For Slovenian Sports
Football Association of Slovenia
The Football Association of Slovenia is the organization that is in charge of the development and status of Slovenian football. Football is one of the most popular sports disciplines in our country, as evidenced by the nearly 50,000 registered footballers and 287 football clubs. Our great football family also includes over 1000 referees and 1500 coaches.
The public commonly associates the success of the Slovenian Football Association with the performance of the national team, which has already qualified for two World Cups and one European Championship. The Slovenian Futsal League also belongs to the top ranks of European football: it made it to the quarterfinals of the last European Championship. Women’s football also has a bright future in Slovenia.
But the mission of the Football Association of Slovenia is not just about these sports results. The aim of this umbrella football organization is to promote and develop football in Slovenia, and its activities include training football players, referees, coaches, and other professionals; cooperation with all the agencies and organizations that can contribute to the development of football and sports in general; encouraging fair play; and preventing discrimination. The Football Association of Slovenia successfully implemented a football club licensing system and introduced more order and transparency, asserting itself as a stable and transparent organization.
Olympic Committee of Slovenia
On 15 October 1991, the Slovenian Olympic Charter was signed at a grand ceremony held in the Štih Hall at Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana. It was attended by Leon Štukelj, Miro Cerar, and the delegates of 29 federations of Olympic disciplines and 5 professional sports leagues recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Janez Kocijančič was elected the first President of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (OCS). The International Olympic Committee recognized the independence of Slovenian Olympic sport on 5 February 1992, and the OCS was accepted as a full member of the global Olympic family. That same year, the OCS also became a full member of the European Olympic Committees.
Slovenian athletes first participated in the Olympic Games under the Slovenian flag that same February, in the 16th Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. They won the first Olympic medals for Slovenia as an independent country several months later, at the 25th Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Under the auspices of the Slovenian umbrella sports organization, athletes perform at the European Youth Olympic Festival, the Mediterranean Games, the European Games, the Youth Olympic Games, and the Olympics. In addition to the matters of international competitions, the services of the OCS oversee the overall development and future of the athletes: their registration and categorization, dual careers, healthcare, awareness of the dangers and pitfalls of doping, etc. The Olympic Committee of Slovenia annually awards sports scholarships to those who meet the relevant criteria. Besides the top sports, the OCS devotes great attention and effort to the development of recreational sport, recognizing its ever-growing importance for physical fitness and mental wellbeing.
Ski Association of Slovenia
The Ski Association of Slovenia (SZS) is the largest sports organization in Slovenia, responsible for eight different disciplines, including alpine skiing and ski jumping.
Ski jumping is one of the disciplines with the longest tradition and one that ranks among the most successful in Slovenia, with numerous outstanding results. Our ski jumpers have been conquering the podium for decades, and the young generation will surely continue to soar to glory. Slovenian ski jumpers participate in over 80 competitions per season in more than 12 different countries around the world. This season, 9 male and 7 female contestants in the A national team will make sure their fans spend the weekend cheering.
Alpine skiing has brought Slovenia many a legendary moment thanks to Bojan Križan, Mateja Svet, Rok Petrovič, Jure Košir, the generation of “Devilish Slovenians,” Tina Maze, and the new “winter heroes”: Ilka Štuhec, Žan Kranjec, Meta Hrovat, and many others. The A national team of 6 male and 6 female skiers has already delighted us with its achievements at the start of the season. We are expecting the highlights of this winter at the World Championship in Are, Sweden, and at the World Cup home events in Maribor and Kranjska Gora, where our champions will surely receive the most enthusiastic support.
Basketball Federation of Slovenia
The Basketball Federation of Slovenia (KZS) is the Slovenian umbrella sports organization for basketball. It organizes competitions in various domestic basketball leagues and cups and manages all the Slovenian basketball teams.
In 2017 in Istanbul, where 7000 Slovenian fans came to cheer on our team, Slovenia defeated Serbia in the finals of the European Basketball Championship. In an astonishing feat, Slovenian basketball players won the first ever gold medal in team sports for the country. They conquered the old continent in style, undefeated with nine straight victories, and sparked a wave of basketball euphoria.
Volleyball Federation of Slovenia
Women’s National Volleyball Team
Slovenia’s female volleyball players have been hitting milestone after milestone in recent years. After the junior national team won silver at the European Championship in 2014, and the senior team qualified for the European Championship for the first time ever in 2015, our girls scored another tremendous achievement. They secured second place in the U-23 World Championship in 2017, which was Slovenia’s first medal in women’s team sports and the greatest success of a Slovenian female sports team to date.
Men’s National Volleyball Team
Slovenia’s men’s volleyball team made its mark in the country’s sports history in 2015. Our boys won silver at the European Championships in Bulgaria and Italy, bringing home Slovenia’s second medal in team sports. That same year, the volleyball players achieved another great feat, earning a victory in the European League and qualifying for the much-desired World League. And in 2018, Slovenia made its historic first appearance in the World Championship.
Handball Federation of Slovenia
The Handball Federation is Slovenia’s most successful sports association, boasting two medals from major championships and participation in three Olympic Games by the men’s national team. Of all the team sports, the women’s national handball team has the most appearances at major competitions with six European and five World Championships.
Handball is also the only team sport in Slovenia with European club champions: the women’s handball club Krim Mercator (winning in 2001 and 2003) and RK Celje Pivovarna Laško (2004).
Junior teams have also been very successful, earning nine medals from major championships over the last 14 years – the latest was won by our boys in the Under-20 European Championships in Celje in 2018.
Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia
The Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia (HZS) is the Slovenian umbrella sports organization for hockey, which unites hockey clubs and associations, the Slovenian Ice Hockey Referee Association (DSSHL), and the Slovenian Inline Hockey Association. The HZS is a member of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (OCS-ASF) and one of 81 members of the Switzerland-based International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Its task is to ensure the development and popularization of ice hockey, and to provide the best possible conditions for playing it. It also arranges regular professional training and education for hockey referees and other staff, and helps to establish their reputation both at home and abroad.
The HZS organizes national championships in the following age groups: Senior (Men and Women), U-19, U-17, U-15, and U-13; cup championships in the senior category; and national and international tournaments for the categories U-12, U-10, and U-8. It also co-organizes competitions in the senior and lower age categories in the international leagues of which the HZS is a co-founder: the Alpine Hockey League (AHL) and the International Hockey League (IHL).
The Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia manages the Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, U-20 and U-18 national teams, which compete in world championships under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It has also formed U-16 and U-15 teams; there are no official IIHF competitions for them, but they participate in international friendly tournaments.
Slovenian Tennis Association
The Slovenian Tennis Association (or Tennis Slovenia) is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Ljubljana. It brings together a network of over 80 clubs and 3000 members with professional guidance and development planning, and maintains excellent relationships with the decision-making bodies in the world of sports.
The Association supervises, supports, and manages more than 250 tennis events per year (including competitions, mass sports events, conferences and promotional campaigns) throughout Slovenia.
Slovenian Gymnastics Federation
Gymnastics is a sport with one of the longest traditions in Slovenia, marked by some outstanding achievements. The greats of Slovenian gymnastics include Leon Štukelj and Miroslav Cerar, prominent ambassadors of Slovenian sports, as well as Lojze Kolman, Aljaž Pegan, and Mitja Petkovšek in the younger generation. In recent years, medals from major competitions have been won by Sašo Bertoncelj on the pommel horse and Teja Belak, who particularly excels on the vault.
Sixty-four clubs and associations covering three different domains – artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampolining – are members of the Slovenian Gymnastics Federation. The Federation organizes several national and international events, the largest being the annual Artistic Gymnastics World Cup, hosted in recent years by the coastal city of Koper. Another widely popular and internationally recognized event is the Šalamun Memorial, held in Maribor.
Gymnastics being one of the three foundation sports, we are not merely promoting the development of this discipline, but also providing an important building block for the success of other sports, thus pursuing the Federation’s vision: “Helping to train champions.”
Cycling Federation of Slovenia
The Cycling Federation of Slovenia (KZS) unites associations, clubs, organizations, and individuals involved in cycling in the Republic of Slovenia. The aim is to jointly implement the tasks important for the development of cycling as a sport, cycling activities in general, and, of course, the Slovenian cycling teams.
Slovenian cyclists are among the best in their categories. Great results have been achieved in mountain biking, amateur cycling, and BMX; track cycling is gaining momentum; and road racing has been particularly successful, with Primož Roglič, Tadej Pogačar, and other top cyclists bringing Slovenia global recognition.