Football Association of Finland

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Football Association of Finland
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Logo palloliitto.png
Founded19 May 1907
Headquarters Telia 5G -areena
FIFA affiliation1908
UEFA affiliation1954
Presidentvacant
Website https://www.palloliitto.fi/

The Football Association of Finland (Finnish : Suomen Palloliitto, SPL; Swedish : Finlands Bollförbund, literally "only" Ball Association of Finland) is the governing body of football in Finland. It was founded in Helsinki on 19 May 1907.

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The SPL organises the men's and women's national football teams, and the second and third tiers of national football. The premier division Veikkausliiga is organized by a distinct organisation, and the lower tiers (the fourth tier and below) are organized by the 12 district organisations. The SPL is based in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki.

Finland national football team mens national association football team representing Finland

The Finland national football team represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland.

Finland womens national football team womens national association football team representing Finland

The Finland women's national football team represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.

Veikkausliiga association football league

Veikkausliiga is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.

Background

The SPL has more than 1,000 member clubs and approximately 115,000 registered players. The Finnish Gallup survey has indicated that football is a popular pastime with around 500,000 Finns interested in the sport. The SPL is Finland's largest amateur sports federation. [1]

The association was also the governing body of bandy in Finland until Finland's Bandy Association was founded in 1972. In 1928, it also arranged the first Finland ice hockey championship, before the 1929 establishment of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. [2]

Bandy ballgame on ice played using skates and sticks

Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team's goal.

Finlands Bandy Association governing body for the sport of bandy in Finland

Finland's Bandy Association is the governing body for the sport of bandy in Finland. Bandy was one of the sports for which the Ball Association of Finland, founded in 1907, was created. The present Finnish Bandy Association was founded on 18 March 1972, to take over bandy from the Ball Association of Finland, which from then on concentrated on association football only.

Finnish Ice Hockey Association ice hockey governing body in Finland

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association is the governing body of ice hockey in Finland. In 1927, the Finnish Skating Association introduced ice hockey as part of its program and through that organization, Finland joined the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1928. The Finnish Ice Hockey Association was formed on January 20, 1929 and featured 17 clubs. From the late 1980s, Finland has enjoyed a period of success on the international stage; and currently its men's national team is ranked 2nd in the world, while its women's national team is 4th.

District organisations

At the more local level Finnish football is administered by the following 12 district organisations of the SPL: [3]

The District Football Associations are the local governing bodies of association football in Finland. The 12 District FAs exist to govern all aspects of local football in their defined areas, providing grassroots support to the Finnish Football Association by promoting and administering football and futsal in their respective districts. The District FAs administer youth football and the lower tier leagues covering Kolmonen and the lower divisions.

There were also 12 other district organisations that no longer exist.

Publications

The association publishes several magazines, including now-defunct monthly magazine Futari . [4]

Presidents

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References

  1. "Palloliitto" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. "Idrott" (in Swedish). Uppslagsverket Finland. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. "Suomen Palloliitto – Piirit". Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. "A-lehdet Dialogi Oy". Aikakaus Media (in Finnish). Retrieved 18 June 2015.