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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French: Union des Associations Européennes de Football;[a] German: Vereinigung Europäischer Fußballverbände)[b] is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
UEFA logo 2012.png
UEFA member associations map.svg
AbbreviationUEFA
Formation15 June 1954; 65 years ago (1954-06-15)
Founded atBasel, Switzerland
TypeFootball organisation
HeadquartersNyon, Switzerland
Coordinates46°22′16″N 6°13′52″E / 46.371009°N 6.23103°E / 46.371009; 6.23103
Region served
Europe
Membership
55 full member associations
Official languages
English
French
German
(other main but not official: Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) [1]
Aleksander Čeferin[2]
First vice-president
Karl-Erik Nilsson
Vice-presidents
Sándor Csányi
Luis Rubiales
Fernando Gomes
Michele Uva
General secretary
Theodore Theodoridis
Main organ
UEFA Congress
Parent organization
FIFA
Websiteuefa.org

UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, runs nation and club competitions including the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup, and controls the prize money, regulations, and media rights to those competitions.

Henri Delaunay was the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz the first president. The current president is Aleksander Čeferin, a former Football Association of Slovenia president, who was elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, and automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA.[3]

History and membershipEdit

 
UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland

UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations.[4] The European football union began with 25 members; that number doubled by the early 1990s as new associations were born out of the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia into their constituent states. Until 1959 the main headquarters were located in Paris, and later in Bern. In 1995, UEFA headquarters were transferred to Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe, although there are some exceptions. Some states (Monaco and Vatican City) are not members. Some UEFA members are not sovereign states, but form part of a larger recognised sovereign state in the context of international law. These include Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales (countries of the United Kingdom), Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory), the Faroe Islands (autonomous territory within Denmark), and Kosovo (disputed territory and partially recognised state), however in the context of these countries government functions concerning sport tend to be carried at the territorial level coterminous with the UEFA member entity.

Some UEFA members are transcontinental states (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Russia) and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically (Armenia and Cyprus). Countries which had been members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were also admitted to the European football association, particularly Israel (because it had been banned from the AFC group in 1974) and Kazakhstan. Additionally some UEFA member associations allow teams from outside their association's main territory to take part in their "domestic" competition. AS Monaco, for example, takes part in the French League (though a separate sovereign entity); Welsh clubs Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County A.F.C. participate in the English League; Derry City, situated in Northern Ireland, plays in the Republic of Ireland-based League of Ireland and the 7 native Liechtensteinian teams play in the Swiss Leagues.

MembersEdit

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
UEFA
affiliation
ALB   Albania 1930 1932 1954
AND   Andorra 1994 1996 1996
ARM   Armenia 1992 1992 1992
AUT   Austria 1904 1905 1954
AZE   Azerbaijan 1992 1994 1994
BLR   Belarus 1989 1992 1993
BEL   Belgium 1895 1904 1954
BIH   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 1996 1998
BUL   Bulgaria 1923 1924 1954
CRO   Croatia 1912 1992 1993
CYP   Cyprus 1934 1948 1962
CZE   Czech Republic 1901 1907 1954
DEN   Denmark 1889 1904 1954
ENG   England 1863 1905 1954
EST   Estonia 1921 1923 1992
FRO   Faroe Islands 1979 1988 1990
FIN   Finland 1907 1908 1954
FRA   France 1919[n 1] 1904[n 2] 1954
GEO   Georgia 1990 1992 1992
GER   Germany 1900 1904 1954
GIB   Gibraltar 1895 2016 2013
GRE   Greece 1926 1927 1954
HUN   Hungary 1901 1906 1954
ISL   Iceland 1947[n 3] 1947 1954
ISR   Israel[n 4] 1949 1949 1994[n 5]
ITA   Italy 1898 1905 1954
KAZ   Kazakhstan[n 6] 1994 1994 2002
KVX   Kosovo 1946 2016 2016
LVA   Latvia 1921 1922 1992
LIE   Liechtenstein 1934 1974 1974
LTU   Lithuania 1922 1923 1992
LUX   Luxembourg 1908 1910 1954
MLT   Malta 1900 1959 1960
MDA   Moldova 1990 1994 1993
MNE   Montenegro 1931 2007 2007
NED   Netherlands 1889 1904 1954
MKD   North Macedonia 1926 1994 1994
NIR   Northern Ireland 1880 1911 1954
NOR   Norway 1902 1908 1954
POL   Poland 1919[n 7] 1923 1954
POR   Portugal 1914 1923 1954
IRL   Republic of Ireland 1921 1923 1954
ROU   Romania 1909 1923 1954
RUS   Russia 1912 1912 1954
SMR   San Marino 1931 1988 1988
SCO   Scotland 1873 1910 1954
SRB   Serbia 1919 1923 1954
SVK   Slovakia 1938 1994 1993
SVN   Slovenia 1920 1992 1992
ESP   Spain 1909 1904 1954
SWE   Sweden 1904 1904 1954
SUI    Switzerland 1895 1904 1954
TUR   Turkey 1923 1923 1962
UKR   Ukraine 1991 1992 1992
WAL   Wales 1876 1910 1954
Notes
  1. ^ Founded as Comité Français Interfédéral in 1907, a predecessor to the current federation.
  2. ^ The current French FA, the French Football Federation (in its previous incarnation, the Comité Français Interfédéral), replaced the USFSA in 1907.
  3. ^ Icelandic top-flight club football dates back to 1912 or 35 years prior to founding of KSI, All titles pre-1947 are recognized by KSI
  4. ^ Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1954–1974), joined UEFA as several AFC teams refused to play against them. See also Foreign relations of Israel and International recognition of Israel.
  5. ^ Israel had been an associated member of UEFA since 1992, therefore Israeli clubs were entitled to take part in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 UEFA club competitions despite Israel not being a full UEFA member.
  6. ^ Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1994–2002), joined UEFA.
  7. ^ Founded as Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej (part of the disintegrated Austrian Football Union) in 1911, a predecessor to the current federation.

Former membersEdit

Non-MembersEdit

There are five European states that have national teams that are not affiliated with UEFA or FIFA.

  •   Greenland, which is expected to apply for membership in UEFA and FIFA in the near future.[5]
  •   Guernsey
  •   Isle of Man
  •   Jersey, whose membership application was rejected by UEFA in 2018[6]
  •   Monaco, the only independent state on this list

CompetitionsEdit

UEFA runs official international competitions in Europe and some countries of Northern, Southwestern and Central Asia for national teams and professional clubs, known as UEFA competitions, some of which are regarded as the world's most prestigious tournaments.

InternationalEdit

The UEFA is the organiser of two of the most prestigious competitions in international football: The UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. The main competition for men's national teams is the UEFA European Championship, started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and known as the European Nations Cup until 1964. It is also called UEFA or the EURO. The UEFA Nations League is the second tournament of the UEFA and was introduced in 2018. The tournament largely replaced the international friendly matches previously played on the FIFA International Match Calendar. It will be played every two years.

UEFA also runs national competitions at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, UEFA operates the UEFA Women's Championship for senior national sides as well as Women's Under-19 and Women's Under-17 Championships.

UEFA also organised the UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup with CAF for youth teams in an effort to boost youth football. UEFA launched the UEFA Regions' Cup, for semi-professional teams representing their local region, in 1999. In futsal there is the UEFA Futsal Championship and UEFA Futsal Under-21 Championship. Despite the existence of UEFA's Futsal and Beach soccer committee, UEFA does not organise any beach soccer competitions. International and club beach soccer competitions for UEFA members are organised externally by Beach Soccer Worldwide.

The Italian, German, Spanish, French and Russian[7] men's national teams are the sole teams to have won the European football championship in all categories.

ClubEdit

 
UEFA member countries by club competition entry entitlements, 2009/10

The top-ranked UEFA competition is the UEFA Champions League, which started in the 1992/93 season and gathers the top 1–4 teams of each country's league (the number of teams depend on that country's ranking and can be upgraded or downgraded); this competition was re-structured from a previous one that only gathered the top team of each country (held from 1955 to 1992 and known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or simply the European Cup).

A second, lower-ranked competition is the UEFA Europa League. This competition, for national knockout cup winners and high-placed league teams, was launched by UEFA in 1971 as a successor of both the former UEFA Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (also begun in 1955). A third competition, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which had started in 1960, was absorbed into the UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League) in 1999.

In December 2018, UEFA announced the creation of a third club competition, with a working title of Europa League 2 (UEL2). The competition would feature 32 teams directly in 8 groups of 4, with a knockout round between the second placed teams in UEL2 and the third placed teams in the Europa League, leading to a final 16 knockout stage featuring the eight group winners. UEFA announced that the first edition of the competition begins in 2021 [8].

In women's football UEFA also conducts the UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams. The competition was first held in 2001, and known as the UEFA Women's Cup until 2009.

The UEFA Super Cup pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the Europa League (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), and came into being in 1973.[9][10][11]

The UEFA Intertoto Cup was a summer competition, previously operated by several Central European football associations, which was relaunched and recognised as official UEFA club competition by UEFA in 1995.[12] The last Intertoto Cup took place in 2008.

The European/South American Cup was jointly organised with CONMEBOL between the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores winners.[13]

Only five teams[14][15] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea[16]) have won each of the three main competitions (European Cup/UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winners' Cup/UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League),[17] a feat that is no longer possible for any team that did not win the Cup Winners' Cup. There are currently eight teams throughout Europe that have won two of the three trophies; all but one have won the Cup Winners' Cup, four require a win in the Champions League and four require a UEFA Europa League win.

Juventus of Italy was the first team in Europe—remaining the only one to date (2019)—to win all UEFA's official championships and cups[18] and, in commemoration of achieving that feat, have received The UEFA Plaque by the Union of European Football Associations on 12 July 1988.[19][20]

UEFA's premier futsal competition is the UEFA Futsal Cup, a tournament started in 2001 which replaced the former Futsal European Clubs Championship. This event, despite enjoying a long and well-established tradition in the European futsal community, dating back to 1984, was never recognised as official by UEFA.

UEFA competitionsEdit

Title holdersEdit

Competitions Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Clubs Men
UEFA Champions League   Liverpool 6th   Tottenham Hotspur 2019–20
UEFA Europa League   Chelsea 2nd   Arsenal 2019–20
UEFA Super Cup   Liverpool 4th   Chelsea 2020
UEFA Youth League   Porto 1st   Chelsea 2019–20
UEFA Futsal Champions League   Sporting CP 1st   Kairat 2019–20
Clubs Women
UEFA Women's Champions League   Lyon 6th   Barcelona 2019–20
Nations Men
UEFA European Championship   Portugal 1st   France 2020 (June–July)
UEFA Nations League   Portugal 1st   Netherlands 2020–21 (Sep.–June)
UEFA European U-21 Championship   Spain 5th   Germany 2021 (June)
UEFA European U-19 Championship   Spain 11th   Portugal 2020 (July)
UEFA European U-17 Championship   Netherlands 4th   Italy 2020 (May)
UEFA Futsal Championship   Portugal 1st   Spain 2022
UEFA Under-19 Futsal Championship   Spain 1st   Croatia 2021
Nations Women
UEFA Women's Championship   Netherlands 1st   Denmark 2021 (July)
UEFA Women's U-19 Championship   France 5th   Germany 2020 (July)
UEFA Women's U-17 Championship   Germany 7th   Netherlands 2020 (May)
UEFA Women's Futsal Championship   Spain 1st   Portugal 2021

Titles by nationEdit

Nation Men Women Futsal Total
Euro League U21 U19 U17 Euro U19 U17 Men's Women's
  Spain 3 - 5 11 9 - 3 4 7 1 43
  Germany[A] 3 - 2 6 3 8 6 7 - - 35
  France 2 - 1 8 2 - 5 - - - 18
  England - - 2 10 2 - 1 - - - 15
  Russia[B] 1 - 2 6 3 - 1 - 1 - 14
  Italy 1 - 5 3 1 - 1 - 2 - 13
  Portugal 1 1 - 4 6 - - - 1 - 13
  Netherlands 1 - 2 - 4 1 1 - - - 9
  Sweden - - 1 - - 1 3 - - - 5
  Czech Republic[C] 1 - 1 1 1 - - - - - 4
  Serbia[D] - - 1 3 - - - - - - 4
  Bulgaria - - - 3 - - - - - - 3
  Hungary - - - 3 - - - - - - 3
  Poland - - - 1 1 - - 1 - - 3
  Turkey - - - 1 2 - - - - - 3
  Austria - - - 2 - - - - - - 2
  Denmark 1 - - - - - 1 - - - 2
  Norway - - - - - 2 - - - - 2
  Republic of Ireland - - - 1 1 - - - - - 2
  Belgium - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
  Greece 1 - - - - - - - - - 1
  Romania - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
  Scotland - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
  Ukraine - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
  1. ^ Including East Germany and West Germany.
  2. ^ Including the Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Including Czechoslovakia.
  4. ^ Including Yugoslavia.

National team rankingsEdit

Highest Ranked UEFA member
in the men's FIFA World Rankings

 
  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 19 September 2019[21]
    • Women's national teams – 12 July 2019[22]
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
UEFA FIFA Nation Points UEFA FIFA Nation Points
1 1   Belgium 1752 1 2   Germany 2059
2 2   France 1725 2 3   Netherlands 2037
3 4   England 1662 3 4   France 2029
4 5   Portugal 1643 4 5   England 2027
5 7   Spain 1631 5 6   Sweden 2021
6 8   Croatia 1625 6 12   Norway 1917
7 11    Switzerland 1604 7 13   Spain 1899
8 13   Netherlands 1586 8 14   Italy 1891
9 14   Denmark 1584 9 15   Denmark 1839
10 15   Italy 1583 10 17   Iceland 1822
11 16   Germany 1580 11 18    Switzerland 1815
12 18   Sweden 1560 12 19   Belgium 1813
13 22   Poland 1532 13 21   Austria 1793
14 23   Wales 1522 14 22   Scotland 1791
15 25   Ukraine 1516 15 24   Ukraine 1708
16 27   Austria 1503 16 25   Russia 1704
17 28   Republic of Ireland 1496 17 28   Czech Republic 1679
18 29   Slovakia 1493 18 29   Poland 1675
19 31   Romania 1490 19 30   Portugal 1671
20 33   Northern Ireland 1488 20 31   Finland 1668
21 35   Serbia 1476 21 32   Wales 1667
22 36   Turkey 1475 22 33   Republic of Ireland 1666
23 41   Iceland 1461 23 42   Romania 1548
24 42   Russia 1455 24 43   Serbia 1546
25 44   Czech Republic 1441 25 45   Hungary 1525
26 46   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1438 26 47   Slovakia 1500
27 47   Norway 1435 27 51   Slovenia 1453
28 50   Hungary 1430 28 54   Belarus 1446
29 52   Scotland 1415 29 55   Croatia 1440
30 54   Finland 1398 30 59   Northern Ireland 1420
31 58   Slovenia 1390 31 62   Turkey 1412
32 59   Montenegro 1389 32 64   Israel 1392
33 60   Greece 1382 33 65   Greece 1376
34 62   Bulgaria 1377 34 67   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1371
35 64   Albania 1372 35 73   Kazakhstan 1349
36 69   North Macedonia 1339 36 77   Azerbaijan 1345
37 82   Belarus 1294 37 78   Albania 1326
38 86   Israel 1277 38 79   Bulgaria 1303
39 91   Georgia 1264 39 85   Faroe Islands 1272
40 92   Cyprus 1261 40 93   Latvia 1228
41 93   Luxembourg 1255 41 96   Moldova 1219
42 96   Armenia 1242 42 98   Montenegro 1217
43 102   Estonia 1212 43 99   Estonia 1212
44 109   Faroe Islands 1191 44 102   Malta 1192
44 109   Azerbaijan 1191 45 106   Lithuania 1172
46 116   Kazakhstan 1169 46 112   Georgia 1143
47 119   Kosovo 1164 47 113   Luxembourg 1134
48 131   Lithuania 1094 48 117   Cyprus 1123
49 139   Latvia 1075 49 126   Kosovo 1059
49 139   Andorra 1075 50 127   North Macedonia 1053
51 172   Moldova 978 51 156   Andorra 749
52 179   Malta 933
53 182   Liechtenstein 928
54 197   Gibraltar 889
55 210   San Marino 835
  • * – Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked.

National team in World CupsEdit

Legend

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[wc 1]
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 – Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • R1 – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     – Hosts

MenEdit

Team 1930
(13)
1934
(16)
1938
(15)
1950
(13)
1954
(16)
1958
(16)
1962
(16)
1966
(16)
1970
(16)
1974
(16)
1978
(16)
1982
(24)
1986
(24)
1990
(24)
1994
(24)
1998
(32)
2002
(32)
2006
(32)
2010
(32)
2014
(32)
2018
(32)
  Austria × 4th ×[wc 2] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
  Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R16
11th
R16
11th
R1
19th
R16
14th
QF
6th
3rd
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia × R1
20th
  Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R16
15th
4th R1
29th
  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd
  Czech Republic[wc 3] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
  Denmark × × × × × × R16
9th
QF
8th
R16
10th
R1
24th
R16
11th
  East Germany[wc 3] Part of Germany × × R2
6th
Part of Germany
  England × × × R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R16
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R16
13th
R1
26th
4th
  France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
1st
  Germany[wc 3] × 3rd R1
10th
× 1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st R1
22nd
  Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R16
13th
  Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
  Iceland × × × × × × × × R1
28th
  Israel[wc 4] × R1
12th
  Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R16
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R16
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
  Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R16
15th
QF
7th
4th R16
11th
2nd 3rd
  Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
  Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R16
15th
  Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R16
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
  Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R16
11th
R1
18th
R16
13th
  Republic of Ireland[wc 5] × QF
8th
R16
16th
R16
12th
  Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R16
12th
QF
6th
R16
11th
  Russia[wc 6] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R16
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
  Scotland × × × •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
  Serbia[wc 3] 4th[wc 7] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R16
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia R16
16th
  Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia × R1
30th
R1
18th
  Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R16
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R16
9th
1st R1
23rd
R16
10th
  Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R16
13th
R16
14th
QF
7th
   Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R16
15th
R16
10th
R1
19th
R16
11th
R16
14th
  Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd
  Ukraine[wc 6] Part of Soviet Union × QF
8th
  Wales × × × QF
6th
Total 4 12 13 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 14

Notes

  1. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  2. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  3. ^ a b c d FIFA considers that the national team of Russia succeeds the USSR, the national team of Serbia succeeds Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro, the national team of Czech Republic succeeds Czechoslovakia, and the national team of Germany succeeds West Germany and East Germany.
  4. ^ Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  5. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  6. ^ a b Russia's best result is quarter-finals in 2018. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  7. ^ There was no official World Cup Third Place match in 1930; The USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Currently, FIFA recognizes USA as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

WomenEdit

Team  
1991
(12)
 
1995
(12)
 
1999
(16)
 
2003
(16)
 
2007
(16)
 
2011
(16)
 
2015
(24)
 
2019
(24)
  Denmark QF
7th
QF
7th
R2
15th
R2
12th
  England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd 4th
  France R2
9th
4th QF
5th
QF
  Germany 4th 2nd QF
8th
1st 1st QF
6th
4th QF
  Italy QF
6th
R2
9th
QF
  Netherlands R2
13th
2nd
  Norway 2nd 1st 4th QF
7th
4th R2
10th
R2
10th
QF
  Russia × QF
5th
QF
8th
  Scotland R1
  Spain R1
20th
R2
  Sweden 3rd QF
5th
QF
6th
2nd R2
10–11
3rd R2
16th
3rd
   Switzerland R2
15th

SanctionsEdit

Against associationsEdit

Against clubsEdit

  •   Albania, in 1967 special sanctions were imposed against 1966–67 Albanian Superliga due to its political background
  •   England, in 1985-1991 sanctions were imposed against English association football clubs due to the Heysel Stadium disaster by suspending their participation in continental competitions for five years
  •   Italy, in 1974-1975 sanctions were imposed against SS Lazio due to its fans, Italy was restricted from the European Cup to which Lazio qualified
  •   Netherlands, in 1991-1992 sanctions were imposed against AFC Ajax due to its fans, the Netherlands were restricted from the European Cup to which Ajax qualified

Corruption and controversyEdit

Dissatisfied fans across Europe have referred to the organisation as UEFA mafia, including in Russia's top league,[23] in Bulgaria's top league,[24] and in a Champions League group stage match held in Sweden.[25] The term has also been covered for its use outside of stadiums, for example during a protest in Kosovo outside an EU building following the Serbia v Albania (UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying) match.[26]

Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, the current president of UEFA, Michel Platini, was also involved himself in the case. Swiss prosecutors accuse FIFA president Sepp Blatter of making a "disloyal payment" of $2m (£1.6m) to Mr Platini. Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, stated: "We didn't interview Mr Platini as a witness, that's not true. We investigated against him in between as a witness and an accused person".[27][28] Both Platini and Sepp Blatter are currently under formal investigation by FIFA's independent ethics committee.[citation needed] On 8 October 2015, Platini was provisionally suspended for 90 days from any football-related activity.[29]

In 2019 UEFA's decision to host Europa League Cup final in Baku, Azerbaijan left one of the finalists, Arsenal, with a decision to withdraw their Armenian player Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the competition due to safety concerns.[30]

Executive CommitteeEdit

SponsorsEdit

UEFA Champions League

Note: The UEFA Champions League sponsors are also sponsors of the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Women's Champions League and the UEFA Youth League (excluding Heineken, which is replaced by EA Sports´s FIFA).

UEFA Europa League
UEFA national team competitions

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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