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Developing football in the Czech Republic

Through on-field success and focussed strategic planning, the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) aims to put Czech football in the European and world spotlight in the coming years.

Overview

Source: UEFA grassroots survey (2019)

The FAČR has a wide-ranging package of strategic projects and initiatives addressing the upcoming period, including:

Data + IT: (new information system, completion of the membership digitisation project, XPS software for coaches and players).

Image: Building a positive PR image and constantly improving the perception of the FAČR; achieving a 5% increase in the number of people who perceive the FAČR to be a modern, dynamic and progressive organisation, as well as a 10% increase in the number of people who feel that the FACR shows a high degree of social responsibility.

Sport Concept: The association’s aim is to compete and succeed in all of the major tournaments during the 2021–-24 period.

Membership: A target of 360,000 members in total by 2024, with 170,000 of the membership below the age of 19.

Women´s football: The FAČR has been able to boost the number of registered female members to almost 17,500, which currently corresponds to 5% of the member base. The aim is to reach 25,000 female members by 2024.

Referees: The association’s goal is to have 6,000 referees by 2024.

A key on-field challenge that the Czech association has set is to be among the top 30 teams in the FIFA rankings by 2024, returning Czech football to its historical position of prominence.

The capital, Prague, is scheduled to host a UEFA Grow conference in October 2021. This important European football conference serves to exchange information and know-how between UEFA and individual member associations.

In 2022, the Czech Republic will host the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship finals, and the association is seeking to ensure that the tournament has a considerable impact in the host venues.

“Czech football is at the start of a new era. We want to be an inspirational role model, whether it's working with young players and integrating them into national teams or in the area of sport development as a whole. We will adapt structure and processes accordingly. We want to write the history of European football and are ready to put our best efforts into it.”
Petr Fousek, FAČR president

UEFA support

The UEFA HatTrick programme is giving significant help to the FAČR in various areas, as these past and present examples show:

Multifunctional national FAČR centre – construction of an additional building at FAČR headquarters

  • Construction of an FAČR headquarters building allowing all the FAČR’s administrative offices to be centralised in one location in Prague and the creation of an educational centre for coaches and youth coaches, as well as quality infrastructure for the training of national youth teams of all age categories, with suitable conditions to develop their potential. This new building also includes a modern press centre and the Czech Football Hall of Fame.

UEFA’s HatTrick programme also led to the creation of the position of FAČR social projects manager in 2016.

Since then, HatTrick has helped to finance a wide range of social responsibility projects, including projects for people with disabilities – health-related, mental or social.

In addition to the FAČR’s own social projects, this specific work also involves cooperation not only with many non-profit organisations but also with other sports associations that help those in need to participate in sports – and football in particular – as well as helping them, thanks to inclusion, in many difficult life situations.

Timeline

The greatest moment in Czech football was when Czechoslovakia won the 1976 European Championship
The greatest moment in Czech football was when Czechoslovakia won the 1976 European Championship©empics

Association history

In 1993, following the peaceful division of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) began writing its own footballing history.

19th century: The Czech lands belong to the Austro-Hungarian Empire when football arrives.
1892: The city of Prague embraces the sport and in 1892 its first club, SK Slavia Praha, was founded.
1893: Královské Vinohrady, or King's Vineyard, follows a year later, becoming AC Sparta Praha in 1894.
1901: Thirteen clubs unite to form what is known as the Czech Football Association.
1907: The association joins FIFA.
1927: Sparta Praha are the first winners of an international competition for central European teams, the Mitropa Cup.
1954: The association is a UEFA founder member.
1988: Czechoslovakia hosts the European Under-18 finals.
1994: The post-independence Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) is admitted to UEFA.
1999: The Czech Republic stages the European Under-16 finals.
2008: The Czech Republic hosts the men’s European Under-19 finals.
2013: Prague hosts the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern München and Chelsea.
2015: The Czech Republic plays host to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round.
2017: The European Women’s Under-17 Championship finals are staged in the Czech Republic.

National team competitions

1920: Czechoslovakia’s national team finish runners-up in the Olympic football tournament in Antwerp.
1934: Czechoslovakia reach the FIFA World Cup final, going down to hosts Italy. Oldřich Nejedlý finishes as the tournament’s leading scorer.
1960: Third place for Czechoslovakia in the inaugural UEFA European Championship.
1962: A magnificent run takes Czechoslovakia to the World Cup final in Chile, before they are defeated by Brazil.
1964: Olympic silver for the Czechs in Tokyo.
1976: Czechoslovakia capture the EURO title. One of the Czech stars, Antonín Panenka, scores a legendary penalty to win the final against West Germany.
1980: A third-place finish for Czechoslovakia at EURO 1980.
1980: Gold at the Moscow Olympics.
1982, 1983: In two consecutive European Under-18 Championships, Czechoslovakia finish as runners-up.
1990: Czechoslovakia emerge victorious in what was then the European Under-16 Championship.
1993: The Czech Republic’s women’s national team make their debut against Slovakia.
1994: The Czech Republic’s men’s national team’s first official match against Turkey.
1996: A fine Czech Republic team finish runners-up at EURO ’96.
2001: In the European Under-18 finals, the Czech Republic finish as runners-up.
2002: The Under-21 team win the European title.
2004: The Czechs reach the EURO semi-finals in Portugal.
2007: Silver medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
2011: Runners-up position for the Czech youngsters in the men’s European Under-19 Championship.
2019: Qualification for UEFA EURO 2020. The Czechs have reached every final round since independence in 1993.

Petr Fousek
Petr FousekFAČR

President

Petr Fousek

Petr Fousek was elected as president of the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) in June 2021.

Michal Valtr
Michal Valtr FAČR

General secretary

Michal Valtr

Nationality: Czech

Date of birth: 25 August 1972

Association general secretary since: August 2021

Football Association of the Czech Republic website