Swedish Football Association

The Swedish Football Association (Swedish: Svenska Fotbollförbundet) also known as SvFF is the governing and body of football in Sweden. It organises the football leaguesAllsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women — and the men's and women's national teams. It is based in Solna and is a founding member of both FIFA and UEFA. SvFF is supported by 24 district organisations.

Sweden national football team logo
Former crest (2003-2017).
Swedish Football Association
UEFA
Swedish Football Association crest
Founded18 December 1904
HeadquartersSolna
FIFA affiliation1904
UEFA affiliation1954
PresidentKarl-Erik Nilsson
Websitesvenskfotboll.se
Svenska fotbollförbundet Malmö aviation
A Malmö Aviation aircraft displaying the Svenska Fotbollförbundet logo.
First swedish football team
Sweden's first national football team, from left Thor Eriksson, Gustaf Bergström, Karl Gustafsson, Nils Andersson, Ove Erickson, Thodde Malm, Erik Börjesson, Kalle Ansén, Sven Olsson, Erik Bergström and Hans Lindman (1908)
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Allsvenskan match between GAIS and Malmö FF in 2006

Background

Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF) (English:Swedish Football Association) was founded on 18 December 1904 and is the sports federation responsible for the promotion and administration of organised football in Sweden and also represents the country outside Sweden. SvFF is affiliated to the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Karl-Erik Nilsson has been the President since 2012. In 2009 there were 3,359 clubs affiliated to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet with a total of more than a million members, of whom about 500,000 were active players. Together, they accounted for almost one third of the total Swedish sports movement activities.[1]

SvFF administers the Swedish men's respectively women's national football teams, other football teams and leagues including the Allsvenskan and Superettan. The motto of Swedish football – "one club in every village, football for all" – is reflected in the democratic constitution of Swedish football. All football competition in the nation is arranged by the SvFF and its 24 district organisations. The clubs are voting members at the annual meetings of the district organisations. The district organisations and the elite clubs are entitled to vote at the F.A.'s general meeting.[2]

SvFF was the sole owner of Sweden's national stadium, the Råsunda Stadium in Solna, from 1999 until it was replaced in 2012 by Friends Arena, located about 1 kilometer away and also in Solna. SvFF is the lead partner in the consortium that owns the current stadium, and maintains its offices there (as it did at the prior stadium).[3]

The Swedish Football Association Football Gala is held annually in November since 2005. It includes the award for the best male player (Guldbollen) and female players (Diamantbollen).

SvFF had a turnover 2008 of 554 MSEK.[4]

Early history

The first Swedish national football championship was played in 1896 but it was 7 years later in 1903 that the Riksidrottsförbundet was formed which was to be the precursor to the Svenska Fotbollförbundet. The new organisation had a football and hockey section (hockey being the term for bandy at that time and not ice hockey or field hockey). In 1904 Sweden was one of 7 nations that founded FIFA.[5] It also introduced ice hockey to Sweden in 1920, before the 1922 establishment of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Before the 1925 establishment of the Swedish Bandy Association, the Swedish Football Association also administered organized bandy in Sweden.

In 1906 the name Svenska Fotbollförbundet (Swedish Football Association) was officially accepted and the following year SvFF was officially voted into FIFA. On 12 July 1908, Sweden's first international match was played in which Norway were defeated 11–3 in Gothenburg. However the Olympics were a disappointment for Sweden, losing 1–12 to England and 0–2 to the Netherlands.[6]

Competitions

Swedish Football
League Structure

Allsvenskan (Tier 1)
Superettan (Tier 2)
Division 1 (Tier 3)
Division 2 (Tier 4)
Division 3 (Tier 5)
Division 4 (Tier 6)
Division 5 (Tier 7)
Division 6 (Tier 8)
Division 7 (Tier 9)
Division 8 (Tier 10)

Swedish Football
Women's League Structure

Damallsvenskan (Tier 1)
Elitettan (Tier 2)
Women's Division 1 (Tier 3)
Women's Division 2 (Tier 4)
Women's Division 3 (Tier 5)
Women's Division 4 (Tier 6)
Women's Division 5 (Tier 7)
Women's Division 6 (Tier 8)

Svenska Fotbollförbundet is responsible for organising the following competitions:

Men's football

Women's football

Junior

Cups

Honours

Men's

FIFA World Cup
Olympic Games
FIFA U-17 World Cup
UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Women's

FIFA Women's World Cup
Olympic Games
UEFA Women's Championship
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship

District Football Associations

Swedish football is built on a single pyramid league system. While the SvFF administers the top leagues, the 24 district or regional associations administers youth football and the lower tier leagues from Division 4 (men) and Division 3 (women), respectively, and further below.[7]

The 24 district organisations are as follows:[8]

Footnotes

  1. ^ "The Swedish FA – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  3. ^ "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  4. ^ "Swedish Football of Today – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  5. ^ "Milestones of Swedish Football – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  6. ^ "Milestones of Swedish Football – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  7. ^ "The Swedish League System – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  8. ^ "Kontaktuppgifter och tävlingar – Svenska Fotbollförbundet – Svenskfotboll.se". Retrieved 2011-01-10.

External links

2006 Superettan

Statistics of Superettan in season 2006.

2007 Superettan

Statistics of Superettan in season 2007.

2008 Superettan

Statistics of Superettan in season 2008.

2011 Allsvenskan

The 2011 Allsvenskan, part of the 2011 Swedish football season, was the 87th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The preliminary 2011 fixtures were released on 15 December 2010. The season began on 2 April 2011 and ended on 23 October 2011. Malmö FF were the defending champions, having won their 16th Swedish championship and their 19th Allsvenskan title the previous season.Helsingborgs IF won the Swedish championship this season, their 7th one, in the 27th round, nearly a month before the final round on 25 September 2011 by Helsingborg defeating GAIS 3–1, and by Malmö FF playing a 1–1 tie against AIK who were the only championship competitors to Helsingborg. This was the second year in a row that a club from Skåne clinched the championship title. This was also Helsingborg's first Swedish championship of the 21st century, and the first time since 1996 that a team secured the Allsvenskan championship so early in the season.A total of 16 teams contested the league; 14 returned from the 2010 season and two had been promoted from Superettan.

2012 Allsvenskan

The 2012 Allsvenskan, part of the 2012 Swedish football season, was the 88th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2012 fixtures were released on 12 December 2011. The season started on 31 March 2012 and ended on 4 November 2012. There was a five-week-long break between 24 May and 30 June during the UEFA Euro 2012. Helsingborgs IF were the defending champions, having won their fifth Swedish championship and their seventh Allsvenskan title the previous season.

IF Elfsborg won the Swedish championship this season, their sixth one, in the 30th and last round on 4 November 2012 by drawing with Åtvidabergs FF 1–1 at home, and by the only other title contender in the last round Malmö FF losing 2–0 against AIK at the last Allsvenskan match at Råsunda. This was Elfsborg's second Swedish championship of the 21st century having won their last title in the 2006 Allsvenskan season.

A total of 16 teams contested the league; 14 returned from the 2011 season and two had been promoted from Superettan.

2013 Allsvenskan

The 2013 Allsvenskan, part of the 2013 Swedish football season, was the 89th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2013 fixtures were released on 14 December 2012. The season started on 31 March 2013 and ended on 3 November 2013. IF Elfsborg were the defending champions, having won their sixth title the previous season.

Malmö FF won the Swedish championship this season, their 20th Allsvenskan title and 17th Swedish championship overall, in the 29th round on 28 October 2013 when they won 2–0 in the away fixture against reigning champions IF Elfsborg at Borås Arena. This was Malmö FF's third Swedish championship of the 21st century having won their last title in the 2010 Allsvenskan season.

A total of 16 teams contested the league: 13 returning from the 2012 season and three that were promoted from Superettan.

2014 Allsvenskan

The 2014 Allsvenskan, part of the 2014 Swedish football season, was the 90th season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2014 fixtures were released on 20 December 2013. The season started on 30 March 2014 and concluded on 1 November 2014. Malmö FF were the defending champions from the 2013 season.

Malmö FF won the Swedish championship this season, their 21st Allsvenskan title and 18th Swedish championship overall, in the 27th round on 5 October 2014 when they won 3–2 in the away fixture against AIK at Friends Arena. Malmö FF became the first club to defend a Swedish championship by winning consecutive Allsvenskan titles since Djurgårdens IF in the 2003 season.

A total of 16 teams contested the league; 14 returning from the 2013 season and two that were promoted from Superettan.

2015 Allsvenskan

The 2015 Allsvenskan, part of the 2015 Swedish football season was the 91st season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The 2015 fixtures were released on 21 January 2015. The season started on 4 April 2015, when BK Häcken visited newly promoted Hammarby IF at Tele2 Arena and ended on 31 October 2015. Malmö FF were the defending champions from the 2014 season.

A total of 16 teams contested the league; 14 returning from the 2014 season and two that were promoted from Superettan.

IFK Norrköping became champions on 31 October 2015, after a 2–0 defeat over defending champions Malmö FF in the last round. The win helped IFK Norrköping win the league with a margin of three points ahead of IFK Göteborg and five points clear of third-placed team AIK. By winning the league IFK Norrköping qualified for the second qualifying round of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, while runners-up IFK Göteborg and third-placed AIK will be competing in first qualifying round of 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. The fourth-placed team Elfsborg will also play in Europa League if they or one of the top three teams win 2015–16 Svenska Cupen.

2015 Damallsvenskan

2015 Damallsvenskan was the 27th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It was played between 11 April 2015 and 18 October 2015. FC Rosengård were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2014. They successfully defended their title and together with Eskilstuna United qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League.

AIK and Hammarby were relegated to the 2016 Elitettan.

2016 Allsvenskan

The 2016 Allsvenskan, part of the 2016 Swedish football season, is the 92nd season of Allsvenskan since its establishment in 1924. The fixtures were released on 9 December 2015 and it included a meeting between the two most recent champions IFK Norrköping and Malmö FF (in Malmö) as the opening match, a replay of the last round of the previous season. The season started on 2 April 2016 and ended in November 2016.

IFK Norrköping were the defending champions after winning the title in the last round in the previous season. Malmö FF won the Swedish championship this season, their 22nd Allsvenskan title and 19th Swedish championship overall, in the 28th round on 26 October 2016 when they won 3–0 in the away fixture against Falkenbergs FF at Falkenbergs IP.

A total of 16 teams are contesting the league.

Elite Football Women

Elite Football Women (EFD, Swedish: Elitfotboll Dam), is a Swedish interest organisation that represents the 26 elite football clubs in the top two divisions (Damallsvenskan and Elitettan) of the Swedish women's football league system. EFD does not administer the divisions but acts in cooperation with the Swedish Football Association, the member clubs, sponsors and partners. The goal is to develop Swedish women's elite football resultwise, economically, commercially and administratively..

Football in Sweden

Association football is the most popular sport in Sweden, with over 240,000 licensed players (approximately 56,000 women and 184,000 men) with another 240,000 youth players. There are around 3,200 active clubs fielding over 8,500 teams, which are playing on the 7,900 pitches available in the country. Football was first played in Sweden in the 1870s, the first championship was decided in 1896 and the Swedish Football Association was founded in 1904. Despite being a relatively small country population-wise, both the men's and women's national teams and the club teams have gained rather large success from time to time.

Karl-Erik Nilsson (referee)

Karl-Erik Nilsson (born 6 May 1957) is the president of the Swedish Football Association, a post he has held since 23 March 2012. Nilsson is also a retired football referee.

Sweden national futsal team

The Sweden national futsal team represents Sweden in international futsal competitions such as the FIFA Futsal World Cup and the European Championships and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The team played their first official match in December 2012 against France in Gothenburg. One month later, Sweden played their first competitive games and took three impressive victories in the qualification round for the 2014 European Championship.

Sweden women's national futsal team

The Sweden women's national futsal team represents Sweden in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The team was formed in January 2018 and played its first official matches in April 2018 against Czech Republic.

Sweden women's national under-17 football team

Sweden women's national under-17 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-17 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The team has never qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Sweden women's national under-19 football team

Sweden women's national under-19 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-19 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Their best achievement is winning the 1999, 2012 and 2015 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.

Swedish Elite Football

Swedish Elite Football (SEF, officially the Swedish Elite Football Association, Swedish: Föreningen Svensk Elitfotboll), is a Swedish interest organisation that represents the 32 elite football clubs in the top two divisions (Allsvenskan and Superettan) of the Swedish football league system. SEF does not administer the divisions but acts in cooperation with the Swedish Football Association, the member clubs, sponsors and partners. The goal is to develop Swedish elite football resultwise, economically, commercially and administratively.

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