CISM Military World Football Cup

Football, along with track and field and swimming, were the first sports in which a championship was officially organised under the responsibility of CISM.


The first championship took place in Prague in 1946 under the responsibility of the Armed Forces Sports Council, which in 1948 became CISM. Great Britain won the first title and Czechoslovakia was the runner-up.


The championships continued on an annual basis until 1969. Regional and continental winners were invited to play in a final tournament for which the host country automatically qualified. Until 1967 the tournament usually involved 4 teams except for 1953 (6) and 1962 (2) in Korea. In 1968 and 1969 the tournament was composed of 6 teams but the matches were filled with many incidents that were detrimental to the image of CISM. For this reason the 24th General Assembly of Rome decided to cancel the 1970 tournament and to reconsider the future of the competition.


In 1972 the tournament restarted on an annual basis. In November 1973, at the suggestion of General Knulst (Netherlands), president of PTC for football, the 28th General Assembly of Ambroise (France) approved the biennial format.


Since 1975 (Baghdad), the tournament has been organised every odd-numbered year. It comprised 8 teams in 1975 and 1977 and 6 in 1979 and 1981.

In 1982 and 1983, many organisational problems disturbed the running of the tournament with frequent un-sportsmanlike conduct and gestures. In April 1983, the 38th General Assembly of Zurich decided to terminate the ongoing competition and selected Kuwait and Belgium to play the final. It decided to cancel the tournament indefinitely and dissolved the PTC.


In 1985, many delegations requested the reversal of the decision to cancel the competitions and, during the 40th General Assembly of Seoul, Commandant Raoul Mollet the Permanent Secretary General, proposed the resumption of the tournament under a set of regulations close to the ones presently in use today.

Except for 1987 when it included 6 teams, the tournament was normally comprised of 9 teams with two per continent plus the organising nation.


Starting in 1995, the tournament was played with 12 teams with automatic berths going to the organizing nation and the defending champion.


Regarding an initiative of the former President Colonel Hamad Kalkaba CISM started in with the 1st CISM Football Trophy in 2013. Azerbaijan hosted the first edition of the trophy with 16 participating nations in the capital Baku.


The first namely trophy in 2013 now changed to “Cup” for the second edition in Oman 2017 following the proposal of the CISM President Col A. Alshino, this to give the event more recognition.  In 2017, 16 teams met in Oman for the 2nd CISM World Football Cup while the 3rd CISM Military World Football Cup will take place in Egypt in 2021.


Additionally, every 4 years, a Military World Championship Football will be organized during the CISM Military Summer World Games.

CISM Military World Football Cup Events


3rd CISM World Football Cup 2021


2nd World Football Cup 2017 - Muscat (OMA)


1st World Football Cup 2013 - Baku (AZE)


3rd World Football Cup 2021 - Cairo / Alexandria (EGY)

CISM Military World Football Cup News

2020 World Military Women Football Cup: CISM inspects Cameroon’s infrastructure



YAOUNDE (CMR) - Ahead of the 2020 edition of the World Military Women Football competition to be hosted by Cameroon, an inspection team from the International Military Sports Council visited Cameroun to in the country to assess the level of Cameroon’s readiness. The delegation led by Colonel Abdulraheem Bello, the CISM World Football Cup Project Manager, was first received in audience on April 9, 2019 by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, after which the team visited the Military Hospital, Military Training ground, other health establishments and stadium.



Welcoming the CISM Delegation in Cameroon, Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said Cameroon is deeply committed and is taking the necessary measures to ensure that the upcoming 12th edition of the military women football tournament is organised in all security in accordance with international standards. He noted that security, sports complexes, hotels for accommodation and the necessary infrastructure are in place for the jamboree to unfold peacefully with participants from five continents. A solid rational and structured coordination with competent ministries and structures, the Minister said, exists already.



Colonel Abdulraheem Bello on his part said the essence of his visit to Cameroon is to ascertain the level of preparedness of Cameroon and make sure the mega event is hosted successfully. “We are going to focus basically on the accommodation for the athletes, playing grounds, logistics and security, health inclusive,” he stated.



While noting that it’s a tradition for the International Military Sports Council to inspect sites prelude to the event, he said he was thus far satisfied with the health and training grounds visited. The Nigerian Colonel was presented with the different mobile medical vans, ambulances and other medical equipment available. Colonel Abdulraheem Bello also visited hotels earmarked to accommodate athletes and complete his tour to the different stadium. The competition is expected to begin at the end of June 2020 and will be taking place in the town of Yaounde, reason why the inspection visit is limited only to the capital city.