UEFA
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Initials(s) UEFA
Formation 15th June 1954
No. of members 55
President Flag of Slovenia Aleksander Čeferin
Website Official website

The Union of European Footbal Associations, or most commonly referred as UEFA, is the administrative body for association football of Europe and small parts of Asia. It currently consists of 55 countries. It is one of the six continental confederations of world.

UEFA controls all competetitions, such as, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and the UEFA European Championship. It represents national teams, and controls prize money, media rights and regulations.

UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations. Initially, the European football union consisted of 25 members which number doubled by the early 1990s. UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe, although there some exceptions. Some micro states, (e.g. the 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. Examples include England and Scotland, (part of the United Kingdom) or the Faroe Islands, (part of Denmark) 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, (e.g. Turkey and Russia). Several Asian countries were also admitted to the European football association, particularly Israel and Kazakhstan, which had been members of the Asian football association. Additionally some UEFA member associations allow teams from outside their association's main territory to take part in their "domestic" competition. Monaco, for example, takes part in the French League (though a separate sovereign entity); Welsh clubs Cardiff City and Swansea City participate in the English League; Berwick Rangers, situated in England, play in the Scottish Professional Football League and Derry City, situated in Northern Ireland, play in the Republic of Ireland-based League of Ireland .

Until 1959 the main headquarters were located in Paris, and later in Bern. Since 1995, UEFA headquarters transferred to Nyon, Switzerland. Henri Delaunay was the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz the first president. The current president is Aleksander Čeferin.

History

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 1992 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 1904 1954
GEO  Georgia 1990 1992 1992
GER  Germany 1990 1992 1992
GIB  Gibraltar 1895 None 2013
GRE  Greece 1926 1927 1954
HUN  Hungary 1901 1906 1954
ISL  Iceland 1947 1947 1954
ISR  Israel 1928 1929 1994
ITA  Italy 1898 1905 1954
KAZ  Kazakhstan 1914 1994 2002
KVX  Kosovo 1946 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 1948 1994 1994
NIR  Northern Ireland 1880 1911 1954
NOR  Norway 1902 1908 1954
POL  Poland 1919 1923 1954
POR  Portugal 1914 1923 1954
IRL  Republic 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 1921 1954
SVK  Slovakia 1938 1994 1993
SVN  Slovenia 1920 1994 1994
ESP  Spain 1909 1913 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
Confederations
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