UEFA

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Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
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AbbreviationUEFA
Formation15 June 1954;66 years ago (1954-06-15)
Founded at Basel, Switzerland
TypeFootball organisation
Headquarters Nyon, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°22′16″N6°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
Website uefa.com

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French : Union des Associations Européennes de Football; [lower-alpha 1] German : Vereinigung Europäischer Fußballverbände) [lower-alpha 2] 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.

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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, planned UEFA Europa Conference 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 Siege UEFA Nyon (Suisse).JPG
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 Committee

Members

Code AssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA
affiliation
UEFA
affiliation
ALBFlag of Albania.svg  Albania 193019321954
ANDFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 199419961996
ARMFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 199219921992
AUTFlag of Austria.svg  Austria 190419051954
AZEFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 199219941994
BLRFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 198919921993
BELFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 189519041954
BIHFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 194619961998
BULFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 192319241954
CROFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 191219921993
CYPFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 193419481962
CZEFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 190119071954
DENFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 188919041954
ENGFlag of England.svg  England 186319051954
ESTFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 192119231992
FROFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 197919881990
FINFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 190719081954
FRAFlag of France.svg  France 1919 [n 1] 1904 [n 2] 1954
GEOFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 199019921992
GERFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 190019041954
GIBFlag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 189520162013
GREFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 192619271954
HUNFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 190119061954
ISLFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1947 [n 3] 19471954
ISRFlag of Israel.svg  Israel [n 4] 192819291994 [n 5]
ITAFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 189819051954
KAZFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan [n 6] 199419942002
KOSFlag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 200820162016
LVAFlag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 192119221992
LIEFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 193419741974
LTUFlag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 192219231992
LUXFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 190819101954
MLTFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 190019591960
MDAFlag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 199019941993
MNEFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 193120072007
NEDFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 188919041954
MKDFlag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 192619941994
NIRUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 188019111954
NORFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 190219081954
POLFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 1919 [n 7] 19231954
PORFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 191419231954
IRLFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 192119231954
ROUFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 190919231954
RUSFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 191219121954
SMRFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 193119881988
SCOFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 187319101954
SRBFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 191919231954
SVKFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 193819941993
SVNFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 192019921992
ESPFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 190919041954
SWEFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 190419041954
SUIFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 189519041954
TURFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 192319231962
UKRFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 199119921992
WALFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 187619101954
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 continental 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.

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 competitions

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.

Club

UEFA member countries by club competition entry entitlements, 2009/10 UEFA Members 2016.svg
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 holders

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

Titles by nation

NationMenWomenFutsalTotal
Euro League U21 U19 U17 Euro U19 U17 Men's Women's
Flag of Spain.svg Spain35119347143
Flag of Germany.svg Germany [upper-alpha 1] 326386735
Flag of France.svg France2182518
Flag of England.svg England2102115
Flag of Russia.svg Russia [upper-alpha 2] 12631114
Flag of Italy.svg Italy15311213
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal1146113
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands124119
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden1135
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic [upper-alpha 3] 11114
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia [upper-alpha 4] -134
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria33
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary33
Flag of Poland.svg Poland1113
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey123
Flag of Austria.svg Austria22
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark112
Flag of Norway.svg Norway22
Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland112
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium11
Flag of Greece.svg Greece11
Flag of Romania.svg Romania11
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland11
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine11
  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

FIFA world rankings

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

UEFA
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
UEFAFIFANationPoints+/-UEFAFIFANationPoints+/-
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1765Steady2.svg12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2059Steady2.svg
22Flag of France.svg  France 1733Steady2.svg23Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2037Increase2.svg 5
34Flag of England.svg  England 1661Steady2.svg34Flag of France.svg  France 2029Steady2.svg
46Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1642Steady2.svg45Flag of England.svg  England 2027Decrease2.svg 2
57Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1639Steady2.svg56Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2021Increase2.svg 3
68Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1636Steady2.svg612Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1917Steady2.svg
712Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1608Steady2.svg713Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1899Steady2.svg
813Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1607Steady2.svg814Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1891Increase2.svg 1
914Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1604Steady2.svg915Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1839Increase2.svg 2
1015Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1602Steady2.svg1017Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1822Increase2.svg 5
1116Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1598Steady2.svg1118Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1815Steady2.svg
1217Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1579Steady2.svg1219Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1813Increase2.svg 1
1319Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1559Steady2.svg1321Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1793Increase2.svg 2
1422Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1540Steady2.svg1422Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1791Decrease2.svg 2
1524Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1537Steady2.svg1524Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1708Steady2.svg
1626Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1507Steady2.svg1625Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1704Steady2.svg
1729Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1494Steady2.svg1728Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1679Increase2.svg 1
1829Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1494Steady2.svg1829Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1675Decrease2.svg 1
1932Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1490Steady2.svg1930Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1671Steady2.svg
2034Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1486Steady2.svg2031Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1668Increase2.svg 1
2136Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1476Steady2.svg2132Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1667Increase2.svg 1
2237Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1475Steady2.svg2233Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1666Decrease2.svg 2
2338Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1470Steady2.svg2342Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1548Decrease2.svg 1
2439Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1464Steady2.svg2443Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1546Steady2.svg
2544Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1451Increase2.svg 12545Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1525Steady2.svg
2645Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1446Steady2.svg2647Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1500Decrease2.svg 1
2749Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1430Steady2.svg2751Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1453Increase2.svg 1
2850Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1422Steady2.svg2854Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1446Increase2.svg 1
2952Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1416Steady2.svg2955Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1440Increase2.svg 1
3054Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1409Steady2.svg3059Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1420Steady2.svg
3158Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1386Steady2.svg3162Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1412Decrease2.svg 1
3259Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1381Steady2.svg3264Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1392Decrease2.svg 1
3364Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 1365Steady2.svg3365Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1376Increase2.svg 2
3364Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1365Steady2.svg3467Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1371Increase2.svg 1
3566Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 1356Steady2.svg3573Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 1349Decrease2.svg 1
3668Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 1347Steady2.svg3677Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 1345Steady2.svg
3787Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1280Steady2.svg3778Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 1326Decrease2.svg 1
3891Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 1267Steady2.svg3879Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1303Decrease2.svg 1
3993Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1260Steady2.svg3985Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1272Decrease2.svg 2
4095Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1251Steady2.svg4093Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1228Steady2.svg
4198Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1236Steady2.svg4196Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 1219Decrease2.svg 1
42102Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 1213Steady2.svg4298Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 1217Decrease2.svg 1
43103Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1202Steady2.svg4399Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1212Steady2.svg
44110Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 1181Steady2.svg44102Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 1192Decrease2.svg 1
45114Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 1177Steady2.svg45106Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 1172Increase2.svg 1
46115Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 1174Steady2.svg46112Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 1143Steady2.svg
47118Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 1155Steady2.svg47113Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1134Steady2.svg
48131Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 1089Steady2.svg48117Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1123Decrease2.svg 2
49135Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1082Steady2.svg49126Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 1059Decrease2.svg 3
50137Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1082Steady2.svg50127Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 1053Decrease2.svg 3
51175Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 959Steady2.svg51156Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 749Decrease2.svg 3
52180Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 926Steady2.svg
53184Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 919Steady2.svg
54196Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 879Steady2.svg
55209Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 824Steady2.svg

Major tournament records

Legend

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

FIFA World Cup record
Team 1930
Flag of Uruguay.svg
(13)
1934
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
(16)
1938
Flag of France.svg
(15)
1950
Flag of Brazil.svg
(13)
1954
Flag of Switzerland.svg
(16)
1958
Flag of Sweden.svg
(16)
1962
Flag of Chile.svg
(16)
1966
Flag of England.svg
(16)
1970
Flag of Mexico.svg
(16)
1974
Flag of Germany.svg
(16)
1978
Flag of Argentina.svg
(16)
1982
Flag of Spain.svg
(24)
1986
Flag of Mexico.svg
(24)
1990
Flag of Italy.svg
(24)
1994
Flag of the United States.svg
(24)
1998
Flag of France.svg
(32)
2002
Flag of South Korea.svg
Flag of Japan.svg
(32)
2006
Flag of Germany.svg
(32)
2010
Flag of South Africa.svg
(32)
2014
Flag of Brazil.svg
(32)
2018
Flag of Russia.svg
(32)
2022
Flag of Qatar.svg
(32)
2026
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Flag of Mexico.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
(48)
Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria ×4th× [wc 2] ×3rdR1
15th
×R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
7
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
×R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4thR16
11th
R16
11th
R1
19th
R16
14th
QF
6th
3rd13
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia×R1
20th
1
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria ××R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R16
15th
4thR1
29th
7
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia×3rdR1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd5
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [wc 3] ×2ndQF
5th
×R1
14th
R1
9th
2ndR1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
9
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark ××××××R16
9th
QF
8th
R16
10th
R1
24th
R16
11th
5
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany [wc 3] Part of Germany××R2
6th
Part of Germany1
Flag of England.svg  England ×××R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1stQF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4thR16
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R16
13th
R1
26th
4th15
Flag of France.svg  France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rdR1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th3rd1stR1
28th
2ndR1
29th
QF
7th
1st15
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [wc 3] ×3rdR1
10th
×1st4thQF
7th
2nd3rd1stR2
6th
2nd2nd1stQF
5th
QF
7th
2nd3rd3rd1stR1
22nd
19
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece ××R1
24th
R1
25th
R16
13th
3
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary ×QF
6th
2nd×2ndR1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
9
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland ××××××××R1
28th
1
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel [wc 4] ×R1
12th
1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy ×1st1stR1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2ndR1
10th
4th1stR16
12th
3rd2ndQF
5th
R16
15th
1stR1
26th
R1
22nd
18
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands ×R1
T-9th
R1
14th
××2nd2ndR16
15th
QF
7th
4thR16
11th
2nd3rd10
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland ×××QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway ××R1
12th
×R1
17th
R16
15th
3
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland ×R1
11th
××3rdR2
5th
3rdR16
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
8
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal ×3rdR1
17th
R1
21st
4thR16
11th
R1
18th
R16
13th
7
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland [wc 5] ×QF
8th
R16
16th
R16
12th
3
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
×R1
T-10th
R16
12th
QF
6th
R16
11th
7
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [wc 6] ×××××QF
7th
QF
6th
4thQF
5th
R2
7th
R16
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
11
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland ××ו•R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
8
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia [wc 3] 4th [wc 7] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4thR2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
×R16
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
12
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of CzechoslovakiaR16
16th
1
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia×R1
30th
R1
18th
2
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain ×QF
5th
×4thR1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R16
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R16
9th
1stR1
23rd
R16
10th
15
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ×QF
8th
4th3rd2ndR1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rdR16
13th
R16
14th
QF
7th
12
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland ×QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R16
15th
R16
10th
R1
19th
R16
11th
R16
14th
11
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey ××ו•R1
9th
×3rd2
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine [wc 6] Part of Soviet Union×QF
8th
1
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales ×××QF
6th
1
Total (34 teams)4121361212101099101414141315151413131313TBD

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. 1 2 3 4 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. 1 2 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

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team 1991
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(12)
1995
Flag of Sweden.svg
(12)
1999
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
2003
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
2007
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(16)
2011
Flag of Germany.svg
(16)
2015
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(24)
2019
Flag of France.svg
(24)
2023
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Flag of New Zealand.svg
(32)
Years
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark QF
7th
QF
7th
R2
15th
R2
12th
4
Flag of England.svg  England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd4th5
Flag of France.svg  France R2
9th
4thQF
5th
QF
4
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4th2ndQF
8th
1st1stQF
6th
4thQF
8
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy QF
6th
R2
9th
QF
3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands R2
13th
2nd2
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2nd1st4thQF
7th
4thR2
10th
R2
10th
QF
8
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia ×QF
5th
QF
8th
2
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland R1
1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain R1
20th
R2
2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3rdQF
5th
QF
6th
2ndR2
10–11
3rdR2
16th
3rd8
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland R2
15th
1
Total (12 teams)55655589TBD48

Olympic Games For Men

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team 1900
Flag of France.svg
(3)
1904
Flag of the United States.svg
(3)
1908
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
(6)
1912
Flag of Sweden.svg
(11)
1920
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(14)
1924
Flag of France.svg
(22)
1928
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(17)
1936
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
(16)
1948
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
(18)
1952
Flag of Finland.svg
(25)
1956
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(11)
1960
Flag of Italy.svg
(16)
1964
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
(14)
1968
Flag of Mexico.svg
(16)
1972
Flag of Germany.svg
(16)
1976
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(13)
1980
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
(16)
1984
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
1988
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg
(16)
1992
Flag of Spain.svg
(16)
1996
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
2000
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(16)
2004
Flag of Greece.svg
(16)
2008
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(16)
2012
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
(16)
2016
Flag of Brazil.svg
(16)
2021
Flag of Japan.svg
(16)
Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 62=11=54
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 101
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 3115=545
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 10=173525
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 141
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 99291Split into Slovakia and Czech Republic5
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 22103=5261389
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany [33] 3312Merged with West Germany4
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia =171
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 4=9=1494
Flag of France.svg  France 2545=9=5=1797515q13
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [34] 7=5=64=95532q10
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11111=64=17=58510
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 13=17153
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 513=913112169
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 7=172
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Competed with Asia (qualified 2 times)2
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 85631=5=944451253515
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 161
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania =171
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1211=9=9=9=96
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3334=9=9=1778
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 973=14105
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland =174=9101227
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal =541464
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 14=175q4
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 101
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 121
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 16Split into 2 nations1
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 131
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union =913331Split into 15 nations6
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2=17=56121016214q11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 41163=913661510
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 2=9133
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey =17=9=9=5=5146
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia 9=17=9222164310Split into 7 nations11
Total (36 teams)3061113181110101959656565555444444

Olympic Games For Women

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team 1996
Flag of the United States.svg
(8)
2000
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(8)
2004
Flag of Greece.svg
(10)
2008
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(12)
2012
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
(12)
2016
Flag of Brazil.svg
(12)
2021
Flag of Japan.svg
(12)
Years
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 81
Flag of France.svg  France 462
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 533315
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5q2
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands q1
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3173
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 664672q7
Total (8 teams)433333322

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record
Team
(Total 34 teams)
1960
Flag of France.svg
(4)
1964
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg
(4)
1968
Flag of Italy.svg
(4)
1972
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(4)
1976
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
(4)
1980
Flag of Italy.svg
(8)
1984
Flag of France.svg
(8)
1988
Flag of Germany.svg
(8)
1992
Flag of Sweden.svg
(8)
1996
Flag of England.svg
(16)
2000
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(16)
2004
Flag of Portugal.svg
(16)
2008
Flag of Austria.svg
Flag of Switzerland.svg
(16)
2012
Flag of Poland.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svg
(16)
2016
Flag of France.svg
(24)
2020
Flag of Europe.svg
(24)
2024
Flag of Germany.svg
(24)
Years
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania ×××GS1
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria GSGSq3
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium ×3rd2ndGSGSQFq6
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria GSGS2
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia QFGSQFGSR16q6
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [lower-alpha 3] 3rd1st3rd2ndGSSFGSQFGSq10
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 4thSFGS1stGSGSQFGSq9
Flag of England.svg  England ×3rdGSGSGSSFGSQFQFR16q10
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland ××q1
Flag of France.svg  France 4th1stGSSF1stQFGSQF2ndq10
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [lower-alpha 4] ××1st2nd1stGSSF2nd1stGSGS2ndSFSFqq14 [lower-alpha 5]
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece × [lower-alpha 6] GS1stGSQF4
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3rd4thR163
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland ×××QF1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy ×1st4thSFGS2ndGSQF2ndQFq10
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GS1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands ×3rdGS1stSFQFSFSFQFGSq10
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland ×R161
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway GS1
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland GSGSQFq4
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal SFQFSF2ndQFSF1stq8
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland GSGSR163
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania GSGSQFGSGS5
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [lower-alpha 7] 1st2nd4th2nd2ndGSGSGSSFGSGSq12
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland ××GSGS2
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia [lower-alpha 8] 2nd2nd4thGS•× [lower-alpha 9] ×QF5
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia R161
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia GS1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain •× [lower-alpha 10] 1stGS2ndGSQFQFGS1st1stR16q11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ×SFGSQFGSGSGSq7
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland ×GSGSGSR16q5
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey GSQFSFGSq5
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GSGSq3
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales ×SFq2

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 Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record
Team
(Total 18 teams)
1984
(4)
1987
Flag of Norway.svg
(4)
1989
Flag of Germany.svg
(4)
1991
Flag of Denmark.svg
(4)
1993
Flag of Italy.svg
(4)
1995
(4)
1997
Flag of Norway.svg
Flag of Sweden.svg
(8)
2001
Flag of Germany.svg
(8)
2005
Flag of England.svg
(8)
2009
Flag of Finland.svg
(12)
2013
Flag of Sweden.svg
(12)
2017
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(16)
2021
Flag of England.svg
(16)
Years
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria ××××××SF1
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium GS1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark SF3rd3rdGSSFGSGSSF2nd9
Flag of England.svg  England 2nd4thSFGSGS2ndGSSFq9
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland SFQFGS3
Flag of France.svg  France GSGSGSQFQFQF6
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1st1st4th1st1st1st1st1st1stQF10
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland ×××GSQFGS3
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy SF3rd4th4th2nd2ndGSGSQFQFGS11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands SFGS1st3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1st2nd2nd1stSFGSSF2ndSF2ndGS11
Flag of Portugal.svg