Croatian Football Federation

Croatian Football Federation

Croatian Football Federation

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The Croatian Football Federation (Croatian: Hrvatski nogometni savez or HNS) is the governing body of association football in Croatia. It was originally formed in 1912 and is based in the capital city of Zagreb. The organisation is a member of both FIFA and UEFA, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in Croatia. Its current president is Vlatko Marković, who was first appointed to his position in December 1998, and was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

The HNS sanctions all competitive football matches in Croatia, either directly, beginning with the 3. HNL on down, or indirectly through the associations of professional football clubs, who manage 1. HNL and 2. HNL, the first and second divisions of Croatia, respectively, as well as the Croatian Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams. As of 2009, the HNS had 118,316 registered players (650 of them professionals) and a total of 1,732 registered association football and futsal clubs.

History

Early years (1912–1945)

The organisation traces its roots to the Croatian Sports Federation (Hrvatski športski savez), which was founded on 8 October 1909 in Zagreb, at the time when Croatia was part of Austria–Hungary. The federation organised all sports in the country and its first president was Hinko Würth, the chairman of HAŠK football...
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