Football in Senegal
|Football in Senegal|
|Governing body||Fédération Sénégalaise de Football|
|National team||national football team|
The sport of football, the most popular sport in Senegal, in the country of Senegal is run by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football. The association administers the national football team, as well as the Premier League. Some of the most notable players from the country include Roger Mendy, Jules Bocandé, Tony Sylva, Henri Camara, El Hadji Diouf, Sadio Mané and Kalidou Koulibaly.
The league system are divided into two leagues: Ligue 1 to Ligue 2, equivalent to the ones in France and has been professional since 2007, the lower three are divided into Nationale 1 and 2 which are amateur levels. Until 2008, they were called Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 Senegal also has the Cup competitions founded in the 1980s its Super Cup which was known as the National Assembly Cup created in 1979, the League Cup created in 2009 and the Champion's Trophy created in 2014.
Football in Senegal has been introduced around the 20th century during French colonial rule. One of the first clubs of the country were ASC Jeanne d'Arc and Foyer France Senegal. After independence, Foyer France Senegal became ASC Diaraf. Numerous clubs were created in the 1970s and the 1990s. For many seasons, all of the clubs participating comes from the western part of the country where Dakar, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor are located. The Second Division was created in the 1970s, the Third and the Fourth Divisions were later created and in the 1990s, the regional divisions were created. The newest clubs in Senegal are Diambars and Génération Foot, the two are currently in Ligue 1 as of the 2016-17 season, the latter spending their first season.
Diaraf is the leader in the number of titles numbering 11 championship and 15 cup titles.. ASC Jeanne d'Arc is second with 10 championship and 6 cup titles. Next is AS Douanes Gorée and several more clubs, several have a title each.
Several clubs including Diaraf and Jeanne d'Arc competed in the continental championship and cup competitions, the two competed the most.
Seasons in Senegalese football
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