History of the Football Union of Russia

October 12 (24 according to the current calendar) 1897 is considered to be the starting point of football in Russia when the first official match took place. The match involved “Saint-Petersburg sports lovers section” (“Sport”) football team and “Vasileostrovsky football society” team and was announced in national sports mass media. The later team gained 6:0 victory. All-Russian Football Union was established on January 6 (19), 1912 and the same year joined FIFA.

Main milestones in the history of the Russian Football

October 24, 1897  - First registered match of Russian football teams («“Saint-Petersburg sports lovers section” - “Vasileostrovsky football society”, 0:6).

January 19, 1912 – Establishment of the first official football governing body in Russia – all-Russian Football Union.

June 30, 1912  - All-Russian Football Union joined FIFA.

June 30, 1912 – First match of the Russian National team in an official international tournament (Russia - Finland, the Olympic Games, 1:2).

July 19-25, 1920 – First official national (RSFSR)Football Championship.

September 3-9, 1923 - First official national USSR Football Championship.

November 16, 1924 – First official international match of the USSR National team (vs. Turkey, 3:0, Moscow).

August 17, 1928 – Inauguration of the first stadium complied with international standards («Dynamo» stadium, Moscow).

October 16, 1934 – First match of a Russian team vs. a European professional football club  (Moscow selection team vs. ČAFC Židenice, the Czech and Slovak republic, 3:2).

December 27, 1934 – Establishment of the USSR Football Section (since May 26, 1959 – the USSR Football Federation).

June 15, 1954 – the USSR Football Section joined UEFA.

December 8 , 1956 – the USSR National team victory at the Olympics in Melbourne.

July 10, 1960 – the USSR National team won the first UEFA European Championship.

May 27, 1964 – “Ballon D’Or” was awarded to the best European player Lev Yashin, the goalkeeper of the USSR National team.

June 21, 1964 – the USSR National team is the runner-up at UEFA European Championship.

September 2 , 1965 – The debut of a Soviet football club in European club competitions («Dynamo» Kiev vs. «Coleraine», Northern Ireland,  UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 6:1).

July 28,  1966 – 4th place of the USSR National team at FIFA World Cup (the current best result).

June 18, 1972 - the USSR National team is the runner-up at UEFA European Championship.

May 14, 1975 – The first title of a Soviet football club in UEFA club competitions.  FC Dynamo Kiev won UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

October 6, 1975 – FC Dynamo Kiev won UEFA Super Cup.

December 30, 1975 - “Ballon D’Or” was awarded to the best European player Oleg Blokhin, a forward of the USSR National team.

May 13, 1981 - FC Dynamo Tbilissi won UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

May 2, 1986 - FC Dynamo Kiev won UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

December 30, 1986 - “Ballon D’Or” was awarded to the best European player Igor Belanov, a forward of the USSR National team.

June 25, 1988 - the USSR National team is the runner-up at UEFA European Championship.

October 1, 1988 – The USSR National team won the Olympic Tournament at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

February 8, 1992 – Establishment of the Football Union of Russia – all-Russian public sports organization, legal successor of all-Russian Football Union and USSR Football Federation.

March 29, 1992 – Match Day 1 of the First Championship of Russia .

April 24, 1996 – 3rd place (the best ever) of the Russian National team in FIFA Ranking.

October 24, 1997 – A 100th Anniversary of Russian Football.

May 18, 2005 – PFC CSKA won UEFA Cup.

May 14, 2008 – FC Zenit won UEFA Cup.

June 26, 2008 – 3rd place of the Russian National team of UEFA EURO 2008.

August 29, 2008 – FC Zenit won UEFA SuperCup.

December 2, 2010 – Russia was awarded with the right to host FIFA World Cup 2018.

September 11, 2011 – the Russian National Beachsoccer  team won FIFA Beachsoccer World Cup.

January 19, 2012 – A 100th Anniversary of the Football Union of Russia  (All-Russian Football Union).