Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian: Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine, N/FSBiH), based in Sarajevo, is the chief officiating body of football in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian football association was founded as the Sarajevo football sub-association of former Yugoslavia in 1920. In 1992 the association was re-founded as the football federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In May, 2002, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian ethnic football associations.
F/NSBiH operates these codes:
- Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina Women's Football Cup,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national futsal team,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina national under-17, under-19 and under-21 football team,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina men's national football team,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina women's national under-17 and under-19 national team,
- Bosnia and Herzegovina women's national football team among other footballing matters and codes.
History - 20th Century 
Football reached Bosnia and Herzegovina at the start of the 20th century, with Mostar as the first city to embrace the game in 1905. Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zenica and Bihać also picked up on the trend, and shortly thereafter, numerous smaller towns began to play as the game's popularity spread to surrounding areas. The country was under Austro-Hungarian rule when official competition began in 1908, though these activities were on a small scale within each territory. At the outbreak of World War I, there were four clubs in Sarajevo and approximately 20 outside the capital. The creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia post 1918 brought an increase in the number of leagues, and soon a domestic national championship was organised featuring two teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1920, the direct predecessor of the football federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina was founded as the Sarajevo football subassociation. The unified championship ran until 1939-1940.
The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded after the Second World War, being affiliated to the Yugoslav Football Association. Bosnia and Herzegovina's best sides played in the Yugoslavian first, second and third divisions with moderate success. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, in 1992 the association was re-founded as the football federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Football Federation crest history 
History - 21st Century 
FA Unification in 2002 
In May, 2002, Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unified to include both Bosnian ethnic football associations, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association, based in Sarajevo, and Republika Srpska Football Association, based in Banja Luka. The unified Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina that includes clubs from both entities started from the 2002-03 season and is active today.
Football Federation suspended by FIFA - April 2011 - June 2011 
On April 1, 2011 UEFA and FIFA announced the suspension of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina with immediate effect. UEFA and FIFA decided to do so because the Federation didn't follow the new UEFA statut, namely the rule under which the federation must be led by a single president. They had three, one for each one of the constituent national ethnicities:Bosniaks, Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats, as was the case with the Dayton Agreement. The suspension was lifted on 30 May 2011 after the new statute was unanimously approved by all three ethnic groups. Suspension lasted for 2 months.
In the past years, some Bosnian players were very vocal about their opposition to then-leaders in the Bosnian FA, who were elected or appointed because of ethnic affiliation rather than professional qualifications. Fans often either boycotted the games or displayed anti-FA banners at the games they did attend. 13 Bosnian national team players (Misimović, Berberović, Grujić, Bartolović, Hrgović, Bajramović, Papac, Spahić, Milenković, Grlić, Bešlija, Hasagić, and Tolja) released a statement published in Dnevni Avaz daily, announcing they would boycott all national team matches until four FA officials – Milan Jelić, Iljo Dominković, Sulejman Čolaković, and Ahmet Pašalić – resigned. “We will no longer accept call-ups to the national team while these people are performing these functions, hoping that our gesture will mark the first step in the healing of this cancer in our soccer and a new beginning for the national team for which our hearts beat.” in the letter it was quoted. A new team had to be assembled to continue qualifications for Euro 2008. Former forwards Sergej Barbarez and Elvir Bolić were the most vocal against the corruption in the Bosnian FA appearing on numerous TV shows expressing their deep frustration about the situation in the Bosnian football over the years.
Normalisation Committee - April 2011 - December 2012 
From April 1, 2011, to December 2012, NSBiH was run by an FIFA-imposed normalisation committee with football great Ivica Osim at the head, which helped lift the FIFA imposed suspension of Bosnian football.
Other members of the Normalisation Committee include former football players: Faruk Hadžibegić, Sergej Barbarez and Jasmin Baković. According to many football enthusiasts, this was a welcome change for the football in the country. One of those dissmised from their positions was a former NSBiH secretary general Munib Ušanović, who was successfully prosecuted over tax evasion and illegal misappropriation of the NFSBiH funds. Together with Miodrag Kureš, Munib Ušanović has been sentenced to five years in jail over tax fraud.
Elvedin Begić elected first single president 
On December 13, 2012, members of Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted in Elvedin Begić as the new first single president of the BiH football federation for the next four years. Mr Begić was serving as vice president to Normalisation Committee prior to this position.
Past Presidents 
Since Bosnia became a member of FIFA in 1996 and until April 2011, the Football Federation was headed by a three-member presidency, made up of a Bosniak, a Croat and a Serb. Due to Bosnia's unique situation and it's political problems this setup was tolerated for years by both FIFA and UEFA - until transition period was over on April 1, 2011, when they suspended the asociation for fialing to comply with FIFA statutes.
|Jusuf Pušina / Iljo Dominković||1996 - May 2002|
|Sulejman Čolaković (Jusuf Pušina) / Bogdan Čeko (Milan Jelić) / Iljo Dominković||May 2002 - Apr 2011|
|Ivica Osim||Apr 2011 - Dec 2012|
|Elvedin Begić||Dec 2012–Present|
Note: Since 1996 to 2011 past FA presidents were regularly rotated.
Historical Kits 
The table below shows the history of kit manufacturers for the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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- The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bosnia and Herzegovina at FIFA site
- Bosnia and Herzegovina at UEFA site