Football Association of Yugoslavia

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Football Association of Yugoslavia
Association crest
Founded 1919
FIFA affiliation 1923
UEFA affiliation 1954
President none

The Football Association of Yugoslavia (FSJ) (Serbian: Фудбалски Савез Југославије/ Fudbalski Savez Jugoslavije, Croatian: Nogometni savez Jugoslavije; Bosnian: Fudbalski savez Jugoslavije; Slovene: Nogometna zveza Jugoslavije; Macedonian: Фудбалски Сојуз на Југославија, transliterated: Fudbalski Sojuz na Jugoslavija) was the governing body of football in Yugoslavia, based in Belgrade, with a major administrative branch in Zagreb.

It organized the Yugoslav First League, the Yugoslavia national football team, and the Second Leagues of all six former Yugoslav republics.

Football Association of Serbia inherited Yugoslavia spot within FIFA and UEFA and it is considered by both organisations as the only successor of Yugoslavia.[1][2][3]


It was formed in 1919 in Zagreb under the Croatian name Jugoslavenski nogometni savez. The FA became the temporary member of FIFA on May 4, 1921 and permanent member on May 20, 1923. The name later changed to Nogometni savez Jugoslavije. After disagreements between the Zagreb and Belgrade subassociations in 1929, the Assembly of Football Association of Yugoslavia was dissolved in 1929, subsequently with the 6 January Dictatorship; the association headquarters moved to Belgrade next year, on March 16, 1930 where the organization modified its name to Serbian Fudbalski Savez Jugoslavije.[4]

During this time there were several subassociations which organized football on the regional level. These were:[5]

On October 1, 1939, the association was reestablished as the Supreme Football Association of Yugoslavia (Vrhovni nogometni savez Jugoslavije), which was made up of the associations: the Slovenian Football Federation (Slovenačka nogometna zveza) covering the Drava Banovina, the Croatian Football Federation (Hrvatski nogometni savez) covering the Banovina of Croatia, and the Serbian Football Federation (Srpski loptački savez) covering the remainder of the state. In 1954 Football Association of Yugoslavia became the member of UEFA.

In 1991, the SFR Yugoslavia dissolved, but the republics of Serbia and Montenegro reconstituted a union under the name FR Yugoslavia, claiming the succession of the former Yugoslavia exclusively for themselves, including the football association, so they kept the football association along with its membership in FIFA and UEFA. The Football Association of Yugoslavia was replaced by the Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, when the nation changed their name to Serbia and Montenegro.

Football Associations of successor countries[edit]


  1. ^ History at FSS official website, Retrieved 4 October 2012 (Serbian)
  2. ^ Serbia at FIFA official website
  3. ^ News: Serbia at UEFA official website, published 1 January 2011, Retrieved 4 October 2012
  4. ^ Фудбалски Савез Србије - HISTORY
  5. ^ History of Montenegrin Football Association
  6. ^ (Serbian) Srbijasport Fudbalski Savez Srbije
  7. ^ (Serbian) Pokrajinski sekretarijat za sport i omladinu