Football Federation of Ukraine

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Football Federation of Ukraine
Logo Football Federation of Ukraine (2016).png
Founded 13 December 1991
FIFA affiliation 1992
UEFA affiliation 1992
President Andriy Pavelko
Old logo

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) (Ukrainian: Федерація Футболу України) is the governing body of football in Ukraine. As a subject of the International Olympic Movement FFU is a member of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.[1] FFU is also member of international football organizations such as UEFA and FIFA.

Football Federation of Uktaine governs all sport events and organizations associated with the game of football including irregular competitions of beach football, mini-football, street football and others. Its main features include football competitions including the Ukrainian Professional League, the Ukrainian Cup, the Amatory, the competitions among the youth (under-18), and also the Ukraine national football team. It also sets the regulations to the Premier League and the Professional Football League.

It is headquartered in the national capital, Kiev near the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex at the House of Football.

The organization was established in 1991. In 1932-1991 with the Football Federation of the Soviet Union there existed its direct predecessor, Football Federation of Ukraine (Ukrainian SSR). The Soviet federation of Ukraine also conducted own championship, cup competitions, competitions among amateur teams (collectives of physical culture), as well as had own national team which participated exclusively in Soviet competitions such as the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR.


Previously: Football organizations in Soviet Ukraine[edit]

First steps in football sport administration[edit]

The Ukrainian Football Federation as organization takes its roots to the All-Ukrainian Football Section that was created in 1932 in Kharkiv and was part of the Ukrainian Council of Physical Culture that administered all types of sports.[2] The first elected president was a Kharkiv football referee Oleksandr Yakovych Levitin who published a book "Game rules of football in questions and answers" (“Правила гри у футбол у питаннях і відповідях”).[2] In 1934 after the capital of the Ukrainian SSR was transferred from Kharkiv to Kiev, there was moved the Council of Physical Culture along with its football section.[2] Levitin was replaced for not being not really a correct person with another Kharkiv football specialist Ivan Serhiyovych Kosmachov.[2]

On 27 December 1934 on resolution of the All-Union Council of Physical Culture (VSFK) of the Soviet Union, there was established Football-Hockey section as the higher public organization in administration of football in the country and had to help the VSFK.[2] During that period there started a struggle between people's commissariats and trade union for the right to lead the physical culture movement.[2] Trade unions started actively create volunteer sports societies (the first were "Spartak" and "Lokomotiv").[2] However, already in 1936 took place big changes when the VSKF that existed at the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union was liquidated and instead at the Council of People's Commissariats (Sovnarkom) was created the All-Union Committee in affairs of Physical Culture and Sports (VKFK) which also contained a department of football and hockey as well as the public Football Section.[2] In Ukraine was created the Ukrainian Committee in affairs of Physical Culture and Sports (UKFK) at the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars and quartered in Kiev.[2] The committee supervised 15 oblasts committees along with the Committee of Moldavian ASSR quartered in Tiraspol.[2]

At the end of February 1937 at the Ukrainian Committee in affairs of Physical Culture and Sports was established the Football-Hockey Section which in mass media was better known as Football Section.[2] The head of the section was appointed Samuyil Izepilyovych Khavchyn.[2] With the Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union, all Soviet government institutions were evacuated or liquidated. The Football-Hockey Section was reinstated in 1944 and headed by Stepan Dmytrovych Romanenko.[2] In 1946 the VKFK was renamed into the Goskomsport (State Committee in affairs of Physical Culture and Sports) and a similar analogy took place in the Ukrainian SSR.[2] In 1946 there took place a huge event when the Football-Hockey Section of Goskomsport of the Soviet Union was finally admitted to FIFA.[2] In 1947 the Football Section separated from the Football-Hockey Section.[2] In 1953 the Goskomsport was transferred to the Ministry of Healthcare as the Main Administration of Physical Culture and Sports, but the next year was reinstated once again.[2] Due to such rapid changes, almost none of union republic were able adopt them therefore no changes ever took place at republican level.[2]

In 1954 the Football Section became a founding member of the Union of European Football Associations.[2] Within the Goskomsport, the football department was renamed into the Football Administration.[2] In 1955 to the presidium of Football Section from the Ukrainian SSR was admitted Mykola Balakin.[2]

Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR[edit]

Foundation in independent Ukraine[edit]

On 6 March 1991 due to the efforts of Viktor Maksymovych Bannikov was established and legally reformed the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) as part of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union (FFSU).[3] However, it fully was still controlled and subordinated to the Moscow's main governing body.[3]

On 24 August 1991 the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) by its Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine expressed its intent of casting away from Soviet Union and creation of a sovereign state – Ukraine.[3] After these event the Executive Committee of Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR made the decision to have a plenum in the beginning of December where the future of the growth of the national sport would be defined.[3]

However, until then the following events took place that contribute to a certain degree of confusion.[3]

  • In the beginning of the September a joined conference of the governing body of the federation and the national football society took place where it was announces to establish internal institutes which would subordinate to Moscow.[3]
  • In October a meeting between Viktor Bannikov and the president UEFA, Lennart Johansson, took place. The president of the European football union promised to fully support Ukraine of joining the European football organization.[3]

About the fact that on the world map appeared a new nation the world society realized on 1 December 1991 after the conduction of the All-national referendum.[3] After all that, on 13 December in the big hall of Ministry in affairs of the Youth, Sport, and Tourism the Council of federations in one voice accepted the following declaration:[3]

13 December is the day when the Football Federation of Ukraine was established.


First vice-presidents[edit]


Main governing institutions[edit]

The main decisions of all-national importance are discussed at the meetings of the Congress of Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU). Congress also elects the president and vice-presidents (presidential cabinet) of federation and confirms several football government bodies such as presidium, executive committee, appellation committee, and others. The congress is more of a legislative body of government and sets goals and directions for the development of football in the country. All official meetings of various football government institutions take place at the "Building of Football" (Budynok futbolu) in Kiev.

All structural and organizational issues are executed by the Executive Committee (Vykonkom). The executive committee consists of about 30 people and includes the presidential cabinet of federation. To assist the executive committee there exists a presidium which organizes the meetings of the Vykonkom. The presidium composed of 16 people, among which are all the members of the presidential cabinet as well.

Committees and collective members[edit]

The federation also has two judicial bodies of government: the control disciplinary committee (KDK) and the appellation committee. Those are small committees and are confirmed by the congress of Football Federation of Ukraine.

Aside of the above-mentioned organizations there are numerous other committees and directorates that supplement in the organization of football events in Ukraine. Among the most important are the Committee of professional football, the Committee of national teams, the Committee of referees, the Expert Commission, the Council of a strategic development of professional football, and many others.

There are also collective members of federation that include various public organizations such as regional federation, student associations, independent leagues, travel agencies, others. The importance of collective members is that every single one of them can delegate up to three its representatives to the Congress and announce its own candidates on the position of the president.

Collective members[edit]

  • Premier League of Ukraine
  • Professional Football League of Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Football Amateur Association (National championship among the regions, National cup)
  • Association of football veterans
  • Association of mini-football of Ukraine (Futsal)
  • Association of beach football of Ukraine
  • Football association of handicapped
  • 27 regional football federations
  • All-Ukrainian football association of students
  • Children-Youth football league of Ukraine (Ukrainian National Youth Competition)
  • League of Street Football
  • Youth Football Union
  • Committee of fitness education and sports of Ministry of Education
  • Sports office of Ministry of Defense (CSK ZSU)
  • Central Council of Sports Club "Spartak" of Trade-unions of Ukraine
  • Central Council of Fitness Sports Club of Ukraine "Dynamo"
  • Central Council of Fitness Sports Club of Ukraine "Kolos"
  • Central Council of Fitness Sports Club "Ukraine"
  • Association "Futbol-Zakhid"
  • Association of referees of Ukraine
  • Ukraina Football International
  • Tourist agency "Sport Line Travel"
  • Public association "Hrayemo za Ukrainu razom" (Play for Ukraine together)

Associative members[edit]


The list of recent congress meetings. Congresses take place every year. Each FFU collective member sends three delegates.

  election year
# Elected president Year Activities
9th[5][6][7] Hryhoriy Surkis 2007
  • For Surkis voted 129 out 137 delegates and presidential term is for 5 years
  • Surkis is confirmed as a delegate of the UEFA Euro 2012 final stage in Ukraine
  • Approved preparation plan for the UEFA Euro 2012 final stage
  • First deputies chairmen (Oleksandr Bandurko, Serhiy Storozhenko)
  • Deputy chairmen Anatoliy Bidenko, Ihor Voronov, Borys Voskresenskyi, Oleksandr Hranovskyi, Ihor Kolomoiskyi, Volodymyr Lushkul, Ravil Safiullin, Serhiy Tatulian
  • Reshuffled FFU Executive Committee, FFU Presidium, FFU Control and Disciplinary Committee, FFU Appellation Committee; approved changes to the FFU organization's statute
10th[8][9] 2008
  • Reshuffle FFU Executive Committee
  • Ukrainian Premier League (UPL) admitted as a collective member; seat of FFU vice-president was reserved for UPL president
  • Substituted FFU vice-presidents: Svyatoslav Syrota for Ravil Safiullin
  • Minister of youth and sport promised beginning of construction of the Center of Olympic Preparation in team sports
  • Bandurko announced that Ukraine received top evaluation from UEFA as part of the Mass football charter
  • Head of the FFU Executive Directorate of Euro 2012 promised that the third stage of action plan should be completed in May of 2009
12th[10] 2010 Failed congress, agenda was not able to be established
16th[11] Anatoliy Konkov 2014
  • Authority was returned to 9 delegates who are part of the FFU collective members "Futbol-Zakhid" Association, Ukrainian Football Referee Association, Youth Football Union
  • Konkov announced about the next congress that will take place in 3 months on 6 March 2015
  • Working group in preparation to the next congress was created headed by Andriy Pavelko
20th[12] Andriy Pavelko
  • For Pavelko voted 95 delegates[13] and presidential term extended from 4 to 5 years
  • FFU was reorganized from public organization to public union and statute was changed[14]
  • Increased number of first deputies chairmen from 2 to 3 (Bandurko, Kostyuchenko, Kholodnytskyi)[15]
  • Deputy chairmen (Oleksandr Hereha, Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, Maksym Yefimov, Ihor Kochetov, Serhiy Kunitsyn, Andriy Matsola, Yuriy Pochetnyi, Oleh Sobutskyi)[15]
  • Reshuffled FFU Executive Committee
  • Yuriy Zapysotkyi and Ihor Hryshchenko granted authority to realize FFU opportunities in various situations

National teams[edit]

National team tournaments

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Olympic Federations (Subjects of the Olympic Movement. National Olympic Committee of Ukraine
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Kolomiyets, A. Is it true that Football Federation of Ukraine is only 25 years? (Чи правда що Федерації футболу України лише 25 років?). Football Federation of Kyiv.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j History. Football Federation of Ukraine.
  4. ^ Association of Women Football is temporarily admitted to FFU (Ассоциация женского футбола временно принята в ФФУ). WFPL. 21 June 2017
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian)Hryhoriy Surkis is reelected the President of FFU (Григорія Суркіса переобрано президентом ФФУ). FFU Inform-service. 14 September 2007
  6. ^ (in Ukrainian)Historical decisions of the Congress (Історичні рішення Конгресу). FFU Inform-service. 14 September 2007
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian)Statement of the 9th FFU Congress (Постанова IX Конгресу ФФУ). FFU Inform-service. 14 September 2007
  8. ^ (in Ukrainian)FFU Congress: keeping the pace with FIFA and UEFA (Конгрес ФФУ: крокуємо у ногу з ФІФА та УЄФА). FFU Inform-service. 17 December 2008
  9. ^ Football country: new horizons (Футбольна країна: нові горизонти). FFU Inform-service. 17 December 2008
  10. ^ (in Russian) Staged chaos (Спланированный хаос). UA-Football. 17 December 2010
  11. ^ There took place a meeting of the 16th FFU Congress (Відбулось засідання XVI Конгресу ФФУ). FFU inform service. 18 December 2014
  12. ^ Sport Arena lists all decisions that were adopted today the 20th FFU Congress (Sport Arena перечисляет все решения, которые принял сегодня XX Конгресс Федерации футбола Украины). Sport Arena. 16 June 2017
  13. ^ Andriy Pavelko was reelected the FFU President (Андрій Павелко переобраний президентом ФФУ). Football24. 16 June 2017
  14. ^ Haponenko, O. 4 interesting changes to the FFU statute (4 цікаві зміни до Статуту ФФУ). Football24. 16 June 2017
  15. ^ a b Verbytskyi, I. Head of SAP Office, odious "regionals", and generous volunteer. Motley company out of 12 people that were placed in charge of Ukrainian football (Голова САП, одіозні реґіонали і щедрий волонтер. Строката компанія з 12-ти людей, які очолили український футбол). Football24. 16 June 2017

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