Football is the second most popular sport in Lithuania, behind basketball. The Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF) is the governing body of professional football in the country and was founded in 1922, and following the nation's re-independence became affiliated to FIFA in 1991 and UEFA in 1992. The LFF organises the A Lyga, the first top flight league and the Lithuania Football Cup (LFF taure). At present there are 10 clubs in the A Lyga.
The LFF 1 Lyga is the second division in the Lithuanian league system and also comprises 10 clubs. The LFF II Lyga is the third tier and has 20 clubs that are divided into two zones. The southern zone is administered by the Kaunas County Football Federation and the western zone by the Telšiai County Football Federation.
Since 1990 the most successful club in Lithuania has been FBK Kaunas followed by FK Ekranas. However, FK Zalgiris Vilnius is the only team that played in the First Division of the Soviet Union League, participating at that level for 11 seasons and finishing in the third position in 1987.
The Lithuanian Football Federation Cup (Lietuvos futbolo federacijos taurė) is the main knock-out cup competition in Lithuanian football. It began in 1947 as a tournament for teams in the Lithuanian SSR not competing in the Soviet league pyramid.
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