Federación Argentina de Football
The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a dissident football association of Argentina that organised its own championships from 1912 to 1914. The Argentine Football Association did not recognised those championships until both associations were merged in 1914. Currently all the championships organised by the FAF are considered officials by the AFA.
|Founded||14 June 1912 |
|Folded||December 23, 1914|
|President||Ricardo Aldao (1912-14)|
The breakup came after a conflict between the president of Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires, Ricardo Aldao, and the Argentine Football Association. As a result, several teams retired from the official body to form their own league, therefore the FAF was officially established on June 14, 1912.
Dissident clubs and founding members of FAF were Independiente, Porteño, Estudiantes (LP), Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA), Argentino de Quilmes, Atlanta, Kimberley (Villa Devoto) and Sociedad Sportiva Argentina. Independiente would be the first champion of the FAF in 1912.
The next year, Hispano Argentino and Tigre were added to the competition, increasing the number of teams to 10. By 1914 the number of teams decreased to 8 at the end of competition, because of the rejection of Tigre and Argentino de Quilmes. The body also organised a national cup, the Copa de Competencia La Nación, named after local newspaper La Nación that had donated the trophy.
After both associations, FAF and AFA were merged on December 23, 1914, there was a unique championship in 1915, with 25 teams taking part and four of them (Kimberley, Defensores de Belgrano, Comercio and Floresta) relegated at the end of the season.
The FAF organised several competitions, as listed below:
- Reserve teams.
- Historia on AFA website
- Campeones de Primera División, AFA website
- Historia del Fútbol Amateur en la Argentina, by Jorge Iwanczuk. Published by Autores Editores (1992) – ISBN 9504343848
- Argentina 1913 by Osvaldo Gorgazzi on RSSSF.com
- Argentina 1915 Archived May 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine on RSSSF.com