Swedish Football Association

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Swedish Football Association
UEFA
Association crest
Founded 1904
Headquarters Solna
FIFA affiliation 1904
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Karl-Erik Nilsson
Website svenskfotboll.se
A Malmö Aviation aircraft displaying the Svenska Fotbollförbundet logo.
Sweden's first national football team, from left Thor Eriksson, Gustaf Bergström, Karl Gustafsson, Nils Andersson, Ove Erickson, Thodde Malm, Erik Börjesson, Kalle Ansén, Sven Olsson, Erik Bergström and Hans Lindman (1908)
Allsvenskan match between GAIS and Malmö FF in 2006

The Swedish Football Association (Swedish: Svenska Fotbollförbundet; SvFF) is the governing and head body of football in Sweden. It organises the football leaguesAllsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women — and the men's and women's national teams. It is based in Solna and is a founding member of both FIFA and UEFA. SvFF is supported by 24 district organisations.

Background[edit]

Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)(English:Swedish Football Association) was founded on 18 December 1904 and is the sports federation responsible for the promotion and administration of organised football in Sweden and also represents the country outside of Sweden. SvFF is affiliated to the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Karl-Erik Nilsson has been the President since 2012. In 2009 there were 3,359 clubs affiliated to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet with a total of more than a million members, of whom about 500,000 were active players. Together, they accounted for almost one third of the total Swedish sports movement activities.[1]

SvFF administers Sweden's national football team, the Swedish women's national football team, other football teams and leagues including the Allsvenskan and Superettan. The motto of Swedish football – "one club in every village, football for all" – is reflected in the democratic constitution of Swedish football. All football competition in the nation is arranged by the SvFF and its 24 district organisations. The clubs are voting members at the annual meetings of the district organisations. The district organisations and the elite clubs are entitled to vote at the F.A.'s general meeting.[2]

Since 1999 SvFF has been the sole owner of Sweden's national stadium, the Råsunda Stadium in Solna. The national arena also houses the SvFF. In 2012 a new 50,000 seated National Stadium ('Swedbank Arena') was completed. The new venue is also situated in Solna, not far from the present one.[3]

The Swedish Football Association Football Gala is held annually in November since 2005. It includes the award for the best male player (Guldbollen) and female players (Diamantbollen).

SvFF had a turnover 2008 of 554 MSEK.[4]

Early history[edit]

The first Swedish national football championship was played in 1896 but it was 7 years later in 1903 that the Riksidrottsförbundet was formed which was to be the precursor to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet. The new organisation had a football and hockey section (hockey being the term for bandy at that time and not ice hockey or field hockey). In 1904 Sweden was one of 7 nations that founded FIFA.[5]

In 1906 the name Svenska Fotbollförbundet (Swedish Football Association) was officially accepted and the following year SvFF was officially voted into FIFA. On 12 July 1908, Sweden's first international match was played in which Norway were defeated 11–3 in Gothenburg. However the Olympics were a disappointment for Sweden, losing 1–12 to England and 0–2 to the Netherlands.[6]

Competitions[edit]

Swedish Football
League Structure

Allsvenskan (Tier 1)
Superettan (Tier 2)
Division 1 (Tier 3)
Division 2 (Tier 4)
Division 3 (Tier 5)
Division 4 (Tier 6)
Division 5 (Tier 7)
Division 6 (Tier 8)
Division 7 (Tier 9)
Division 8 (Tier 10)

Swedish Football
Women's League Structure

Damallsvenskan (Tier 1)
Elitettan (Tier 2)
Women's Division 1 (Tier 3)
Women's Division 2 (Tier 4)
Women's Division 3 (Tier 5)
Women's Division 4 (Tier 6)
Women's Division 5 (Tier 7)
Women's Division 6 (Tier 8)

Svenska Fotbollförbundet is responsible for organising the following competitions:

Men's football[edit]

Women's football[edit]

Junior[edit]

Cups[edit]

National teams[edit]

Swedish national teams has participated in the following finals.

Men's[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L
Italy 1934 Quarter-final 8th 2 1 0 1
France 1938 Fourth place 4th 3 1 0 2
Brazil 1950 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2
Sweden 1958 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1
Mexico 1970 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1
West Germany 1974 Group stage 2 5th 6 2 2 2
Argentina 1978 Group stage 1 13th 3 0 1 2
Italy 1990 Group stage 21st 3 0 0 3
United States 1994 Third place 3rd 7 3 3 1
JapanSouth Korea 2002 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1
Germany 2006 Round of 16 14th 4 1 2 1
UEFA European Football Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
Sweden 1992 Semi-final 4th 4 2 1 1
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2
Portugal 2004 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 3 0
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2
PolandUkraine 2012 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2

Men's U21[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
1986 Quarter-final 5th 2 0 1 1
1990 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1
1992 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2
Romania 1998 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2
Germany 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1
Sweden 2009 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1

Men's U19[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L
Portugal 1991 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2

Men's U17[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L
United Arab Emirates 2013 Third place 3rd 7 4 1 2
UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
Slovakia 2013 Semi-final 3rd 4 1 3 0

Women's[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L
China 1991 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2
Sweden 1995 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 0 2
United States 1999 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2
United States 2003 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2
China 2007 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1
Germany 2011 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1
UEFA Women's Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
1984 Champion 1st 4 3 0 1
Norway 1987 Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1
West Germany 1989 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1
Germany 1995 Runner-up 2nd 3 2 0 1
NorwaySweden 1997 Semi-final 3rd 4 3 0 1
Germany 2001 Runner-up 2nd 5 3 0 2
England 2005 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1
Finland 2009 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 1 1
Sweden 2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1

Women's U19[edit]

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D L
Germany 2010 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 1 1
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
1998 Semi-final 3rd 4 3 0 1
Sweden 1999 Champion 1st 3 2 0 1
France 2000 Third place 3rd 3 1 1 1
Sweden 2002 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2
Germany 2000 Semi-final 3rd 4 1 2 1
Switzerland 2006 Group stage 5th 3 0 3 0
France 2008 Semi-final 4th 4 1 2 1
Belarus 2009 Runner-up 2nd 5 3 2 1
Turkey 2012 Champion 1st 5 4 1 0
Wales 2013 Group stage 7th  3 0 1 2
Norway 2014 Qualified

Women's U17[edit]

UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L
Switzerland 2013 Runner-up 2nd 2 0 1 1

District Football Associations[edit]

Swedish football is built on a single pyramid league system. While the SvFF administers the top leagues, the 24 district or regional associations administers youth football and the lower tier leagues from Division 4 (men) and Division 3 (women), respectively, and further below.[7]

The 24 district organisations are as follows:

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Footnotes[edit]

External links[edit]