Albanian Football Association

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Albanian Football Association
UEFA
Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit.svg
Founded 6 June 1930; 88 years ago (1930-06-06)
Headquarters Tirana
FIFA affiliation 12 June 1932; 86 years ago (1932-06-12)
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Armand Duka since 2002[1]
Website FSHF.org

The Albanian Football Association (Albanian: Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit; FSHF) is the governing body of football in Albania. The association is based in Tirana, Albania. The association organizes the national football leagues of the Albanian Superliga, the First Division, the Second Division, the Third Division, the Albanian Cup and Supercup. Albania women's national football team, Albanian women's football championship, and the Albanian Women's Cup are also overseen. The association also coordinates the activities of the Albania national football team and the Albania national youth football teams such as Under-21, Under-20, Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15.

History[edit]

The Football Association of Albania was established on 6 June 1930[2] and joined FIFA in 1932 during the congress 12 – 16 June. The association was one of the founding members of UEFA in 1954.[3]

Old Logo

On 14 March 2008, FSHF were suspended by FIFA for "heavy political interference." This means their national teams were banned from playing official matches, representatives banned from official events, and referees unable to officiate FIFA-sanctioned matches.[4] The ban was subsequently lifted as the political interferences were clarified, and on 27 May 2008, Albania played a friendly against Poland.

The current president of FSHF, Armand Duka, has been at this position since 2002 and won the elections for a third term in 2010.[5]

During 2009 controversy between FSHF and the Albanian government as to the property of the Qemal Stafa Stadium. UEFA insisted in lobbying that the stadium be given to FSHF ownership so that investments on it can be made.[6] In February 2011 it was decided that the new stadium, which will replace the current one and will cost 60M Euro, will be 75% of FSHF and 25% of the Albanian government.[7]

Offices[edit]

Teams In UEFA Competition[edit]

UEFA National Team Competitions[edit]

Team Competition Status Round
Albania national football team 2018 FIFA World Cup Eliminated Qualifying Round
UEFA Euro 2016 Eliminated Group stage
2018-19 UEFA Nations League On-going League C
Albania national futsal team UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 Eliminated Main round
2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup Eliminated Preliminary round
Albania women's national football team UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Eliminated Qualifying round
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Eliminated Qualifying group stage
Albania national under-21 football team 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Active Qualifying Round
Albania national under-19 football team 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Eliminated Qualifying Round
Albania national under-17 football team 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Eliminated Qualifying Round

Clubs Playing In UEFA Competitions[edit]

Competition Club Status Round
2017–18 UEFA Champions League Kukësi Eliminated Second Qualifying Round
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Tirana Eliminated First Qualifying Round
Partizani Tirana Eliminated First Qualifying Round
Skënderbeu Korçë Eliminated Group stage
2017–18 UEFA Women's Champions League Vllaznia Shkodër Eliminated Qualifying Round
2017–18 UEFA Youth League Vllaznia Shkodër U-19 Eliminated Domestic Champions Path

References[edit]

  1. ^ From UEFA's website last viewed 3/16/2010
  2. ^ "Results hint at Albanian ascension". UEFA.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Foto e rrallë/ Ja si e ka pritur Ahmet Zogu ekipin kombëtar të futbollit" [Rare picture / Here's how Ahmet Zogu hosted the national football team] (in Albanian). Citynews. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "UEFA statement on Albania". UEFA.com. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Duka re-elected as Albanian FA president". UEFA.com. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Bashkim Tufa (25 August 2010). "80 vjet futboll, Blater d he Platini në Tiranë" [80 years of football, Blatter and Platini in Tirana)] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Stadiumi i ri 60 milione euro" [New stadium 60 million euros] (in Albanian). FSHF.org. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Inagurohet zyra e pare rajonale e FSHF-se ne Durres FSHF.org

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