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)
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AbbreviationUEFA
Formation15 June 1954; 66 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.com

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] 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.[5] 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.

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 (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 Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales (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 (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey) 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[why?] 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[citation needed] 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 current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia. 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.

Executive CommitteeEdit

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 1946 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
KOS   Kosovo 2008 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 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), started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and 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, Intercontinental competitionsEdit

 
European Qualifiers

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[11] 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 name was later decided as UEFA Europa Conference League) . The competition would feature 32 teams directly in 8 groups of 4, with a knockout round between the second placed teams in UEFA Europa Conference League 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.[12]

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.[13][14][15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Only five teams[18][19] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea[20]) 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),[21] 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[22] and, in commemoration of achieving that feat, have received The UEFA Plaque by the Union of European Football Associations on 12 July 1988.[23][24]

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.

Current title holdersEdit

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
European Championship 2016   Portugal 1st   France 2020
Nations League 2018–19   Portugal 1st   Netherlands 2020–21
U-21 Championship 2019   Spain 5th   Germany 2021
U-19 Championship 2019   Spain 11th   Portugal 2020
U-17 Championship 2019   Netherlands 4th   Italy 2020
Futsal Championship 2018   Portugal 1st   Spain 2022
U-19 Futsal Championship 2019   Spain 1st   Croatia 2021
National teams (Women's)
Women's Championship 2017   Netherlands 1st   Denmark 2021
Women's U-19 Championship 2019   France 5th   Germany 2020
Women's U-17 Championship 2019   Germany 7th   Netherlands 2020
Women's Futsal Championship 2019   Spain 1st   Portugal 2021
Club teams (Men's)
Champions League 2019–20   Bayern Munich 6th   Paris Saint-Germain 2020–21
Europa League 2019–20   Sevilla 6th   Inter Milan 2020–21
Europa Conference League 2021–22
Super Cup 2020   Bayern Munich 2nd   Sevilla 2021
Youth League 2019–20   Real Madrid 1st   Benfica 2020–21
Futsal Champions League 2018–19   Sporting CP 1st   Kairat 2019–20
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Champions League 2019–20   Lyon 7th   VfL Wolfsburg 2020–21

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.

SponsorsEdit

UEFA national team competitions
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

National team rankingsEdit

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

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 19 December 2019[31]
    • Women's national teams – 12 July 2019[32]
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 1765   1 2   Germany 2059  
2 2   France 1733   2 3   Netherlands 2037   5
3 4   England 1661   3 4   France 2029  
4 6   Croatia 1642   4 5   England 2027   2
5 7   Portugal 1639   5 6   Sweden 2021   3
6 8   Spain 1636   6 12   Norway 1917  
7 12    Switzerland 1608   7 13   Spain 1899  
8 13   Italy 1607   8 14   Italy 1891   1
9 14   Netherlands 1604   9 15   Denmark 1839   2
10 15   Germany 1602   10 17   Iceland 1822   5
11 16   Denmark 1598   11 18    Switzerland 1815  
12 17   Sweden 1579   12 19   Belgium 1813   1
13 19   Poland 1559   13 21   Austria 1793   2
14 22   Wales 1540   14 22   Scotland 1791   2
15 24   Ukraine 1537   15 24   Ukraine 1708  
16 26   Austria 1507   16 25   Russia 1704  
17 29   Turkey 1494   17 28   Czech Republic 1679   1
18 29   Serbia 1494   18 29   Poland 1675   1
19 32   Slovakia 1490   19 30   Portugal 1671  
20 34   Republic of Ireland 1486   20 31   Finland 1668   1
21 36   Northern Ireland 1476   21 32   Wales 1667   1
22 37   Romania 1475   22 33   Republic of Ireland 1666   2
23 38   Russia 1470   23 42   Romania 1548   1
24 39   Iceland 1464   24 43   Serbia 1546  
25 44   Norway 1451   1 25 45   Hungary 1525  
26 45   Czech Republic 1446   26 47   Slovakia 1500   1
27 49   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1430   27 51   Slovenia 1453   1
28 50   Scotland 1422   28 54   Belarus 1446   1
29 52   Hungary 1416   29 55   Croatia 1440   1
30 54   Greece 1409   30 59   Northern Ireland 1420  
31 58   Finland 1386   31 62   Turkey 1412   1
32 59   Bulgaria 1381   32 64   Israel 1392   1
33 64   Montenegro 1365   33 65   Greece 1376   2
33 64   Slovenia 1365   34 67   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1371   1
35 66   Albania 1356   35 73   Kazakhstan 1349   1
36 68   North Macedonia 1347   36 77   Azerbaijan 1345  
37 87   Belarus 1280   37 78   Albania 1326   1
38 91   Georgia 1267   38 79   Bulgaria 1303   1
39 93   Israel 1260   39 85   Faroe Islands 1272   2
40 95   Cyprus 1251   40 93   Latvia 1228  
41 98   Luxembourg 1236   41 96   Moldova 1219   1
42 102   Armenia 1213   42 98   Montenegro 1217   1
43 103   Estonia 1202   43 99   Estonia 1212  
44 110   Faroe Islands 1181   44 102   Malta 1192   1
45 114   Azerbaijan 1177   45 106   Lithuania 1172   1
46 115   Kosovo 1174   46 112   Georgia 1143  
47 118   Kazakhstan 1155   47 113   Luxembourg 1134  
48 131   Lithuania 1089   48 117   Cyprus 1123   2
49 135   Andorra 1082   49 126   Kosovo 1059   3
50 137   Latvia 1082   50 127   North Macedonia 1053   3
51 175   Moldova 959   51 156   Andorra 749   3
52 180   Liechtenstein 926  
53 184   Malta 919  
54 196   Gibraltar 879  
55 209   San Marino 824  
  • * – Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked.

Major tournament recordsEdit

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

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 R16
11th
R16
11th
R1
19th
R16
14th
QF
6th
3rd 13
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia × R1
20th
1
  Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R16
15th
4th R1
29th
7
  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd 5
  Czech Republic[wc 3] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
9
  Denmark × × × × × × R16
9th
QF
8th
R16
10th
R1
24th
R16
11th
5
  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 R16
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R16
13th
R1
26th
4th 15
  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 15
  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
19
  Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R16
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 R16
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R16
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
18
  Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R16
15th
QF
7th
4th R16
11th
2nd 3rd 10
  Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
  Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R16
15th
3
  Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R16
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
8
  Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R16
11th
R1
18th
R16
13th
7
  Republic of Ireland[wc 5] × QF
8th
R16
16th
R16
12th
3
  Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R16
12th
QF
6th
R16
11th
7
  Russia[wc 6] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R16
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
× R16
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
12
  Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia R16
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
R16
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R16
9th
1st R1
23rd
R16
10th
15
  Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R16
13th
R16
14th
QF
7th
12
   Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R16
15th
R16
10th
R1
19th
R16
11th
R16
14th
11
  Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd 2
  Ukraine[wc 6] Part of Soviet Union × QF
8th
1
  Wales × × × QF
6th
1
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
R2
15th
R2
12th
4
  England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd 4th 5
  France R2
9th
4th QF
5th
QF
4
  Germany 4th 2nd QF
8th
1st 1st QF
6th
4th QF
8
  Italy QF
6th
R2
9th
QF
3
  Netherlands R2
13th
2nd 2
  Norway 2nd 1st 4th QF
7th
4th R2
10th
R2
10th
QF
8
  Russia × QF
5th
QF
8th
2
  Scotland R1
1
  Spain R1
20th
R2
2
  Sweden 3rd QF
5th
QF
6th
2nd R2
10–11
3rd R2
16th
3rd 8
   Switzerland R2
15th
1
Total (12 teams) 5 5 6 5 5 5 8 9 TBD 48

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)
2021
 
(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[33] 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 q 13
  Germany[34] 7 =5 =6 4 =9 5 5 3 2 q 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 q 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 q 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

Olympic Games For WomenEdit

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team 1996
 
(8)
2000
 
(8)
2004
 
(10)
2008
 
(12)
2012
 
(12)
2016
 
(12)
2021
 
(12)
Years
  Denmark 8 1
  France 4 6 2
  Germany 5 3 3 3 1 5
  Great Britain 5 q 2
  Greece 10 1
  Netherlands q 1
  Norway 3 1 7 3
  Sweden 6 6 4 6 7 2 q 7
Total (8 teams) 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 22

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Team
(Total 34 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 q 3
  Belgium × 3rd 2nd GS GS QF q 6
  Bulgaria GS GS 2
  Croatia Part of   Yugoslavia QF GS QF GS R16 q 6
  Czech Republic[c] 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd GS SF GS QF GS q 10
  Denmark 4th SF GS 1st GS GS QF GS q 9
  England × 3rd GS GS GS SF GS QF QF R16 q 10
  Finland × × q 1
  France 4th 1st GS SF 1st QF GS QF 2nd q 10
  Germany[d] × × 1st 2nd 1st GS SF 2nd 1st GS GS 2nd SF SF q q 14 [e]
  Greece ×[f] GS 1st GS QF 4
  Hungary 3rd 4th R16 3
  Iceland × × × QF 1
  Italy × 1st 4th SF GS 2nd GS QF 2nd QF q 10
  Latvia Part of   Soviet Union GS 1
  Netherlands × 3rd GS 1st SF QF SF SF QF GS q 10
  Northern Ireland × R16 1
  Norway GS 1
  Poland GS GS QF q 4
  Portugal SF QF SF 2nd QF SF 1st q 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 q 12
  Scotland × × GS GS 2
  Serbia[h] 2nd 2nd 4th GS •×[i] × QF 5
  Slovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia R16 1
  Slovenia Part of   Yugoslavia GS 1
  Spain •×[j] 1st GS 2nd GS QF QF GS 1st 1st R16 q 11
  Sweden × SF GS QF GS GS GS q 7
   Switzerland × GS GS GS R16 q 5
  Turkey GS QF SF GS q 5
  Ukraine Part of   Soviet Union GS GS q 3
  Wales × SF q 2

Notes

  1. ^ pronounced [ynjɔ̃ dez‿asɔsjɑsjɔ̃ øʁɔpeɛn də futbol].
  2. ^ pronounced [fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪnɪɡʊŋ ɔʏʁoˈpɛːɪʃɐ ˈfuːsbalfɛɐ̯ˌbɛndə].
  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 18 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)
2021
 
(16)
Years
  Austria × × × × × × SF 1
  Belgium GS 1
  Denmark SF 3rd 3rd GS SF GS GS SF 2nd 9
  England 2nd 4th SF GS GS 2nd GS SF q 9
  Finland SF QF GS 3
  France GS GS GS QF QF QF 6
  Germany 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st QF 10
  Iceland × × × GS QF GS 3
  Italy SF 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd GS GS QF QF GS 11
  Netherlands SF GS 1st 3
  Norway 1st 2nd 2nd 1st SF GS SF 2nd SF 2nd GS 11
  Portugal GS 1
  Russia × × × × GS GS GS GS GS 5
  Scotland × GS 1
  Spain × SF QF QF 3
  Sweden 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd SF 2nd SF QF SF QF 10
   Switzerland GS 1
  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)
2021
 
(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 11
  Finland R1 1
  France R1 QF QF 4th 1st R2 R2 7
  Germany 1st 2nd R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 QF QF QF R2 11
  Greece R2 1
  Hungary R1 R1 R1 R1 3rd R2 6
  Italy R1 R1 QF QF QF 3rd 4th 7
  Kazakhstan[35] 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 1
  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 (29 teams) 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 5 6 5

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)
2021
 
(16)
Years
  Denmark QF 1
  England QF QF GS GS 3rd 5
  Finland GS GS 2
  France GS QF 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th q 8
  Germany 3rd 1st QF 3rd 1st 2nd 1st QF QF q 10
  Italy GS GS 2
  Netherlands QF q 2
  Norway GS QF 2
  Russia QF QF 2
  Spain GS QF 2nd q 4
  Sweden QF GS 2
   Switzerland GS GS GS 3
Total (12 teams) 4 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 43

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)
2021
 
(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)
2021
 
(16)
Years
  Azerbaijan R1 1
  Denmark QF 1
  England 4th QF 2
  Finland GS 1
  France R1 1st 2
  Germany 3rd QF 4th GS QF QF 6
  Italy 3rd 1
  Republic of Ireland QF 1
  Spain 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 4
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 3
  Denmark R1 1
  Hungary R2 1
  Italy R2 R1 R2 2nd 3rd 3rd R2 7
  Kazakhstan R1 R2 q 3
  Lithuania q 1
  Netherlands 2nd R2 R2 R2 4
  Poland R2 1
  Portugal 3rd R2 R1 QF 4th q 6
  Russia R1 3rd 4th 4th QF 2nd q 7
  Serbia R2 1
  Spain R1 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd QF q 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
 
(16)
2013
 
(16)
2015
 
(16)
2017
 
(16)
2019
 
(16)
2021
 
(16)
WC
/10
FIFA
/11
Years
/21
  Belarus × × × R1
11th
0 1 1
  Belgium R1
12th
× × × × × × × 1 0 1
  Denmark R1
6th
× × × × × × × × × 1 0 1
  England 3rd × 1 0 1
  France R1
7th
2nd R1
11th
R1
11th
2nd R1
7th
4th QF
5th
1st 3rd 4th QF
8th
8 4 12
  Germany R1
5th
R1
12th
R1
12th
R1
11th
4 0 4
  Italy 4th 3rd R1
5th
R1
10th
R1
9th
QF
8th
QF
8th
R1
6th
R1
6th
4th R1
15th
R1
10th
2nd QF
8th
QF
5th
4th 4th 2nd 10 8 18
  Netherlands R1
8th
× R1
14th
× × 1 1 2
  Poland R1
11th
R1
15th
0 2 2
  Portugal R1
6th
R1
5th
2nd QF
6th
1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th QF
8th
3rd 3rd 3rd 1st QF
8th
1st 8 9 17
  Russia R1
5th
× R1
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
1st 1st 3rd 3rd q 1 8 9
  Spain R1
6th
QF
5th
3rd QF
6th
R1
6th
2nd 2nd QF
7th
R1
10th
QF
7th
4th QF
6th
2nd R1
10th
7 7 14
   Switzerland QF
8th
2nd R1
10th
QF
8th
QF
5th
QF
8th
1 5 6
  Turkey R1
10th
× × 1 0 1
  Ukraine QF
6th
R1
9th
R1
12th
× × 0 3 3
Total (15 teams) 4 3 3 4 4 5 6 4 4 7 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 5

Former tournamentsEdit

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992
 
(4)
1995
 
(6)
1997
 
(8)
1999
 
(8)
2001
 
 
(8)
2003
 
(8)
2005
 
(8)
2009
 
(8)
2013
 
(8)
2017
 
(8)
Years
  Czech Republic × 3rd 1
  Denmark × 1st 1
  France × •• 1st 1st 2
  Germany × •• GS •• 3rd 1st 3
  Greece × GS 1
  Italy × •• GS 3rd 2
  Portugal × 3rd 1
  Russia × GS 1
  Spain × •• 3rd 2nd 2
  Turkey × 3rd 1
Total (10 teams) 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 15

SanctionsEdit

Against associationsEdit

  •   Lithuania, in 1990 sanctions were imposed due to the secession of the Lithuanian Football Federation from the Football Federation of the Soviet Union
  •   FR Yugoslavia, in 1992–1998 sanctions were imposed due to the Bosnian War (as part of the Yugoslav Wars)

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 1990–1991 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,[36] in Bulgaria's top league,[37] and in a Champions League group stage match held in Sweden.[38] 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.[39]

Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, the then-president of UEFA, Michel Platini, was also involved in the case. Swiss prosecutors accused 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".[40][41] Both Platini and Sepp Blatter were banned from football-related activity. Platini appealed to Court of Arbitration for Sports, which lowered the six-year ban to four years. He further appealed to Swiss courts and the European Court of Human Rights but the courts rejected his appeals.[42]

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.[43]

See alsoEdit

ResolutionsEdit

Financial fair playEdit

UEFA coefficientEdit

UEFA presidentsEdit

Related linksEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ uefa.com. "How to switch to another language of UEFA.com – Inside UEFA – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.