Russian Football Union

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Russian Football Union
Russia national football team crest.svg
Founded19 January 1912; 110 years ago (1912-01-19)
Headquarters7 Narodnaya Street, Moscow
FIFA affiliation1912[1]
UEFA affiliation1954 (as Football Section of the USSR)
PresidentAleksandr Dyukov

The Russian Football Union (Russian: Российский Футбольный Союз, Rossiyskiy Futbolnyy Soyuz or RFS) is the official governing body of association football in the Russian Federation.[2] With headquarters in Moscow, it organizes Russian amateur and professional football, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal and Paralympic national teams. The RFS sanctions referees and football tournaments for the Russian Premier League and other football leagues in Russia.[3] RFS is headed by Aleksandr Dyukov, the CEO of Gazprom Neft.[citation needed]


The RFS is governed by a board of directors led by a chairman, Nikita Simonyan, and a director general, Aleksandr Alayev. The RFU is a member of international football bodies FIFA and UEFA, and also has a relationship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


Russian Empire[edit]

The All-Russian Football Union (VFS) was created on 19 January 1912 and in the same year was admitted to FIFA. The Unions initially consisted of 52 organizations across the Russian Empire. All-Russian Football Union was the organizer of Russian Empire national football team.[citation needed]

Soviet Union[edit]

In 1934, the Football Federation of USSR was formed initially under the name the Football Section of Soviet Union. Its organization was in accordance with the Declaration of the All-Union Council of Fitness Culture of USSR on 27 December 1934. The Section was admitted to FIFA as the Soviet organization in 1946, and admitted to UEFA in 1954. Later the Section was reorganized as the Football Federation of USSR. Concurrently with the Section and later Federation until 1972 there operated the Football Directorate of the Soviet Sport Committee which was subordinated directly to the Soviet Ministry of Sport. The Directorate was never recognized on the international level.[citation needed]

Russian Federation[edit]

With the fall of the Soviet Union, the modern Russian Football Union was formed (a constituent conference took place on 8 February 1992), inheriting everything from the previous associations such as VRS and Football Federation of USSR and reinstated in FIFA on 3 July 1992. In July 1992, the Russian national football team was formed.[citation needed]

Aftermath of Russian invasion of Ukraine[edit]

Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended from FIFA and UEFA competitions all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or clubs, until further notice.[4][5]

After the invasion of Ukraine, Adidas suspended its long-term kit partnership with the Russian Football Union, which first began in 2008.[6] Adidas had provided all Russian teams with kits and had expanded the federation’s replica kit sales in the retail market.[6] During the ban, talk circulated that the RFU were considering seeking to change conferdations to the Asian Football Confederation, according to Match-TV broacaster Dmitry Pirog, stating, "I think the time has come to think seriously about a switch to the Asian football confederation."[7] However, Vyacheslav Koloskov opposed the idea, noting that it would "bring the death of Russian football and also we would never return to the European family."[7] In any event, the switch would have to be ratified by other Asian federations, including Japan. RFU president Alexander Dyukov ruled out the idea of switching to Asian football and stated that the RFU is part of UEFA and will always be so.[8]


President Vladimir Putin speaking on the centenary of the Russian Football Union

Chairmen of All-Russian Football Union[edit]

Russian Football Union[edit]


  1. ^ Football Union of Russia. FIFA.
  2. ^ Dunmore, Tom (16 September 2011). Historical Dictionary of Soccer. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810871885. Retrieved 20 March 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ WSC 283 Sep 10. "When Saturday Comes - Academy Awards". Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  4. ^ "FIFA/UEFA suspend Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions".
  5. ^ "Russia's plan to leave UEFA and join the Asian Confederation". MARCA. 29 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Adidas pack their bags in Russia and drop RFU deal". 2 March 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Russian soccer ponders UEFA switch to Asia". The Examiner. 4 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Russia's football clubs and national team considering switching from Europe's UEFA to play in Asia". 29 March 2022.

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