UEFA Competitions
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UEFA Competitions
Publicing flag showing the Champions League, the Super Cup and the UEFA Cup logos at Monaco (2008).

UEFA competitions (French: competitions de l'UEFA), also referred to by the mass media as European football,[Note 1] are the set of tournaments organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), generally in professional and amateur association football and futsal. The term was established in 1971 by the confederation to differentiate the men's football competitions under its administration, the first in history being held at a pan-European stage,[1] from other international competitions carried out in the continent between 1960s and 1990s, such as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, International Football Cup and Karl Rappan Cup, Cup of the Alps, Balkans Cup[2] and the restructurated Mitropa Cup (as well as some which had already been discontinued by late 1950s such as the Latin Cup). All these tournaments were organised by private bodies and/or at least two national associations and concerning one of more regional areas of Europe,[1] not being recognised by UEFA for historic-statistical purposes.[3]

After being recognised by FIFA in 1961 and defined its functions as governing body, UEFA laid down principles for the authorisation of other international club competitions,[4] becoming the only organization with legal authority over international football in the continent.[3] For that reason, it considers only results in its own competitions, in general terms and by single tournament, as the only valid for calculating and communicating confederation-level official records and statistics as long as setting combined values in inter-club football.[5]

The only team to have won every men's professional club competition is Juventus of Italy,[6] while the French national team was the sole to have won the European/South American Nations Cup and the confederation European men's football championship in all age categories prior to the 2022 UEFA Europa Conference League Final and the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final, respectively. The Germany women's national football team is the only to have won the women's championship in all age categories.

UEFA sanctioned tournaments


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For clubs


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See also


  1. ^
    Although the mass media often define "European football" as comprising any international football competitions held exclusively in Europe (often excluding the Intercontinental Cup, held also in South America until 1980 and in Asia since then until 2004, and regarded by them as an inter-club world title since 1960), for UEFA it is "based on a system of domestic competitions and European competitions".[8] UEFA competitions were defined as "complementary" with the national association competitions by the UEFA general secretary Gerhard Aigner in 2009.[9]


  1. ^ a b Quin, Grégory (September 2013). "The Beginnings of a 'European Football Field'" (PDF). UEFA direct. No. 131. Union des Associations Européennes de Football. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Balkans Cup". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b Vision Europe (2005, p. 23)
  4. ^ Vieli (2014, p. 47)
  5. ^ "Legend: UEFA club competition" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. p. 77. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Paul Saffer (10 April 2016). "Paris aim to join multiple trophy winners". Union des Associations Européennes de Football.
  7. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee approves new club competition" (Press release). UEFA. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Vision Europe (2005, p. 13)
  9. ^ "Evolution of the UEFA Cup" (PDF). UEFA direct. No. 86. Nyon: Union des Associations Européennes de Football. June 2009. p. 9.


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