Swedish Football Association

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Swedish Football Association
UEFA
Swedish Football Association crest.svg
Founded18 December 1904
Headquarters Solna
FIFA affiliation1904
UEFA affiliation1954
President Karl-Erik Nilsson
Website svenskfotboll.se
A Malmo Aviation aircraft displaying the Svenska Fotbollforbundet logo. Svenska fotbollforbundet Malmo aviation.JPG
A Malmö Aviation aircraft displaying the Svenska Fotbollförbundet logo.
Sweden's first national football team, from left Thor Eriksson, Gustaf Bergstrom, Karl Gustafsson, Nils Andersson, Ove Erickson, Thodde Malm, Erik Borjesson, Kalle Ansen, Sven Olsson, Erik Bergstrom and Hans Lindman (1908) First swedish football team.jpg
Sweden's first national football team, from left Thor Eriksson, Gustaf Bergström, Karl Gustafsson, Nils Andersson, Ove Erickson, Thodde Malm, Erik Börjesson, Kalle Ansén, Sven Olsson, Erik Bergström and Hans Lindman (1908)
Allsvenskan match between GAIS and Malmo FF in 2006 Gais - MFF (133596521).jpg
Allsvenskan match between GAIS and Malmö FF in 2006

The Swedish Football Association (Swedish : Svenska Fotbollförbundet) also known as SvFF is the governing and body of football in Sweden. It organises the football leaguesAllsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women — and the men's and women's national teams. It is based in Solna and is a founding member of both FIFA and UEFA. SvFF is supported by 24 district organisations.

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Former crest (2003-2017).

Background

Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF) (English:Swedish Football Association) was founded on 18 December 1904 and is the sports federation responsible for the promotion and administration of organised football in Sweden and also represents the country outside Sweden. SvFF is affiliated to the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Swedish Sports Confederation Swedish national confederation for sport

The Swedish Sports Confederation is the umbrella organisation of the Swedish sports movement. Through its member organisations, it has three million members in 22 000 clubs. The Confederation was formed on 31 May 1903. Its present chairman, since 2015, is Björn Eriksson.

Karl-Erik Nilsson has been the President since 2012. In 2009 there were 3,359 clubs affiliated to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet with a total of more than a million members, of whom about 500,000 were active players. Together, they accounted for almost one third of the total Swedish sports movement activities. [1]

Karl-Erik Nilsson (referee) Swedish football referees

Karl-Erik Nilsson is the president of the Swedish Football Association, a post he has held since 23 March 2012. Nilsson is also a retired football referee.

SvFF administers the Swedish men's respectively women's national football teams, other football teams and leagues including the Allsvenskan and Superettan. The motto of Swedish football – "one club in every village, football for all" – is reflected in the democratic constitution of Swedish football. All football competition in the nation is arranged by the SvFF and its 24 district organisations. The clubs are voting members at the annual meetings of the district organisations. The district organisations and the elite clubs are entitled to vote at the F.A.'s general meeting. [2]

The Swedish football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in Sweden which is controlled by the Swedish Football Association and consists of 288 teams in 22 leagues divided into five levels. Below those five levels, additional regional levels numbered six to ten exist but these lower leagues are controlled by the regional associations and not by the nationwide association. There is, however, promotion and relegation to and from all levels. As of 2013, there were a total of 2510 teams in the Swedish league system of which 299 of them were reserve teams.

Allsvenskan Swedish mens association football top division

Allsvenskan is a Swedish professional league for men's association football clubs. It was founded in 1924, and is the top flight of the Swedish football league system, operating on a system of promotion and relegation with Superettan. Seasons run from late March or early April to the beginning of November, with the 16 clubs all meeting each other twice, resulting in a 30-match season, for a total of 240 matches league-wide.

Superettan Swedens mens association football second division

Superettan is an association football league and the second highest league in the league system of Swedish men's football. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Allsvenskan and Division 1. Seasons run from April to October, with teams playing 30 matches each, totalling 240 matches in the season.

SvFF was the sole owner of Sweden's national stadium, the Råsunda Stadium in Solna, from 1999 until it was replaced in 2012 by Friends Arena, located about 1 kilometer away and also in Solna. SvFF is the lead partner in the consortium that owns the current stadium, and maintains its offices there (as it did at the prior stadium). [3]

Råsunda Stadium association football stadium in Solna, Sweden between 1937-2012

Råsunda Stadium was the Swedish national football stadium. It was located in Solna Municipality in Stockholm and named after the district in Solna where it is located. In November 2012 it was closed down and replaced by the newly built Friends Arena about 1 km from Råsunda Stadium. Flats and offices will be built on the old ground.

Solna Municipality Municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden

Solna Municipality is a municipality in Stockholm County in Sweden, located just north of the Stockholm City Centre. Its seat is located in the town of Solna, which is a part of the Stockholm urban area.

Friends Arena Association football stadium in Solna, Sweden

Friends Arena, also known as Nationalarenan, is a retractable roof multi-purpose stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. Located next to the lake Råstasjön in Solna, just north of the City Centre, it is the biggest stadium in Scandinavia. Since its opening, the venue has served as Sweden's national stadium for men's football, hence its name. The main tenants of the stadium are Sweden's men's national football team and Allsvenskan football club AIK; both relocated from their previous home at the Råsunda Stadium. The venue has a total capacity of 65,000 at concerts and 50,000 seated at football matches, but the stadium can be scaled down to provide for smaller events with approximately 20,000 guests.

The Swedish Football Association Football Gala is held annually in November since 2005. It includes the award for the best male player (Guldbollen) and female players (Diamantbollen).

Guldbollen,, is a Swedish football award given by the Aftonbladet and the Swedish Football Association to the best male Swedish footballer each year.

Diamantbollen Swedish womens association football award

Diamantbollen, Swedish for The Diamond Ball, an annual award for Sweden's best female football player. The award is currently given out by the Swedish Football Association and Sydsvenskans newspaper. The award is given in conjunction with its male equivalent, the Guldbollen.

SvFF had a turnover 2008 of 554 MSEK. [4]

Early history

The first Swedish national football championship was played in 1896 but it was 7 years later in 1903 that the Riksidrottsförbundet was formed which was to be the precursor to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet. The new organisation had a football and hockey section (hockey being the term for bandy at that time and not ice hockey or field hockey). In 1904 Sweden was one of 7 nations that founded FIFA. [5] It also introduced ice hockey to Sweden in 1920, before the 1922 establishment of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Before the 1925 establishment of the Swedish Bandy Association, the Swedish Football Association also administered organized bandy in Sweden.

In 1906 the name Svenska Fotbollförbundet (Swedish Football Association) was officially accepted and the following year SvFF was officially voted into FIFA. On 12 July 1908, Sweden's first international match was played in which Norway were defeated 11–3 in Gothenburg. However the Olympics were a disappointment for Sweden, losing 1–12 to England and 0–2 to the Netherlands. [6]

Competitions

Swedish Football
League Structure

Allsvenskan (Tier 1)
Superettan (Tier 2)
Division 1 (Tier 3)
Division 2 (Tier 4)
Division 3 (Tier 5)
Division 4 (Tier 6)
Division 5 (Tier 7)
Division 6 (Tier 8)
Division 7 (Tier 9)
Division 8 (Tier 10)

Swedish Football
Women's League Structure

Damallsvenskan (Tier 1)
Elitettan (Tier 2)
Women's Division 1 (Tier 3)
Women's Division 2 (Tier 4)
Women's Division 3 (Tier 5)
Women's Division 4 (Tier 6)
Women's Division 5 (Tier 7)
Women's Division 6 (Tier 8)

Svenska Fotbollförbundet is responsible for organising the following competitions:

Men's football

Women's football

Junior

Cups

Honours

Men's

FIFA World Cup
Olympic Games
FIFA U-17 World Cup
UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Women's

FIFA Women's World Cup
Olympic Games
UEFA Women's Championship
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship

District Football Associations

Swedish football is built on a single pyramid league system. While the SvFF administers the top leagues, the 24 district or regional associations administers youth football and the lower tier leagues from Division 4 (men) and Division 3 (women), respectively, and further below. [7]

The 24 district organisations are as follows: [8]

Footnotes

  1. "The Swedish FA – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  3. "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  4. "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  5. "Milestones of Swedish Football – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  6. "Milestones of Swedish Football – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  7. "The Swedish League System – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  8. "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – Svenskfotboll.se" . Retrieved 2011-01-10.

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