Latvian Football Federation

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Latvian Football Federation
Latvian Football Federation logo.svg
Founded19 June 1921
FIFA affiliation1922
UEFA affiliation1992

The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) (Latvian: Latvijas Futbola federācija) is the governing body of football in Latvia with its headquarters located in the capital Elektrum Sports Center in Riga. Its activities include the organizing of the Latvian football championship (Optibet Virslīga), First League and Latvian Second League as well as lower league championships and the Latvian Football Cup. The federation also manages the Latvia national football team.


The LFF was established on June 19, 1921 as the Latvian Football Union (Latvian: Latvijas Futbola savienība) and was active until 1940 when it was closed down after the Soviet occupation of Latvia. In 1922, the Latvian Championship organized by Latvian Football Union consisted of 12 associations, 22 teams and 479 football players. A year earlier, rules of football were published in Latvian for the very first time and in May 1923 Latvia was accepted into FIFA. Herberts Baumanis was the representative of Latvia in the acceptance ceremony in France. In 1925, the Latvian Football Union established football unions in the regions of country and in 1927 the Virslīga top-level competition was launched. It consisted of three of the strongest teams from Riga and a club from Liepāja while others were playing in tournaments of their regions. This system was in place up until 1940, and the number of teams in the Virslīga grew to eight.[1]

From 1991[edit]

LFF renewed its operations in 1990 under its current name right after Latvia regained independence. It was re-accepted by FIFA in 1992 and in the same year it joined UEFA.[citation needed]

In 2015, the federation had a staff of 47 people. The current president of LFF since 2018 is former national team captain Kaspars Gorkšs. Daily affairs of the LFF are managed by its General Secretary, Edgars Pukinsks.[citation needed]

On 27 April 2018, the long-time president Guntis Indriksons left his position after 22 years in office, becoming Honorary President of the LFF in an advisory role. The General Secretary since 1993, Jānis Mežeckis, also resigned in May.[2] Gorkšs was elected as his successor by the member organizations of the federation.[3]

On 17 October after a series of poor international results by the Latvian national football team and the lack of appropriate management, the decision was passed with 67 of a total of 129 votes going against Gorkšs, a former captain of the national team and a former England Championship defender. Members of the LFF had previously submitted a call for holding an emergency meeting and removing Grokšs from the post. Earlier in 2019, there have been a number of calls by a part of LFF members to remove Gorkšs from office, yet they all proved unsuccessful. The former star footballer has served as the LFF president since his election in 2018. According to LFF’s rules, the next election of the body’s president is scheduled to take place in 2020. [4]

Chairmen/Presidents of the Federation[edit]


  1. ^ "Latvijas Futbola vēsture", Miķelis Rubenis, 2000
  2. ^ "Pukinsks LFF ģenerālsekretāra amatā nomainīs Mežecki". TVNET (in Latvian). 3 May 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Gorkšs takes over at Latvian Football Federation". 28 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Latvian football loses its head as Gorkšs ousted from federation chair". BNN (in Latvian). 18 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.

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