Swedish Football of Today
Sweden has a population of 10 millions. Football is unrivalled the largest sports movement accounting for every third sporting activity. Among the population, one million are members of a football club. The domestic season lasts from late February/ealry March to November.
The motto of Swedish football - "Football - for everyone - everywhere" - is reflected in the democratic constitution of Swedish football. All football competition in the nation is arranged by the F.A. and its 24 regional associations. The clubs are voting members at the annual meetings of the regional associations. The regional associations and the elite clubs are entitled to vote at the F.A.'s general meeting.
The headquarters of the Swedish F.A is located right next to the National Stadium, Friends Arena, in the community of Solna (north-west of Stockholm city centre).
Friends Arena is a multi-purpose venue with a retractable roof, the arena has a capacity of 50,000 spectators for football and was inaugurated in 2012.
It replaced the old Råsunda Stadium which was the venue for the World Cup Final in 1958, the Women's World Cup Final in 1995 and the Cup Winners' Cup Final in 1998 (Chelsea-Stuttgart).