Archery is the national sport in Bhutan
, but football comes a close second and in recent years the game has increased enormously in its popularity, particularly among younger generations. In 1983, the National Olympic Committee admitted the Bhutan
Football Federation to its ranks as a fully fledged member. The federation joined the AFC in 1993 and then FIFA on 5 August 2000. League championships in various categories (senior, youth, women) are organised at school, district, regional and national level. The nation's biggest sporting success so far was a 4-0 victory over Montserrat in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking's «battle of the basement». In organisational terms, the nation hosted the matches in Group F of the preliminary round of the Asian Cup 2004. Khare B. Basnet is the most renowned player and coach in the country.