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The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) is the governing body of football (soccer) in Greece. It contributes in the organisation of Super League Greece and organizes the Greek football Cup and the Greece national football team. It is based in Athens.

History

The Hellenic Football Federation was founded in 1926, by a decision of the three major Unions of the country (Athens, Piraeus, Thessalonica). Its foundation marked organising the Greek football according to international standards. From that day on, H.F.F. has developed into the biggest sports federation of the country, as football in Greece is regarded as the "king of sports" occupying the first place in sports' fans preferences.

On 3 July 2006, FIFA ruled that the Hellenic Football Federation was failing to adhere to the principles of the FIFA statues regarding federations' political independence, and as a result the HFF was indefinitely suspended from international football. In response Greek officials put forward a proposed change in the law, however FIFA ruled that it too constituted an interference of the government in matters that should be under the football federation's jurisdiction. Based on this FIFA concluded that Greece would not be able to meet its 15 July 2006 deadline and should therefore be suspended until further notice. The suspension would have meant that Greek clubs would not be allowed to participate in international competitions and that the Greece national football team would not be able to participate in any international matches.

On the 7 July 2006, however, the Greek Government ratified a new version of the sports law

Text from Statutes

- The Federation was founded in the year 1926, by the three Unions of Football Clubs of Athens, Piraeus and Macedonia-Thrace, is a Private legal entity, a non profit association, which, according to Civil Law, has its registered offices in Athens under the name of Hellenic Football Federation.
- H.F.F. abstains from any political or religious matters and prohibits any kind of political, religious, national or racial discrimination.
- The term of H.F.F. is unlimited.
- H.F.F. is the sole and exclusively qualified competent authority for representing the Greek football. It is a member of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the European Football Federation (UEFA). Amongst its obligations is to accept the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA and UEFA and to ensure that all of the above are also being accepted by everyone, in the field of Greek football.

Milestones

- 1926: Foundation of the Hellenic Football Federation
- 1927: The Hellenic Football Federation becomes a member of FIFA
- 1954: The Hellenic Football Federation becomes one of the founding members of UEFA
- 2004: The Greek National Team wins the 2004 European Championship in Portugal

Historic events

H.F.F. has organised major football events with huge success. The most important "moments", as to the participating clubs, are:

- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1970-71: Cup Winners Cup final, Chelsea FC-Real Madrid C.F.(1-0)
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1972-73: Cup Winners Cup final, AC Milan-Leeds United (1-0)
- European Cup 1982-83: UEFA Champions League final Hamburger SV-Juventus (1-0)
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1986-87: Cup Winners Cup final, 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig-AFC Ajax (0-1)
- UEFA Champions League 1993-94: Champions League final AC Milan-FC Barcelona (4-0)
- UEFA Champions League 2006-07: Champions League Final AC Milan-Liverpool (2-1)

Organisation

Organisational Structure

The structure of H.F.F. is pyramid shaped. It is based on 2.000.000 football players and 5.773 football clubs, 3.700 from which are actively participating in official competitions of every kind, that take place throughout the country, covering all ages. The clubs come under the fifty three (53) Regional Unions of Football Clubs. The professional competitions are being organized by the Professional League (Greek League). H.F.F. is the supreme football authority, the one that all the clubs and professional teams come under and forms the top of the pyramid.

The General Assembly, convening once a year, is actually the H.F.F. parliament. It is the Assembly that -according to the Statutes- decides on everything about Greek Football. They can change the Statutes and the regulations of the Federation, enforce new ones, audit the financial review for the previous fiscal year and the budget for the year to come, vote (every four years) and monitor the Administration's work.

Divisions

The divisions of H.F.F. are: The Sporting Division, the Management Division, the Finance and Marketing Division, the International Relations Division, and the Press and Mass Media Division.

Committees

The operation of H.F.F. relies on the above mentioned divisions that function on the responsibility of their respective managers, as much as, the Committees of the Executive Board, which, according to the Statutes of the Federation, are the following:

- The Disciplinary Committee (first and second instance)
- The Appeal Committee
- The Financial Dispute Resolution Committee (second instance)
- The Central Referee's Committee, which comprises three members and controls the entire referee field in Greece
- The Players' Status-Transfer Committee

Standing Committees

1. Regulations Committee

2. International Relations Committee

3. Technical Committee

4. Greek Cup Committee

5. Procurements Committee

6. Divisions Committee

7. Selections Team Committee

8. Mass Media and Public Relations Committee

9. Legal Matters Committee

10. Violence Committee

11. Medical Committee

12. International Amateur Football Committee

13. Amateur Football Committee

14. Licensing Committee

15. Football Managers Committee

16. Training Board

17. Futsal (indoor football) Committee

18. Finance Committee

19. Statistics and Stadium Committee

20. Youth Amateur Football Committee

21. Women's Football Committee

The H.F.F. is responsible for doping control in all the Greek championships.


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Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenic_Football_Federation

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