Cyprus Football Association
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The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) is the governing body of football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 in Cyprus
Cyprus
Cyprus , officially the Republic of Cyprus , is a Eurasian island country, member of the European Union, in the Eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.The earliest known human activity on the...

. It organizes the football league, whose top league is Cypriot First Division
Cypriot First Division
The Cypriot Championship First Division is the top tier football league competition in Cyprus. As of 2007 it is sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank and is hence officially known as Marfin Laiki League .-Format:...

, Cypriot Cup, Cyprus FA Shield
Cyprus FA Shield
The Cyprus Football Association Shield or the LTV Super Cup is a Cypriot association football trophy, contested in an annual match between the Cypriot Champion and the winners of the Cypriot Cup. If a team wins The Double , then the Double winner plays the Cypriot Cup finalist...

 and the Cypriot national football team
Cyprus national football team
The Cyprus national football team represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Nioplias...

. It is based in Nicosia
Nicosia
Nicosia from , known locally as Lefkosia , is the capital and largest city in Cyprus, as well as its main business center. Nicosia is the only divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line...

. It Football was introduced to Cyprus early in the 20th century by the British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. Initially played in the island's schools, it proved hugely popular and a number of clubs were duly formed.

As football became established, the clubs were united in agreeing that an official body was needed to regulate the sport.
Encyclopedia
The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) is the governing body of football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 in Cyprus
Cyprus
Cyprus , officially the Republic of Cyprus , is a Eurasian island country, member of the European Union, in the Eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.The earliest known human activity on the...

. It organizes the football league, whose top league is Cypriot First Division
Cypriot First Division
The Cypriot Championship First Division is the top tier football league competition in Cyprus. As of 2007 it is sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank and is hence officially known as Marfin Laiki League .-Format:...

, Cypriot Cup, Cyprus FA Shield
Cyprus FA Shield
The Cyprus Football Association Shield or the LTV Super Cup is a Cypriot association football trophy, contested in an annual match between the Cypriot Champion and the winners of the Cypriot Cup. If a team wins The Double , then the Double winner plays the Cypriot Cup finalist...

 and the Cypriot national football team
Cyprus national football team
The Cyprus national football team represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Nioplias...

. It is based in Nicosia
Nicosia
Nicosia from , known locally as Lefkosia , is the capital and largest city in Cyprus, as well as its main business center. Nicosia is the only divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line...

. It Football was introduced to Cyprus early in the 20th century by the British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. Initially played in the island's schools, it proved hugely popular and a number of clubs were duly formed.

As football became established, the clubs were united in agreeing that an official body was needed to regulate the sport. In September 1934, the CFA was founded and matches were soon being played on an official basis. It became FIFA
FIFA
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association , commonly known by the acronym FIFA , is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach football. Its headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter, who is in his fourth...

 member in 1948 and UEFA
UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

 member in 1962.

In 2007 the CFA moved to its new headquarters in Nicosia. The opening ceremony was attended by UEFA president Michel Platini
Michel Platini
Michel François Platini is a former French football player, manager and current president of UEFA. Platini was a member of the French national team that won the 1984 European Championship, a tournament in which he was the top goalscorer and voted the best player. He participated in the 1978, 1982...

, and the former president of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos
Tassos Papadopoulos
Tassos Nikolaou Papadopoulos was a Cypriot politician. He served as the fifth President of the Republic of Cyprus from February 28, 2003 to February 28, 2008.His parents were Nicolas and Aggeliki from Assia. He was the first of three children...

. The CFA also announced a new sponsorship deal with Marfin Popular Bank
Marfin Popular Bank
Marfin Popular Bank is the second largest banking group in Cyprus behind the Bank of Cyprus. Trading on the island as Laiki Bank , it currently holds a 15% share of the market in loans and a 19% share of deposits. Its shares are listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange and the Athens Stock Exchange...

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