Russian Football Union
|Founded||19 January 1912|
|Headquarters||7 Narodnaya Street, Moscow|
1946–1991 as Football Federation of USSR
|UEFA affiliation||1954 (as Football Section of Soviet Union)|
The Russian Football Union (Russian: Российский Футбольный Союз, Rossiyskiy Futbolnyy Soyuz, or RFS) is the official governing body of the sport of football in the Russian Federation. With headquarters in Moscow, it organizes Russian amateur and professional football, including the men's, women's, youth, beach football, futsal and Paralympic national teams. The RFS sanctions referees and football tournaments for Russian Football Premier League and most football leagues in Russia.
The RFS is governed by a board of directors led by a chairman, Nikita Simonyan, and a director general, Aleksandr Alayev. The RFS is a member of international football bodies FIFA and UEFA, and also has a relationship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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 which played 16 internationals between 1910 and 1914.
In 1934, the Football Federation of USSR was formed initially under the name the Football Section of Soviet Union. The organization of it 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 that was subordinated directly to the Soviet Ministry of Sport. The Directorate was never recognized on the international level.
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.
Chairmen of All-Russian Football Union
- Arthur Mcpherson (January 1912 – 1914)
- Robert Fulda (1914–1915)
Russian Football Union
- Vyacheslav Koloskov (8 February 1992 – 2 April 2005)
- Vitaly Mutko (2 April 2005 – 24 November 2009)
- Nikita Simonyan (24 November 2009 – 3 February 2010) (acting)
- Sergei Fursenko (3 February 2010 – 25 June 2012)
- Nikita Simonyan (25 June 2012 – 3 September 2012) (acting)
- Nikolai Tolstykh (3 September 2012 – 31 May 2015)
- Nikita Simonyan (31 May 2015 – 2 September 2015) (acting)
- Vitaly Mutko (2 September 2015 – present)
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