2011 in association football
The following are the association football events of the year 2011 throughout the world.
- 5 – 17 January — 2011 Nile Basin Tournament in Egypt
- 7 – 22 January — 2011 African Under-17 Championship in Rwanda
- 7 – 29 January — 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar
- 23 January – 13 February — 2011 South American Youth Championship in Peru
- 8 February – 29 May — 2011 Nations Cup in the Republic of Ireland
- 12 March – 9 April — 2011 South American Under-17 Football Championship in Ecuador
- 17 April – 2 May (originally 18 March – 1 April) — 2011 African Youth Championship
- 3 – 15 May — 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Serbia
- 5 – 25 June — 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States
- United States
- 12 – 25 June — 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Denmark
- 17 June – 1 July — 2011 CPISRA Football 7-a-side World Championships in the Netherlands
- 4th: Brazil
- 18 June – 10 July — 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico
- 1 – 24 July — 2011 Copa América in Argentina
- 20 July – 1 August — 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Romania
- 29 July – 20 August — 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia
- 30 September – 4 October — 2011 Long Teng Cup in Taiwan
- 2 – 9 March — 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal
- 30 May – 11 June — 2011 UEFA Women's U-19 Championship in Italy
- 26 June – 17 July — 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany
- 28 – 31 July — 2011 UEFA U-17 Women's Championship in Switzerland
North American professional expansion
In 2011, the major leagues of the men's and women's sport in the United States and Canada each added at least one new team:
- Major League Soccer, the top men's league, added its 17th and 18th teams—the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
- Women's Professional Soccer, which currently has teams only in the U.S., added the Western New York Flash, which plays its home games in Rochester.
2011–12 Russian Premier League
The 2011–12 season is a transitional season of the Russian Premier League, as it will stretch over 18 months instead of the conventional 12 months. The unusual length of the season is the result of the decision to adapt the playing year to an autumn-spring rhythm similar to most of the other UEFA leagues.
The season will comprise two phases. The first phase will consist of a regular home-and-away schedule, meaning that each team will play the other teams twice for a total of 30 matches per team. The league will then be split into two groups for the second phase, where each team plays another home-and-away schedule against every other team of its respective group.
The top eight teams of the first phase will compete for the championship and the spots for both the 2012–13 Champions League and Europa League. Accordingly, the bottom eight teams will have to avoid relegation. The bottom two teams of this group will be directly relegated, while the 13th- and 14-placed teams will compete in a relegation/promotion playoff with the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2011–12 National League Championship.
- 5 January: Kristine Lilly, whose 352 appearances for the US women's national team made her the most-capped player in the sport's history, announced her retirement after an international career that started shortly after her 16th birthday in 1987.
- 31 January: The 4th highest transfer fee in football history (£49.5m) was recorded, when Fernando Torres signed for Chelsea from Liverpool. Andy Carroll's same-day move from Newcastle United to Liverpool for £35m was the eighth highest fee received for a player.
- June: trials started for people allegedly involved in fixing Finnish football matches. One team, Tampere United was indefinitely suspended from Finnish football for accepting payments from a person known for match-fixing.
- 11 September: The first official match of the recently built, 41,000 seated Juventus Stadium, Juventus 4 – 1 Parma, where Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the first goal in the new stadium on the 17th minute.
- 2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal: an ongoing investigation about match fixing, incentive premium, bribery, establishing a criminal organization, organized crime, extortion, threat and intimidation in Turkey's top two association football divisions, the Süper Lig and First League.
61st FIFA Congress
Several international continental tournaments were held to determine berths into the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.
Most notably, FC Barcelona of Spain's La Liga won the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United of the English Premier League 3–1. The UEFA Champions League is considered by some to be the most preeminent club competition in the World, even more so than the Club World Cup, primarily due to the financial strength of European teams in contrast to clubs in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Elsewhere, the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals was historic in the essence that it was the first final in the modern North American champions league-era not to feature an all-Mexican final. Nevertheless, Monterrey of Mexico's Premiera Division won the 2011 title 3–2 on aggregate over Real Salt Lake of the United States' Major League Soccer. Salt Lake became the first American club to reach a Champions League final, as well as the first American side to reach a top-tier North American club championship since Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.
Al-Sadd of Qatar's Starts League won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of the Korean K-League 2–2 (4–2 in penalties). Al-Sadd was qualified to the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time after winning its second title in the Asia.
On 6 November, the 2011 CAF Champions League Final will be contested between Wydad Casablanca of Morocco's Botola and Espérance Tunis of Tunisia's CLP-1. The second leg will be contested on 12 November.
List of men champions
|AFC (Asia)||2011 AFC Champions League||Al-Sadd||2nd||1988–89|
|2011 AFC Cup||Nasaf Qarshi||1st||N/A|
|2011 AFC President's Cup||Taiwan Power Company||1st||N/A|
|CAF (Africa)||2011 CAF Champions League||Espérance ST||2nd||1994|
|2011 CAF Confederation Cup||Maghreb de Fès||1st||N/A|
|2011 CAF Super Cup||TP Mazembe||2nd||2010|
(North and Central America, Caribbean)
|2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League||Monterrey||1st||N/A|
|2011 CFU Club Championship||Puerto Rico Islanders||2nd||2010|
|CONMEBOL (South America)||2011 Copa Libertadores||Santos||3rd||1963|
|2011 Copa Sudamericana||Universidad de Chile||1st||N/A|
|2011 Recopa Sudamericana||Internacional||2nd||2007|
|OFC (Oceania)||2010–11 O-League||Auckland City||2nd||2009|
|UEFA (Europe)||2010–11 UEFA Champions League||Barcelona||4th||2009|
|2010–11 UEFA Europa League||Porto||2nd||2003|
|2011 UEFA Super Cup||Barcelona||4th||2009|
|FIFA (Worldwide)||2011 FIFA Club World Cup||FC Barcelona||2nd||2009|
|CONMEBOL (South America)||2011 Copa Libertadores Femenina||São José||1st|
|UEFA (Europe)||2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League||Olympique Lyonnais||1st|
- Afghan National League: N/A
- A-League: Brisbane Roar
- Bahraini Premier League: To be determined
- Bangladesh League: To be determined
- Bhutan A-Division: To be determined
- Brunei Premier League: To be determined
- Metfone C-League: Phnom Penh Crown
- Chinese Super League: Guangzhou Evergrande F.C.
- Super Liga Timorense: To be determined
- BGMSL: To be determined
- Hong Kong First Division League: Kitchee SC
- I-League: To be determined
- Indonesia Super League: Persipura Jayapura
- Persian Gulf Cup: Sepahan F.C.
- Iraqi Premier League: To be determined
- J. League: Kashiwa Reysol
- Jordan League: To be determined
- Highest Class Football League: To be determined
- K-League: To be determined
- Kuwaiti Premier League: To be determined
- Kyrgyzstan League: To be determined
- Lao League: To be determined
- Lebanese Premier League: To be determined
- Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol: To be determined
- Malaysian Super League: Kelantan FA
- Dhivehi League: To be determined
- Northern Mariana Championship: To be determined
- Mongolia Premier League: To be determined
- Omani League: To be determined
- Pakistan Premier League: To be determined
- Filipino Premier League: To be determined
- Qatar Stars League: To be determined
- Saudi Premier League: To be determined
- S-League: To be determined
- Kit Premier League: To be determined
- Thai Premier League: To be determined
- Ýokary Liga: To be determined
- Enterprise Football League: To be determined
- UAE Football League: To be determined
- Uzbek League: To be determined
- V.League: Sông Lam Nghệ An
- Yemeni League: To be determined
- Algerian Championnat National: To be determined
- Girabola: To be determined
- Mascom Premier League: To be determined
- Burkinabé Premier League: To be determined
- Burundi Premier League: To be determined
- MTN Elite one: To be determined
- Cape Verdean football Championships: To be determined
- Chad Premier League: To be determined
- Comoros Premier League: To be determined
- Congo Premier League: To be determined
- Linafoot: To be determined
- Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division: To be determined
- Djibouti Premier League: To be determined
- Egyptian Premier League: To be determined
- Eritrean Premier League: To be determined
- Ethiopian Premier League: To be determined
- Gabon Championnat National D1: To be determined
- Gambian Championnat National D1: To be determined
- OneTouch Premier League: To be determined
- Guinée Championnat National: To be determined
- Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau: To be determined
- Kenyan Premier League: Tusker
- Lesotho Premier League: To be determined
- Liberian Premier League: To be determined
- Libyan Premier League: To be determined
- THB Champions League: To be determined
- Malawi Premier Division: To be determined
- Malien Première Division: To be determined
- Mauritanean Premier League: To be determined
- Mauritian League: To be determined
- Botola: To be determined
- Moçambola: To be determined
- Namibia Premier League: To be determined
- Niger Premier League: To be determined
- Nigerian Premier League: To be determined
- Réunion Premier League: To be determined
- Rwandan Premier League: To be determined
- Senegal Premier League: To be determined
- Seychelles League: To be determined
- Sierra Leone National Premier League: To be determined
- Somalia League: To be determined
- Premier Soccer League: To be determined
- Sudan Premier League: To be determined
- Swazi Premier League: To be determined
- Tanzanian Premier League: To be determined
- Tunisian CLP-1: To be determined
- Ugandan Super League: To be determined
- Zambian Premier League: To be determined
- Zanzibar Premier League: To be determined
- Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League: To be determined
- Argentina — Primera División:
- Bolivia — LFPB: Bolívar
- Brazil — Série A: Corinthians (5th title)
- Chile — Primera División:
- Colombia — Primera A:
- Ecuador — Serie A: Deportivo Quito
- Paraguay — Primera División:
- Peru — Primera División: TBD
- Uruguay — Primera División: Nacional
- Venezuela — Primera División: Deportivo Táchira
- Football Federation American Samoa Soccer League: To be determined
- Cook Islands Round Cup: To be determined
- Fijian National Football League: To be determined
- FSMFA Top League: To be determined
- Kiribati National Championship: To be determined
- New Caledonia Division Honneur: To be determined
- ASB Premiership: Waitakere United
- Niue Soccer Tournament: Vaiea Sting
- Norfolk Island Soccer League: To be determined
- Palau Soccer League:
- Papua New Guinea National Soccer League: Hekari United
- Samoa National League: Kiwi FC
- Solomon Islands National Club Championship: Koloale FC
- Tahiti Division Fédérale: AS Tefana
- Tonga Major League: SC Lotoha'apai
- Tuvalu A-Division: Nauti FC
- Vanuatu Premia Divisen: Amicale FC
- 1 January – Nikolay Abramov, Russian defender (26)
- 4 January – Coen Moulijn, Dutch international forward (73)
- 6 January – Uche Okafor, Nigerian international defender (43)
- 8 January – Josep Artigas, Spanish international midfielder (87)
- 8 January – Ángel Pedraza, Spanish midfielder and manager (48)
- 8 January – Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian international defender (86)
- 9 January – Richard Butcher, English midfielder (29)
- 9 January – Jerzy Woźniak, Polish international defender (78)
- 10 January – Bora Kostić, Yugoslavian international striker (80)
- 15 January – Nat Lofthouse, English international forward (85)
- 16 January – Alcides Silveira, Uruguayan international midfielder (72)
- 24 January – Francisco Hernández, Mexican international midfielder, member of the 1950 FIFA World Cup Mexico squad (83)
- 25 January – Kiril Milanov, Bulgarian international forward (62)
- 27 January – Svein Mathisen, Norwegian international midfielder (58)
- 29 January – Corona, Spanish defender (92)
- 3 February – Neil Young, English forward (66)
- 6 February – William Morais, Brazilian midfielder (19)
- 16 February – Tonny van Ede, Dutch international winger (86)
- 19 February – Ernő Solymosi, Hungarian international defender (70)
- 21 February – Jean Baeza, French international defender (68)
- 24 February – Yozhef Betsa, Soviet Ukrainian midfielder, 1956 Olympic champion (81)
- 26 February – Dean Richards, English defender (36)
- 21 March – Jesús Aranguren, Spanish defender and coach (66)
- April 16 – Chinesinho, Brazilian midfielder, winner of the 1966–67 Serie A. (75)
- April 22 – Cheung Sai Ho, Hong Kong international midfielder. (35)
- 22 May – Nasser Hejazi, Iranian goalkeeper and coach (61)
- 18 June – Ulrich Biesinger, German international forward (77)
- 23 June – Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican international defender (25)
- 17 July – Juan Arza, Spanish international forward and manager (88)
- 4 August – Naoki Matsuda, Japanese international defender (34)
- 11 August – Ignacio Flores, Mexican international defender (58)
- 6 September – Masanori Sanada, Japanese international goalkeeper (43)
- 25 September – Theyab Awana, UAE international winger (21)
- 27 September – Jesús María Pereda, Spanish international midfielder and manager (73)
- 31 October – Flórián Albert, Hungarian striker (70)
- 14 November – Alf Fields, English defender (92)
- 27 November – Gary Speed, Welsh international midfielder and manager (42)
- 4 December – Sócrates, Brazilian international midfielder (57)
- 13 December – Klaus-Dieter Sieloff, German international footballer (69)
- Pryadkin: Championship 2011–12 will take place in three circles – championat.ru
- Approved scheme to move the CR system "Autumn–Spring" – championat.ru
- "U.S. Soccer Legend Kristine Lilly Retires" (Press release). United States Soccer Federation. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "3 Finland football rocked by match-fixing scandal". BBC News. 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- "2nd match – Juventus – Parma". Juventus Football Club Official Website. Juventus F.C. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Congress: working to protect the game". FIFA. 5 May 2011.
- "FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter re-elected for a fourth term". FIFA. 1 June 2011.
- Hart, Simon (28 May 2011). "Barcelona crowned as Messi and Villa see off United". Union of European Football Associations. UEFA. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Monterrey claims CCL title with 1–0 victory". CONCACAF. CONCACAFChampions.com. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Salt Lake heads to CCL finals despite 2–1 loss". CONCACAF. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "2011 O-League Match Summary: Auckland City FC v. Amicale FC" (PDF). OFC. OceaniaFootball.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Skënderbeu take Albanian title". UEFA. UEFA. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Andorran joy for FC Santa Coloma". UEFA. UEFA. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
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