Russian Football 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.[1] 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.[2]

RFU is currently headed by Aleksandr Dyukov, the CEO of Gazprom Neft.

Russian Football Union
Russia national football team crest
Founded19 January 1912
Headquarters7 Narodnaya Street, Moscow
FIFA affiliation1912–1917, 1992
1946–1991 as Football Federation of USSR
UEFA affiliation1954 (as Football Section of Soviet Union)
PresidentAleksandr Dyukov


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).


Russian Empire

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.

Soviet Union

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.

Russian Federation

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.


Russia President Vladimir Putin speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Football Union

Chairmen of All-Russian Football Union

Russian Football Union

See also


  1. ^ Dunmore, Tom (16 September 2011). "Historical Dictionary of Soccer". Scarecrow Press. Retrieved 20 March 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ WSC 283 Sep 10. "When Saturday Comes - Academy Awards". Retrieved 14 January 2015.

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2005 in Russian football

2005 was marked by a greatest success in the Russian club football so far, as CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup. Later, CSKA completed the treble, winning the Russian Cup and the Russian Premier League title. Notable changes in the Russian Football Union also took place.

2010 Russian Premier League

The 2010 Russian Premier League is the 19th season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and ninth under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on 12 March 2010 and the last matches were played on 29 November 2010. On 14 November 2010, Zenit Saint Petersburg clinched the title after a 5–0 win against Rostov. This season was the last one played during an entire year (March–November), as the Russian Football Union decided to schedule the following seasons in sync with the biggest European football leagues (August–May).

2015 Russian Cup Final

The 2015 Russian Cup Final decided the winner of the 2014–15 Russian Cup, the 23rd season of Russia's main football cup. It was played on 21 May 2015 at the Central Stadium in Astrakhan, between Lokomotiv Moscow and Kuban Krasnodar. Lokomotiv came back from behind and emerged victorious with a 3-1 win in extra time.The winner qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and also faced the champions of the 2014–15 Russian Premier League, Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Super Cup on 12 July 2015.

2015–16 Russian Premier League

The 2015–16 Russian Premier League was the 24th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 14th under the current Russian Premier League name.

Zenit Saint Petersburg came into the season as defending champions of the 2014–15 season. CSKA Moscow won the title on the final day.

2016–17 Russian Premier League

The 2016–17 Russian Premier League is the 25th season of the premier league football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 14th under the current Russian Premier League name. CSKA Moscow came into the season as the defending champions of the 2015-16 season. Fixtures for the 2016–17 season were announced on 20 June 2016.

Alexander Valeryevich Dyukov

Alexander Valeryevich Dyukov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Вале́рьевич Дю́ков [ɐlʲɪˈksandr vɐˈlʲerʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈdʲukəf]; born 3 December 1967, Leningrad) is Chairman of the management Board of Gazprom Neft, one of Russia’s top-5 vertically integrated oil companies by production and amongst the largest oil companies in the world by proven reserves.

He is also President of the Russian Football Union.

Daler Kuzyayev

Daler Adyamovich Kuzyayev (Russian: Далер Адьямович Кузяев, IPA: [dɐˈlʲer ɐˈdʲjaməvʲɪtɕ kʊˈzʲæ(j)ɪf], Tatar: Cyrillic Дәлир Әдһәм улы Хуҗаев, Latin Dälir Ädhäm ulı Xucaev; born 15 January 1993) is a Russian football player of Tatar descent who currently plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He plays at the central midfielder or right midfielder positions.

Denis Glushakov

Denis Borisovich Glushakov (Russian: Денис Борисович Глушаков; born 27 January 1987) is a Russian international footballer who plays for Akhmat Grozny and the Russian national team as a defensive midfielder and box-to-box midfielder.

Fyodor Smolov

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Smolov (Russian: Фёдор Миха́йлович Смо́лов, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈsmoɫəf], born 9 February 1990) is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow and Russia national team.

Konstantin Rausch

Konstantin Viktorovich Rausch (Russian: Константин Викторович Рауш, German: Konstantin Rausch; born 15 March 1990) is a Russian-German professional footballer of German ancestry who plays as a left back for Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow and the Russia national team. He has also operated as a left midfielder.

Nikita Simonyan

Nikita Pavlovich Simonyan (Armenian: Նիկիտա Մկրտիչ Սիմոնյան, born Mkrtych Pogosovich Simonyan, 12 October 1926) is a former Soviet football striker and coach of Armenian descent. He was born in Armavir. As of 2016 he is the Russian football functionary First Vice-President of the Russian Football Union. Simonyan was awarded the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR title in 1954, the Honored Coach of Russia title in 1968, the Merited Coach of the USSR title in 1970 and the Commander of the Order "For Services to the Fatherland" award on 29 December 2011. Simonyan is the top scorer in the history of the club Spartak Moscow at 160 goals.

Olga Kuzhela

Olga Petrovna Kuzhela (Russian: Ольга Петровна Кужела) (born 29 August 1985 in Leningrad) is a Russian competitor in synchronized swimming. She won a gold medal in team competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics,now she is Director of Public Relations of the Russian Football Union.

Russia national football B team

The Russia national football B team, also known as the Russia-2 national football team (Russian: Сборная команда Россия-2), is a secondary team for Russia in association football. The team is controlled by the Russian Football Union. It was founded in 2011. In late 2012, after Sergei Fursenko was replaced by Nikolai Tolstykh as the president of the Russian Football Union, the team was dismantled, at least for the immediate future.

Russia national under-17 football team

The Russia national under-17 football team, controlled by the Russian Football Union, represents Russia at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, FIFA U-17 World Cup and international friendly match fixtures at the under-17 age level.

Russia national under-19 football team

The Russia national under-19 football team, controlled by the Russian Football Union, represents Russia at the European Under-19 Football Championship, FIFA U-20 World Cup and international friendly match fixtures at the under-19 age level.

Russia national under-21 football team

The Russia national under-21 football team is overseen by the Russian Football Union. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years, and international friendly matches. The team also participates in the qualification for the Olympic Games.

Russia women's national under-19 football team

The Russian U-20 women's national football team is the national under-20 women's association football team of Russia. They are controlled by the Russian Football Union. They have the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in 2005 defeating France on penalties.

Russian Cup (football)

The Russian Cup (Russian: Кубок России) is a football competition held annually by the Football Union of Russia for professional and some amateur (only after a special permission and licensing by Russian Football Union) football clubs.

The winner of the competition gets a spot in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Russian Professional Football League

The Professional Football League (Russian: Первенство Профессиональной футбольной лиги), formerly the Russian Second Division is the third level of Russian professional football.

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