Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA; Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Futbol Federasiyaları Assosiasiyası, AFFA) is the governing body of football in Azerbaijan. Formed in 1992, it is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.
AFFA sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at national level, and indirectly at local level through the AFFA Amateur League. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the Azerbaijan Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams and leagues.
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The AFFA was formed on 26 March 1992, after Azerbaijan gained its independence from the USSR. On 23 February 2009, the AFFA, along with UEFA vice president Şenes Erzik, unveiled the Azerbaijan Football Academy.
In 2010, the association adopted a new logo. In 2012, the federation held an election with Rovnag Abdullayev being the only candidate, the assembly was marred with controversies.
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Relationship with FIFA
The country's football association received a major blow in April 2002, when UEFA imposed a two-year ban in response to a long-standing conflict between the AFFA and majority of the Azerbaijan Premier League clubs. The domestic championship was abandoned as a result of the conflict and the top clubs prevented their players from playing for the national team, with tax officials also probing allegations of fraud at the Azerbaijan federation.
|General Secretary||Tofiq Bahramov||1992–1993|
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It organizes the following competitions:
- Men's football
- Azerbaijan Premier League (or Topaz Premyer Liqası); First league
- Azerbaijan First Division (or Birinci Divizion); Second league
- Azerbaijan Cup
- Azerbaijan Supercup
- Azerbaijan Futsal Premier League
- AFFA Amateur League
- Women's football
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The AFFA also organises national football teams representing Azerbaijan at all age levels:
|Senior||Gianni De Biasi||Maksim Medvedev|
|Under-21||Milan Obradović||Hajiagha Hajili|
|Under-19||Samir Aliyev||Turan Valizade|
|Under-18||Zaur Hashimov||Karim Diniyev|
|Under-17||Vugar Mammad||Jalal Huseynov|
|Beach soccer||Zeynal Zeynalov||Elhad Guliyev|
|Senior||Siyasat Asgarov||Aytaj Sharifova|
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Azerbaijan national football team
Gianni De Biasi
Azerbaijan national under-23 football team
Azerbaijan national under-21 football team
Azerbaijan national under-20 football team
Azerbaijan national under-19 football team
Azerbaijan national under-18 football team
Azerbaijan national under-17 football team
Companies that AFFA currently has sponsorship deals with include:
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Source: "Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, April 29th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Football_Federations_of_Azerbaijan.
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