December. Chronicle of events: Andriy Shevchenko became a candidate for the post of UAF president, the Ukrainian futsal team qualified for the 2024 World Cup, Shakhtar moved to the Europa League

In December, the Ukrainian futsal team qualified for the 2024 World Cup, and Andriy Shevchenko became the only candidate for the post of UAF president.

December 1. In the Football House a meeting of the working group was held on the preparation and holding of the Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the UAF. Previously, the executive committee instructed the administration of the UAF and the presidium of the UAF to carry out all the measures for the preparation and holding of the event provided for by the UAF Statute.

The control over the implementation of this decision was entrusted to the first vice-president of the UAF Vadym Kostyuchenko, who noted during the meeting of the working group: "Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the UAF will be held on January 25, 2024 in the House of Football. Here we can not only provide a solution to all organizational issues, but also fulfill all security requirements. In particular, to provide all participants of the congress with places in the shelter in the event of an air raid."

December 1. The women's national team of Ukraine will play against Poland continued the speech in the group stage of the first-ever Nations League draw. Our team lost 0-1 and lost any chance of fighting for a place in the A League. 

December 2. At the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg on December, XNUMX of the final stage of Euro-2024. In the case of success in the playoffs, the Ukrainian national team will play in Group E, where Belgium, Slovakia and Romania have been drawn according to the results of the draw.

December 2. Kyiv "HIT" finished his speech in the elite round of the futsal Champions League in a match with the Spanish "Palma". The Ukrainians played with the current champion to a draw — 2:2 and took third place in the group.

December 5. In one of the military rehabilitation centers, where our defenders undergo long-term treatment and rehabilitation, a friendly meeting took place with representatives of volunteer organizations and structures that help build and adjust the work of the center. Among them is the Ukrainian Football Association, which was represented at the event by first vice-president Vadym Kostyuchenko.

As a good reminder of the meeting and involvement of the football community of Ukraine in a new important direction of helping soldiers, Vadym Kostyuchenko gave the military a T-shirt of the player of the national team of Ukraine and the ambassador of the United24 presidential platform Oleksandr Zinchenko with the autographs of the football players and the coaching staff of the national team.

December 5. Women's national team of Ukraine in a match with Serbia finished the fight in the group round of the Nations League draw. The blue-and-yellow team beat their rivals (1:0), took third place in the group and managed to overtake Slovenia in the ranking of the third teams, thus avoiding relegation to League C. Now Volodymyr Pyatenko's wards will face Bulgaria in February 2024.

December 5. On the football field of NTK named after V. Bannikova a friendly match was held between the teams of the UAF and the 112th Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, timed to the national holiday — the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The first vice-presidents of the Ukrainian Football Association Oleg Protasov, Anatoly Demyanenko, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko and Vadym Kostyuchenko, as well as the deputy commander of the 112th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Andriy Zubov joined the opening ceremony. The main time of the match ended with the score 4:2 in favor of the UAF team. The post-match penalty shootout resulted in a friendly draw — 3:3.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

December 8. In the center of licensing of UAF trainers specialists were retrained, who have a UEFA PRO-diploma. The head coach of the Ukrainian national team Serhiy Rebrov, ex-coach of the national team Oleksandr Petrakov, acting coach of the women's national team of Ukraine Volodymyr Pyatenko, head coach of the Odesa "Chornomorts" Roman Hryhorchuk, as well as such well-known specialists as Anatoliy Bezsmertnyi, Roman Sanzhar took part in the seminar , Serhii Nazarenko, Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi, Mykhailo Dyachuk-Stavitskyi, Natalia Zinchenko, Andrii Anishchenko, Volodymyr Kovalyuk, Serhiy Mizin, Hleb Platov, Oleksandr Poklonskyi, Dennis Lukens, Volodymyr Khachidze, Volodymyr Tsitkin, and Oleksandr Shtelin.  

December 8. On the playground of the sports base of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Informatization named after Heroes of Krut a mini-football tournament was held, dedicated to the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The tournament is traditional and is supported by the UAF. This year three teams took part in it. The format involved head-to-head matches, with the winner determined by the number of points scored. According to the results of interesting matches, the hosts won the competition - the "Cossacks" team of the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Informatization named after Heroes of Krut.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

December 11. In the Football House a memorandum was signed on cooperation between the Ukrainian Football Association and the charitable foundation "Life Saving Center". The main goal of cooperation is to support military personnel undergoing treatment and recovery, as well as family members of Ukrainian ultras who died defending the independence of our state.

The document was signed by the first vice-president of the UAF, Vadym Kostyuchenko, and by the head of the organization Vyacheslav Zaporozhets, from the Life Saving Center BF. The meeting was also attended by Rostyslav Prystupa, a marine who was a participant in the defense of Mariupol, where he was seriously wounded, and then captured, from which he was released by exchange in June 2022.

December 11. There was a draw of the Women's Nations League final tournament, as well as friendly matches. The national team of Ukraine will face Bulgaria in them. The blue-yellows were seeded during the draw, so the first match will be played away from home.

December 12. Administration of the Ukrainian Football Association received the protocols meetings of the governing bodies of 14 permanent members of the UAF. All of them nominated Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko, winner of the Golden Ball in 2004, Hero of Ukraine, awarded the National Legend of Ukraine award, to be elected president of the UAF.

December 13. UEFA President Alexander Ceferin and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi had a phone conversation, exchanging views on current geopolitical and sports issues. The UEFA president expressed unwavering support and admiration for Ukraine and the courage of its people in these difficult times, as well as hope for a quick and peaceful solution to the problem, which will bring stability and prosperity to Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, expressed his gratitude to UEFA for promoting peace, tolerance and honesty through its competitions and for the support given to Ukraine by the governing body of European football since the beginning of the conflict.

December 13. Updated youth futsal team of Ukraine started preparing to the Euro-2025 (U-19) selection matches. 

December 13. In the Football House a regular meeting took place of the working group for the preparation and holding of the Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the UAF. FIFA and UEFA are regularly informed about the progress of the preparations, whose representatives plan to participate in the work of the highest governing body of the Ukrainian Football Association.

Photo by Pavlo Kubanov

December 13. In the 6th round of the UEFA Youth League group round, Shakhtar Donetsk U-19 team is away gave up peers from the Portuguese "Porto" - 0:2. The orange-blacks lost their chances of getting out of the group earlier, so this game was their last in the current draw of the tournament.

December 13. Shakhtar Donetsk is away in the final round of the Champions League group stage met with the Portuguese "Porto". It was a bright match in which the miners lost with a score of 3:5. So the orange and black took the third place in the group, which gives a pass to the Europa League face-to-face matches.  

December 14. In Ternopil Oblast, on the basis of the Zbarazh Lyceum the second cycle has ended project of the Ukrainian Football Association "Inclusive Football Sections". 

"The classes contribute to the strengthening of children's health and foster a love for sports. Both boys and girls discover leadership qualities, cohesion and mutual respect in training. They have learned to support each other, and this significantly improves their psycho-emotional state," said coach Ruslan Yushchyshyn.

December 14. According to the results of the season, the Beach Football Association of Ukraine determined the best player of Ukrainian beach football in 2023. He became one of the leaders of the Ukrainian national team Yaroslav Zavorotny.

December 14. Luhansk "Zorya" in the match of the 6th round of the Conference League group tournament beat Icelandic "Breidablik". Yuriy Koval's wards ended the European season with a crushing victory (4:0).

Photo of FC Zorya

December 14. Ukrainian national futsal team continued the speech in the elite round of selection for the 2024 World Cup in a match against the Belgium team. Oleksandr Kosenko's wards won a crushing victory - 8:2.

December 18. In Nyon on December, XNUMX of the contact round of the Europa League-2023/2024. Donetsk "Shakhtar" will meet with the French "Marseille" and will play the first match on February 15, 2024 on its own field. The return match will take place in a week, on February 22. 

December 19. In the Football House a working meeting was held on working out the issue regarding the admission of fans to the stands of stadiums during matches in Ukraine. It was attended by the first vice-presidents of the Ukrainian Football Association, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, Anatoliy Demyanenko, and Vadym Kostyuchenko, the Acting General Secretary of the Ukrainian Football Association Ihor Hryshchenko, as well as managers and representatives of the structural units of the Ukrainian Football Association. According to Vadym Kostyuchenko, it is primarily about inviting the social quota of fans to the matches held in Ukraine, for whom watching the matches will help distract them from the horrors of the war.

December 20. The wards of Oleksandr Kosenko finished the performance in group B of the elite round of the 2024 World Futsal Championship in a match against the Polish team. The blue-yellow team won a much-needed victory (5:3), took first place in the group and earned a ticket to the 2024 World Cup.

Photo of FAU press service

December 21. After it became known that the national team of Serbia will play a friendly match in Russia, the Ukrainian Football Association turned to FIFA, UEFA and the Football Union of Serbia with an official letter asking them to take appropriate measures to prevent gestures of support for Russia by involving its teams in international matches.

"According to open sources, the general secretary of the Football Association of Serbia, Jovan Shurbatovic, recently confirmed the holding of a friendly match between the national teams of Serbia and Russia. The media also cite that the Serbian association has received official permission from UEFA for this game and has already agreed with RFS to hold a friendly match on March 21, 2024 in Moscow at the Dynamo stadium.

We at UAF, representing in this case the entire Ukrainian society, exhausted by the brutal war and the impunity of Russian terrorists, insist that in the current conditions it is not possible to hold the above mentioned match, and, accordingly, we are convinced that such matches cannot be supported in any form by the governing bodies of football, as it contradicts the fair position of FIFA and UEFA regarding the isolation of aggressors from the world football community," the letter reads in particular.

December 22. The country, city and stadium where the national team of Ukraine is played have been determined holds its first nominally home match of 2024. The match is scheduled to take place on March 26 in Wroclaw, Poland, at the Tarczynski Arena Wroclaw stadium.

December 22. Famous and authoritative British magazine FourFourTwo made a rating of the best football players on the planet in the period from 1980 to 1989, in which two legends of Ukrainian football - Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov - entered the top 10 at once.

December 23. Beach Soccer Association of Ukraine determined threes the best players of domestic beach soccer in 2023. According to APFU, scorer Yuliya Kostyuk, all-rounder Anastasia Klipachenko and captain and true leader of the Ukrainian national team Yuliya Dekhtyar became the best among women. Among the men, the leader of the Ukrainian national team Yaroslav Zavorotny, the best scorer and MVP of the Ukrainian championship this season Dmytro Voytenko, as well as the goalkeeper of the national team and champion of Ukraine-2023 Denys Sabatyuk entered the top three of 2023.

December 24. It became known, that the semifinal match of the play-off of the League of Nations (Path B), which is a selection for Euro-2024, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Ukraine will take place on March 21, 2024 in the city of Zenica at the stadium "Bilino Pole" (start - at 21:45 Kyiv time ).

December 26. UAF joined the new campaign UEFA Be a referee! Its aim is to raise awareness of refereeing, highlight the importance of referees and inspire young people to start a career as a referee. The Chairman of the Committee of Referees of the UAF, Luciano Lucci, summing up the year, noted that Ukraine is rich in young talents, and emphasized that success comes only thanks to titanic efforts and the desire to develop.

December 26. In the modern football arena of the FC "Left Bank" training complex, which was built already in the conditions of a full-scale war, testing of young football players took place within the framework of the FIFA Talent Development Scheme 2022-2023. This is a joint project of FIFA and the Ukrainian Football Association on the search and development of talented players, which was joined by 60 boys and girls born in 2011-2016 from the Zolochiv village OTG in the Kyiv region.

Photo of UAF press service

December 26. In the capital's Football House there was a meeting of the working group for the preparation and holding of the Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the UAF. The results of the meeting will be reported to FIFA and UEFA, which are constantly informed about the progress of preparations for the UAF Congress.     

December 28. In the Football House there was a meeting of the registration commission to establish the powers of delegates and the quorum of the Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the UAF. The commission summed up the results of the election of delegates to the congress by members of the UAF and established the quorum of the congress.

In turn, the working group for checking the suitability of candidates for the post of UAF president, nominated for election at the XXVI UAF Congress, concluded that Andriy Shevchenko's candidacy meets the requirements and criteria established by the UAF Statute for candidates for election as UAF president. Also, in accordance with the Statute of the Ukrainian Football Association, written consent was received from the candidate to participate in the UAF presidential elections. Thus, Andriy Shevchenko - winner of the "Golden Ball"-2004, Hero of Ukraine, awarded with the distinction "National Legend of Ukraine" - is the only candidate for election to the post of UAF president at the Extraordinary XXVI Congress of the Ukrainian Football Association.

December 28. At the end of 2023, the All-Ukrainian Association of Football Coaches follows tradition called names the best specialists of the year. Yuriy Vernydub ("Kryvbas" Kryvyi Rih) became the best coach of the Vbet League.

December 30. Football players and coaching staff of the national team of Ukraine congratulated the country with the coming New Year, wishing above all a speedy victory over the aggressor and peace.

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