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Federatsija Futbola Ukraina

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) is the governing body of football (soccer) in Ukraine. It governs the football competitions for the Professional Football League of Ukraine, including the Ukrainian Cup, the Ukrainian Football Amateur Association, the competitions among the youth (under-18), and also the Ukraine national football team. It also sets the regulations to the Ukrainian Premier League and the Professional Football League of Ukraine. It is headquartered in the national capital, Kiev.



On 6 March 1991 by the effort of Viktor Bannikov was established and legally formed the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) as part of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union (Russian Football Union). However, it fully was controlled and subordinated to the Moscow's governing body.

On 24 August 1991 the Supreme Council of Ukraine by its Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine expressed its intent of casting away from Soviet Union and creation of a sovereign state – Ukraine. After these event the Executive Committee of Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR made the decision to have a Plenary session in the beginning of December where the future of the growth of the national sport would be defined.

However, until then the following events took place that contribute to a certain degree of confusion.
- In the beginning of the September a joined conference of the governing body of the federation and the national football society took place where it was announces to establish internal institutes which would subordinate to Moscow.
- In October a meeting between Viktor Bannikov and the president UEFA, Lennart Johansson, took place. The president of the UEFA promised to fully support Ukraine of joining the European football organization.
About the fact that on the world map appeared a new nation the world society realized on 1 December 1991 after the conduction of the All-national Ukrainian independence referendum, 1991.

After all that, on 13 December in the big hall of ministry in affairs of the youth, sport, and tourism the Council of the Federation in one voice accepted the following declaration:

13 December is the day when the Football Federation of Ukraine was established.


- Viktor Bannikov (December, 1991–1996)
- Valeriy Pustovoytenko (1996 – August, 2000), the prime-minister of Ukraine
- Hryhoriy Surkis (August, 2000–present)
- - (reelected in 2004 and 2007)


The main decisions of all-national importance are discussed at the meetings of the Congress of Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU). Congress also elects the president and vice-presidents (presidential cabinet) of federation and confirms several football government bodies such as presidium, executive committee, appellation committee, and others. The congress is more of a legislative body of government and sets goals and directions for the development of football in the country. All official meetings of various football government institutions take place at the "Building of Football" (Budynok futbolu) in Kiev.

All structural and organizational issues are executed by the Executive Committee (Vykonkom). The executive committee consists of about 30 people and includes the presidential cabinet of federation. To assist the executive committee there exists a presidium which organizes the meetings of the Vykonkom. The presidium composed of 16 people, among which are all the members of the presidential cabinet as well.


- Hryhoriy Surkis (President)
- Oleksandr Bandurko (First Vice-President)
- Serhiy Storozhenko (First Vice-President)
- Anatoliy Bidenko (Vice-President)
- Borys Voskresenskyi (Vice-President)
- Vasyl Zabroda (Deputy of Executive Director)
- Volodymyr Lashkul (Vice-President)
- Serhiy Tatulyan (Vice-President)

- Viktor Anushkevichus (Chairman of Ivano-Frankivsk Region Football Federation)
- Serhiy Vasiliev (Division Manager of Informational Policy)
- Ivan Fedorenko (Director of Executive Directorate for conducting the final stage of the 2012 European Football Championship)
- Oleksandr Cherkasov (General Secretary of Shakhtar Donetsk)
- Viktor Bezruk
- Kostyantyn Vikhrov
- Ihor Hataullin
- Anatoliy Dyachenko
- Viktor Mezheiko
- Volodymyr Fek

Executive Committee

- Hryhoriy Surkis (President)
- Oleksandr Bandurko (First Vice-President)
- Serhiy Storozhenko (First Vice-President)
- Anatoliy Bidenko (Vice-President)
- Borys Voskresenskyi (Vice-President)
- Vitaliy Danilov (Vice-President, President of the Premier League)
- Vasyl Zabroda (Deputy of Executive Director)
- Ihor Kolomoiskyi (Vice-President)
- Volodymyr Lashkul (Vice-President)
- Serhiy Tatulyan (Vice-President)

- Volodymyr Babayev (Chairman of Kharkiv Region Football Federation)
- Ivan Haivorosnkyi (First Vice-President of Donetsk Region Football Federation)
- Mykola Hostyev (First Vice-President of Crimea Football Federation)
- Yaroslav Hrysyo (Chairman of Lviv Region Football Federation)
- Mykola Yeropunov (Chairman of Mykolaiv Region Football Federation)
- Ihor Kochetov (Chairman of Kiev City Football Federation)
- Mykhailo Lanyo (Chairman of Zakarpattya Region Football Federation)
- Volodymyr Marynovskyi (Chairman of Ternopil Region Football Federation)
- Petro Naida (Chairman of Odessa Region Football Federation)
- Andriy Pavelko (Chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Region Football Federation)
- Anatoliy Dyachenko (Chairman of Poltava Region Football Federation)
- Yevhen Kotelnykov (Chairman of Youth Football Committee)
- Hennadiy Lisenchuk (Chairman of Futsal Association of Ukraine)
- Vitaliy Pylypenko (President of All-Ukrainian Football Association of students)
- Ivan Fedorenko (Director of Executive Directorate for conducting the final stage of the 2012 European Football Championship)
- Viktor Derdo
- Viktor Mezheiko
- Volodymyr Muntyan

The federation also has two judicial bodies of government: the control disciplinary committee (KDK) and the appellation committee. Those are small committees and are confirmed by the congress of Football Federation of Ukraine.

Aside of the above mentioned organizations there are numerous other committees and directorates that supplement in the organization of football events in Ukraine. Among the most important are the Committee of professional football, the Committee of national teams, the Committee of referees, the Expert Commission, the Council of a strategic development of professional football, and many others. There are also collective members of federation that include various public organizations such as regional federation, student associations, independent leagues, travel agencies, others.

Committee of national teams

- Committee was created in 2008. Chairman - Semen Altman, First Deputy - Volodymyr Lashkul

- Ukraine national football team
- Ukraine women's national football team
- Ukraine national under-21 football team (also known as the youth team, participates in qualifications for the Olympic tournament)
- Ukraine youth women national football team (under 19)
- Ukraine student football team
- Other national and junior football teams
National team tournaments
- Valeri Lobanovsky Memorial Tournament
- Bannikov Memorial Tournament
- Others

Committee of professional football

- Committee was created in 2002. Chairman - Anatoliy Bidenko, First Deputy - Ihor Kolomoiskyi

- Ukrainian Premier League and Ukrainian Premier League Reserves (Reserves)
- Professional Football League of Ukraine (Ukrainian First League, Ukrainian Second League, other competitions)
- Ukrainian Cup
- Ukrainian Super Cup

Committee of youth football

- Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Yevhen Kotelnykov, First Deputy - Volodymyr Stolitenko

Committee for stadiums and safety

- Committee was created in 2006. Chairman - Borys Voskresenskyi

Committee for football development in regions

- Committee was created in 2000. Chairman - Anatoliy Dyachenko

Committee of referees

- Committee was created in 2005. Chairman - Pierluigi Collina, assistant - Lucci Luciano

Inspecting committee

Committee of female football

- Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Volodymyr Babayev, First Deputy - Anatoliy Savin

Committee on issues of footballers' status and transfers

- Committee was created in 2001. Chairman - Hennadiy Lisenchuk, First Deputy - Volodymyr Troshkin

Sport-medical committee

- Committee was created in 1994. Chairman - Serhiy Storozhenko, First Deputy - Vyacheslav Popov

Committee of mass football

- Committee was created in 2006. Chairman - Ivan Haivoronskyi

Committee on attestation of football clubs

Committee of internal audit

Committee of ethics and fair play

- Committee was created in 1992. Chairman - Ihor Kochetov

Committee of FFU delegates

- Committee was created in 2010. Chairman - Serhiy Tatulyan

Expert commission

Council on strategic development of professional football

- Council was created in 2007. Chairman - Hryhoriy Surkis, First Deputy - Oleksandr Bandurko

Divisions and offices of Football Federation of Ukraine

- Office of Informational Policy (Serhiy Vasiliev)
- Office of Affairs
- Division of planning and finance
- Division of science-methodical support
- Division of preparation and conducting events for national teams
- Division of analysis and forecasting of football development
- Division of activity support for collective members (Anatoliy Dyachenko, 2007)
- International division
- Legal division
- Division of human resources (Tetyana Bilokur)
- Organizational division
- Division of infrastructure development

Collective members

- Association "Futbol-Zakhid"
- Ukrainian Football Amateur Association (National championship among the regions, National cup)
- Association of referees of Ukraine
- Association of football veterans
- Association of mini-football of Ukraine (Futsal)
- Association of beach football of Ukraine
- Football association of handicapped
- 27 regional football federations
- All-Ukrainian football association of students
- Children-Youth football league of Ukraine (Ukrainian National Youth Competition)
- Ukraina Football International
- Tourist agency "Sport Line Travel"
- Committee of fitness education and sports of Ministry of Education
- League of Street Football
- Youth Football Union
- Public association "Hrayemo za Ukrainu razom" (Play for Ukraine together)
- Premier League of Ukraine
- Professional Football League of Ukraine
- Sports office of Ministry of Defense
- Central Council of Sports Club "Spartak" of Trade-unions of Ukraine
- Central Council of Fitness Sports Club of Ukraine "Dynamo"
- Central Council of Fitness Sports Club of Ukraine "Kolos"
- Central Council of Fitness Sports Club "Ukraine"

Other associates

FFU Council of Regions


The list of recent convocations of the congress.
- 12th Congress (Dec. 14, 2010)
- 10th Congress (Dec. 17, 2008)
- 9th Congress (Sep. 14, 2007) - an extraordinary report-electoral congress. Hryhoriy Surkis was reelected for the third time for the next five years. For his candidacy voted 129 delegates out 137 registered.

Top referees

The Ukrainian referees that participated in the international competitions.
- Vasyl Melnychuk
- Oleh Oriekhov
- Vitaliy Hodulyan
- Ihor Ishchenko
- Volodymyr Pianykh
- Vadym Shevchenko
- Serhiy Berezka
- Serhiy Tatulyan
- Serhiy Shebek
- Ihor Yaremchuk
- Valeriy Onufer


Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR

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In January 1964 at the plenum of Football Federation of UkrSSR was elected a new president Fedor Martyanovych Martyniuk who was the head of the Zhytomyr Oblast council of the Union of sport associations and organizations. He also instantaneously was included into the presidium of the Russian Football Union.

On December 29, 1968 the State Committee of Fitness and Sport was reinstated by the Ministries of the Soviet Union. A similar committee was created also by the UkrSSR Council of Ministers called simply Sport Committee of UkrSSR. Since 1969 the Football Federation of USSR was overtaken by the Football Directorate of that Committee, while the Ukrainian Federation by its own Committee. The Chief director of the Sport Committee of UkrSSR was appointed Oleh Oleksandrovych Oshenkov in 1971 (simultaneously being elected as the president of the Republican Federation), a position that supersedes the president of a federation.

In March 1976 were created several commissions of the Federation. The head of the scientific-methodical council was elected V.Kozhukhov.
- Commission of mass-organized activities: Yu.Pustovarov
- Sport-technical commission: Yu.Khodak
- Children-Youth commission: V.Pashchenko
- Commission of Propaganda and Agitation: V.Oratovsky
- Commission of sport structures and inventory: V.Korytny

By the end of 1977 Mykola Fedorovych Fominykh replaced Oleh Oleksandrovych Oshenkov as the Chief director of the Republican Sport Committee. In 1980 a special directorate was created the Directorate of sport structures director of which was appointed B.M.Voskresensky. In 1983 the Football Federation of UkrSSR was recognized as the best in the Soviet Union.

On April 29, 1987 the new plenum of the Federation elected Yuriy Oleksandrovych Pustovarov as its president for his successful work with the Commission of mass-organized activities replacing M.Fominykh who was appointed as his deputy. Remarkable is the fact that at the plenum Viktor Bannykov was elected to the presidium of the Federation. The head of the scientific-methodical council was elected A.Popov.
- Commission of mass-organized activities: F.Martyniuk
- Sport-technical commission: V.Baydiuk
- Republican Collegiate of Referees: L.Sarkisov
- Children-Youth commission: M.Chernysh
- Committee of Development Activities: V.Oratovsky
- Council of Football Veterans: A.Idzkovsky
- Commission of Propaganda and Agitation: B.Nartovsky
- Commission of sport structures and inventory: V.Korytny

In July 1989 in Soviet Union was created the Union of football leagues of USSR as an autonomous organization to improve the organization the football sport events. Among its administrative council were several Ukrainian coaches such as Valeriy Lobanovskiy, Yevhen Lemeshko, and others. The constituent conference of this organization took place at the end of July to accept the statute of the organization and review the structure of organization 1990 Soviet championship. However the statute of the Union was liquidated by the chief director of the State Sport Committee of USSR V.Koloskov and the Union was simply incorporated into the Soviet Federation as one of its numerous other committees. On January 9–10 the All-Union football conference took place in Moscow that decided to simplify the Union of football leagues of USSR and replace it with a some sort of committee. Valeriy Lobanovskiy was called for an interview in the ideological department of the Central Committee of Soviet Communist Party to find a common ground.


- M.S.Kuznetsov – May 1963 (Kuznetsov had intentions to get a membership in FIFA as an independent association)
- Anton Leonardovych Idzkovsky May 1963 – Jan 1964
- Fedor Martyanovych Martyniuk Jan 1964–1968
- Fedor Martyanovych Martyniuk 1968–1971
- Oleh Oleksandrovych Oshenkov 1971–1973
- Oleh Oleksandrovych Oshenkov 1973 – Mar 18, 1975
- - V.Oratovsky (deputy)
- - Yu.Pustovarov (deputy)
- Mykola Fedorovych Fominykh Mar 18, 1975 – Apr 29, 1987
- - V.Oratovsky (deputy)
- - Yu.Pustovarov (deputy)
- Yuriy Oleksandrovych Pustovarov Apr 29, 1987 – Dec 1989
- - M.Fominykh
- - V.Pashchenko
- Mykola Fedorovych Fominykh Dec 1989 – Dec 1991


Senior National team
- 2006 World Cup quarterfinals

Junior National team (U-21)
- 2006 European championship finals

Senior-youth National team (U-19)
- 2000 European championship finals
- 2009 European champions

Junior-youth National team (U-17)
- 1994 European championship bronze medals

Student National team
- Two Gold medals of Football at the 2009 Summer Universiade in 2009 Summer Universiade, Serbia and Football at the 2007 Summer Universiade in 2007 Summer Universiade, Thailand.
- A Silver medal of Football at the 2001 Summer Universiade in 2001 Summer Universiade, China.

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