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Football Federation of Armenia

Football Federation of Armenia
UEFA
Founded 18 January 1992
Headquarters 27 Khanjyan Street
0010 Yerevan
FIFA affiliation 1992
UEFA affiliation 1993
President Ruben Hayrapetyan
Vice-President Armen Minasyan
Website http://www.ffa.am

The Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) (Armenian: Հայաստանի Ֆուտբոլի Ֆեդերացիա) is the governing body of association football in Armenia. It is based in Yerevan.

It organizes the Armenian Premier League, the Armenian First League, the Armenian Independence Cup and the Armenian Futsal Premier League. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the Armenian national football team, and the Armenia women's national football team. The Armenian national futsal team also belongs to the federation.

The FFA was awarded a synthetic football turf pitch by FIFA through its GOAL programme.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Structure 2
    • Presidents 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Armenia's football history began officially in the 1990s but its traditions stretch back further.

The collapse of the USSR and Armenia's declaration of independence in 1991 were significant moments in the country's sporting life as well as in its political history. From a footballing perspective those events prompted the founding, on 18 January 1992, of the Football Federation of Armenia.

The FFA duly became a member of the game's world and European governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, in 1992 and 1993 respectively.[2] The national team made their competitive debut in qualification for the 1996 UEFA European Championship. Armenia kicked off with a 2-0 defeat in Belgium on 7 September 1994 yet also made history in that EURO '96 campaign. The team recorded their first competitive victory when they won 2-1 against FYR Macedonia on 6 September 1995. Since then Armenia have been a permanent fixture in EURO and World Cup qualifying tournaments, earning the notable achievement of finishing third in their UEFA EURO 2012 group, during which talismanic attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, which then played in FC Shakhtar Donetsk, emerged as a player of top international caliber.

On an infrastructure level, work began in 2007 on a national-team training center and academy with residential facilities. The center’s opening is scheduled for September 2010. The Yerevan Republican Stadium has also been partly redeveloped, with one particular benefit of this initiative being its impressive new playing surface.[3] While Armenia has always considered itself a football country, the aim of the FFA is to earn greater international recognition for the local game on both club and national-team fronts. For this reason it is constantly striving for higher standards.

Structure

Presidents

References

  1. ^ "Goal supporting Armenia". FIFA. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Football Federation of Armenia. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Soccer: Armenia fans gear for home match after Havakakan’s two away wins". ArmeniaNow. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

External links

  • Football Federation of Armenia
  • Armenia at FIFA site
  • Armenia at UEFA site


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