Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan

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Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
UEFA
Association crest
Founded 1992
FIFA affiliation 1994
UEFA affiliation 1994
President Rovnag Abdullayev
Website http://www.affa.az

The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, also known simply as the AFFA, (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Futbol Federasiyaları Assosiasiyası, AFFA) is the governing body of football in Azerbaijan. Formed in 1992, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

AFFA sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at national level, and indirectly at local level through the AFFA Amateur League. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the Azerbaijan Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams.

AFFA is a member of both UEFA and FIFA and holds a permanent seat on the International Football Association Board.

History[edit]

The AFFA was formed on 26th March 1992, after Azerbaijan gained its independence from USSR.[1] On 23 February 2009, AFFA with UEFA vice president Şenes Erzik unveiled Azerbaijan Football Academy.[2][3]

In 2010, the association adapted new logo.[4] In 2012, the federation held an election with Rovnag Abdullayev being only candidate, the assembly was marred with controversies.[5]

Relationship with FIFA[edit]

The country's football received major blow in April 2002, when UEFA imposed a two-year ban in response to a long-standing conflict between the AFFA and majority of the Azerbaijan Premier League clubs.[6] The domestic championship was abandoned as a result of the conflict and the top clubs prevented their players from playing for the national team, with tax officials also probing allegations of fraud at the Azerbaijan federation.[7]

Principals[edit]

Office-holders
Office Name Tenure
President Fuad Musayev 1992–2003
Ramiz Mirzayev 2003–2007
Elshad Nasirov 2007–2008
Rovnag Abdullayev 2008–present
Vice-president Fatulla Huseynov 1992–2001
Elshad Nasirov 2001–2007
Rauf Aliyev 2007–2008
Elshad Nasirov 2008–present
General Secretary Chingiz Ismayilov 1992–2007
Elkhan Mammadov 2007–present

Competitions[edit]

It organizes the following competitions:

Men's football
Women's football

National teams[edit]

The AFFA also organises national football teams representing Azerbaijan at all age levels:

Men's
Women's
Futsal
Beach football

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFFA-nın 20 İLLİK FƏALİYYƏTİNƏ “2” VERİLDİ". www.musavat.com (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Opening of Football Academy
  3. ^ Opening ceremony of Azerbaijan Football Academy to take place early 2009
  4. ^ "Утвержден новый логотип АФФА - ФОТО". 1news.az (in Russian). Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rovnag Abdullayev re-elected AFFA president". www.uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "İbrahimoviç Qurbanova çatdı". futbolplusqol.com (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Walker, Paul. "Relief for Wales as Uefa lifts ban on Azerbaijan". Independent.co.uk. The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 

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