LAHORE India is likely to host the 2011 edition of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. India were originally supposed to host 2009 in Goa but it was shifted to Bangladesh after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) couldnt assure visas for the Pakistan team due to the strained relationship between both the countries, this is stated by Senior Vice President (SVP) of SAFF Syed Khadim Ali Shah. Five-time winners India last hosted the tournament in 1999 in Goa. Khadim said that Nepal will be the stand-by venue if India fails. But the final decision on the host nation will be decided in the next SAFF EXCO meet, he added. The World Sports Group (WSG), promoters of the tournament, and other sponsors also want the tournament to be held in India, he said. Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)s President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat believes if the SAFF is functioned in proper way, the regional body will have a great impact on the AFC and the FIFA and the member countries will be financially benefited. It is most prestigious tournament of South Asian Region - SAFF Championship. For the last six years, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been striving to really develop and grow football in Pakistan and we consider hosting the SAFF Championship an honour for us five years ago, added Faisal. The SAFF Executive Committee also mooted the plan to host a youth tournament. The executive committee is planning to host some tournaments like youth competitions, a womens and a club competition. The club tournament will be see the champion team of all the countries and will be held in every two years, he said. The SAFF Championship, known as World Cup for South Asia, is comprising Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan, added Khadim Shah who is also Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)s vice president. A total of eight tournaments were played in the past and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives were the only four nations that won the tournament. The SAFF Championship is held biannually to promote the development of football in South Asia. Launched at Lahores Railway Stadium in 1993 as SAARC Gold Cup; since 1997 onwards, it is known as the SAFF Championship.