The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is the country’s football governing body mandated to manage Football, Futsal, and Beach Soccer at all levels. It is a legal entity registered under the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) to which all Sports Associations in the country are regulated and affiliated. The (NSCZ) is established through the Sports Council of Zambia Act Cap 142 where all powers and regulatory functions of the Council are stipulated.
FAZ was founded in 1929 and affiliated to FIFA in 1964. It is equally an affiliate of CAF, COSAFA, and NSCZ.
The Zambia National team represents FAZ in Association football. It is nicknamed ‘Chipolopolo’ meaning ‘Copper Bullet.’ The Association also has a women’s National team. FAZ’s headquarters are in Lusaka, and it also has member clubs in over 10 provinces of Zambia.
FAZ is mandated to perform the following key functions:
- Develop and identify Football, Futsal, Beach soccer talents from grassroots to national levels, for both male and female.
- Raise the standard of football through capacity building of coaches, referees, sports medicine personnel and football managers.
- Carry out research in the best practices in football.
- Ensure that quality standards are maintained for clubs through licensing as in line with FIFA guidelines.
- Encourage, uphold and improve the standards of training and professional development of players both in the country and abroad.
- Maintain close contacts with local clubs and through affiliation and registration of players, manage their club transfers in line with FAZ and FIFA rules.
- Manage local and International competitions.
To continuously develop and manage quality football in Zambia and position ‘Chipolopolo’ as a continental powerhouse and global force to meet stakeholders’ expectations.