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UEFA

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.com

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.

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 membership

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] 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 (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 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 own league and only a cup competition.

Members

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
KVX  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 members

Non-members

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

Competitions

UEFA competitions

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.

International

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.

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[8] men's national teams are the sole teams to have won the European football championship in all categories.

Club

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 [9].

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.[10][11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

Only five teams[15][16] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea[17]) 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),[18] 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[19] and, in commemoration of achieving that feat, have received The UEFA Plaque by the Union of European Football Associations on 12 July 1988.[20][21]

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.

Title holders

Competitions Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
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
Clubs Men
UEFA Champions League England Liverpool 6th England Tottenham Hotspur 2019–20
UEFA Europa League England Chelsea 2nd England Arsenal 2019–20
UEFA Super Cup England Liverpool 4th England Chelsea 2020
UEFA Youth League Portugal Porto 1st England Chelsea 2019–20
UEFA Futsal Champions League Portugal Sporting CP 1st Kazakhstan Kairat 2019–20
Clubs Women
UEFA Women's Champions League France Lyon 6th Spain Barcelona 2019–20

Titles by nation

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.

Sponsors

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 rankings

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

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

Major tournaments

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 Cup

Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
Total
 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 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 Cup

Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
2023
TBA
(32)
Total
 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 5 5 6 5 5 5 8 9 TBD 48

Sanctions

Against associations

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

Against clubs

  • Albania Albania, in 1967 special sanctions were imposed against 1966–67 Albanian Superliga due to its political background
  • England 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 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 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 controversy

Dissatisfied fans across Europe have referred to the organisation as UEFA mafia, including in Russia's top league,[30] in Bulgaria's top league,[31] and in a Champions League group stage match held in Sweden.[32] 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.[33]

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".[34][35] 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.[36]

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.[37]

Executive Committee

See also

Resolutions

Financial fair play

UEFA coefficient

UEFA presidents

Related links

Notes

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