Union of European Football Associations (UEFA /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French: Union des associations européennes de football;[a] German: Union der europäischen Fußballverbände)[b] is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as one Asian country Israel.[3] UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.[4]

Union of European Football Associations
Union des Associations Européennes de Football (French)
AbbreviationUEFA
Formation15 June 1954; 68 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
Zbigniew Boniek
Sándor Csányi
Luis Rubiales
Fernando Gomes
Michele Uva
General secretary
Theodore Theodoridis
Main organ
UEFA Congress
Parent organization
FIFA
Websiteuefa.com
UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland

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

Henri Delaunay acted as the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz as 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.[5]

History and membershipEdit

UEFA was inaugurated on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations.[6] At the founding meeting, 25 members were present. However, 6 other associations which were not present were still recognised as founding members, bringing the total of founding associations to 31.[7] UEFA grew to more than 50 members by the mid-1990s, as new associations were born out of the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia into their constituent states.

UEFA's main headquarters after its foundation were located in Paris, but moved to Bern in 1960. They moved to Nyon, Switzerland, in 1995, where they operated out of temporary offices until 1999 while the organisation's current headquarters were under construction.[8]

UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe (48 out of 55 members are sovereign UN member states), although there are some exceptions. One UN member state (Monaco) and one UN observer state (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 England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (constituent countries of the United Kingdom), Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory), the Faroe Islands (constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark), and Kosovo (state with limited recognition), 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 (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey) and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically (Cyprus). Countries which had been members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were also admitted to the European football association, such as Israel (because it had been banned from the AFC group in 1974) and Kazakhstan.

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 Liechtenstein teams play in the Swiss Leagues, as Liechtenstein has no internal league [9] and only a cup competition.

National teams represented by UEFA are known for being successful throughout the history of the FIFA World Cup. Out of 21 tournaments so far, European teams have won 12 World Cup titles. Italy and Germany have four titles each, followed by France with two titles and England and Spain, winning once each. The national associations of these countries also are responsible for organizing the so-called "Big Five European Leagues", consisting of Spain's La Liga, England's Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1.

On 28 February 2022, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the UEFA suspended the participation of Russia.[10][11] The Russian Football Union unsuccessfully appealed the UEFA ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the ban.[12][13]

Executive committeeEdit

MembersEdit

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
UEFA
affiliation
IOC
member
ALB   Albania 1930 1932 1954 Yes
AND   Andorra 1994 1996 1996 Yes
ARM   Armenia 1992 1992 1992 Yes
AUT   Austria 1904 1905 1954 Yes
AZE   Azerbaijan 1992 1994 1994 Yes
BLR   Belarus 1989 1992 1993 Yes
BEL   Belgium 1895 1904 1954 Yes
BIH   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1946 1996 1998 Yes
BUL   Bulgaria 1923 1924 1954 Yes
CRO   Croatia 1912 1992 1993 Yes
CYP   Cyprus 1934 1948 1962 Yes
CZE   Czech Republic 1901 1907 1954 Yes
DEN   Denmark 1889 1904 1954 Yes
ENG   England 1863 1905 1954 No[n 1]
EST   Estonia 1921 1923 1992 Yes
FRO   Faroe Islands 1979 1988 1990 No
FIN   Finland 1907 1908 1954 Yes
FRA   France 1919[n 2] 1904[n 3] 1954 Yes
GEO   Georgia 1990 1992 1992 Yes
GER   Germany 1900 1904 1954 Yes
GIB   Gibraltar 1895 2016 2013 No
GRE   Greece 1926 1927 1954 Yes
HUN   Hungary 1901 1906 1954 Yes
ISL   Iceland 1947[n 4] 1947 1954 Yes
ISR   Israel[n 5] 1928 1929 1994[n 6] Yes
ITA   Italy 1898 1905 1954 Yes
KAZ   Kazakhstan[n 7] 1994 1994 2002 Yes[n 8]
KOS   Kosovo 2008 2016 2016 Yes
LVA   Latvia 1921 1922 1992 Yes
LIE   Liechtenstein 1934 1974 1974 Yes
LTU   Lithuania 1922 1923 1992 Yes
LUX   Luxembourg 1908 1910 1954 Yes
MLT   Malta 1900 1959 1960 Yes
MDA   Moldova 1990 1994 1993 Yes
MNE   Montenegro 1931 2007 2007 Yes
NED   Netherlands 1889 1904 1954 Yes
MKD   North Macedonia 1926 1994 1994 Yes
NIR   Northern Ireland 1880 1911 1954 No[n 1]
NOR   Norway 1902 1908 1954 Yes
POL   Poland 1919[n 9] 1923 1954 Yes
POR   Portugal 1914 1923 1954 Yes
IRL   Republic of Ireland 1921 1923 1954 Yes
ROU   Romania 1909 1923 1954 Yes
RUS   Russia 1912 1912 1954 Yes
SMR   San Marino 1931 1988 1988 Yes
SCO   Scotland 1873 1910 1954 No[n 1]
SRB   Serbia 1919 1921 1954 Yes
SVK   Slovakia 1938 1994 1993 Yes
SVN   Slovenia 1920 1992 1992 Yes
ESP   Spain 1909 1904 1954 Yes
SWE   Sweden 1904 1904 1954 Yes
SUI   Switzerland 1895 1904 1954 Yes
TUR   Turkey 1923 1923 1962 Yes
UKR   Ukraine 1991 1992 1992 Yes
WAL   Wales 1876 1910 1954 No[n 1]
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Part of the British Olympic Association.
  2. ^ Founded as Comité Français Interfédéral in 1907, a predecessor to the current federation.
  3. ^ The current French FA, the French Football Federation (in its previous incarnation, the Comité Français Interfédéral), replaced the USFSA in 1907.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1954–1974), joined UEFA after political pressure from Arab and Muslim members that refused to play against them. See also Foreign relations of Israel and International recognition of Israel.
  6. ^ In 1992 Israel joined UEFA as an associate member, and thereafter Israeli clubs have played in the various UEFA club competitions, while the national teams have played in UEFA championships.
  7. ^ Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1994–2002), joined UEFA.
  8. ^ Country is a member of the Olympic Council of Asia rather than the European Olympic Committees.
  9. ^ Founded as Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej (part of the disintegrated Austrian Football Union) in 1911, a predecessor to the current federation.

Former membersEdit

Association Year Note
  Saarland Football Union 1954–1956 [n 1]
  Football Association of East Germany 1954–1990 [n 2]
  Football Federation of the Soviet Union 1954–1991 [n 3]
  Football Association of Yugoslavia 1954–1992 [n 4]
  Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro 1992–2006 [n 5]
  Football Association of Czechoslovakia 1954–1993 [n 6]
Notes
  1. ^ Joined Football Association of West Germany.
  2. ^ Joined Football Association of West Germany as German Football Association.
  3. ^ In 1992 the Soviet Union was dissolved into 15 republics (10 in Europe and 5 in Asia) with the Russian Football Union being acknowledged as the direct successor of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union; in spring and summer of 1992 it was represented by teams of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  4. ^ In 1992 Yugoslavia collapsed, with various federal republics becoming independent states, leaving only Serbia and Montenegro as part of FR Yugoslavia (which was renamed the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003); there was no direct successor of Football Association of Yugoslavia. Four other successor republics formed their own football organisations.
  5. ^ In 2006 the union state was dissolved with the Football Association of Serbia becoming its successor. Montenegro, which exited the union, created the Football Association of Montenegro. It competed as FR Yugoslavia until 2003 when the country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro.
  6. ^ Became Football Association of the Czech Republic and Slovak Football Association with the Football Association of the Czech Republic acknowledged as its direct successor.

Non-membersEdit

There are several national teams within Europe that are not members of UEFA. Many of them are instead affiliated with CONIFA.

CompetitionsEdit

UEFA continental 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.

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 (also known as the Euro), which started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and was known as the European Nations Cup until 1964. The UEFA Nations League is the second tournament of 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.

World, Olympic and intercontinental competitionsEdit

Beside continental European competitions for national and their junior teams, the UEFA organizes various qualification male and female tournaments among European national and their junior teams for World Cups (organized by FIFA) and Olympics (organized by IOC).

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 Under-19 Futsal 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[18] men's national teams are the only 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 began in 1955). A third competition, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which 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, later named the UEFA Europa Conference League. The competition proper features 32 teams in 8 groups of 4, with a knockout round between the second placed teams in Europa Conference League and the third placed teams in the Europa League, leading to a final 16 knockout stage featuring the eight group winners. The first edition of the competition was played in 2021–2022.[19]

In women's football UEFA also conducts the UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams. The competition was first held in 2001, and was 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.[20][21][22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

Only five teams[25][26] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea[27]) 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),[28] 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.

Until the first staging of the UEFA Europa Conference League in 2022, Juventus of Italy was the only team in Europe to win all UEFA's official championships and cups[29] and, in commemoration of achieving that feat, have received The UEFA Plaque by the Union of European Football Associations on 12 July 1988.[30][31]

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.

Recently, there has been an attempt to create a Europa League-style second tier women's club competition, which has been in discussion since 2021.[32]

Current title holdersEdit

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Intercontinental (UEFA–CONMEBOL)
Cup of Champions 2022   Argentina 2nd   Italy 2025
Under-20 Intercontinental Cup 2022   Benfica 1st   Peñarol 2023
Futsal Finalissima 2022   Portugal 1st   Spain 2026
Men's national teams
European Championship 2020 (Final)   Italy 2nd   England 2024 (Final)
Nations League 2020–21 (Final)   France 1st   Spain 2022–23 (Final)
U-21 Championship 2021   Germany 3rd   Portugal 2023
U-19 Championship 2022   England 11th   Israel 2023
U-17 Championship 2022   France 3rd   Netherlands 2023
Futsal Championship 2022   Portugal 2nd   Russia 2026
U-19 Futsal Championship 2022   Spain 2nd   Portugal 2023
Women's national teams
Women's Championship 2022 (Final)   England 1st   Germany 2025 (Final)
Women's Nations League 2023–24 (Final)
Women's U-19 Championship 2022   Spain 4th   Norway 2023
Women's U-17 Championship 2022   Germany 8th   Spain 2023
Women's Futsal Championship 2022   Spain 2nd   Portugal 2023
Men's club teams
Super Cup 2022   Real Madrid 5th   Eintracht Frankfurt 2023
Champions League 2021–22 (Final)   Real Madrid 14th   Liverpool 2022–23 (Final)
Europa League 2021–22 (Final)   Eintracht Frankfurt 2nd   Rangers 2022–23 (Final)
Europa Conference League 2021–22 (Final)   Roma 1st   Feyenoord 2022–23 (Final)
Youth League 2021–22 (Final)   Benfica 1st   Red Bull Salzburg 2022–23 (Final)
Futsal Champions League 2021–22 (Final)   Barcelona 4th   Sporting CP 2022–23 (Final)
Women's club teams
Women's Champions League 2021–22 (Final)   Lyon 8th   Barcelona 2022–23 (Final)
Men's amateur teams
Regions' Cup 2019 (Final)   Lower Silesia 2nd   Bavaria 2023 (Final)

Titles by nationEdit

Nation Men Women Futsal Total
Euro League U21 U19 U17 Euro U19 U17 Men's U21 U19 Women's
  Spain 3 5 11 9 4 4 7 2 2 47
  Germany[A] 3 3 6 3 8 6 8 37
  France 2 1 1 8 3 5 20
  England 2 11 2 1 1 17
  Russia[B] 1 2 6 3 1 1 1 15
  Italy 2 5 3 1 1 2 14
  Portugal 1 1 4 6 2 14
  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
  Switzerland 1 1
  Ukraine 1 1
  1. ^ Including East Germany and West Germany.
  2. ^ Including the Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Including Czechoslovakia.
  4. ^ Including Yugoslavia.

SponsorsEdit

UEFA national team competitions
UEFA Champions League

Note: The UEFA Champions League sponsors are also sponsors of the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Youth League.

UEFA Europa League

Note: The UEFA Europa League sponsors are also sponsors of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

UEFA women's football competitions

FIFA World RankingsEdit

OverviewEdit

Historical leadersEdit

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

Major tournament recordsEdit

Legend

  •  1st  – Champions
  •  2nd  – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[wc 1]
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarter-finals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 – Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–2022: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 – Round 1 (1930, 1950–1970 and 1986–present: group stage; 1934–1938: knockout round of 16; 1974–1982: first group stage)
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     – Hosts

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record
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)
2022
 
(32)
2026
 
 
 
(48)
Years
  Austria × 4th ×[wc 2] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
7
  Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rd Q 14
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia × R1
20th
1
  Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
7
  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd Q 6
  Czech Republic[wc 3] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
9
  Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
Q 6
  East Germany[wc 3] Part of Germany × × R2
6th
Part of Germany 1
  England × × × R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4th Q 16
  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 Q 16
  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
Q 20
  Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
3
  Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
9
  Iceland × × × × × × × × R1
28th
1
  Israel[wc 4] × R1
12th
1
  Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
18
  Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd Q 11
  Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
  Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
3
  Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
Q 9
  Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
Q 8
  Republic of Ireland[wc 5] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
3
  Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
7
  Russia[wc 6] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
× 11
  Scotland × × × •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
8
  Serbia[wc 3] 4th[wc 7] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
Q 13
  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia R2
16th
1
  Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia × R1
30th
R1
18th
2
  Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
R2
10th
Q 16
  Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
12
  Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
Q 12
  Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd 2
  Ukraine[wc 6] Part of Soviet Union × QF
8th
1
  Wales × × × QF
6th
Q 2
Total (34 teams) 4 12 13 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 13 13 TBD

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.

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team 1991
 
(12)
1995
 
(12)
1999
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2007
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2015
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2023
 
 
(32)
Years
  Denmark QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
12th
Q 5
  England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd 4th Q 6
  France R1
9th
4th QF
5th
QF
Q 5
  Germany 4th 2nd QF
8th
1st 1st QF
6th
4th QF
Q 9
  Italy QF
6th
R1
9th
QF
Q 4
  Netherlands R2
13th
2nd Q 3
  Norway 2nd 1st 4th QF
7th
4th R1
10th
R2
10th
QF
Q 8
  Republic of Ireland × Q 1
  Russia × QF
5th
QF
8th
× 2
  Scotland R1
1
  Spain R1
20th
R2
Q 3
  Sweden 3rd QF
5th
QF
6th
2nd R1
10–11
3rd R2
16th
3rd Q 9
  Switzerland R2
15th
Q 1
Total (12 teams) 5 5 6 5 5 5 8 9 11 59

Olympic Games For MenEdit

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team 1900
 
(3)
1904
 
(3)
1908
 
(6)
1912
 
(11)
1920
 
(14)
1924
 
(22)
1928
 
(17)
1936
 
(16)
1948
 
(18)
1952
 
(25)
1956
 
(11)
1960
 
(16)
1964
 
(14)
1968
 
(16)
1972
 
(16)
1976
 
(13)
1980
 
(16)
1984
 
(16)
1988
 
(16)
1992
 
(16)
1996
 
(16)
2000
 
(16)
2004
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2020
 
(16)
Years
  Austria 6 2 =11 =5 4
  Belarus 10 1
  Belgium 3 1 15 =5 4 5
  Bulgaria 10 =17 3 5 2 5
  Czech Republic 14 1
  Czechoslovakia 9 9 2 9 1 Split into Slovakia and Czech Republic 5
  Denmark 2 2 10 3 =5 2 6 13 8 9
  East Germany[ol 1] 3 3 1 2 Merged with West Germany 4
  Estonia =17 1
  Finland 4 =9 =14 9 4
  France 2 5 4 5 =9 =5 =17 9 7 5 1 5 13 13
  Germany[ol 2] 7 =5 =6 4 =9 5 5 3 2 9 10
  Great Britain 1 1 1 11 =6 4 =17 =5 8 5 10
  Greece 13 =17 15 3
  Hungary 5 13 =9 1 3 1 1 2 16 9
  Ireland 7 =17 2
  Israel Competed with Asia (qualified 2 times) 2
  Italy 8 5 6 3 1 =5 =9 4 4 4 5 12 5 3 5 15
  Latvia 16 1
  Lithuania =17 1
  Luxembourg 12 11 =9 =9 =9 =9 6
  Netherlands 3 3 3 4 =9 =9 =17 7 8
  Norway 9 7 3 =14 10 5
  Poland =17 4 =9 10 1 2 2 7
  Portugal =5 4 14 6 4
  Romania 14 =17 5 11 4
  Russia 10 1
  Serbia 12 1
  Serbia and Montenegro 16 Split into 2 nations 1
  Slovakia 13 1
  Soviet Union =9 1 3 3 3 1 Split into 15 nations 6
  Spain 2 =17 =5 6 12 10 1 6 2 14 2 11
  Sweden 4 11 6 3 =9 1 3 6 6 15 10
  Switzerland 2 =9 13 3
  Turkey =17 =9 =9 =5 =5 14 6
  Yugoslavia 9 =17 =9 2 2 2 1 6 4 3 10 Split into 7 nations 11
Total (36 teams) 3 0 6 11 13 18 11 10 10 19 5 9 6 5 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4

Notes

  1. ^ The East German team represented the United Team of Germany in 1964, winning the bronze medal.
  2. ^ The team represented the United Team of Germany in 1956, and the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e., West Germany) in 1972, 1984 and 1988, and winning the bronze medal in 1988.

Olympic Games For WomenEdit

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team 1996
 
(8)
2000
 
(8)
2004
 
(10)
2008
 
(12)
2012
 
(12)
2016
 
(12)
2020
 
(12)
Years
  Denmark 8 1
  France 4 6 2
  Germany 5 3 3 3 1 5
  Great Britain 5 7 2
  Greece 10 1
  Netherlands 5 1
  Norway 3 1 7 3
  Sweden 6 6 4 6 7 2 2 7
Total (8 teams) 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 22

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Team
(Total 35 teams)
1960
 
(4)
1964
 
(4)
1968
 
(4)
1972
 
(4)
1976
 
(4)
1980
 
(8)
1984
 
(8)
1988
 
(8)
1992
 
(8)
1996
 
(16)
2000
 
 
(16)
2004
 
(16)
2008
 
 
(16)
2012
 
 
(16)
2016
 
(24)
2020
 
(24)
2024
 
(24)
Years
  Albania × × × GS 1
  Austria GS GS R16 3
  Belgium × 3rd 2nd GS GS QF QF 6
  Bulgaria GS GS 2
  Croatia Part of   Yugoslavia QF GS QF GS R16 R16 6
  Czech Republic[c] 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd GS SF GS QF GS QF 10
  Denmark 4th SF GS 1st GS GS QF GS SF 9
  England × 3rd GS GS GS SF GS QF QF R16 2nd 10
  Finland × × GS 1
  France 4th 1st GS SF 1st QF GS QF 2nd R16 10
  Germany[d] × × 1st 2nd 1st GS SF 2nd 1st GS GS 2nd SF SF R16 Q 14 [e]
  Greece ×[f] GS 1st GS QF 4
  Hungary 3rd 4th R16 GS 4
  Iceland × × × QF 1
  Italy × 1st 4th SF GS 2nd GS QF 2nd QF 1st 10
  Latvia Part of   Soviet Union GS 1
  Netherlands × 3rd GS 1st SF QF SF SF QF GS R16 10
  North Macedonia Part of   Yugoslavia GS 1
  Northern Ireland × R16 1
  Norway GS 1
  Poland GS GS QF GS 4
  Portugal SF QF SF 2nd QF SF 1st R16 8
  Republic of Ireland GS GS R16 3
  Romania GS GS QF GS GS 5
  Russia[g] 1st 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd GS GS GS SF GS GS GS × 12
  Scotland × × GS GS GS 3
  Serbia[h] 2nd 2nd 4th GS •×[i] × QF 5
  Slovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia R16 GS 2
  Slovenia Part of   Yugoslavia GS 1
  Spain •×[j] 1st GS 2nd GS QF QF GS 1st 1st R16 SF 11
  Sweden × SF GS QF GS GS GS R16 7
  Switzerland × GS GS GS R16 QF 5
  Turkey GS QF SF GS GS 5
  Ukraine Part of   Soviet Union GS GS QF 3
  Wales × SF R16 2

Notes

  1. ^ pronounced [ynjɔ̃ dez‿asɔsjɑsjɔ̃ øʁɔpeɛn də futbol].
  2. ^ pronounced [uˈni̯oːn deːɐ̯ ʔɔʏʁoˈpɛːɪʃn̩ ˈfuːsbalfɛʁˌbɛndə].
  3. ^ Includes three appearances as Czechoslovakia
  4. ^ Includes five appearances as West Germany
  5. ^ Including UEFA Euro 2024 in which Germany is already qualified as host.
  6. ^ Greece entered the 1964 competition, but later withdrew after refusing to play Albania.
  7. ^ Includes five appearances as the Soviet Union and one as CIS
  8. ^ Includes four appearances as Yugoslavia and one as FR Yugoslavia
  9. ^ Does not include Euro 1992 qualification and disqualification due to international sanctions
  10. ^ Spain refused to travel to the Soviet Union for their qualification match, so the Soviet Union qualified by walkover.

UEFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

UEFA Women's Championship record
Team
(Total 19 teams)
1984
(4)
1987
 
(4)
1989
 
(4)
1991
 
(4)
1993
 
(4)
1995
(4)
1997
 
 
(8)
2001
 
(8)
2005
 
(8)
2009
 
(12)
2013
 
(12)
2017
 
(16)
2022
 
(16)
Years
  Austria × × × × × × SF QF 2
  Belgium GS QF 2
  Denmark SF 3rd 3rd GS SF GS GS SF 2nd GS 10
  England 2nd 4th SF GS GS 2nd GS SF 1st 9
  Finland SF QF GS GS 4
  France GS GS GS QF QF QF SF 7
  Germany 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st QF 2nd 11
  Iceland × × × GS QF GS GS 4
  Italy SF 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd GS GS QF QF GS GS 12
  Netherlands SF GS 1st QF 4
  Northern Ireland × × × × × × GS 1
  Norway 1st 2nd 2nd 1st SF GS SF 2nd SF 2nd GS GS 12
  Portugal GS GS 2
  Russia × × × × GS GS GS GS GS × 5
  Scotland × GS 1
  Spain × SF QF QF QF 4
  Sweden 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd SF 2nd SF QF SF QF SF 11
  Switzerland GS GS 2
  Ukraine Part of   Soviet Union × GS 1

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Team 1977
 
(16)
1979
 
(16)
1981
 
(16)
1983
 
(16)
1985
 
(16)
1987
 
(16)
1989
 
(16)
1991
 
(16)
1993
 
(16)
1995
 
(16)
1997
 
(24)
1999
 
(24)
2001
 
(24)
2003
 
(24)
2005
 
(24)
2007
 
(24)
2009
 
(24)
2011
 
(24)
2013
 
(24)
2015
 
(24)
2017
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2023
 
(24)
Years
  Austria R1 R1 4th R1 R2 5
  Belgium R2 1
  Bulgaria QF QF 2
  Croatia R2 R1 R2 3
  Czech Republic R1 R1 QF R1 2nd R2 6
  East Germany 3rd R1 2
  England 4th R1 R1 3rd R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 1st 12
  Finland R1 1
  France R1 QF QF 4th 1st R2 R2 8
  Germany 1st 2nd R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 QF QF QF R2 11
  Greece R2 1
  Hungary R1 R1 R1 R1 3rd R2 6
  Israel 1
  Italy R1 R1 QF QF QF 3rd 4th 8
  Kazakhstan[a] R1 1
  Netherlands QF R1 QF QF 4
  Norway R1 R1 R1 3
  Poland 4th R1 3rd R2 R2 5
  Portugal QF 1st 1st R1 3rd R2 R2 2nd R2 QF QF R1 12
  Republic of Ireland R1 R1 3rd R2 R2 5
  Romania 3rd 1
  Russia 1st 2nd R1 4th QF 3rd QF QF 8
  Scotland QF QF R1 3
  Serbia R1 1st 1st 3
  Slovakia R2 2
  Spain R1 QF R1 2nd R1 QF 4th QF 1st 2nd QF QF R2 QF QF 15
  Sweden R1 1
  Switzerland R1 1
  Turkey R1 R2 R2 3
  Ukraine R2 R2 R2 1st 4
Total (30 teams) 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 5 6 5

Notes

  1. ^ Kazakhstan represented AFC before 2000.

FIFA U-20 Women's World CupEdit

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002
 
(12)
2004
 
(12)
2006
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2010
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2014
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2018
 
(16)
2022[a]
 
(16)
Years
  Denmark QF 1
  England QF QF GS GS 3rd 5
  Finland GS GS 2
  France GS QF 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th QF 8
  Germany 3rd 1st QF 3rd 1st 2nd 1st QF QF GS 10
  Italy GS GS 2
  Netherlands QF 4th 2
  Norway GS QF 2
  Russia QF QF 2
  Spain GS QF 2nd 1st 4
  Sweden QF GS 2
  Switzerland GS GS GS 3
Total (12 teams) 4 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 43

Notes

  1. ^ The 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, later postponed to 2021, was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Team 1985
 
(16)
1987
 
(16)
1989
 
(16)
1991
 
(16)
1993
 
(16)
1995
 
(16)
1997
 
(16)
1999
 
(16)
2001
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2005
 
(16)
2007
 
(24)
2009
 
(24)
2011
 
(24)
2013
 
(24)
2015
 
(24)
2017
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2023
 
(24)
Years
  Austria R1 R1 2
  Belgium R1 3rd 2
  Croatia R1 R1 QF 3
  Czech Republic QF R1 2
  Denmark R1 1
  East Germany QF 1
  England QF QF R1 1st 4
  Finland R1 1
  France QF 1st QF QF R2 R2 3rd 6
  Germany 2nd QF R1 4th R1 3rd R2 3rd R2 QF 10
  Hungary QF R1 2
  Italy R1 4th R1 R1 R1 QF R2 QF 8
  Netherlands 3rd R1 R1 4th 4
  Poland 4th R1 2
  Portugal 3rd QF QF 3
  Russia 1st R2 R2 3
  Scotland 2nd 1
  Slovakia R2 1
  Spain 2nd R1 3rd R1 R1 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd QF 10
  Sweden 3rd 1
  Switzerland 1st 1
  Turkey 4th QF R1 3
Total (22 teams) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 6 6 6 6 5 5 5

FIFA U-17 Women's World CupEdit

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008
 
(16)
2010
 
(16)
2012
 
(16)
2014
 
(16)
2016
 
(16)
2018
 
(16)
2022
 
(16)
Years
  Azerbaijan R1 1
  Denmark QF 1
  England 4th QF 2
  Finland GS 1
  France R1 1st GS 3
  Germany 3rd QF 4th GS QF QF 4th 7
  Italy 3rd 1
  Republic of Ireland QF 1
  Spain 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 5
Total (9 teams) 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 19

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team 1989
 
(16)
1992
 
(16)
1996
 
(16)
2000
 
(16)
2004
 
(16)
2008
 
(20)
2012
 
(24)
2016
 
(24)
2021
 
(24)
Years
  Azerbaijan QF 1
  Belgium 4th R2 R2 3
  Croatia R2 1
  Czech Republic R2 R1 R2 R2 4
  Denmark R1 1
  Hungary R2 1
  Italy R2 R1 R2 2nd 3rd 3rd R2 7
  Kazakhstan R1 R2 4th 3
  Lithuania R1 1
  Netherlands 2nd R2 R2 R2 4
  Poland R2 1
  Portugal 3rd R2 R1 QF 4th 1st 6
  Russia R1 3rd 4th 4th QF 2nd QF 7
  Serbia R2 R2 2
  Spain R1 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd QF QF 9
  Ukraine 4th R2 R2 QF R2 5
Total (16 teams) 6 6 6 6 5 6 7 7 7 56

FIFA Beach Soccer World CupEdit

Team Beach Soccer World Championship record FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record Appearances
1995
 
(8)
1996
 
(8)
1997
 
(8)
1998
 
(10)
1999
 
(12)
2000
 
(12)
2001
 
(12)
2002
 
(8)
2003
 
(8)
2004
 
(12)
2005
 
(12)
2006
 
(16)
2007
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2009
 
(16)
2011