The Prva Liga, operated by the Football Association of Yugoslavia, began holding national competitions in 1923. This spawned many new opportunities for teams to be organized, and prospective footballers looking to join. The boom began right after the First World War, and continued well until the break out of the Second World War.
The Yugoslav First Federal Football League, Template:Lang-slo), was the premier football league in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1941) and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945–1992).
The Football Association of Yugoslavia (FSJ) was the governing body of football in Yugoslavia, based in Belgrade, with a major administrative branch in Zagreb.
World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.
Following World War II, many teams were either "renovated" with new management and players, or simply dissolved and leaving a vacuum needing to be filled by new teams. Many of those "Post-war" teams are still in existence and turned to be the most successful teams in the former Yugoslavia.
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a country located in central and Southeastern Europe that existed from its foundation in the aftermath of World War II until its dissolution in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars. Covering an area of 255,804 km², the SFRY was bordered by the Adriatic Sea and Italy to the west, Austria and Hungary to the north, Bulgaria and Romania to the east, and Albania and Greece to the south.
|Prvo srpsko društvo za igru loptom||1899||Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia||Dissolved after one game.||1899|
|Laibacher Sportverein||1900||Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary||1909|
|SAK Bačka||1901||Subotica, Vojvodina||Still active|
|SK Soko||1903||Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia||Later renamed to BASK.||Still active|
|SK Šumadija||1903||Kragujevac, Kingdom of Serbia||Still active|
|HAŠK||1903||Zagreb, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|Subotički SK||1903||Subotica, Vojvodina||1941|
|Đački Športski Klub||1905||Mostar, Herzegovina||Later renamed to Zrinjski.||Still active|
|Srpski mač Beograd||1906||Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia||Founded as football section of Fencing Club.||1911|
|Athletik SK||1906||Celje, Austria-Hungary||1941|
|HŠK Concordia||1906||Zagreb, Austria-Hungary||1945|
|AŠK Croatia||1907||Zagreb, Austria-Hungary||1945|
|Nagykikindai AC||1909||Kikinda, Vojvodina||Later renamed to OFK Kikinda||Still active|
|Marburger Sportverein||1909||Maribor, Austria-Hungary||1914|
|GŠK Marsonia||1909||Slavonski Brod, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|NAK||1910||Novi Sad, Vojvodina||1944|
|Beogradski SK||1911||Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia||Later renamed to OFK Beograd||Still active|
|SK Takovo||1911||Gornji Milanovac, Kingdom of Serbia||Still active|
|SK Ilirija||1911||Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|JSK Hajduk||1911||Split, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|1. HŠK Građanski||1911||Zagreb, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|Javor||1912||Ivanjica, Kingdom of Serbia||Still active|
|Somborski SK||1912||Sombor, Vojvodina||Later renamed to Radnički Sombor||Still active|
|HRŠD Anarh||1912||Split, Austria-Hungary||Later renamed to RNK Split||Still active|
|HŠK Slaven||1912||Koprivnica, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|SK Velika Srbija||1913||Belgrade, Serbia||Later renamed to Jugoslavija||June 1945|
|RSK Lovćen Cetinje||1913||Cetinje, Kingdom of Montenegro||Still active|
|SK Slovan||1913||Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|SK Lav||1913||Knin, Austria-Hungary||Still active|
|SK Vojvodina||1914||Novi Sad, Vojvodina||Still active|
|FK Bor||1919||Bor, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Jedinstvo Bihać||1919||Bihać, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Čelik Zenica||1921||Zenica, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Željezničar Sarajevo||1921||Sarajevo, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Velež Mostar||1922||Mostar, Herzegovina||N/A||N/A|
|NK Travnik||1922||Travnik, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Radnički Niš||1923||Niš, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Dubočica||1923||Leskovac, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Jadran Visoko||1923||Visoko, Bosnia||Merged with Radnički to form NK Bosna||1953|
|FK Budućnost Podgorica||1925||Podgorica, Montenegro||N/A||N/A|
|FK Žarkovo||1925||Žarkovo, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Sloboda Tuzla||1925||Tuzla, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Leotar Trebinje||1925||Trebinje, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Borac Banja Luka||1926||Banja Luka, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Borac Čačak||1926||Čačak, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Rudar Kakanj||1928||Kakanj, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Krajina Cazin||1932||Cazin, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Radnički Visoko||1934||Visoko, Bosnia||Merged with Jadran to form NK Bosna||1953|
|NK Herceg Stjepan, Goražde||1918||Goražde, Bosnia||Merged with GOŠK Goražde to form FK Radnički Goražde.||1961|
|FK Kozara Bosanska Gradiška||1945||Kozara, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Sarajevo||1946||Sarajevo, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Iskra Bugojno||1947||Bugojno, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Budućnost Banovići||1947||Banovići, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Posušje||1950||Posušje, Herzegovina||N/A||N/A|
|FK Mladost Lučani||1952||Lučani, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|NK Bosna Visoko||1953||Visoko, Bosnia||Created by merging NK Radnički and NK Jadran||N/A|
|NK Brotnjo||1955||Čitluk, Herzegovina||N/A||N/A|
|FK Rad Beograd||1958||Belgrade, Serbia||N/A||N/A|
|FK Mladost Gacko||1970||Gacko, Bosnia||N/A||N/A|
The Yugoslav Cup, officially known between 1923 and 1940 as the King Alexander Cup (Serbian: Куп Краља Александра Croatian: Kup Kralja Aleksandra, and between 1947 and 1991 as the Marshal Tito Cup, was one of two major football competitions in the former Yugoslavia, the other one being the Yugoslav League Championship. The Yugoslav Cup took place after the league championships when every competitive league in Yugoslavia had finished, in order to determine which teams are ranked as their corresponding seeds. The Marshal Tito Cup trophy was based on a design by Branko Šotra.
The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.
The Yugoslavia national football team represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in association football. It enjoyed success in international competition. In 1992, during the Yugoslav wars, the team was suspended from international competition as part of a United Nations sanction. In 1994, when the boycott was lifted, it was succeeded by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia national football team.
The Serbia national football team represents Serbia in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in the country.
The Croatian Football Federation is the governing body of association football in Croatia. It was originally formed in 1912 and is based in the capital city of Zagreb. The organisation is a member of both FIFA and UEFA, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in Croatia. Its current president is Davor Šuker.
The 1939–40 Yugoslav Football Championship was the 17th, and last, season of Kingdom of Yugoslavia's premier football competition. The season lasted from May 2 to June 19, 1940.
In 1945, in the still existing Democratic Federal Yugoslavia, football once again began to be played nationally after a six-year hiatus due to World War II.
HŠK Građanski, also known as 1. HŠK Građanski or fully Prvi hrvatski građanski športski klub was a Croatian football club established in Zagreb in 1911 and dissolved in 1945. The club had a huge influence on the development of football in Croatia and Kingdom of Yugoslavia and achieved its greatest success in the period between the two World Wars.
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was the direct legal predecessor to the modern-day state of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Fudbalski klub Obilić Beograd, commonly known as Obilić Belgrade or simply Obilić, is a Serbian football club based in Vračar, a neighbourhood of Belgrade. Named after medieval Serbian hero Miloš Obilić, a legendary 14th-century knight, the club currently competes in the Third Belgrade league - Group A.
Football in Croatia, called nogomet, is the most popular sport in the country and is led by the Croatian Football Federation. It is played in four official components; the domestic league consists of three hierarchical echelons, and a single national team represents the entire state.
The Serbia and Montenegro national football team was a national football team that represented the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was controlled by the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro. For 11 years, it was known as the FR Yugoslavia national football team when the two countries were called the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, until February 2003, when the name of the country was changed to Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006, Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia, with the result that the country's football team was renamed as the Serbia national football team on 28 June 2006 with the Montenegro national football team created to represent the renewed state of Montenegro.
Montenegro was independent from the late middle ages until 1918, when it declared its union with Serbia and, subsequently, became part of various incarnations of Yugoslavia and the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. During this time, football in Montenegro was part of the wider Yugoslavian structures. As a result of the Montenegrin independence referendum held on May 21, 2006, Montenegro declared independence two weeks later, on June 3, and formed its own football association.
Football is the most popular sport in Serbia. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) is the national governing body and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in the country, both professional and amateur. The association organizes the professional Serbian Superliga and is responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams in Serbia. The association also organizes the Serbian First League (second) and Serbian League (third), operating the top 3 leagues. The FSS is also responsible for organizing the Serbian Cup, the country's league cup competition. It has been played from the end of the 19th century and there were a number of very successful Serbian football players and coaches throughout history. One of Serbia's top football clubs Red Star Belgrade has won the prestigious European Champions Cup in 1991 and has also won the Intercontinental Cup the same year. Its local rival Partizan Belgrade was the first Southeast and Eastern European football club to reach the European Champions Cup final, when it did so in 1966. The most successful and popular teams are Red Star and Partizan from Belgrade as well as Vojvodina from Novi Sad. An important role also played OFK Belgrade and Radnički Niš in the history of the Serbian football
Bosnia and Herzegovina's most popular sport is football.
Football in Kosovo is governed by the Football Federation of Kosovo, which was created in 1946, as a branch of the Yugoslav Football Association. Prishtina, is the club from Kosovo with most participations in the Yugoslav First League. Football is the most popular sport in Kosovo.
Football is the most popular sport in North Macedonia. The country became a member of FIFA in 1994.
Football in Slovenia is governed by the Football Association of Slovenia. Slovenia has participated in international football as an independent nation since 1991, when the country gained independence from SFR Yugoslavia. The Slovenia national football team has qualified for three major tournaments.
Sport in Slovenia consists of a wide range of team and individual sports. The most popular team sports are association football, basketball, ice hockey and handball, while the most popular individual sports are skiing, ski jumping, athletics, cycling and tennis. Slovenia has competed at fourteen Olympic Games since its inaugural appearance at the 1992 Summer Olympics and is also known for its extreme sport athletes, such as ultramarathon swimmer Martin Strel and extreme skier Davo Karničar.
Football in Yugoslavia had different levels of historical development depending on the geographical regions. Following the extreme popularity of the sport in Central Europe, it soon became the most popular sport in the territories of Yugoslavia as well.