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Football in Russia

Overview of association football practiced in Russia / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Association football is the most popular sport in Russia, beating ice hockey by a huge margin. Men's football is overseen by the Russian Football Union, having the Russian Premier League as the first tier of the Russian football league system, with the Russian Football National League being the second tier.[2][3][4][5]

Quick facts: Football in post Soviet Russia, Country, Gove...
Football in post Soviet Russia
Governing bodyRFS[1]
National team(s)Russia
ClubsList of football clubs in Russia
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions
A typical Soviet stadium in Vladivostok.
Otkrytiye Arena is Spartak Moscow's home ground. It was opened in 2014.

On 28 February 2022, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA and UEFA suspended the participation of Russia, including in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The Russian Football Union unsuccessfully appealed the FIFA and UEFA bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the bans.[6]