UEFA

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

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA by short abbreviation /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French : Union des associations européennes de football; [lower-alpha 1] German : Union der europäischen Fußballverbände) [lower-alpha 2] is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as one Asian country Israel. [3] UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions. [4]

Contents

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

Henri Delaunay acted as the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz as the first president. The current president is Aleksander Čeferin, a former Football Association of Slovenia president, who was elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, and automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA. [5]

History and membership

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

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

UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe (48 out of 55 members are sovereign UN member states), although there are some exceptions. One UN member state (Monaco) and one UN observer state (Vatican City) are not members. Some UEFA members are not sovereign states, but form part of a larger recognised sovereign state in the context of international law. These include England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (constituent countries of the United Kingdom), Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory), the Faroe Islands (constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark), and Kosovo (state with limited recognition), however, in the context of these countries, government functions concerning sport tend to be carried at the territorial level coterminous with the UEFA member entity.

Some UEFA members are transcontinental states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey) and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically (Cyprus). Countries which had been members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were also admitted to the European football association, such as Israel (because it had been banned from the AFC group in 1974) and Kazakhstan.

Some UEFA member associations allow teams from outside their association's main territory to take part in their "domestic" competition. AS Monaco, for example, takes part in the French League (though a separate sovereign entity); Welsh clubs Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County A.F.C. participate in the English League; Derry City, situated in Northern Ireland, plays in the Republic of Ireland-based League of Ireland and the 7 native Liechtenstein teams play in the Swiss Leagues, as Liechtenstein has no internal league [9] and only a cup competition.

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

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

Executive committee

Members

Code AssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA
affiliation
UEFA
affiliation
IOC
member
ALBFlag of Albania.svg  Albania 193019321954Yes
ANDFlag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 199419961996Yes
ARMFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 199219921992Yes
AUTFlag of Austria.svg  Austria 190419051954Yes
AZEFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 199219941994Yes
BLRFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 198919921993Yes
BELFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 189519041954Yes
BIHFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 194619961998Yes
BULFlag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 192319241954Yes
CROFlag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 191219921993Yes
CYPFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 193419481962Yes
CZEFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 190119071954Yes
DENFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 188919041954Yes
ENGFlag of England.svg  England 186319051954No [n 1]
ESTFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 192119231992Yes
FROFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 197919881990No
FINFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 190719081954Yes
FRAFlag of France.svg  France 1919 [n 2] 1904 [n 3] 1954Yes
GEOFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 199019921992Yes
GERFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 190019041954Yes
GIBFlag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 189520162013No
GREFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 192619271954Yes
HUNFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 190119061954Yes
ISLFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1947 [n 4] 19471954Yes
ISRFlag of Israel.svg  Israel [n 5] 192819291994 [n 6] Yes
ITAFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 189819051954Yes
KAZFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan [n 7] 199419942002Yes [n 8]
KOSFlag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 200820162016Yes
LVAFlag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 192119221992Yes
LIEFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 193419741974Yes
LTUFlag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 192219231992Yes
LUXFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 190819101954Yes
MLTFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 190019591960Yes
MDAFlag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 199019941993Yes
MNEFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 193120072007Yes
NEDFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 188919041954Yes
MKDFlag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 192619941994Yes
NIRUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 188019111954No [n 1]
NORFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 190219081954Yes
POLFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 1919 [n 9] 19231954Yes
PORFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 191419231954Yes
IRLFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 192119231954Yes
ROUFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 190919231954Yes
RUSFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 191219121954Yes
SMRFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 193119881988Yes
SCOFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 187319101954No [n 1]
SRBFlag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 191919211954Yes
SVKFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 193819941993Yes
SVNFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 192019921992Yes
ESPFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 190919041954Yes
SWEFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 190419041954Yes
SUIFlag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland 189519041954Yes
TURFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 192319231962Yes
UKRFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 199119921992Yes
WALFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 187619101954No [n 1]
Notes
  1. 1 2 3 4 Part of the British Olympic Association.
  2. Founded as Comité Français Interfédéral in 1907, a predecessor to the current federation.
  3. The current French FA, the French Football Federation (in its previous incarnation, the Comité Français Interfédéral), replaced the USFSA in 1907.
  4. Icelandic top-flight club football dates back to 1912 or 35 years prior to founding of KSI. All titles pre-1947 are recognized by KSI
  5. Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1954–1974), joined UEFA after political pressure from Arab and Muslim members that refused to play against them. See also Foreign relations of Israel and International recognition of Israel.
  6. In 1992 Israel joined UEFA as an associate member, and thereafter Israeli clubs have played in the various UEFA club competitions, while the national teams have played in UEFA championships.
  7. Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1994–2002), joined UEFA.
  8. Country is a member of the Olympic Council of Asia rather than the European Olympic Committees.
  9. Founded as Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej (part of the disintegrated Austrian Football Union) in 1911, a predecessor to the current federation.

Former members

AssociationYearNote
Flag of Saar (1947-1956).svg Saarland Football Union 1954–1956 [n 1]
Flag of East Germany.svg Football Association of East Germany 1954–1990 [n 2]
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Football Federation of the Soviet Union 1954–1991 [n 3]
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Football Association of Yugoslavia 1954–1992 [n 4]
Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003); Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006).svg Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro 1992–2006 [n 5]
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Football Association of Czechoslovakia 1954–1993 [n 6]
Notes
  1. Joined Football Association of West Germany.
  2. Joined Football Association of West Germany as German Football Association.
  3. In 1992 the Soviet Union was dissolved into 15 republics (10 in Europe and 5 in Asia) with the Russian Football Union being acknowledged as the direct successor of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union; in spring and summer of 1992 it was represented by teams of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  4. In 1992 Yugoslavia collapsed, with various federal republics becoming independent states, leaving only Serbia and Montenegro as part of FR Yugoslavia (which was renamed the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003); there was no direct successor of Football Association of Yugoslavia. Four other successor republics formed their own football organisations.
  5. In 2006 the union state was dissolved with the Football Association of Serbia becoming its successor. Montenegro, which exited the union, created the Football Association of Montenegro. It competed as FR Yugoslavia until 2003 when the country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro.
  6. Became Football Association of the Czech Republic and Slovak Football Association with the Football Association of the Czech Republic acknowledged as its direct successor.

Non-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), which started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and was known as the European Nations Cup until 1964. The UEFA Nations League is the second tournament of UEFA and was introduced in 2018. The tournament largely replaced the international friendly matches previously played on the FIFA International Match Calendar. It will be played every two years.

UEFA also runs national competitions at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, UEFA operates the UEFA Women's Championship for senior national sides as well as Women's Under-19 and Women's Under-17 Championships.

World, Olympic and intercontinental 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 [18] men's national teams are the only 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 began in 1955). A third competition, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which started in 1960, was absorbed into the UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League) in 1999.

In December 2018, UEFA announced the creation of a third club competition, later named the UEFA Europa Conference League. The competition proper features 32 teams in 8 groups of 4, with a knockout round between the second placed teams in Europa Conference League and the third placed teams in the Europa League, leading to a final 16 knockout stage featuring the eight group winners. The first edition of the competition was played in 2021–2022. [19]

In women's football UEFA also conducts the UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams. The competition was first held in 2001, and was known as the UEFA Women's Cup until 2009.

The UEFA Super Cup pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the Europa League (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), and came into being in 1973. [20] [21] [22]

The UEFA Intertoto Cup was a summer competition, previously operated by several Central European football associations, which was relaunched and recognised as official UEFA club competition by UEFA in 1995. [23] The last Intertoto Cup took place in 2008.

The European/South American Cup was jointly organised with CONMEBOL between the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores winners. [24]

Only five teams [25] [26] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea [27] ) have won each of the three main competitions (European Cup/UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winners' Cup/UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League), [28] a feat that is no longer possible for any team that did not win the Cup Winners' Cup. There are currently eight teams throughout Europe that have won two of the three trophies; all but one have won the Cup Winners' Cup, four require a win in the Champions League and four require a UEFA Europa League win.

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

UEFA's premier futsal competition is the UEFA Futsal Cup, a tournament started in 2001 which replaced the former Futsal European Clubs Championship. This event, despite enjoying a long and well-established tradition in the European futsal community, dating back to 1984, was never recognised as official by UEFA.

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

Current title holders

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

Titles by nation

NationMenWomenFutsalTotal
Euro League U21 U19 U17 Euro U19 U17 Men's U21 U19 Women's
Flag of Spain.svg Spain351194472247
Flag of Germany.svg Germany [upper-alpha 1] 336386837
Flag of France.svg France21183520
Flag of England.svg England21121117
Flag of Russia.svg Russia [upper-alpha 2] 126311115
Flag of Italy.svg Italy25311214
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal1146214
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 Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland11
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 and the UEFA Youth League.

UEFA Europa League

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

UEFA women's football competitions

FIFA World Rankings

Overview

Historical leaders

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

UEFA

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 (Pantone).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
4thR2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rdQ14
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
R2
15th
4thR1
29th
7
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Yugoslavia×3rdR1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2ndQ6
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 ××××××R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
Q6
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
4thR2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4thQ16
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
1stQ16
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [wc 3] ×3rdR1
10th
×1st4thQF
7th
2nd3rd1stR2
6th
2nd2nd1stQF
5th
QF
7th
2nd3rd3rd1stR1
22nd
Q20
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece ××R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
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
4th1stR2
12th
3rd2ndQF
5th
R2
15th
1stR1
26th
R1
22nd
18
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands ×R1
T-9th
R1
14th
××2nd2ndR2
15th
QF
7th
4thR2
11th
2nd3rdQ11
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland ×××QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway ××R1
12th
×R1
17th
R2
15th
3
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland ×R1
11th
××3rdR2
5th
3rdR2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
Q9
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal ×3rdR1
17th
R1
21st
4thR2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
Q8
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland [wc 5] ×QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
3
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
×R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
7
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [wc 6] ×××××QF
7th
QF
6th
4thQF
5th
R2
7th
R2
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
×R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
Q13
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Part of CzechoslovakiaR2
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
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1stR1
23rd
R2
10th
Q16
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ×QF
8th
4th3rd2ndR1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rdR2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
12
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland ×QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
Q12
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
Q2
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
R1
15th
R1
12th
Q5
Flag of England.svg  England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd4thQ6
Flag of France.svg  France R1
9th
4thQF
5th
QF
Q5
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4th2ndQF
8th
1st1stQF
6th
4thQF
Q9
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy QF
6th
R1
9th
QF
Q4
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands R2
13th
2ndQ3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2nd1st4thQF
7th
4thR1
10th
R2
10th
QF
Q8
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland ×Q1
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
Q3
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3rdQF
5th
QF
6th
2ndR1
10–11
3rdR2
16th
3rdQ9
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland R2
15th
Q1
Total (12 teams)556555891159

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)
2020
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 [ol 1] 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=17975151313
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [ol 2] 7=5=64=95532910
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=175114
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=56121016214211
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

Notes

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

Olympic Games For 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)
2020
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 572
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 51
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3173
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 66467227
Total (8 teams)433333322

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record
Team
(Total 35 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 (Pantone).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 GSGSR163
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium ×3rd2ndGSGSQFQF6
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria GSGS2
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia QFGSQFGSR16R166
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [lower-alpha 3] 3rd1st3rd2ndGSSFGSQFGSQF10
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 4thSFGS1stGSGSQFGSSF9
Flag of England.svg  England ×3rdGSGSGSSFGSQFQFR162nd10
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland ××GS1
Flag of France.svg  France 4th1stGSSF1stQFGSQF2ndR1610
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [lower-alpha 4] ××1st2nd1stGSSF2nd1stGSGS2ndSFSFR16Q14 [lower-alpha 5]
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece × [lower-alpha 6] GS1stGSQF4
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3rd4thR16GS4
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland ×××QF1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy ×1st4thSFGS2ndGSQF2ndQF1st10
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GS1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands ×3rdGS1stSFQFSFSFQFGSR1610
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia GS1
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland ×R161
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway GS1
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland GSGSQFGS4
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal SFQFSF2ndQFSF1stR168
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland GSGSR163
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania GSGSQFGSGS5
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [lower-alpha 7] 1st2nd4th2nd2ndGSGSGSSFGSGSGS12
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland ××GSGSGS3
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 R16GS2
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia GS1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain •× [lower-alpha 10] 1stGS2ndGSQFQFGS1st1stR16SF11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden ×SFGSQFGSGSGSR167
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland ×GSGSGSR16QF5
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey GSQFSFGSGS5
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Part of Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union GSGSQF3
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales ×SFR162

Notes

  1. pronounced  [ynjɔ̃ dez‿asɔsjɑsjɔ̃ øʁɔpeɛn də futbol] .
  2. pronounced [uˈni̯oːn deːɐ̯ ʔɔʏʁoˈpɛːɪʃn̩ ˈfuːsbalfɛʁˌbɛndə] .
  3. Includes three appearances as Czechoslovakia
  4. Includes five appearances as West Germany
  5. Including UEFA Euro 2024 in which Germany is already qualified as host.
  6. Greece entered the 1964 competition, but later withdrew after refusing to play Albania.
  7. Includes five appe