|Football in Slovakia|
|Governing body||Slovakia Football Association|
Slovakia has participated in international football as an independent nation ever since 1993 when Czechoslovakia was divided into two new states.Slovakia qualified to the World Cup for the first time in 2010, where the side upset perennial power Italy and lost in the Round of 16. They qualified for the UEFA European Championships for the first time since independence in 2016. Football is the most popular sport in the Slovak Republic.
The Slovak Football Association was a member of FIFA from April 1939 to 1945 and is again since 1994.
The Slovak football championship for club teams is held every year in the so-called Fortuna liga. It is the highest division and is sponsored by Fortuna. The first Slovak football league was formed in its current form in 1993, when the common league was discontinued after the end of the federation with the Czech Republic. In 2007-08 it averaged at about 3000 spectators per game. However, it has to be taken into consideration that Slovakia only has 5.5 million inhabitants. The clubs sell their players to financially stronger clubs from western Europe. Examples of players that have succeeded in notable leagues are Marek Hamšík, who is captain of Italian club SSC Napoli, Peter Pekarík who captains Bundesliga side Hertha BSC or Martin Škrtel, a well-known former Liverpool centre-back currently playing for Fenerbahçe. Moreover, over the last few years more and more youngsters have been given chances to perform regularly in the league and as the result, many transfers were to be seen. For example Leon Bailey, Milan Škriniar, Stanislav Lobotka or Samuel Kalu could have been seen playing football at Slovak stadiums recently.
The record champion is ŠK Slovan Bratislava with eight titles. Second comes MŠK Žilina with 7 titles.
The second-tier football league in Slovakia is called 2. Liga and 16 teams compete in it. The third tier league (known as 3. Liga) consists of four divisions of which three (division East, division Middle & division Bratislava) are of 16 teams and the other one (division West) consists of 18 teams.
In 2010, MŠK Žilina became the third Slovak club to participate in the Champions League, where they were eliminated in the group stage.
Slovak Cup is the football cup competition for Slovak club teams. It is organized annually by the Slovak Football Federation (Slovenský futbalový zväz, SFZ). The cup is held since the 1969/70 season, the first winner was the team of Slovan Bratislava. Record winner is Slovan Bratislava with a total of 12 cup victories.
The men's national team has recently been on the move and was able to qualify as a group winner for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After the Slovak team surprisingly won against the world champions Italy 3–2, the Slovaks also qualified for the knockout stages, where they were eliminated after a 2–1 defeat against the eventual finalists Netherlands.
MŠK Žilina is a Slovak football club based in the town of Žilina, that is playing in the Slovak Superliga. Since the league inception in 1993, the club has won 7 titles and comes second in All-time table that makes them one of the most successful teams in the competition. The club and their supporters alike are nicknamed Šošoni and play their home games in the Štadión pod Dubňom. In the 2016–17 season, Žilina won the Slovak League.
The Slovak Super Liga is the top level football league in Slovakia, currently known as the Fortuna liga due to a sponsorship arrangement. It was formed in 1993 following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The record for most titles is eleven, held by Slovan Bratislava, who are the current title holders.
Stanislav Griga is a former Slovak football player and football manager. He recently managed team MFK Zemplín Michalovce. He played 34 matches for Czechoslovakia and scored eight goals.
The 2006–07 Slovak Superliga was the 14th season of first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. This season started on 14 July 2006 and ended on 30 May 2007. MFK Ružomberok were the defending champions.
The 1993–94 Slovak First Football League was the first season of first-tier football league in Slovakia following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993. This season started on 14 August 1993 and ended on 15 June 1994.
Mário Pečalka is a former Slovak football defender.
The I. liga žien is the top level women's football league of Slovakia.
The 2010–11 season of the Slovak Superliga was the eighteenth season of the first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. It began on 17 July 2010 and was completed on 25 May 2011. MŠK Žilina were the defending champions, having won their fifth Slovak league championship the previous season.
Babatounde Issiaka Bello is a former Beninese footballer who played as a midfielder.
The 2011–12 Slovak First Football League was the nineteenth season of the Corgoň Liga, the first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. It began on 15 July 2011 and was completed on 19 May 2012. Slovan Bratislava were the defending champions, having won their sixth Slovak league championship at the end of the 2010–11 season.
The 2011–12 MŠK Žilina season is the 18th straight season that the club will play in the Slovak First League, the highest tier of football in Slovakia.
The 2013–14 Slovak First Football League was the 21st season of first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. This season started on 12 July 2013. ŠK Slovan Bratislava are the defending champions.
The 2013–14 season is ŠK Slovan Bratislava's 94th season in its existence and 8th consecutive season in Corgoň liga, top flight of Slovak football.
The 2014–15 Slovak First Football League was the 22nd season of first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. This season started on 11 July 2014. ŠK Slovan Bratislava are the defending champions.
The 2016–17 Slovak First Football League is the 24th season of first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. AS Trenčín are the defending champions, after winning their 2nd Slovak championship. The fixtures were announced on 5 July 2016. The season began on 16 July 2016 and will be finished on 27 May 2017.
The 2017–18 Slovak First Football League was the 25th season of first-tier football league in Slovakia, since its establishment in 1993. MŠK Žilina were the defending champions, after winning their 7th Slovak championship.
The 2018–19 Slovak First Football League was the 26th season of first-tier football league in Slovakia since its establishment in 1993.
The 2019–20 Slovak First Football League was the 27th season of first-tier football league in Slovakia since its establishment in 1993.
The 2020–21 season was MŠK Žilina's 113th season in existence and the club's 24th consecutive season in the top flight of Slovak football. In addition to the domestic league, Žilina participated in this season's edition of the Slovak Cup and the UEFA Europa League.