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Arucian Football Association
Most recent season or competition:
2022 Arucian Football Association Season
AAF logo.png
FormerlyNational Football Association (1940-1956)
SportArucian football
FoundedMay 11, 1940; 82 years ago (1940-05-11)
Inaugural season1947
PresidentHenri Richard
No. of teams32
Countries9 countries
Sainte-Chloé (8)
Bonaventure (6)
Île d'Émeraude (5)
Ardesia (4)
Carucere (2)
Eldmark (2)
Imagua and the Assimas (2)
Satucin (2)
Aucuria (1)
Most recent
champion(s)
AFF Vaxholmen
(2021)
Most titlesFC Sainte-Chloé (7 Championships)

The Arucian Football Association (Association Arucien de Football), commonly abbreviated as the AAF, is the preeminent international professional men's competition of Arucian football. Through the AAF Commission, the AAF also serves as the sport's governing body and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. Founded in 1940 as the National Football Association, after five Arucian football clubs from Sainte-Chloé and Carucere jointly founded the organization in order to codify the rules of the game and organize professional competitions. The association's inaugural season began the following year. Under the United Provinces, in 1945 the association adopted its current name and added two teams from Bonaventure and Imagua and the Assimas the following season. Teams from Aucuria's, Eldmark, Satucin's Arucian islands joined during the 1980s. Other teams from the countries of Île d'Émeraude, Ardesia, and TBD would be added after 1978.

The Association currently consists of 32 teams spread over nine countries, with matches taking place in all participating countries. During each AAF season, each team plays 12 regular series games, popularly known as the Coconut League, which runs during the dry season (January to June). The team with the best record after the regular series is awarded the "minor premiership". The top twelve teams then play off in a four-round series known as the Arucian Cup, culminating in the Arucian Championships; the winner is awarded the Champions Trophy. Since the Association's founding in 1940, there has been a total of 82 Arucian Cups and 75 seasons. Of these games, FC Sainte-Chloé has won a record seven Championships. The most recent champion is the AFF Vaxholmen, who defeated the Canicule Suns in the 2021 Championship.

The Arucian Football Association is one of the two main sport leagues in the Arucian, the other being the Arucian Baseball League. Although the league, along with the sport, is confined to the Arucian and the surrounding countries, it is widely popular across the region. The sport and the association is strongly associated with the Arucian and the AAF is considered to be one of the region's defining cultural institutions. It is the most popular sport in Carucere and Île d'Émeraude and has a significant presence in Sainte-Chloé, Ardesia, Bonaventure, and Imagua and the Assimas. In addition the league also has a presence in the Arucian islands of Aucuria, Satucin, and Eldmark. The Association is governed by the AAF Commission, which is responsible for the administration of AAF competitions and for controlling the rules of Arucian football. The Association is officially a publicly held nonprofit corporation whose shares are held by over a million people across the Arucian and it is governed by its member clubs' fans.

Name

The league was originally founded as the National Football Association in 1940, before it was renamed as the Arucian Football Association following the collapse of the United Provinces in 1956. Officially the operating language of the league is Gaullican, which is widely used by upper management and leadership. However since the 1980s, the lower levels of the league effectively operates on a multilingual basis based upon their club's host country. The regular season of the AAF is popularly known as the Coconut League and the tournament held at the end of each AAF season to determine the premier is known as the Arucian Cup. These terms are often used to differentiate it from the organisation itself.

Due to the international nature of the league, it is known by several different names such as:

  • Association Arucien de Football (Gaullican)
  • Associação de Futebol de Araucária (Luzelese)
  • Federcalcio arucian (Etrurian)
  • Aruska Fotbollsförbundet (Geatish)
  • Arucian Futbolo Asociacija (Ruttish)
  • Ajuzia Vudubodu Dhai (Carucerean Ziba)

Organisation

Governance

The Arucian Football Association is collectively owned by the members of all clubs in the AAF who each own a share of the organization. A share of AAF stock does not include an equity interest, does not pay dividends, cannot be traded, and has no protection under securities law. However they are given voting rights, an invitation to the corporation's annual congress, season-ticket purchasing privileges, and an opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise. Shareholders elect delegates, based upon club affiliation, to the AAF Congress, the supreme legislative body of the organization. Originally the Congress solely consisted of indirectly elected members appointed by its member clubs, but reforms in the 1980s expanded the franchise to all shareholders. The Congress has the authority to elect the members of the AAF Commission and its President as well as remove them from office as it sees fit.

The AAF Commission is the main decision-making body of the organization between the sessions of the AAF Congress. The Commission simultaneously functions as a board of directors by supervising the the activities of the Association, as the governing body of the game by regulating the competitions it oversees, and as the governing body that oversees the rules of the sport. In addition to its regular members appointed by the Congress, the Commission also includes representatives from several affiliated associations such as the AAF Players Association, AAF Coaches Association, and the AAF Owners Association. The Commission is lead by the President, who is also the official head of the organization. The Commission consists of various departments that oversees all aspects of the organization.

Teams

The AAF is comprised of 32 teams: 8 from Sainte-Chloé, 6 from Bonaventure, 5 from Île d'Émeraude, 4 from Ardesia, 2 from Carucere, Eldmark, Satucin, and Imagua and the Assimas, and 1 from Aucuria. The league has no system of promotion and relegation. The teams are divided into four divisions of seven teams each, and matches are played in a round robin system, where all teams play against all twice in a season. The divisions are the National, Western, Central, and East. After 12 rounds of regular season games every week, the best 4 standing teams in each division will qualify to the Arucian Cup, a knock-out stage that goes from round-of-16 to the Championship; a third-place match is also played prior to the Championship.

Division Logo Team City Country Stadium Founded Joined Notes
National LA Galaxy star.svg Canicule Suns Canicule Sainte-Chloé Parc AXA 2004
Wis-eau-claire logo from NCAA.svg Éclair Crusaders Éclair Sainte-Chloé Stade Atisreal 1988
ArmyWestPointAthenaShield.png FC Escalade Escalade Sainte-Chloé Stade Criteo 1945
Escudo oficial de Danubio FC.png FC Decouverte Decouverte Sainte-Chloé Champ Decouverte 1954
Ankerkreuz.svg FC Port Imperial Port de la Sainte Sainte-Chloé Champ du Port Impérial 1925 1940 Founding member of the AAF.
Fleurdelis.svg FC Sainte-Chloé Port de la Sainte Sainte-Chloé Stade Universitaire 1869* 1940 Began as an amateur club founded by graduates from the University of Sainte-Chloé. Founding member of the AAF.
SantosLagunaLogo2008.png FC Sainte-Geneviève Sainte-Geneviève Sainte-Chloé Stade Sainte-Geneviève 1920 1940 Founding member of the AAF.
Logo of the Association of Croaitan Orthodox Believers.svg FC Tranquille Tranquille Sainte-Chloé Champ de Sainte Croix 1906 1940 Founding member of the AAF.
Western C FC logo.png FC Carrefour Carrefour Carucere Stade Préval 1888 1940 Founded by the merger of five semi-professional and amateur football clubs. Founding member of the AAF.
40px FC Chiltic Ravelle Ardesia Estádio Araujo 1983
Cuanstad Dockworkers.png FC Cuanstad Dockworkers Cuanstad Imagua and the Assimas King's Park Field 1923 1945
Bkgronsund.png BK Grönsund Grönsund Eldmark Krigsminnesstadion 1991
Pirate Flag of Jack Rackham.svg Marien Pirates Fort-Royal Carucere Stade du Rocher de L'Aigle 1973
40px AFC San Pietro San Pietro Imagua and the Assimas Quinzio Cedro Stadium 1946
40px CR São Agostinho São Agostinho Ardesia Estádio São Agostinho 1978
Vaxholmenaff.png AFF Vaxholmen Vaxholmen Eldmark EldmarkFlyg Arena 1994
Central ARMATA.png AA Armada Sermoni Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 1969
40px AP La Vallatina La Valla Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 2007
40px AP Piazza Ottobre Sermoni Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 1922 1946
40px CF Riga Riga Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 1988
40px Rémont AC Rémont Ardesia Estádio Zapote 1981
Zündwarenwerke Riesa VEB Logo.svg AFK Rokiškis Rokiškis Aucuria XXXX Stadium 1981
40px AP Sermoni Sermoni Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 1956
Toucans (1).png CF Toucans Accapucchi Bonaventure XXXX Stadium 1942 1946
Eastern 40px Arac C.F.A. Arac Satucin XXXX Stadium 1978
Fort Anne FC logo.png Fort Anne FC Fort Anne Île d'Émeraude XXXX Stadium 2007
MathiasvilleFC.png FC Mathiasville Mathiasville Île d'Émeraude XXXX Stadium 1973
Port-au-GrégoirePumas.png Port-au-Grégoire Pumas Port-au-Grégoire Île d'Émeraude XXXX Stadium 1969
United New Zealand logo.svg Port-au-Grégoire United Port-au-Grégoire Île d'Émeraude XXXX Stadium 2004
ThePorteLogo.png The Porte C.F.A Port Imperial Satucin XXXX Stadium 1994
40px Porto Sotiri FC Porto Sotiri Ardesia Estádio Argola de Ouro 1983
Anchor-logo-web.jpg Saint Clair Sailors Saint Clair Île d'Émeraude XXXX Stadium 1991

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History

Founding Era (1940-1956)

The National Football Association was founded in 1940 by the owners of one Carucere and three Sainte-Chloé football clubs. The goal of the organization was to officially codify the rules of Arucian football in order to establish a tournament for Arucian football clubs to participate in. The inaugural National Cup tournament kicked off in November 1940 with a total of five teams competing. After five games in total, FC Sainte-Chloé were crowned the winners in the championship game. By the next year the National Cup tournament was the preeminent competition for the sport in the Arucian and cultivated an elite status. With the founding of the United Provinces in 1945, the organization expanded to the two other member states of the federation, Bonaventure and Imagua and the Assimas. Two teams were added for the 1945 tournament and an additional three teams for the 1946 tournament. However owners began voicing their concerns over inclusions of additional teams for fear that the tournament would lose its newly minted status.

For the 1947 tournament, the Association added "qualifying rounds"; two single elimination rounds which reduced the number of competitors for the year's tournament to just four. The qualifying rounds are a direct predecessor of the modern AAF season; for this reason the 1947 qualifying rounds are considered as the first AAF season. The Association would add FC Decouverte from Sainte-Chloé in 1954 and AP Sermoni from Bonaventure for the 1956 season. Gameplay during this era, was characterized as fast-paced with many tackles and turnovers, but low-scoring as scoring opportunities were rare.

Expansion Era (1956-1981)

The political chaos caused by the collapse of the United Provinces in 1955 and 1956 brought significant delay to the 1956 season as the NFA was now spread across multiple independent countries. It took several months for Association officials to negotiate with their respective countries to allow players to reside, play, and travel between the former members of the United Provinces. Prior to the start of the delayed 1956 season, the National Football Association rebranded itself as the Arucian Football Association and renamed the tournament the Arucian Cup. Finally the Association adopted a round-robin system instead of single elimination for the qualifying rounds. The new system greatly expanded the number of games in the qualifying rounds and represented a fundamental shift away from its origins as a tournament.

Despite the addition of teams from the rest of the Golden Isles starting in 1945, the game continued to be dominated by the original five teams. The first team not from this group to win the Arucian Cup was the Cuanstad Dockworkers from Imagua and the Assimas in 1962. Over the following decade, the association quickly achieved parity as teams from Boneventure and Imagua and the Assimas acquired proficient players and coaching. This period also saw further alterations to the rules of the sport. In 1964 substitutes were allowed for the first time, but only for players injured before half-time. In 1966, the concept of retaining possession after tackles were introduced; it was hoped that this would encourage more attacking plays and longer possession. Nevertheless a limit of three tackles per possession were imposed shortly before the start of the season. The new rules slowed the game down by reducing turnovers and allowing teams to use sets to retain possession for longer.

The 1969 addition of AA Armada from Bonaventure and the Port-au-Grégoire Pumas from Île d'Émeraude marked a new era, as the Pumas was the first club from outside the former United Provinces to join the Association. That year also saw the rise of the first modern "super team" under the management of coach XXX, who lead the CF Toucans to three consecutive Arucian Cup victories from 1969 to 1971, an appearance in the 1972 Cup, and an additional victory in the 1973 Cup. His coaching style and creation of new player tactics that were especially designed around sets revolutionized the sport and marked a new era in gameplay. At his insistence, the limit on sets were increased from 3 to 5 for the 1975 Cup. The change proved extremely popular among players and fans, despite opposition from some coaches. This change would prove to be one of the most important rule changes in the establishment of the modern game, as it allowed more opportunities for a team to maintain possession of the ball and score. Several coaches emerged who took advantage of these sweeping changes. The new strategies they designed emphasized saving sets until the team is near an opponents goal, instead of using it to advance of the field. These strategies allowed their teams to gain multiple chances to score per possession instead of just one or two. These changes turned Arucian football into a high-scoring sport.

Reform Era (1981-2007)

Contemporary Era (2007-)

Season Structure

Regular-Season

Arucian Cup

Championship