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UEFA Congress

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The UEFA Congress (French: Congrès de l'UEFA, German: UEFA-Kongress) is the supreme controlling organ of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). UEFA is the administrative body for association football and futsal in Europe, and is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). UEFA consists of 55 member associations.[1]

The congresses may be ordinary or extraordinary. Ordinary congresses meet annually, typically between February and May. An extraordinary congress may be convened by the UEFA Executive Committee, or at the written request of one fifth or more of the UEFA member associations, to deal with financial matters and/or matters of particular significance. Each of the 55 members of UEFA has one vote in the congress. The members of UEFA are responsible for electing the UEFA president and the members of the UEFA Executive Committee.[2]

The most recent edition, the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress, was held on 20 April 2021 in Montreux, Switzerland. The next congress is scheduled to be held on 11 May 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

History

UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland,[3] and began with 31 members.[4] The first congress was held the following year, on 2 March 1955 in Vienna, Austria. Until 1968, the meetings were known as general assemblies.[4] The first extraordinary congress was held on 11 December 1959 in Paris, France. The most recent extraordinary congress was held on 20 September 2017 in Zürich, the 13th to take place. The ordinary congress was initially held annually up until 1958, when the delegates decided to amend the UEFA Statutes so the congress would follow a biennial schedule. Starting in 2003, the congress returned to an annual meeting, which was decided at the congress in 2002, mainly to facilitate the financial management of UEFA.[4] On three occasions, two congress--an ordinary and extraordinary--have been held in the same year (in 1968, 2007 and 2017), while 2016 was the only year to see three congresses take place, due to two extraordinary meetings being held. The congress is typically held on a single day, though four congresses were held over two consecutive days: in 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2009.

All congresses have been held within a UEFA member association, except for the 4th Extraordinary UEFA Congress, which took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Italy has hosted both the most overall and ordinary congresses with seven, all taking placing in Rome, of which five were ordinary and two extraordinary. Switzerland has hosted the most extraordinary congresses with five, though Rome is tied with Geneva and Zürich for the most extraordinary congresses by city with two. Four cities have held both an ordinary and extraordinary congress: Helsinki, London, Paris and Rome. As of 2020, the 44 ordinary congresses have been held in 30 cities, while the 13 extraordinary congresses have been held in 10 cities, for a total of 57 congresses in 36 cities.[5]

Responsibilities

The following matters are within the power of the UEFA Congress:[1]

  • receipt and consideration of the annual report, financial report and the auditors' report
  • approval of the annual accounts and budget
  • election of the UEFA president
  • election of UEFA Executive Committee members
  • ratification of the Executive Committee members elected by the European Club Association and European Leagues
  • election of the European members of the FIFA Council
  • election of the auditing body
  • amendments to the UEFA Statutes
  • addition or removal of a member association
  • decisions on the lifting or continuation of the suspension of a member association, UEFA Executive Committee member or a member of another body
  • bestowal of honorary presidency or membership

List of congresses

  This colour background and the * symbol indicate that the congress elected the UEFA president.

Ordinary

Number Date(s) City
1 (I) * 2 March 1955 Austria Vienna
2 (II) 8 June 1956 Portugal Lisbon
3 (III) 28 June 1957 Denmark Copenhagen
4 (IV) * 4 June 1958 Sweden Stockholm
5 (V) 21 August 1960 Italy Rome
6 (VI) * 17 April 1962 Bulgaria Sofia
7 (VII) 17 June 1964 Spain Madrid
8 (VIII) * 6 July 1966 England London
9 (IX) 7 June 1968 Italy Rome
10 (X) * 8 May 1970 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dubrovnik
11 (XI) 7 June 1972 Austria Vienna
12 (XII) * 22 May 1974 Scotland Edinburgh
13 (XIII) 15 June 1976 Sweden Stockholm
14 (XIV) * 22 April 1978 Turkey Istanbul
15 (XV) 21 June 1980 Italy Rome
16 (XVI) * 28 April 1982 East Germany Dresden
17 (XVII) * 26 June 1984 France Paris
18 (XVIII) * 24 April 1986 Portugal Cascais
19 (XIX) 24 June 1988 West Germany Munich
20 (XX) * 19 April 1990 Malta St. Julian's[6]
21 (XXI) 25 June 1992 Sweden Gothenburg
22 (XXII) * 28 April 1994 Austria Vienna
23 (XXIII) 29 June 1996 England London
24 (XXIV) * 30 April 1998 Republic of Ireland Dublin
25 (XXV) 30 June - 1 July 2000 Luxembourg Luxembourg City[7]
26 (XXVI) * 25 April 2002 Sweden Stockholm
27 (XXVII) 27 March 2003 Italy Rome
28 (XXVIII) 22-23 April 2004 Cyprus Limassol
29 (XXIX) 21 April 2005 Estonia Tallinn
30 (XXX) 23 March 2006 Hungary Budapest
31 (XXXI) * 25-26 January 2007 Germany Düsseldorf
32 (XXXII) 31 January 2008 Croatia Zagreb
33 (XXXIII) 25-26 March 2009 Denmark Copenhagen
34 (XXXIV) 25 March 2010 Israel Tel Aviv
35 (XXXV) * 22 March 2011 France Paris
36 (XXXVI) 22 March 2012 Turkey Istanbul
37 (XXXVII) 24 May 2013 England London
38 (XXXVIII) 27 March 2014 Kazakhstan Astana[8]
39 (XXXIX) * 24 March 2015 Austria Vienna[9]
40 (XL) 3 May 2016 Hungary Budapest[10]
41 (XLI) 5 April 2017 Finland Helsinki[11]
42 (XLII) 26 February 2018 Slovakia Bratislava[12]
43 (XLIII) * 7 February 2019 Italy Rome[13]
44 (XLIV) 3 March 2020 Netherlands Amsterdam[14]
45 (XLV) 20 April 2021[note 1] Switzerland Montreux[17]
46 (XLVI) 11 May 2022 Austria Vienna[18]

Extraordinary

Number Date City
1 (I) 11 December 1959 France Paris
2 (II) 27 September 1961 England London
3 (III) 7 June 1968 Italy Rome
4 (IV) 16 June 1971 Monaco Monte Carlo[19]
5 (V) * 15 March 1973 Italy Rome
6 (VI) 19 September 1991 Switzerland Montreux
7 (VII) 17 June 1993 Switzerland Geneva
8 (VIII) 24 September 1997 Finland Helsinki
9 (IX) 11 October 2001 Czech Republic Prague
10 (X) 28 May 2007 Switzerland Zürich
11 (XI) 25 February 2016 Switzerland Zürich[20]
12 (XII) * 14 September 2016 Greece Athens[21]
13 (XIII) 20 September 2017 Switzerland Geneva[22]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress, originally scheduled for 2 March 2021 in Minsk, Belarus,[15] was later moved to Switzerland due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe,[16] and delayed until 20 April 2021.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b "UEFA Congress". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "UEFA Statutes" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. February 2018. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Happy 60th birthday, UEFA!". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Vieli, André (2014). "UEFA: 60 years at the heart of football" (PDF). UEFA.com. Nyon: Union of European Football Associations. p. 169. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "UEFA Congress" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Editorial". Bulletin officiel de l'UEFA. No. 130. Union of European Football Associations. March 1990. Representatives of the mass media who wish to attend the 20th Ordinary Congress of the European Football Union on April 19, 1990, at the Hilton International Hotel in Malta (opening 9.30 hours)...
  7. ^ "Geoff Thompson in running for UEFA Executive". SportBusiness. 2000. Archived from the original on 12 May 2020. Retrieved 2020. The elections will take place at the XXV UEFA Congress, to be held at Alvissa Parc Hotel in Luxembourg on June 30th.
  8. ^ "UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Candidates for election at XXXIX Ordinary UEFA Congress". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "40th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Budapest". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "41st Ordinary UEFA Congress in Helsinki". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "42nd Ordinary UEFA Congress in Bratislava". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "43rd Ordinary UEFA Congress in Rome". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "44th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Amsterdam". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "UEFA Congress meets in Amsterdam". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Two triple-headers approved for 2021 March and September national team windows". UEFA. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Tirana to host first UEFA Europa Conference League Final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "UEFA Congress condemns breakaway plans". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "Circular letters". Bulletin officiel de l'UEFA. No. 55. Union of European Football Associations. June 1971. 4th Extraordinary Congress of UEFA on June 16th, 1971, in Monte Carlo.
  20. ^ "11th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Zurich". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "President to be elected at 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ "13th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Geneva". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 2020.

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