The association had been formed in through the initiative of the Zionist sports organisation, Maccabi Organisation of Athletics and Sports founded in — who wanted to form a Zionist football association affiliated with the football governing body FIFA as part of the Zionist movements claim for the land of Palestine. No Arab player was selected to take part. Arab clubs founded a rival association, known as the Palestine General Sports Association PSA , which lasted until the revolt against the British occupation of Palestine. The organisation was revived in by Al-Ahly Sports Club of Jaffa, who formed the PSA, which included 21 clubs in and as many as 65 teams in the top divisions two years later. However the PSA and the Arab teams refused the offer, declaring that they would not join them. However when the conference was underway, battles in Palestine were already taking place and no decision on the matter were made, and months later the war ended any hopes of the PSA being affiliated into FIFA.