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The UEFA Regions' Cup is a football competition for amateur teams in Europe, run by UEFA. It was held for the first time in 1999 and has been played biennially since. The current champions are the Lower Silesia team from Poland, who became first time winners in the 2007 Regions' Cup, defeating Bavaria from Germany 3–2 in the final in Burghausen.

UEFA Regions' Cup
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Founded1996
RegionEurope (UEFA)
Number of teamsUp to 53 (Qualifiers)
8 (Finals)
Current championsPoland Dolny Śląsk
WebsiteUEFA Regions' Cup
2019 UEFA Regions' Cup

The competition was created in 1996 as there was no European level competition for amateur teams. The UEFA Amateur Cup, a previous attempt to organise a continental competition for amateurs, had run from 1966 to 1978, but ceased due to lack of interest from both the public and amateur teams themselves. In contrast to today's Regions' Cup, in which amateur clubs are represented, the previous competition was for representative amateur national teams.

Each UEFA member nation may enter one representative amateur team into the competition, with clubs having to win a domestic amateur competition (such as the FA Inter-League Cup) in order to qualify.

The first two finals were won by teams from the host nation and, thus far, Italy has been the most successful nation in the competition, with their representatives winning three of the nine editions (two of these were hosted in Italy, with Veneto winning both).

FormatEdit

All of the 53 UEFA-affiliated associations are eligible to submit a team to compete in the Regions' Cup, provided they hold a domestic qualifying competition to decide which team will represent that nation. Smaller member nations, however, are permitted to enter a representative national side.

Teams were entered by 32 nations for the inaugural tournament in 1999 and competed in one qualifying round. As interest in the tournament grew over the years, the qualifying stage was enlarged and an extra group round added in 2005, scrapping the playoffs added in 2001.

The preliminary round consists of a small number of teams split into groups, with the best from each group being included in the draw for the intermediary round. In the intermediary round, the teams are placed into eight groups of four teams. The teams in each group play each other once and the team finishing top of the group qualifies for the Regions' Cup finals. The eight group winners are placed into two groups of four for the final tournament and the winners of these two final groups, after each team has played one another once, play in the final, with the winners being crowned champions. Third place is shared between the two teams which finish second in their respective groups.

One aspect of the Regions' Cup that is different from most other international club tournaments is the hosting of games. As teams play each other once in the preliminary and intermediary rounds, in contrast to the more common two-legged fixtures, each group has all its matches held in one particular region. For example, in the 2009 tournament, all the preliminary Group 1 matches were played in San Marino. Another unusual feature of the Regions' Cup is the choice of host for the final tournament. In most football tournaments, the host nation or city is decided by the governing body before qualification begins. In the Regions' Cup, however, the host is chosen only after most of the eight finalist teams have qualified, with one of the qualified regions selected as host.

ResultsEdit

FinalsEdit

Veneto  3–2
(a.e.t.)
  Madrid
Borriero   <45'
Giaretti   >45'
De Toni   120'
(Report) Moreno   9'
Sanz Pascual   71'
Stadio Comunale delle Terme, Abano Terme
Attendance: ~700
Referee: Guido Wildhaber (Switzerland)

Braga  2–2
(aet)
(2–4 pen.)
  Moravia
Ferreira   55'
Freitas   84'
(Report) David   12'
Svach   90+4' (pen.)
Attendance: ~2,800
Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

Maine  1–2  Piedmont
Kharraz   83' (Report) Borgna   24'29'
Attendance: ~800
Referee: Kris Hermans (Belgium)

South-West Sofia  0–1  Basque Country
(Report) Arroyo   33'
KS Proszowianka Stadium, Proszowice
Attendance: ~1,300
Referee: Novo Panić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

South-East Region  1–2
(a.e.t.)
  Lower Silesia
Stoyanov   66' (Report) Sudoł   78'
Jaskułowski   114'
Attendance: ~3,500
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

Oltenia  1–2  Castile and León
Sîrbu   25' (Report) Ramírez   20'
Robles   81'

Braga  2–1  Leinster & Munster
Nobre   62'
Fortunato   84'
Report O'Sullivan   68'
Referee: Ken Henry Johnson (Norway)

Veneto  0–0
(5–4 pen.)
  Catalonia
(Report)
Comunale Delle Terme, Abano Terme

Eastern Region  1–0  Zagreb
David Lacey   10' Report

Zagreb  1–0  Munster/Connacht
Adžić   26' Report

Bavaria  2–3  Lower Silesia
Türk   35' (pen.)
Ekin   90' (pen.)
Report Jaros   41'
Traczyk   47' (pen.)
Bohdanowicz   80' (pen.)
Referee: Sebastian Colţescu (Romania)

Titles by nationEdit

Nation Titles Runners-up Winning teams Second-placed teams
  Italy 3 0 Veneto (1999*, 2013*) None
Piedmont (2003)
  Spain 2 2 Basque Country (2005) Madrid (1999)
Castile and León (2009) Catalonia (2013)
  Poland 2 0 Lower Silesia (2007, 2019) None
  Ireland 1 2 Eastern Region (2015*) Leinster & Munster (2011)
Munster/Connacht (2017)
  Portugal 1 1 Braga (2011*) Braga (2001)
  Croatia 1 1 Zagreb (2017) Zagreb (2015)
  Czech Republic 1 0 Moravia (2001*) None
  Bulgaria 0 2 None South-West Sofia (2005)
South-East Region (2007*)
  France 0 1 None Maine (2003)
  Romania 0 1 None Oltenia (2009)
* = Hosts

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