Cyprus Football Association

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Cyprus Football Association
UEFA
Association crest
Founded 23 September 1934
FIFA affiliation 1948
UEFA affiliation 1962
President Costakis Koutsokoumnis
Website www.cfa.com.cy

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) (Greek: Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου, ΚΟΠ; Turkish: Kıbrıs Futbol Federasyonu) is the governing body of football in Cyprus. It organizes the football league, whose top league is Cypriot First Division, Cypriot Cup, Cypriot Super Cup, the Cypriot Futsal league, the Cypriot Futsal Cup and also the Cypriot national football team. It is based in Nicosia. Football was introduced to Cyprus early in the 20th century by the British.[1] Initially played in the island's schools, it proved hugely popular and a number of clubs were duly formed.

As football became established, the clubs were united in agreeing that an official body was needed to regulate the sport. On 23 September 1934, the CFA was founded by the following eight clubs: AEL Limassol, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL, Aris Limassol, EPA Larnaca, Olympiakos Nicosia, Lefkoşa Türk Spor Kulübü and Trast AC.[2][3] After CFA's establishment football began to be played on an official basis with the CFA organizing various championships for its member clubs. It became FIFA member in 1948 and UEFA member in 1962.

In 2007, CFA moved to its new headquarters in Nicosia. The opening ceremony was attended by UEFA president Michel Platini, and the former president of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos.[4]

Over the last decade more and more teams often criticize the organisation about setting up fixed games and having bias referees at fixtures. Most of the football fans in Cyprus dislike the organisation mostly because their own teams criticize the association. The teams and fans often exaggerate referee mistakes although some so called mistakes do raise questions. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cypriot stock continues to rise. UEFA. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Ιστορία της ΚΟΠ (in Greek). CFA. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ HISTORY OF CFA. CFA. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Platini opens new CFA headquarters". Cyprus Mail. June 9, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  5. ^ "New Cypriot sponsor deal aims to fight problems". Reuters. June 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 

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