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The Basque Football Federation (Basque: Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea, EFF; Spanish: Federación Vasca de Fútbol, FVF) is the body responsible for managing association football in the Basque Country autonomous region. Its offices are in the Txurdinaga neighbourhood of Bilbao.

Basque Football Federation
Basque Football Association logo.png
Founded1988
PresidentLuis Elustondo[1]
WebsiteBasque Football Federation

The federation manages several leagues such as the Basque Youth League and the Basque Women's Football League, as well as the Basque regional stage of the Federation Cup. It also organises Group 4 of the regionalised Tercera División (the fourth tier of the men's Spanish football league system), although unlike most parts of the country, the leagues at the fifth level and below are administered separately by provincial federations for Álava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa.

The federation organises and selects the Basque Country national football team which draws its players not only from the Basque Country autonomous region, but also the neighbouring Basque regions of Navarre and the French Basque Country.[2][3][4] The women's senior national team also follows this model, but the various youth representative squads contesting nationwide competitions, and the Basque amateur-level selection playing in the Spanish stage of the UEFA Regions' Cup, are composed of players only from the Basque Country autonomous region.

The Basque Football Federation is part of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

HistoryEdit

In the early 20th century, football federations were formed for each of the Basque regions of Biscay (1913, as the 'North Federation' with Cantabria) and Gipuzkoa (a 1918 offshoot), with each holding their own tournaments (the Biscay Championship and Gipuzkoa Championship respectively). As long ago as 1931 the idea of creating a single federation for the whole Basque Country was considered,[5] but for various reasons this was not done at that time. In 1988 the Basque Football Federacion was finally created, encompassing the original provincial federations as well as a new one for Álava (split off from Gipuzkoa the previous year), each of which continues to organise football competitions within their area.[6][7]

PurposeEdit

The Basque Football Federation's purpose is to promote, organise and authorise association football competition across the Basque Country autonomous region.

In addition to this, it selects and arranges fixtures for the Basque Country national football team l,[8] for which it aims to gain UEFA and FIFA affiliation so that it can participate in regular international competitions.[9]

FIFA affiliationEdit

The Basque Football Federation has as one of its aims the official participation of the Basque Country national team in international competitions.[9]

In 1979 Pablo Porta, president of the Spanish Football Federation, stated that the Basque Country might participate in the next World Cup; he explained that in the same way that Welsh clubs participate in the English league but are also represented by the Welsh national team, so the same model could be used in Spain.[10] However this idea has not been implemented.

In 2010 the Basque Football Federation changed its statutes to claim responsibility for international competitions in the greater Basque Country, but the Supreme Court of Spain suspended these new statutes.[11]

In 2012 it was decided by the Constitutional Court of Spain that the Basque Country could compete in international competitions so long as it did not compete against Spain.[12]

In early 2019, the Federation voted in favour of applying to FIFA and UEFA for official recognition for the team.[13]

CompetitionsEdit

The Basque Football Federation organises the following competitions:

ChampionsEdit

These tables provide the winners of the competitions administered by the Basque Football Federation each season.

Tercera DivisiónEdit

Winners of the Basque Country fourth tier group,[15] with possible promotion to the level above and an entry to the following season's Copa del Rey.[16]

Season Winning Club Province Points Promoted Segunda B Copa del Rey
1980–81 SD Erandio Club Biscay 55 Yes 7th 1st round
1981–82 SD Eibar Gipuzkoa 51 No N/A 3rd round
1982–83 SCD Durango Biscay 55 No N/A 1st round
1983–84 CD Santurtzi Biscay 59 No N/A 2nd Round
1984–85 CD Basconia Biscay 56 No N/A 2nd Round
1985–86 SD Eibar (2) Gipuzkoa 58 Yes 7th Round of 16
1986–87 SCD Durango (2) Biscay 51 Yes 8th 1st round
1987–88 Barakaldo CF Biscay 53 Yes 2nd Did not enter
1988–89 CD Santurtzi (2) Biscay 55 Yes 12th Did not enter
1989–90 Deportivo Alavés Álava 60 Yes 2nd 2nd round
1990–91 CD Hernani Gipuzkoa 50 Yes 14th 2nd round
1991–92 Real Union Gipuzkoa 53 No N/A 2nd Round
1992–93 Real Union (2) Gipuzkoa 54 Yes 14th 2nd round
1993–94 Amurrio Club Álava 53 Yes 11th Did not enter
1994–95 CD Aurrerá de Vitoria Álava 55 Yes 9th 1st round
1995–96 Zalla UC Biscay 78 Yes 19th (R) 2nd round
1996–97 CD Touring Gipuzkoa 72 No N/A Did not enter
1997–98 CD Basconia (2) Biscay 71 No[a] N/A N/A[b]
1998–99 Real Sociedad B Gipuzkoa 89 No N/A N/A[b]
1999–2000 Real Sociedad B (2) Gipuzkoa 82 No N/A N/A[b]
2000–01 SD Lemona Biscay 92 No N/A Round of 64
2001–02 SD Lemona (2) Biscay 78 No N/A Round of 64
2002–03 CD Basconia (3) Biscay 71 No[a] N/A N/A[b]
2003–04 Sestao River Club Biscay 78 Yes 19th (R) First round
2004–05 Club Portugalete Biscay 83 Yes 19th (R) Second round
2005–06 Sestao River Club (2) Biscay 90 Yes 5th First round
2006–07 Zalla UC Biscay 76 No N/A First round
2007–08 Club Portugalete (2) Biscay 69 No N/A Round of 32
2008–09 CD Lagun Onak Gipuzkoa 73 No N/A Third round
2009–10 Real Sociedad B (3) Gipuzkoa 75 Yes 11th N/A[b]
2010–11 SD Amorebieta Biscay 81 Yes 4th First round
2011–12 CD Laudio Álava 77 No N/A First round
2012–13 CD Laudio Álava 81 Yes 17th (R) Third round
2013–14 SD Leioa Biscay 81 Yes 15th Third round
2014–15 Club Portugalete (3) Biscay 75 Yes 19th (R) First round
2015–16 Zamudio SD Biscay 74 Yes 20th (R) First round
2016–17 Deportivo Alavés B Álava 74 No N/A N/A[b]
2017–18 SCD Durango (3) Biscay 77 Yes TBU First round
  1. ^ a b Ineligible for promotion due to the presence of another team in the same club structure in the level above.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ineligible for the Copa del Rey due to being a subsidiary of another club.

WomenEdit

Liga Vasca FemeninaEdit

The Liga Vasca (Basque League) was introduced (along with other regional sections) in the 2012–13 season as a stage between the provincial leagues and the Segunda División, which is also divided into geographical groups.[17] The table also shows the winner of the promotion playoff between the Álava, Gipuzkoa and Biscay leagues in the seasons prior to the introduction of the all-Basque league.[18]

Season Winning Club Province Points Segunda
2007–08 CD Aurrerá de Vitoria Álava N/A 4th
2008–09 Abanto Club Biscay N/A 7th
2009–10 CF Berrio-Otxoa Biscay N/A 10th
2010–11 Pauldarrak FKT Biscay N/A 8th
2011–12 Zarautz KE Gipuzkoa N/A 14th (R)
2012–13 Barakaldo CF Biscay 69[a] 12th (R)
2013–14 CD Mariño KK Gipuzkoa 62[a] 8th
2014–15 SD Eibar Gipuzkoa 62[a] 4th
2015–16 CD Gasteizko Neskak Álava 79[b] 8th
2016–17 Zarautz KE Gipuzkoa 71[b] 13th (R)
2017–18 Bizkerre FT Biscay 81[b] 7th
2018–19 Tolosa CF Gipuzkoa 71[b] .
  1. ^ a b c 14 teams in group.
  2. ^ a b c d 16 teams in group.

Copa Vasca FemeninaEdit

The Copa Vasca (Basque Cup) has been held since the 1980s. In its current incarnation, it is usually disputed between clubs from the region who are not in the Primera División; the senior team of Athletic Bilbao have never taken part since their formation in 2002, although their B-team has featured in several finals.

The Copa Vasca should not be confused with the Copa Euskal Herria (Basque Country Cup), operated by a different organisation, which does include top division clubs – all of the finals of that competition have featured Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.[19]

Season Province Winners Score Runners-up
1995–96 (I)[20] Gipuzkoa Eibartarrak FT CD Sondika
1996–97 (II)
1997–98 (III)
1998–99 (IV)[21] Biscay CD Sondika
1999–2000 (V)[20] Gipuzkoa Oiartzun KE Eibartarrak FT
2000–01 (VI)
2001–02 (VII)[21][20] Gipuzkoa Eibartarrak FT Añorga KKE
2002–03 (VIII)
2003–04 (IX)[22][23] Biscay Athletic Club B 0–0[a] CD Mariño KK
2004–05 (X)[24] Biscay Athletic Club B 2–2[b] Añorga KKE
2005–06 (XI)[22][20] Gipuzkoa SD Eibar Añorga KKE
2006–07 (XII)[22][20] Gipuzkoa Real Sociedad SD Eibar
2007–08 (XIII)[25] Biscay SD San Ignacio 1–1[c] Oiartzun KE
2008–09 (XIV)[26] Álava CD Aurrerá de Vitoria 2–1 Athletic Club B
2009–10 (XV)[27] Álava CD Aurrerá de Vitoria 3–0 Abanto Club
2010–11 (XVI)[28] Biscay Athletic Club B 2–0 SD Eibar
2011–12 (XVII)[29] Gipuzkoa Añorga KKE 2–1 Athletic Club B
2012–13 (XVIII)[30] Gipuzkoa Oiartzun KE 3–2 Real Sociedad
2013–14 (IXX)[31] Biscay Pauldarrak FKT 1–0 Añorga KKE
2014–15 (XX)[32][33] Biscay Athletic Club B 2–0 Añorga KKE
2015–16 (XXI)[34] Gipuzkoa Añorga KKE 1–1[d] SD Eibar
2016–17 (XXII)[35][36] Biscay Pauldarrak FKT 1–0 Athletic Club B
2017–18 (XXIII)[37] Biscay Athletic Club B 4–2 Añorga KKE
2018–19 (XXIV)[38] Biscay Athletic Club B 3–0 CD Aurrerá de Vitoria
  1. ^ Athletic B won on penalties
  2. ^ Athletic B won on penalties
  3. ^ San Ignacio won on penalties
  4. ^ Añorga won on penalties

Notable clubs affiliated to BFFEdit

PresidentsEdit

Laurentzi Gana Gorozika (1992- )

Iñaki Dobaran Garetxana (2006-2009)[9]

Santiago Arostegi Oleagordia (2009-2012)[39][40]

Luis Maria Elustondo Ciarreta (2012–present)[41]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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