Football Federation of Ukraine

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Football Federation of Ukraine
Football Federation of Ukraine Logo.png
Founded 13 December 1991
FIFA affiliation 1992
UEFA affiliation 1992
President Andriy Pavelko

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) (Ukrainian: Федерація Футболу України) is the governing body of football in Ukraine. FFU is a member of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine as well as international football organizations such as UEFA and FIFA.

Football Federation of Uktaine governs all sport events and organizations associated with the game of football. 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.


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.[1] 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”).[1] 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.[1] Levitin was replaced for not being not really a correct person with another Kharkiv football specialist Ivan Serhiyovych Kosmachov.[1]

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.[1] During that period there started a struggle between people's commissariats and trade union for the right to lead the physical culture movement.[1] Trade unions started actively create volunteer sports societies (the first were "Spartak" and "Lokomotiv").[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] The committee supervised 15 oblasts committees along with the Committee of Moldavian ASSR quartered in Tiraspol.[1]

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.[1] The head of the section was appointed Samuyil Izepilyovych Khavchyn.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] In 1946 there took place a huge event when the Football-Hockey Section of Goskomsport of the Soviet Union was finally admitted to FIFA.[1] In 1947 the Football Section separated from the Football-Hockey Section.[1] 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.[1] Due to such rapid changes, almost none of union republic were able adopt them therefore no changes ever took place at republican level.[1]

In 1954 the Football Section became a founding member of the Union of European Football Associations.[1] Within the Goskomsport, the football department was renamed into the Football Administration.[1] In 1955 to the presidium of Football Section from the Ukrainian SSR was admitted Mykola Balakin.[1]

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).[2] However, it fully was still controlled and subordinated to the Moscow's main governing body.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

However, until then the following events took place that contribute to a certain degree of confusion.[2]

  • 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.[2]
  • 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.[2]

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.[2] 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:[2]

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



Main governing assemblies[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.

Committee of national teams[edit]

National team tournaments

Committee of professional football[edit]

Committee of youth football[edit]

  • Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Yevhen Kotelnykov, First Deputy - Volodymyr Stolitenko

Committee for stadiums and safety[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2006. Chairman - Borys Voskresenskyi

Committee for football development in regions[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2000. Chairman - Anatoliy Dyachenko

Committee of referees[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2005. Chairman - Pierluigi Collina, assistant - Lucci Luciano

Inspecting committee[edit]

Committee of female football[edit]

  • Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Volodymyr Babayev, First Deputy - Anatoliy Savin

Committee on issues of footballers' status and transfers[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2001. Chairman - Hennadiy Lisenchuk, First Deputy - Volodymyr Troshkin

Sport-medical committee[edit]

  • Committee was created in 1994. Chairman - Serhiy Storozhenko, First Deputy - Vyacheslav Popov

Committee of mass football[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2006. Chairman - Ivan Haivoronskyi

Committee on attestation of football clubs[edit]

Committee of internal audit[edit]

Committee of ethics and fair play[edit]

  • Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Ihor Kochetov

Committee of FFU delegates[edit]

  • Committee was created in 2010. Chairman - Serhiy Tatulyan

Expert commission[edit]

Council on strategic development of professional football[edit]

  • Council was created in 2007. Chairman - Hryhoriy Surkis, First Deputy - Oleksandr Bandurko

Divisions and offices of Football Federation of Ukraine[edit]

  • Office of Informational Policy (Serhiy Vasiliev)
  • Office of Affairs
  • Division of planning and finance
  • Division of science-methodical support
  • Division of preparation and conducting events for national teams
  • Division of analysis and forecasting of football development
  • Division of activity support for collective members (Anatoliy Dyachenko, 2007)
  • International division
  • Legal division
  • Division of human resources (Tetyana Bilokur)
  • Organizational division
  • Division of infrastructure development

Collective members[edit]

  • Association "Futbol-Zakhid"
  • Ukrainian Football Amateur Association (National championship among the regions, National cup)
  • Association of referees of Ukraine
  • 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)
  • Ukraina Football International
  • Tourist agency "Sport Line Travel"
  • Committee of fitness education and sports of Ministry of Education
  • League of Street Football
  • Youth Football Union
  • Public association "Hrayemo za Ukrainu razom" (Play for Ukraine together)
  • Premier League of Ukraine
  • Professional Football League of Ukraine
  • Sports office of Ministry of Defense
  • 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"


The list of recent convocations of the congress.

  • 12th Congress[3] (Dec. 14, 2010)
  • 10th Congress[4] (Dec. 17, 2008)
  • 9th Congress[5][6][7] (Sep. 14, 2007) - an extraordinary report-electoral congress. Hryhoriy Surkis was reelected for the third time for the next five years. For his candidacy voted 129 delegates out 137 registered.

Top referees[edit]

The Ukrainian referees that participated in the international competitions.[8]


Senior National team
  • 2006 World Cup quarterfinals
Junior National team (U-21)
  • 2006 European championship finals
Senior-youth National team (U-19)
  • 2000 European championship finals
  • 2009 European champions
Junior-youth National team (U-17)
  • 1994 European championship bronze medals
Student National team

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j History. Football Federation of Ukraine.
  3. ^ (Ukrainian)/(Russian) Video report at
  4. ^ (Ukrainian)Brief overview of the X Congress
  5. ^ (Ukrainian)Presidential elections
  6. ^ (Ukrainian)Brief of overview of the IX Congress
  7. ^ (Ukrainian)Revisionary report of the IX Congress
  8. ^ List of referees (English)
  9. ^ Ukraine is the Champions at Universiade for the second time
  10. ^ Champions in Thailand, 2007
  11. ^ Team roster for 2007 Thailand.
  • Quick overview (in Russian) – co-memorated to the first match of the national team.

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