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Austrian Football Association

Austrian Football Association
Association crest
Founded 1904
FIFA affiliation 1905
UEFA affiliation 1954
President Dr. Leo Windtner

The Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) (Austrian Bundesliga, the Austrian Cup and the Austrian national team, as well as its female equivalent. It is based in the capital, Vienna.

Since 1905, it has been a skiing, the most popular sport in Austria. Football possesses a large value, and has a rich history and tradition in Austria.


  • History 1
  • Regional organisations 2
  • Former Presidents 3
  • External links 4


In 1894, the First Vienna Football Club, the first football team in Austria, were founded in Vienna. From this nucleus, the Austrian Football Association was established in 1904. One year after the establishment, Austria became a member of the international football federation FIFA and hosted the fifth FIFA congress in 1908.

The milestones of the federation and past football history were the years 1930 to 1933, 1950 to 1954 and then 1958 as well as 1978, 1982, 1990 and 1998 with the participation of Austria at the World Cup.

Hugo Meisl was one of the best-known personalities in the early years of the Austrian Football Association, becoming General-Secretary and national team coach in 1927. At the 1936 Summer Olympics, his team won Silver after losing 2-1Italy, Austria's only international final. Meisl's team, nicknamed the Wunderteam, remained unbeaten from 12 April 1931 to 23 October 1932 in 14 successive matches. The highlights of this series were the 6-0 (Berlin) and 5-0 (Vienna) victories against Germany.

The 1950s saw more achievements with their well-known football greats such as Ernst Ocwirk (twice captain of the FIFA World Selection Team), Ernst Happel, Gerhard Hanappi and Walter Zeman. The FIFA World Cup 1954 ranks among being most successful in Austrian Football Association history. Twenty years after being in 4th place in the FIFA World Cup 1934 held in Italy, Austria returned to the circle of the best teams again.

Regional organisations

  • Burgenländischer Fußball-Verband (BFV) [1]
  • Niederösterreichischer Fußball-Verband (NOEFV) [2]
  • Oberösterreichischer Fußball-Verband (OOEFV) [3]
  • Salzburg Football Association (German: Salzburger Fußball-Verband - SFV)
  • Steirischer Fußballverband (StFV) [4]
  • Tiroler Fußball-Verband (TFV) [5]
  • Vorarlberger Fußball-Verband (VFV) [6]
  • Vienna Football Association (German: Wiener Fußball-Verband - WFV)

Former Presidents

President since 2009: Leo Windtner.

External links

  • Austrian Football Association
  • Austria at FIFA site
  • Austria at UEFA site

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