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Draw held for SAFF Women’s Championship & SAFF U-17 Championship!

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) held a draw ceremony for the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 and the SAFF U-17 Championship 2022 at the BFF House in Dhaka on Saturday, July 30.

SAFF General Secretary Anwarul Huq and Bangladesh Football Federation General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag conducted the draw amidst a program attended by journalists and officials of the participating member associations who were present via online.

The SAFF Women’s Championship which is scheduled to take place in Nepal from September 6 to 19 has all seven member associations of the federation taking part in the competition, while the SAFF U-17 Championship that will take place from September 5-14 has six teams participating apart from Pakistan.

The seeding for the SAFF Women’s Championship was done on basis of the latest FIFA Women’s Ranking published on June 17 which has India in the 56th rank, followed by Nepal on 101, Bangladesh on 146, Sri Lanka on 149, Maldives on 153 and Bhutan on 172. Pakistan are without a ranking due to the absence from international football for more than two years.

Defending champion India, seeded in Group A will face Bangladesh, Maldives and Pakistan, while host Nepal, seeded in Group B, drew Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

Likewise, the seeding of the team for SAFF U-17 Championship was also done on the basis of the latest FIFA Men’s Ranking published on June 23.

Host team Sri Lanka, seeded in Group ‘A’, drew Maldives and Bangladesh, while Group ‘B’ seeded team India will face Nepal and Bhutan.

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