BFF is a member of FIFA and AFC. It is also affiliated to Bhutan Olympic Committee, the overall sport’s governing body in the country.
Football was not among the traditional sports of Bhutan. When the modern education system was first setup in the country in the early 1950s, football was introduced in schools as a part of the sports curriculum. From the schools, football spread to the public gaining rapidly in popularity to rival archery, Bhutans national game, as a pre-eminent spectator sport to gain ground in its appeal to the people.