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The Football Federation of Kosovo
Kosovo
(Albanian: Federata e Futbollit e Kosovës; Serbian: Фудбалски савез Косова, translit. Fudbalski savez Kosova) is the governing body of football in Kosovo,[a][1] with headquarters in Pristina. The Football Federation of Kosovo
Kosovo
was established in 1946 as a branch of the Football Association of Yugoslavia,[2] it has since become independent and is currently headed by Fadil Vokrri. It organizes eight competitions of football in Kosovo.[3]

Contents

1 Competitions 2 National teams 3 History 4 Notes and references 5 External links

Competitions[edit]

Vala Superliga e Kosovës (the Superleague) with 12 clubs

Superliga e Femrave (the Women Superleague) with 9 clubs Superliga e Juniorëve (the Junior Superleague)

Liga e Parë
Liga e Parë
(the First League) with 16 clubs

Liga e Parë
Liga e Parë
e Juniorëve (the Junior First League)

Kategoria e fatosëve (Fatos category) Kategoria e pionierëve (Pioneers category) Kategoria e kadetëve (Cadets category)

Liga e Dytë (the Second League)

Liga e Dytë - Grupi i Veriut (the Second League - North Group) with 14 clubs Liga e Dytë - Grupi i Jugut (the Second League - South Group) with 14 clubs

Futsal Superleague of Kosovo Futsal First League Kosovar Cup Kosovar Supercup

National teams[edit] The Football Federation of Kosovo
Kosovo
also organizes the:

Kosovo
Kosovo
national football team Kosovo
Kosovo
women's national football team Kosovo
Kosovo
national under-21 football team Kosovo
Kosovo
national under-19 football team Kosovo
Kosovo
national under-17 football team Kosovo
Kosovo
national futsal team

History[edit] On February 17, 2008 Kosovo
Kosovo
declared independence from Serbia. A number of states such as France, the United States
United States
and the United Kingdom immediately recognised the new state. Others, such as Serbia, Russia
Russia
and China are fiercely opposed to independence.[4] On May 6, 2008, Kosovo
Kosovo
applied for FIFA
FIFA
membership. "It's an historical moment for our country. We hope to be accepted.", said Fadil Vokrri, president of the FFK[citation needed]. Kosovo's applications was discussed at the FIFA
FIFA
Congress in Zurich, in October 2008 when Kosovo
Kosovo
was rejected membership in FIFA
FIFA
and denied right to play any friendly matches as it was deemed it does not comply with article 10 of the FIFA
FIFA
statutes, that only "an independent state recognized by the international community" may be admitted into FIFA.[5][6] FIFA
FIFA
reverted that decision in May 22, 2012, stating that Kosovo
Kosovo
may play other nations in international friendlies according to Article 79 of the FIFA
FIFA
Statutes.[7] The Football Association
The Football Association
of Serbia protested and felt the decision by FIFA's Executive Committee "blatantly contravenes the FIFA
FIFA
statutes".[8] Three days later, permission was withdrawn by FIFA
FIFA
and a decision was delayed following pressure from the Football Association of Serbia
Serbia
and Michel Platini. In September 2012, Albanian international Lorik Cana, along with Swiss internationals Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka
and Valon Behrami
Valon Behrami
(all of them with Kosovar Albanian origin) wrote a declaration to the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, asking him to allow the Kosovo national team to be allowed to play friendly matches. The declaration was also signed by 5 other Albanian footballers. This came about as a consequence of the decision by FIFA
FIFA
not to allow the Kosovo
Kosovo
team to play friendly matches against other national teams. In a meeting held in May 2012, FIFA
FIFA
decided to allow friendly matches to be played, a decision it later revoked following a strong protest issued by Football Association of Serbia. A new meeting was planned to be held at FIFA
FIFA
on September 27 and 28 same year in which the Kosovo
Kosovo
issue was again planned to be discussed, which was then postponed until December.[9][10] In February 2013, FIFA
FIFA
announced that they would allow Kosovo
Kosovo
to play against other nations in non-official competitions at youth and amateur level, female international level, and at club level providing that they did not display national symbols on the kit such as a national flag or play a Kosovar national anthem. If the FFK wished for Kosovo
Kosovo
to play a game within the Kosovo
Kosovo
region, they would require permission to play from the Football Association of Serbia.[11] The first competition that a Kosovar national team entered was the Valais Youth Cup in which the Kosovo
Kosovo
Under 21 national team participated, losing on penalties after a 2-2 with Ghana and losing 8-0 to Egypt in the third place playoff. The Football Associations of Serbia
Serbia
and Kosovo
Kosovo
met with FIFA
FIFA
on 10 January 2014 to discuss whether Kosovo
Kosovo
should be allowed to play friendlies against other FIFA
FIFA
member associations at full international level. On 13 January 2014, FIFA
FIFA
issued a public statement stating that Kosovo
Kosovo
would be allowed to play international friendlies against full FIFA
FIFA
members. FIFA
FIFA
maintained that the Kosovar playing kit should not contain national symbols nor should a Kosovar national anthem be played. FIFA
FIFA
also required that they acted as the intermediary between Serbia
Serbia
and Kosovo, and Kosovo
Kosovo
would need to give 21 days notice should they wish to a host a game.[12] Some football clubs, especially from North Kosovo, refuse to enter the Republic of Kosovo's institutions and continue to be part of Football Association of Serbia. In Serbian Zone League, fourth football league are two sections with clubs from Kosovo: Morava Zone League and League of North Kosovo. In September 2015, UEFA
UEFA
announced that FFK's application for membership would be decided in May 2016.[13] In May 2016, FFK was approved to become a member of UEFA
UEFA
following a secret ballot at the 40th Ordinary Congress in Budapest.[14] Following the membership to UEFA, on 13 May 2016 Kosovo
Kosovo
was accepted in FIFA
FIFA
during their 66th congress in Mexico
Mexico
with 141 votes pro and 23 against.[15] Notes and references[edit] Notes:

a.   ^ Kosovo
Kosovo
is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo
Kosovo
and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo
Kosovo
has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations
United Nations
member states.

References:

^ " FIFA
FIFA
Will Meet KFF Delegation". Albanian Daily News. January 5, 2006. [dead link] ^ Menary, Steve (2007). Outcasts! : the lands that FIFA
FIFA
forgot. Studley: Know the Score!. ISBN 978-1-905449-31-6.  ^ New competition system approved by FFK (FFK) (May 18, 2009) ^ " Kosovo
Kosovo
recognition irritates Russia
Russia
and China". February 19, 2008.  ^ "FIFA's finances solid". FIFA. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  ^ http://sofiaecho.com/2008/10/25/664220_fifa-rejects-kosovo-football-body-application ^ " FIFA
FIFA
ExCo makes reform progress and Audit and Compliance Committee appointment". Media Release. FIFA.com. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.  ^ " UEFA
UEFA
Chief Reacts to FIFA's Kosovo
Kosovo
Decision". BalkanInsight.com. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.  ^ "Cana, Šaćiri, Džaka i Behrami pisali Blateru zbog Kosova" (in Serbian). Sportski žurnal. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.  ^ "Vokri: FIFA
FIFA
i UEFA
UEFA
imaju dvostruke standarde" (in Serbian). Sportski žurnal. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.  ^ " FIFA
FIFA
Circular no.1342" (PDF). FIFA.com. 6 February 2013.  ^ " FIFA
FIFA
Emergency Committee confirms friendly matches involving clubs and representative teams of Kosovo". FIFA.com. 13 January 2014.  ^ "Executive Committee's Malta decisions". UEFA.com. 18 September 2015.  ^ "Football Federation of Kosovo
Kosovo
joins UEFA". UEFA.com. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.  ^ "Zyrtare: Kosova pranohet në FIFA, jemi të barabartë me të gjitha vendet e botës - Telegrafi". Telegrafi. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 

External links[edit]

Football Federation of Kosovo
Kosovo
Official website

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Football in Kosovo

Football Federation of Kosovo

National teams

Men

National team U-21 U-19 U-17 U-15 Futsal

Women

National team U-19 U-17

Football league system

Men

Superleague First League Second League

Women

Women's League

Futsal league system

Men

Superleague First League

Cup competitions

Men

Cup Supercup

List of clubs List of venues

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