Football in Åland

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Football in Åland is governed by the Åland Football Association (ÅFF), which was founded in 1943. ÅFF is a member of Football Association of Finland.

Åland Islands have 10 football clubs that compete at different levels and age groups. Number of licensed players is about 700. The islands even have their own national team, Åland Islands official football team, despite not being a fully sovereign state or having membership to UEFA or FIFA. Åland Islands women's team is the winner of 2011 Island Games women's football tournament.

Football clubs of Åland play in leagues and competitions of Finland and Sweden. IFK Mariehamn plays currently in the Finnish premier league Veikkausliiga and a women’s team Åland United in the Finnish women's top division Naisten Liiga. Åland United won the 2009 Finnish Championship title.

Men's Football[edit]

Finnish football league system[edit]

Swedish football league system[edit]

Ladies Football[edit]

Finnish football league system[edit]

Ålandscupen[edit]

The Ålandscupen is an annual cup competition administered by the ÅFF that was first introduced in 1943.

Youth football[edit]

The Åland FA organises a mini-league called ‘Poolspel’ for players from 6 – 12 years old.

Notable players from Åland[edit]

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