 more than what the 10th SAFF Championship offers. “We will first offer the tournament to World Sport Group our commercial partners and if they don’t get back to us in two months, we would be free to get other sponsors.”
The next SAFF Championship would be held in India, said Colaco. Thiruvananthapuram is a likely venue in December or January 2016.
The 2014 women’s SAFF meet would be held in Pakistan and the SAFF is also committed to holding a boys’ under-19 tournament in 2015 from the surplus accrued from SAFF Championships, said Colaco.