SHORT HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN KOSOVA

P E R I O D     I

The first ball in Kosova was brought by a student from Grenoble in 1919 but it is said that in 1914 football was played by Austro-Hungarians who served in Kosova at that time. Football in Kosova was played very early but the first football clubs were formed in 1922 in Gjakova and FC Prishtina in Prishtina and later on there were formed other clubs. Competitions were not regular because of unstable situation prevailing at that time.

P E R I O D     II

This period begins after the Second World War from 1945 until 1991. At this time the football in Yugoslavia makes a rapid progress and together with it also the Kosovar Football when the Football Federation of Kosova was formed in 1946 and associated as a branch of Yugoslav Football Federationin 1948. In the first Yugoslav league, FC Prishtina was distinguished the most and for one year, FC Trepça was a member of that first Yugoslav league. The second state league continuously used to have 3 to 4 Kosovar football clubs. Within these two Federal leagues, there were competing Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Vojvodina, Kosova and Macedonia, all of them in a unique league.

Kosova used to have its own first league, the first one from which directly played in the second Yugoslav league. It used to have also its own second and third league.

Kosova at that time had its own Football Federation associated to Football Federation of Yugoslavia (FSJ), representatives in Assembly of FSJ, federal referees and many employees of the highest level.

P E R I O D     III

In the time of Yugoslav disintegration, exactly in 1991, the Kosovar football was in its zenith and continuously used to have 4 to 5 clubs in the first two Federal leagues. However, deterioration of the political situation reflected also in the sports. It was almost impossible to play football notably in Kosova. Because of that in August 1991 the best Kosovar football club Prishtina with a bright tradition in the first Yugoslav League abandons the Yugoslav professional league because there were no more guarantees for the security of players and other officials and neither for the Kosovar funs.

Reaction of the Milosevic’s regime was unprecedented in the history of sports. He withdrew all clubs of all sports and definitely removed from their fields all sportsmen in Kosova as he did with workers leaving them in streets. All levels of football leagues in Kosova disappeared in one day by the criminal hand of Serbian regime.

In 1991 after this unprecedented act of the Serbian – Yugoslav regime, good willing football fans in Kosova showed clearly that they could not be living without football and in absurd conditions for the 20th Century. They formed the Football Federation of Kosova, independent from the FF of Yugoslavia with all its organs: President, Board of 12 Members from respective regions of Kosova, Commissions, Associations, etc.

The first game was played in the Flamurtari stadium in Prishtina on 13 September 1991, which marked the start of the first independent championship in Kosova. The first league counted 20 teams while other leagues depending on regions but playing on only improvised fields, in very difficult conditions.

Throughout the football stadiums in Kosova, then there used to play only 8% of the total population, Serbs. Tortures, beatings were present in any lap but football in Kosova survived and was played until January 1998 when the Serbian military campaign began against the civil population of Kosova. Also during this period (1991-1998) in Kosova, football was played according to UEFA and FIFA rules and any amendment of their rules immediately applied in the system of our competitions.

PERIOD    IV

Stage IV of football in Kosova began immediately after the end of war in Kosova in 1999 when the Football Federation of Kosova was reorganized. Its Assembly was constituted, its Statute was passed, clubs were confirmed, Commissions, associations were appointed etc. The First League counted 18 teams, Second League in two groups with 14 teams each.

From 1991 to date, it was played continuously under the UEFA and FIFA rules.

Presently, in the new 2009/2010 season, Kosova has its Super League with 12 teams, First League with 16 teams, Second League – in two groups with 15 teams each League, Women League, Futsal Competition in four levels, Juniors League and all age’s groups who compete according to FIFA and UEFA system.

Note: In 1999 after NATO attacks, the Serbian Football Federation in Kosova takes all relevant documents from archive and destroyed the rest.

CHAMPIONS OF FIRST LEAGUE OF KOSOVA FROM 1946

1945 Jedinstvo (Prishtinë)
1946 Jedinstvo
1947 Trepça (Mitrovicë)
1947-48 Proleteri(Prishtinë)
1948-49 Trepça
1949-50 Trepça
1950-51 Kosova (Prishtinë)
1951-52 Trepça
1953-54 Kosova
1954-55 Trepça
1955-56 Rudari(Stantërg)
1956-57 Rudniku (Hajvali)
1957-58 Rudari
1958-59 Prishtina
1959-60 Rudari
1960-61 Prishtina
1961-62 Buduqnosti (Pejë)
1962-63 C.Zvezda (Gjilan)
1963-64 Slloga (Lypian)
1964-65 Slloga
1965-66 Buduqnosti
1966-67 Obiliqi (Kastriot)
1967-68 Vëllaznimi (Gjakovë)
1968-69 Vëllaznimi
1969-70 Vëllaznimi
1970-71 Vëllaznimi
1971-72 Obiliqi
1972-73 Fushë-Kosova
1973-74 Vëllaznimi
1974-75 Liria(Prizren)
1975-76 KXEK Kosova
1976-77 Prishtina
1977-78 Buduqnosti
1978-79 Prishtina
1979-80 Vëllaznimi
1980-81 Liria
1981-82 Vëllaznimi
1982-83 KNI ”Ramiz Sadiku”
1983-84 Liria
1984-85 C.Zvezda
1985-86 Vëllaznimi
1986-87 Liria
1987-88 C.Zvezda
1988-89 Buduqnosti
1989-90 Vëllaznimi
1990-91 Fushë-Kosova
1991-92 Prishtina
1992-93 Trepça
1993-94 Dukagjini
1994-95 Liria
1995-96 Prishtina
1996-97 Prishtina
1997-98 -99 War in Kosovo

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 1999 – 2015
1999-00 Prishtina
2000-01 Prishtina
2001-02 Besiana
2002-03 Drita (Gjilan)
2003-04 Prishtina
2004-05 Besa (Pejë)
2005-06 Besa
2006-07 Besa
2007-08 Prishtina
2008-09 Prishtina
2009-10 Trepça
2010-11 Hysi
2011-12 Prishtina
2012-13 Prishtina
2013-14 Llamkos Kosova
2014-15 Feronikeli
CHAMPIONSHIP 1999 – 2000
3 competition levels
137 participant teams in the competitions organized by FFK

a) League I 18 teams
b) League II 28 teams (2 x14)
c) League III 91 teams divided in 7 groups

In the end of Championship from the League I were dismissed 4 teams (Uniteti, 2 Korriku, Kika and Ballkani) and were included 2 teams for the season 2001/02 (Drenica and Rahoveci).

1430 matches in total were played during this football championship season

1280 championship matches

150 matches for the Cup of Kosova in football

The Championship for the season 1999/2000…………FC “Prishtina” from Prishtina

Winner of the Kosova Cup 1999/2000 ……………… FC “Gjilani” from Gjilani
CHAMPIONSHIP 2000 – 2001

3 competition levels (seniors)

134 teams of senior categories in the competitions organized by FFK

a) League I 16 teams
b) League II 28 teams (2 x 14)
c) League III 90 teams divided in 8 groups
In the end of the Championship were dismissed 2 clubs (Beselidhja and Rahoveci). New members of the League I for the Championship 2001/2002 are Ferronikeli and Vellazeria.

1792 developed matches (championship and for the cup)

1600 championship developed matches

192 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova

Champion for the season 2000/2001 FC “Prishtina” from Prishtina

Winner of the Kosova Cup 2000/2001 FC “Drita” from Gjilan
CHAMPIONSHIP 2001 – 2002

3 competition levels (seniors)

90 teams of seniors participated in the competitions organized by FFK

a) League I 14 teams
b) League II 28 teams (2 x 14)
c) League III 48 teams (4 x 12)
1244 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1256 championship developed matches

88 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova

From the League I in the end of the Championship were dismissed 2 clubs (Vellazeria and Llapi). New members of the League I for the Championship 2002/2003 are Vellaznimi from Gjakova and Ferizaji

Champion for the season 2001/2002 FC “Besiana” from Podujeva

Winner of the Kosova Cup 2001/2002 FC “Besiana” from Podujeva

 

CHAMPOINSHIP 2002 – 2003

3 competition levels (seniors)

90 teams of seniors participated in the competitions organized by FFK

a) League I 14 teams
b) League II 28 teams (2 x 14)
c) League III 48 teams (4 x 12)
1319 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1256 championship developed matches

63 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova

From the League I in the end of the Championship 2 clubs were dismissed (Liria and Dukagjini). New members of the League I for the Championship 2003/2004 are KEK and Getoari

Kosova Champion for the season 2002/2003 FC “Drita” from Gjilan

Winner of the Kosova Cup 2002/2003 FC “KEK” from Kastriot

 

CHAMPIONSHIP 2003 – 2004

3 competition levels (seniors)

90 teams of seniors participated in the competitions organized by FFK

a) League I 14 teams
b) League II 28 teams (2 x 14)
c) League III 48 teams (4 x 12)
1338 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1256 championship developed matches

82 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova

From the League I in the end of the Championship 2 clubs were dismissed (Gjilan leaves earlier due the official results and Besiana from Podujeva). New members of the League I for the Championship 2004/2005 are Liria from Prizren and Llap from Podujeva.

Kosova Champion for the season 2003/2004 FC “Prishtina” from Prishtina

Winner of the Kosova Cup 2003/2004 FC “Kosova” from Prishtina

 

CHAMPOINSHIP 2004 – 2005

4 competition levels

88 teams participated in the regular competitions organized by FFK

a) Super League 12 teams (Play-off and Play-out)
b) League I 12 teams (Play-off and Play-out)
c) League II 28 teams (2 x 14) regular competitions
d) League III 48 teams (4 x 12) regular competitions
1362 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1274 championship developed matches

88 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova in football

In the end of the Championship were dismissed Drita from Gjilan and Llap from Podujeva. New members of the Super League for the Championship 2005/2006 are Gjilan from Gjilan and Besiana from Podujeva.

Kosova Champion for this season was FC “Besa” from Peja

Winner of the Kosova Cup was FC “Besa” from Peja

 

CHAMPOINSHIP 2005 – 2006

4 competition levels

88 teams participated in the regular competitions organized by FFK

a) Super League 12 teams (Play-off and Play-out)
b) League I 12 teams (Play-off and Play-out)
c) League II 28 teams (2 x 14) regular competitions
d) League III 48 teams (4 x 12) regular competitions
1097 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1014 championship developed matches

83 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova in football

Kosova Champion for the season 2005/2006 in the Super League was FC “Besa” from Peja

Winner of the Kosova Cup for the season 2005/ 2006 was FC “Prishtina” from Prishtina

 

CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 – 2007

3 competition levels

58 teams participated in the regular competitions organized by FFK

a) Super League 16 teams
b) League I 14 teams
c) League II 28 teams divided in two groups 2 x 14
1118 developed matches (championship and for the cup of Kosova)

1060 championship developed matches in the three levels and two categories (senior – junior)

58 matches developed for the Cup of Kosova in football

Kosova Champion for the season 2006/ 2007 was FC “Besa” from Peja

Winner of the Kosova Cup for the season 2006/2007 was FC “Besa” from Peja

 

CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 – 2008

3 Competition levels

Super League 16 teams, 240 matches, 715 goals
First League 14 teams, 182 matches, 639 goals
Two groups with 14 teams, 182 matches, 562 goals
1156 developed matches

Champion of Super league: FC Prishtina

CUP winner FC Vëllaznimi

 

CHAMPIONSHIP 2008 – 2009

3 Competition levels

Super league, 16 teams, 240 matches, 673 goals
First league, 14 teams, 182 matches, 632 goals
Two Second leagues, 26 teams, 240 matches, 1138 goals
1012 developed matches

Champion of Super league: FC Prishtina

CUP winner: FC Hysi

 

CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 – 2010

Champion: Trepça (Mitrovica)

CUP Winner: Liria (Prizren)

Football Competitions organized by the Football Federation of Kosova

The Football Federation of Kosova (FFK) organized and supervised all football activities in Republic of Kosova.

Permanent competitions organized and supervised by FFK are, as follow:

National Championship of football (senior),
Football Cup of Kosova,
National Futsal competition
National Championship for juniors,
Football Cup of Kosova for Juniors and Young age groups and
Final Competitions for young age groups.
NOTE: From the next season (2008/2009), the FFK has decided, and is ready to organize the National Championship for Women too.

National Championship for Senior’s
Football Championship of Kosova, for edition 2009/2010 is organized in League system, in this

form:

SUPER LEAGUE with 12 teams,
FIRST LEAGUE with 16 teams,
SECOND LEAGUE in two groups – each group having 14 teams.
Football Cup of Kosova
At the first round of Cup competition, do take part the teams of First and Second League,
From 1/16 of finals, Super league teams get involved,
Until the 1/16 round – one game takes place,

From the Semi final – two games take place.

The final match, one match that takes place at the City stadium in Prishtina.

National Futsal competition

There are three levels of competition in Futsal:

Super league with 10 teams,
First league with 10 teams and
Regional leagues organized from regions.
National Championship for Women

From this season (2010/2011) we begin with official competitions for women football.

Currently there are eight (8) teams in First League

National Championship for juniors

All Teams of the Super league and First league are obliged to also have junior teams for competition.

There are two levels of competitions for juniors:

Super league with 16 teams and
First league with 10 teams.
Football Cup of Kosova for Juniors and Young age groups

The Cup competitions are similar to the Football Cup of Kosova competition for seniors.

Final Competitions for young age groups

Competitions for young age groups are organized by seven (7) regional Football Leagues.

The Final competitions are organized and supervised by the Competition Committee of the FFK and are invited to compete only first-place teams from each of the seven regional leagues.