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Children`s Football League of Russia (CFL)

CFL was founded in 1993 by Victor Gorlov, since 1994 CFL became associated member of the Russian Football Union. The general partner of CFL is LUKOIL Oil Company.

Yearly CFL organizes over 150 different football tournaments for young football players aged 8 – 15 years due to the self-involved sponsorship funds. In 2010 in the tournaments of CFL took part over 3.000 different football teams and over 50.000 young football players from 25 countries.

More than 100 players, is now acting in professional game, began their football career in CFL. Among them, the players of the national team - Alexander Anyukov, Yuri Zhirkov, Alan Dzagoev, Renat Yanbaev, Vladimir Granat, Alexander Kokorin and others.

Goals and Objectives:

- Development and popularization of children and youth football.
- Organization of football tournaments for children and teenagers in Russia and in Europe.
- Selection of most talented young football players for leading football schools and academies of Russia and the youth national teams of Russia.
- Improvement of the quality of educational and training work in football schools and academies in Russia and in Europe.
- Increasing of the level of basic skills of young football players in Russia and in Europe.
- Popularization of children and youth football in mass-media.
- Working out and realization of complex programs aimed on development of children and youthful football together with professional football clubs, regional football federations and the sponsors.
- Development of friendly relations and cooperation with the international football organizations and national football federations.

Mission:

- Improving skills of young players and the quality of educational work.
- Development of football cooperation among sports schools of Russian Federation, CIS and abroad.
- Popularization of football on the simplified rules.
- Integration in teaching process of raising children such ideological concepts as "Football is a game for the whole family," "Football is a holiday", "Football against Racism".
- Creating a unified social communication space for young players.

Achievements:

- More than 150 tournaments and festivals each year in Russia and CIS countries.
- More than 3,000 grassroots and academies teams in competition annually.
- More than 50,000 young participants aged U7 – U13 annually.
- More than 25 countries from Europe and Asia in the number of annual participants.
- The annual attraction new business companies to finance children's football tournaments and festivals.

Main projects:



Lokoball-Russian Railways Football Festival

It is the unique project of the general sponsor Russian Railways (RZD), CFL and RFSO Lokomotiv. The festival was established in 2007 under the personal patronage of the Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin.

Start of the festival is given on the Red Square in Moscow. The festival brings together children aged U11 from sports schools, private sections, grassroots teams and boarding schools.

For the first time the festival was organized in 18 cities in Central region of Russia, in 2010 the tournament already covered all regions of Russia, CIS countries and Baltic States and gathered over 45.000 of young football players.

The seventh festival Lokoball-Russian Railways in 2013 combined grassroots teams and 46,000 young players from 20 countries. All inter-regional and international tournaments was named the "station" and was held under the patronage of the famous players of the national team of Russia. It`s provided by the framework of the UEFA Grassroots development.

Lukoil Children Champions Cup

Tournament history has more than ten years. The idea has received the realization from the signing of the agreement between the Children`s Football League and its general partner Oil Company LUKOIL.

16,000 young football players from 900 youth teams from 19 countries were the competitors in ten years. In different years the winners became graduates of Chelsea, Partizan, Galatasaray, Spartak Moscow, Dinamo and CSKA, Shakhtar and Dynamo Kiev. The guests of the final drawings were FIFA’s representatives in Eastern Europe, which praised the ideas and the level of organization of the competition.

In 2012 co-organizer of the competition was the Sport Club LUKOIL coordinating the major sports programs of Oil company in various sports. Since 2013 in order to promote UEFA values and FARE Network programme "Against Racism" the Lukoil Children's Champions Cup hold under the names of the legendary players of each tournament host countries, such UEFA Champions League winners Vladimir Smicer, Igor Dobrovolsky, Edgaras Jankauskas, Hristo Stoichkov.

- We are pleased that the Children's Football League has taken the initiative to bring to the fight against racism well-known European players. - FARE Network programmes co-ordinator Claudia Krobitzsch commented the news. - It is very important that the participants of this project are the children, who will create the history of their countries in the future. In cooperation with the Children`s Football League we can develop a number of ideas in grassroots football.

Big Stars Shine For The Small One

The tournament, organized by CFL with the support of the popular football players and coaches in their motherland. The project is unique and carries it`s extraordinary team - of those who created the CFL, who started it, and those who having become a big star in the football, remembers his childhood and opens today little stars.

Lev Yashin Goalkeeper Festival

The festival is held annually since 2007 with the support of Dynamo Moscow and the Federation of Sports Journalists. It brings together legendary goalkeepers and more than 100 of their young followers aged from U8 to U15.

During the festival the legendary goalkeeper conduct master classes for young players. Also young goalkeepers are competing in the range of impact and accuracy of the throw. Finale of the festival is co-tradition of laying flowers to Lev Yashin monument.

Also every year CFL organizes tournament in memory of legendary Russian football players, such as Konstantin Beskov, Gennady Zabelin, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Voroshilov, Vladimir Fedotov and Grigory Fedotov.

National award First Five

This award was established in 2002 and given to the best young Russian player under 20 in the RFPL for the year. Winner is determined by a vote of 100 experts from the leaders of FUR, RFPL, FNL, the coaching staff of Russian national teams and RFPL clubs, veterans, journalists from sports media. The ceremony was attended by parents, young teammates and coaches of award winner.

Our address:

Russia, Moscow, 115172, Narodnaya str, 7. FUR. Rooms 232-233.
Tel.: (499)763-69-52, (499)763-69-54, fax: (499)763-69-53.

www.dfl.org.ru, e-mail: dfliga@bk.ru