Associação de Futebol do Algarve
District Football Association
Complexo Desportivo de Faro
8000 – 788 Faro
António Coelho Matosa
The Associação de Futebol do Algarve (Algarve Football Association) is one of the 22 District Football Associations that are affiliated to the Portuguese Football Federation. The AF Algarve administers lower tier football in the district of Faro.
3 Notable clubs affiliated to AF Algarve
4 Current Divisions – 2015–16 Season
4.1 Division One (1ª divisão)
4.2 Division Two (2ª divisão)
4.3 Taça do Algarve
5 Former participants
6 District championships
6.1 Historic champions
6.2 Recent divisional winners
7 List of member clubs
9 External links
Associação de Futebol do Algarve, commonly referred to as AF Algarve, is the governing body for football in the district of Faro. The Football Association is based in Penha in Faro, close to Piscinas Municipais de Faro (Faro Municipal Swimming Pool) and Complexo Desportivo da Penha (Sports Complex of Penha). The Association’s President is António Coelho Matosa.
The organisation was established on 22 January 1922 following an initial meeting on 15 October 1921 at the Ginásio Clube Farense by representatives from a number of Algarve clubs including Sporting Clube Farense, Sport Lisboa e Faro, Boxing Futebol Clube (Portimão), Sporting Clube Olhanense, Lusitano Futebol Clube, Glória Futebol Clube, Portimonense Sporting Clube, Sport Club União, Sport Club “Os Leões Portimonenses” and Esperança Futebol Clube. The two previous attempts to establish a Football Association ended in failure.
Algarve clubs compete in the three national levels of the Portuguese football league system in competitions run by the Portuguese League for Professional Football (Primeira Liga and Liga de Honra) and Portuguese Football Federation (Campeonato Nacional de Seniores). In 2009 SC Olhanense were promoted to the Primeira Liga after winning the Liga de Honra. No club from the Algarve had played in the Primeira Liga since 2002.
Below the Terceira Divisão (Portuguese Third Division) the competitions are organised at a district level (known in Portuguese as Distritais) with each District Association organising its competitions according