Celebrating its centenary in 2007, the Finnish football association (SPL) is organizing special events in each of its twelve regions. Uusimaa kicked off proceeding in January and the festivities are moving from one region to next on a monthly basis throughout the year. Each celebration provides the opportunity to recognize those who have loyally served the Finnish football family on a voluntary basis, through the presentation of commemorative badges: the diamond badge for those with 50 or more years service, gold for 25 years, silver for ten, and the “regular” badge for anyone who has spent at least two years working for football across the country. The SPL’s main celebratory reception will take place on 19 May, one hundred years to the day after its foundation, and an international reception will be held in Helsinki on 18 September.
The Malta Football Association is also in party mood this year on account of the 50th anniversary of its first ever international football match on 24 February 1957. the Maltese national team’s narrow 3-2 home defeat to Austria that day in front of over 17,000 spectators at the Empire Stadium in Gzira sent shockwaves through world football.
The approval of new statutes that conform with FIFA requirements made 1 December 2006 a momentous day for the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FF BHZ). After a lengthy and challenging process, throughout which it has been supported by FIFA and UEFA, the FF BHZ now has solid foundations in place and can therefore focus on its development within the international football family.
A number of associations around Europe inaugurated new headquarters at the end of 2006 or the start of 2007. These included the Football Federation of Ukraine, the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and the French football association, all of whom are now proud owners of modern, fully-equipped facilities