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Football Association of Norway
Norwegian Football Federation
Norwegian Football Federation logo.svg
Founded30 April 1902
PresidentTerje Svendsen [no]

The Norwegian Football Federation (Norwegian: Norges Fotballforbund; NFF) is the governing body of football in Norway. It was formed in 1902 and organises the men's and women's national teams, as well as the league systems for men and women (whose top levels are respectively the Eliteserien and Toppserien). The current president of NFF is Terje Svendsen. By 1 January 2004, there were 1,814 clubs organized in Norway and 373,532 registered players. It is the largest sports federation in Norway.

The NFF joined FIFA in 1908, and UEFA in 1954.

The NFF was part of an unsuccessful joint bid with the SvFF, the DBU and the SPL to host the UEFA Euro 2008 championship. The SvFF invited the NFF to join them in bidding for the UEFA Euro 2016 championship. The NFF and Norwegian politicians expressed support for such a proposal,[1] but Euro 2016 was eventually awarded to France.

On 20 June 2021, the federation is scheduled to have an extraordinary congress, to decide if the federation will boycott the qualification games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.[2]


In Spring 1902, Lyn invited representatives from Grane and Spring (both now defunct) to join together in forming a national football association. On April 30, 14 delegates from the three clubs met at the Hotel Bristol in Oslo. These were Trygve Karlsen, Arthur Nordlie, Leif Eriksen and Bredo Eriksen from Lyn; Just Hagemann, Isak Benjaminsen, Walter Aigeltinger and Emil Wettergreen from Grane; and Christen Hummel Johansen, Arne Baggerud, Birger Freihow, Thorleif Wibe and Thorvald Torgersen from Spring. Together they agreed to form a football association, and voted 9 to 5 to adopt the name proposed by Lyn - Norsk Fodboldforbund. Isak Benjaminsen from Grane was adopted as the first chairman.

International Honours


  • Olympic Bronze Medal 1936

U21 Men

  • European Championships Bronze Medal 1998, 2013


  • World Cup Silver Medal 1991
  • World Cup Gold Medal 1995
  • Olympic Gold Medal 2000
  • European Championships Gold Medal 1987, 1993
  • European Championships Silver Medal 1989, 1991, 2005, 2013
  • European Championships Bronze Medal 2009

Regional associations

  • NFF Agder
  • NFF Akershus
  • NFF Buskerud
  • NFF Finnmark
  • NFF Hordaland
  • NFF Hålogaland
  • NFF Indre Østland
  • Nordland fotballkrets
  • Nordmøre og Romsdal fotballkrets
  • Oslo fotballkrets
  • Rogaland fotballkrets
  • Sogn og Fjordane fotballkrets
  • Sunnmøre fotballkrets
  • Telemark fotballkrets
  • Troms fotballkrets
  • Trøndelag fotballkrets
  • Vestfold fotballkrets
  • Østfold fotballkrets



See also


  1. ^ "EM-idé får varm politisk mottakelse". 10 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Rått parti i boikottsaken".

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