13 Facts About UEFA


UEFA was inaugurated on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations.

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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.

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UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe, although there are some exceptions.

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Some UEFA members are not sovereign states, but form part of a larger recognised sovereign state in the context of international law.

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Some UEFA members are transcontinental states and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically .

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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.

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UEFA organised the UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup with CAF for youth teams in an effort to boost youth football.

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UEFA launched the UEFA Regions' Cup, for semi-professional teams representing their local region, in 1999.

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International and club beach soccer competitions for UEFA members are organised externally by Beach Soccer Worldwide.

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In December 2018, UEFA announced the creation of a third club competition, later named the UEFA Europa Conference League.

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In women's football UEFA conducts the UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams.

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

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UEFA further appealed to Swiss courts and the European Court of Human Rights but the courts rejected his appeals.

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