Football Authority of Achtervolging
| Football Association of Achtervolging|
Voetbal Gezagsdrager van Achtervolging
|No. of teams||~958 (2008 reg'd)|
|Most recent champion||n/a|
|TV partner(s)||AchterTV Sports|
The Football Authority of Achtervolging (FAA/VGA) (aka. Voetbal Gezagsdrager van Achtervolging, locally) is the governing body of football in Achtervolging. All football, from the Elite League right down to the Under 5 mini-football are overseen by this organisation. Leagues are organised into different Tiers and Categories. The FAA runs Cup Tournaments at all Tiers and in all Categories, but individual Clubs may host tournaments in Local League football.
History of Football in Achtervolging
Before Democracy brought together the peoples of Achtervolging, football was played in many localised leagues, some professional, but mostly amateur. The more skilled and financially backed teams often challenged neighbouring county squads to friendlies and tournaments.
Football was being played in every corner of the nation, but there was no organised leagues to give any meaning to all the games.
The New League
When Achtervolging became a democratic nation, in an attempt to bring all citizens together, the Royal House of Boenck formed the FAA to unify and create and solid football structure to promote healthy competition and active youth.
A primary goal of FAA is to create a national system that will promote top-notch football in order to field teams at the National level for both men and women, and challenge for football supremacy at the World Cup.
Between the Elite League and the Second League
The bottom 2 teams in the Elite League (15th and 16th place) are automatically relegated, and the Champion and runner-up of the Second League are automatically promoted. The team placed 14th in the Elite League, as well as teams placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the Second League participate in a randomly drawn playoff with the winner getting the final place in the Elite League.
Between the Second League and the National League
The bottom 3 teams in the Second League (14th - 16th place) are automatically relegated, and the Champion in each of the National Division are automatically promoted. Teams placed 2nd and 3rd in the National Leagues participate in a randomly drawn playoff with the winner getting the final place in the Second League.
Elite League of Achtervolging Football
16 teams, top level of football, relegates directly to Second League.
Second League of Achtervolging Football
16 teams, promotes directly to Elite League, relegation by club choice or league vote to Local Leagues.
Starting in 2008/2009 a new 40 team, two division league will operate between the Second League and the 10 regional leagues. In order to form this league, the top 4 teams from the 10 regional leagues will be invited to participate. Promotion/Relegation procedures have yet to be determined.
Varying number of Leagues/Divisions at the city/town level for males. Varies from year to year. Several cities/towns may group together to form a league/division at this level. Teams in the top level of a Regional League may compete for a place in the National Leagues.
Major Cup Competitions
As it stands now, Reserve teams are limited to club arranged friendlies and tournaments.
School teams, including all Universities, Colleges, and High Schools.
Covers all youth leagues male, female, and mixed. From U5-U19.
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