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Football Association of Albania

Albanian Football Association
UEFA
Founded June 6th, 1930
FIFA affiliation June 12th, 1932
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Armand Duka since 2002[1]
Website fshf.org

The Albanian Football Association (Albanian: Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, or FSHF) is the governing body of football in Albania. The Association is based in Tirana, Albania. The association organizes the national football leagues of the Albanian Superliga, the First Division, the Second Division, the Third Division, the Albanian Cup and Supercup. Albania women's national football team, Albanian women's football championship, and the Albanian Women's Cup are also overseen. The association also coordinates the activities of the Albania national football team, the Under-21, Under-19, and Under-17.

History

The Football Association of Albania was established on 6 June 1930, joined FIFA in June 12, 1932, and was one of the founding members of UEFA in 1954.

On 14 March 2008, FSHF were suspended by FIFA for "heavy political interference." This means their national teams were banned from playing official matches, representatives banned from official events, and referees unable to officiate FIFA-sanctioned matches.[2] The ban was subsequently lifted as the political interferences were clarified, and in 27 May 2008, Albania played a friendly against Poland.

The current president of FSHF, Armand Duka, has been at this position since 2002 and won the elections for a third term in 2010.[3]

During 2009 controversy between FSHF and the Albanian government as to the property of the Qemal Stafa Stadium. UEFA insisted in lobbying that the stadium be given to FSHF ownership so that investments on it can be made.[4] In February 2011 it was decided that the new stadium, which will replace the current one and will cost 60M Euro, will be 75% of FSHF and 25% of the Albanian government.[5]

Offices

Teams In UEFA Competition

UEFA National Team Competitions

Competition Status Round
UEFA Euro 2012 Eliminated Qualifying Round
UEFA Futsal Championship 2010 Eliminated Preliminary Round
UEFA Under–21 Championship 2011 Eliminated Qualifying Round
2010 FIFA World Cup Eliminated Qualifying Round
UEFA Under-17 Championship 2010 Eliminated Qualifying Round
UEFA Under-19 Championship 2010 Eliminated Qualifying Round
2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Eliminated First Qualifying Round

Clubs Playing In UEFA Competitions

Competition Club Status Round
UEFA Champions League 2010–11 KS Dinamo Tirana Eliminated Second Qualifying Round
UEFA Europa League 2010–11 KF Tirana Eliminated Second Qualifying Round
UEFA Europa League 2010–11 Besa Kavajë Eliminated Second Qualifying Round

References

External links

  • National Football Association - FSHF
    • FSHF Statutes, 2009
    • FSHF Documentary about Albania football history
  • Albaniasoccer
  • Albania at FIFA site
  • Albania at UEFA site
  • National football teams
  • Weltfussball
  • Albania Sport
  • albaniansport.net
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