Ukrainian Football Amateur Association

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Ukrainian Football Amateur Association
Country Ukraine
Confederation UEFA
Founded March 2, 1998
1964 (originally)
Divisions National Amateur competitions
"Leather Ball" tournament
Number of teams ~20
Levels on pyramid 4
Promotion to Professional Football League of Ukraine (PFL)
Relegation to Regional competitions (invitations)
Domestic cup(s) Ukrainian Amateur Cup
Ukrainian Cup[1]
International cup(s) UEFA Europa League,[2]
UEFA Regions' Cup
Most championships Fakel Varva, KZEZO Kakhovka,
Avanhard Rovenky, Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka,
Metalist Sevastopol (2 titles)
Website Official site
2014 Ukrainian Football Amateur League

The Amateur Football Association of Ukraine (AAFU) was established March 2, 1998. Under the agreement between the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Association, it is authorized to organize the All-Ukrainian National Championship and Cup tournaments amongst amateur football teams. It is the fourth level of the national competition and is the premier competitions for amateur clubs (professionally non-licensed). Current president of the AAFU is Fedir Shpyh.

The predecessors of this organization were the Soviet-type competitions which were headed directly by the Republican Federation (Football Federation of Ukrainian SSR) during the Soviet times, under the name of competitions of KFK and later were referred simply as the Ukrainian Amateur League (since 1992). The best clubs of that competition were replacing less fortunate clubs of the Soviet Second League and the Ukrainian lower leagues.

Format[edit]

The format of the tournaments was changing over the time. If the cup competition keeps being unchanged, the league competition did go through some variations. Until 1997 the league competitions stayed by the previous Soviet format consisting of six groups, while participants of each competed independently of the other five groups with the winners of the groups being qualified for the professional football. The only change that took place is a shift to the fall/spring calendar. In 1997 was introduced a final to identified the national winner of the amateur competition, which introduced two stages to the format with a final tournament chosen in the preselected city.

In 2000 the league competitions changed again introducing another stage to avoid sudden withdrawals and eliminate financially suffering teams. Also the competition changed back to more common all-summer event rather the "european" fall/spring calendar. In 2005 it was decided to eliminate the final game while still continue with the final tournament. In 2008 another change followed, which reduced the format back to two stages, however that did not solve the problem to increase the number of teams in the competition.

In 2010 there was an idea to incorporate the Amateur Association into the PFL as the Third League, eliminating the national amateur competition. The 2010 season also saw a record low number of participants in the competition, a pattern that might eliminate the association naturally in any case, due to poor management.

The Championship[edit]

The competitions has taken place since 1998. A participation is restricted to the regional (Oblast) champions and/or the most regarded team by the respective regional association. Teams that place first and second place are granted the rights to apply for a professional status. Recently that restriction was extended and the professional license may be granted on the volunteering basis, under certain circumstances. The champion also is granted the right to participate in the UEFA Regions' Cup. Teams that represented Ukraine at the Regions Cup: 1999 - United team as Kyiv Oblast, 2001 - Dnister Ovidiopol as Odessa Oblast, 2003 - United team of Donbass region as Pivdenstal (South-steel), 2005 - KZEZO Kakhovka as Kakhovka-Kzeso (the Russian-like spelling), 2007 - Ivan Odessa as Odessa Oblast, 2009 - Bastion Illichivsk as Odessa Oblast, 2011 - Yednist-2 Plysky as Chernihiv Oblast.

Please, note that first couple of seasons were played in the format fall-spring and then, in 1999, changed to spring-fall competition. The format has changed not only in reference to time, but also the structure of the tournament. That happened, in 1996, prior to establishment of the Ukrainian Football Amateur Association as the independent sport organization. The tournament changed from having simply six different zones with six the best clubs to extending it until the best club of this competition will be established.

List of winners and top scorers[edit]

Season Champion Runner-Up 3rd Position Top Goalscorer
2013 ODEK Orzhiv Rukh Vynnyky Zoria / Lokomotyv
2012 Karpaty Kolomiya Lokomotyv Kupyansk Hvardiyets / Savignon
2011 Nove Zhyttya Putrivka Sambir / Torpedo
2010 Myr Novotroitsk Raion Zvyahel-750 Novohrad-Volynskyi ODEK / Yednist-2
2009 Yednist-2 Torpedo Mykolaiv Slovkhlib / Irpin
2008 Luzhany Torpedo Mykolaiv Lokomotyv / Yednist-2
2007 Bastion Illichivsk Yednist-2 Plysky Luzhany Ukraine
2006 Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Hran Buzova Khodak Chekasy Ukraine
2005 Ivan Odessa Feniks-Illychivets Kalynine ODEK Orzhiv Ukraine
2004 KZEZO Kakhovka Slovkhlib Slovyansk Yednist Plysky Ukraine Volodymyr Lebed (KZEZO Kakhovka)
2003 Blyskavka Severodonetsk KZEZO Kakhovka Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih Ukraine
2002 KZEZO Kakhovka Fakel-HPZ Varva Vodnyk Mykolaiv Ukraine Oleksiy Ananichev (KZEZO Kakhovka)
2001 Shakhtar Luhansk Monolit Kostiantynivka Vuhlyk Dymytrov Ukraine Kostiantyn Pinchuk (FC Shakhtar Luhansk)
2000 HPZ Varva Nizhyn Kovel-Volyn Kovel Georgia (country) Gocha Gogokhia (Nizhyn)
1999 Dnister Ovidiopol Tekhno-Centre Rohatyn Krystal Parkhomivka Ukraine Vl. Kress (Dnister Ovidiopol)
1998–99 Dynamo Lviv Krystal Parkhomivka HPZ Varva Ukraine V. Korniev (HPZ Varva)
1997–98 Enerhetyk Burshtyn Dalis Kamyshevakha Krystal Parkhomivka Ukraine Vasyl Kostiuk (Enerhetyk Burshtyn)
1996–97 Elektron Romny Cementnyk-Khorda Mykolaiv Naftovyk Dolyna Ukraine

KFK competition of Ukraine[edit]

Season Zone Champion Second Third Top scorer
1995–96 1 Pokuttia Kolomyia Mebilnyk Chernivtsi Karpaty Rakhiv Ukraine Andriy Chachkin (Zoria Khorostkiv) – 7
2 Zoria Khorostkiv ENKO Lutsk Sokil Radyvyliv
3 Paperovyk Malyn Lokomotyv Smila Budivelnyk Brovary
4 Fakel Varva Elektron Romny Avanhard Merefa
5 Avanhard Kramatorsk Shakhtar Rovenky Budivelnyk Kryvyi Rih
6 Portovyk Kerch Kolos Osokorivka Blaho Blahoyeve
1994–95 1 Khimik Kalush Yalynka Velykyi Bychkiv Pokuttia Kolomyia Ukraine Vasyl Lomaka (Shakhtar Sverdlovsk) – 30
2 Haray Zhovkva Zoria Khorostkiv Probiy Horodenka
3 Obolon-Zmina Kyiv Dynamo-3 Kyiv Ahroservis Bakhmach
4 Sportinvest Kryvyi Rih Avanhard Merefa Silur Khartsyzk
5 Dynamo Slavyansk Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Metalurh Kupyansk
6 Portovyk Illichivsk Olimpia FC AES Yuzhnoukrainsk Mercury Pervomaysk
1993–94 1 LAZ Lviv Lada Chernivtsi Pokuttia Kolomyia Ukraine Oleksandr Dovhalets (Advis Khmelnytskyi) – 27
2 Advis Khmelnytskyi Keramik Baranivka Obolon-Zmina Kyiv
3 Transimpeks Vyshneve Sula Lubny Ahroservis Bakhmach
4 Avanhard Rovenky Vahbud Kremenchuk Krystal Torez
5 Metalurh Novomoskovsk Shakhtar Horlivka Shakhtar Sverdlovsk
6 Tavria Novotroitsk Dnistrovets Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky Blaho Blahoyeve
1992–93 1 Beskyd Nadvirna Khimik Kalush Lada Chernivtsi Ukraine Serhiy Akymenko (Shakhtar Snizhne) – 23
2 Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia Advis Khmelnytskyi Lokomotyv Rivne
3 Hart Borodianka Keramik Baranivka Dynamo-3 Kyiv
4 Sirius Zhovti Vody Avanhard Rovenky Vahbud Kremenchuk
5 Oskil Kupyansk Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Shakhtar Snizhne
6 Surozh Sudak Tavria Novotroitsk Blaho Blahoyeve

KFK competition of Ukrainian SSR[edit]

Season Champion Runner-Up 3rd Position Top Goalscorer
1991 Novator Mariupol Krystal Chortkiv? Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria
1990 Avtomobilist Sumy Mayak Ochakiv Stal Komunarsk
1989 SKA Kyiv Mayak Ochakiv Krystal Chortkiv
1988 Kremin Kremenchuk Stakhanovets Stakhanov Dynamo Odessa
1987 Dnipro Cherkasy Kremin Kremenchuk Metalurh Kupyansk
1986 Vorskla Poltava Metalurh Kupyansk Spartak Sambir
1985 Naftovyk Okhtyrka Spartak Sambir Vorskla Poltava
1984 Torpedo Zaporizhia Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka ?
1983 Dynamo Irpin Torpedo Zaporizhia Avtomobilist Lviv
1982 Nyva Berezhany Suvorovets Izmail Skhid Kyiv
1981 Mayak Kharkiv Nyva Pidhaitsi Refrigerator Fastiv
1980 Kolos Pavlohrad Nyva Pidhaitsi Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka
1979 Shakhtar Stakhanov Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Khimik Drohobych
1978 Metalurh Dniprodzerzhynsk Bilshovyk Kyiv Okean Kerch
1977 Pryladyst Mukacheve Tytan Armyansk Burevisnyk Ternopil
1976 Khimik Chernihiv Tytan Armyansk Elektron Ivano-Frankivsk
1975 Kolos Nikopol Metalurh Kupyansk Khimik Chernihiv
1974 Lokomotyv Zhdanov Kolos Nikopol Sokil Lviv
1973 Hranyt Cherkasy Sokil Lviv Hirnyk Dniprorudny
1972 Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Avanhard Stryi Sokil Lviv
1971 Shakhtar Makiivka Karpaty Mukacheve Mayak Kharkiv
1970 Sokil Lviv Avanhard Ordzhonikidze Khimik Chernihiv
1969 Shakhtar Kirovsk Mayak Kharkiv Meteor Zaporizhia
1968 Druzhba Buchach Gorlouglestroi Horlivka Temp Kyiv
1967 Avanhard Rovenky Avanhard Vilnohirsk Temp Kyiv
1966 Metalist Sevastopol Kolhospnyk Buchach Avanhard Kryukiv
1965 Metalist Sevastopol Avtoshklo Kostiantynivka Budivelnyk Khust
1964 Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Shakhtar Krasnyi Luch University of Army and Navy Lviv

Most successful clubs[edit]

Statistic as of 2013

Club Winners Runners-Up 3rd Position Remarks
HPZ Varva 2 1 1 Chernihiv Oblast
KZEZO Kakhovka 2 1 0 Kherson Oblast
Shakhtar Sverdlovsk 1 2 1 Luhansk Oblast
Yednist-2 1 1 2 Chernihiv Oblast
Khimik Kalush 1 1 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Tavria Novotroitsk 1 1 0 Kherson Oblast
Elektron Romny 1 1 0 Sumy Oblast
Advis Khmelnytskyi 1 1 0
Avanhard Rovenky 1 1 0 Luhansk Oblast
Zoria Khorostkiv 1 1 0 Ternopil Oblast
Pokuttia Kolomyia 1 0 2 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
ODEK Orzhiv 1 0 2 Rivne Oblast
Luzhany 1 0 1 Chernivtsi Oblast
Obolon-Zmina Kyiv 1 0 1
Myr Hornostayivka 1 0 0 Kherson Oblast
Nove Zhyttia Andriyivka 1 0 0 Poltava Oblast
Karpaty Kolomyia 1 0 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Note
  • KZEZO stands for Kakhovkan Plant of Electro-Welding Equipment (Kakhovsky Zavod Elektro-Zvariuvalnoho Obladnannia).
  • The first team of Yednist-2 also participated in the competition and once placed the third. That team currently competes on the professional level. On the club level at this level of competition Yednist have titles of a winner, a runner, and two of the third place.

Amateur Cup[edit]

Main article: Ukrainian Amateur Cup

The Cup is organized between the Cup holders of the regional tournaments. Every play-off round consists of two legs including the final. The winner of the tournament is qualified for the Ukrainian Cup.

See also[edit]

FFU Council of Regions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukrainian Amateur Cup finalists
  2. ^ Ukrainian Cup winners

External links[edit]