World Soccer

FIFA (Federation International de Football Association)

FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football Association) is the World Governing Body for Football (Soccer). 211 Nations are members. It’s primary competitions are the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers South America (Editions): Qatar 2022 Mexico ’86

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers North, Central America & Caribbean (Editions): Qatar 2022

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Africa (Editions): Qatar 2022

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Asia (Editions): Qatar 2022

FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals (Editions): Poland 2019

FIFA Club Competitions

FIFA Club World Cup (Editions): 2010 2019

International Tournaments held in Europe

Rothmans International Tournament Malta (Editions):1990 1994

Makita International Tournament (London – Editions): 1988 1989 1990

Maspalomas Tournamemt (Las Palmas – Editions):1990

International Tournaments held in South America

CSF Summer Octagonal Tournament (Editions): 1961 1968

Quadrangular International Tournament (Editions): 1991

International Tournaments held in CONCACAF

Marlboro / US Cup (USA – Editions)1990 1992 1993 1994

Pacific Coast International Championship (Editions): 1961 1962

International Tournaments held in Asia

Kirin Cup (Japan – Editions): 1991 1993

President’s Cup (South Korea – Editions): 1991

Sharjah Tournament (UAE – Editions): 1994

Merlion Cup (Singapore – Editions): 1992

Merdeka / Dunhill Tournament (Malaysia – Editions): 1993 1994

Carlsberg Challenge (Hong Kong – Editions): 1993 1994

International Club Leagues Held in CONCACAF

International Soccer League 1960-1965

United Soccer Association 1967

International Champions Cup (Seasons): 2017 2019

World Club Preseason Friendly Tours

South American Teams World Tours (Preseasons): 1968

North American Teams World Tours (Preseasons): 1967-68

Preseason Tours of North America (Preseasons): 1991

UEFA (Union European de Football Association)

UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) is a Regional Governing Body within FIFA, which runs Football (Soccer) in Europe, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

UEFA’s Primary Competitions are the UEFA Euroopean Championships (Men’s and Women’s and Underage – Countries), UEFA Champions League (Club Tournament) and UEFA Nations League (Country Tournament).

Union of European Football Associations

UEFA National Competitions

UEFA U18 European Championships (Editions): 1992

UEFA European Regions Cup (Editions): 1999

UEFA European Amateur Championship (Editons): 1967

UEFA Club Competitions

UEFA Champions League Finals (Editions): Lisbon 2019-20

UEFA Europa League Finals (Editions): Germany 2020

UEFA Women’s Champions League Finals (Editions): Basque Country 2019-20

European Soccer Super League Proposition

UEFA Regional National Competitions

UEFA Baltic Cup (Editions): 1992 1993

UEFA Regional Club Competitions

The Fiorucci Cup and the Anglo-Italian Cup were Cup Competitions featuring Premier League and Serie A sides (Fiorucci Trophy) and English Football League and Serie B teams (Anglo-Italian Cup)

Fiorucci Trophy (London – Editions): 1993

Anglo-Italian Cup (Editions):

The Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup features teams from the Scottish Football League, Highland Football League, Lowland Football League, Scottish Premier Football League U21s, English National League, Welsh Premier League, The Northern Ireland Football League and the League of Ireland.

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup Finals 2016-Present

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup (Seasons): 2019-20

UEFA National League Final Tables

UEFA Celtic Nations Leagues Final Tables (Seasons): 2018-19

UEFA Scandinavian & Baltic National Leagues Final Tables (Seasons): 2019

FA English Premier League (Seasons): 2020-21 2019-20

Watney Preseason Cup (Derby – Editions):1970

English Soccer Organisation: English Football Breakaway Proposal 2020

CONMEBOL (Confederation of South American Football Unions)

CONMEBOL is the Governing Body for Football (Soccer) in South America (excluding Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname). CONMEBOOL’s Primary Competitions are the Copa America (South American Nations Championship – now including two North or Central American Countries), and the Libertadores Cup (South American Club Championship).

Baqueron Cup (Paraguay): 1988

Paz del Chaco Cup (Bolivia-Paraguay)(Editions): 1991

Brazil Rio & Sao Paulo State Championships (Seasons): 2000

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean FA’s)

CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations) is the Governing Body for the above mentioned Continent and regions, including the South American Countries of Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname).

CONCACAF’s Primary Competitions are the Gold Cup (CONCACAF Nations Championship) and CONCACAF Club Championship. There are also Regional Associations within CONCACAF such as UNCAF (Central America) and Caribbean.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (Editions): Qatar 2022

North American Football Union

NAFU North American Football Union Campeones Cup 2018-Present

Leagues Cup (Seasons): 2019

NAFU National League Final Tables (Seasons): 1992-93 2013-14 2019-20

International Club Tournaments held in CONCACAF

International Soccer League 1960-1965

United Soccer Association 1967

International Champions Cup (Seasons): 2017

United States Soccer Federation

United States Soccer Leagues (USA):

Eastern Professional Soccer League II 1928-1929

American Soccer League II Champions 1933-1967

North American Soccer League 1967

American Professional Soccer League 1990-1995

Major League Soccer 1996-1997

Major League Soccer (Seasons): 2020

United Soccer League Championship [D2] (Seasons): 2020

United Soccer League 1 [D3] (Seasons): 2020

United Soccer League 2 [D4] (Seasons): 2020

National Premier Soccer League [D5] (Seasons): 2020

United States Soccer Werner Fricker Cup 1999-Present

US Soccer Werner Fricker Cup (Seasons): 2017 2019

Canadian Soccer Association


Canadian Premier League [D1] (Seasons): 2020

UNCAF (Union Centroamericano de Futbol)

Central American Games Soccer Tournament (Editons): 1994

Central American Championship (Editions): 1961

UNCAF Central American National Leagues (Seasons): 2013-14

CFU (Caribbean Football Union)

CFU Shell Caribbean Cup (Editions): 1991

AFC (Asian Football Confederation)

The Asian Football Confederation governs Football (Soccer) throughout Asia, including Australia and Guam, but excluding Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Israel who are in UEFA (Europe).

AFC’s Primary Competitions are the Asian Cup (National Teams) and the AFC Champions League (Club teams). Within the AFC there are Regional Associations which also run their own National and Regional Club Competitons: EAFF (East Asia), ASEAN (South East Asia), SAFF (South Asia), CAFA (Central Asia) and WAFF (West Asia).

Asian Football Confederation Cups

Asian Football Confederation AFC Cup (Seasons): 2019

International Club-Country Tournaments held in Asia

Merlion Cup (Singapore – Editions): 1992

Merdeka Tournament (Malaysia – Editions): 1993

Carlsberg Challenge (Hong Kong – Editions): 1993

Asian National Leagues Final Tables

East Asian Football Federation (EAFF): 2019

ASEAN Football Federation (South East Asia)(Seasons): 2019

Asian National Leagues (Seasons):

Hong Kong Premier League (seasons): 2018-19

CAF (Confederation of African Football)

The Confederation of African Football governs Soccer on the continent. The CAF organizes the African Cup of Nations in both Men’s and Women’s as well as underage Tournaments.

It also runs the CAF Champions League, CAF Cup-Winners Cup and CAF Cup for the top club teams on the continent.

The CAF is sub-divided into Regional Governing Bodies which also run National Team and Club Tournaments: East and Central Africa, COSAFA (Southern Africa), West Africa (Two Zones) and North Africa.

Each country has its own National association, running League and Cup competitions.

CAF Team Nicknames: Confederation of African Football Team Nicknames

CAF African Club Cups

CAF African Club Cup (Seasons): 1968-69

Cabral Cup

The Cabral Cup is the Regional Men’s Tournament for Africa West of Ghana.

Cabral Cup (Editions): 1997

CECAFA Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations

The CECAFA East and Central Africa Challenge Cup is the Regional National Team Tournament for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

CECAFA East and Central Africa Challenge Cup (Editions): 1989

COSAFA Council of Southern Africa Football Associations

The COSAFA Castle Cup is the Regional Men’s National Team Tournament for Southern Africa.

COSAFA Castle Cup (Editions): 1997 2000

OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)

The Oceania Football Confederation runs Football (Soccer) throughout Oceania (Pacific Islands), with the exception of Australia and Guam which are in the Asian Football Confedration, and Hawaii, which is a constituent part of the United States of America.

Oceania Football Confederation

OFC Nations Cup (Editions): 2000

OFC Oceania National League Final Tables (Seasons): 2018-19

FIFA Inter-Continental Competitions

As well as the Continental Associations and Regional Zones within them, there are Inter-Continental Competitions such as Pan-American Competitions (North, Central and South America); Arab Cups (North Africa and West Asia), and Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia, Kazakhstan and the other 9 Independent States which make up the CIS).

Pan-American Tournaments

Pan-American Games Soccer Tournament (Editions): 1967

Inter-American Club Cup (Editions): 1991

CIS Competitions

FIFA CIS & Baltic Commonwealth Champions Cup (Seasons): 2011

Central Asian Football Associations (CAFA) National Leagues (Seasons): 1992-93

Pan-Arab Competitions

West Asian Zone King Hussain Tournament (Seasons): 2000

Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation Gulf Cup (Seasons): 2010

Indian Ocean Games

Indian Ocean Games Soccer Tournament (Editions): 2007 2011

Non-FIFA Football

CONIFA (the Confederation of Independent Football Associations) is the governing body for non-FIFA recognised countries, Small Island Nations, Minority Regions within FIFA-recognised Countries, and Breakaway Republics. CONIFA’s Primary Competition is the CONIFA World Cup.

CONIFA (Federation of Independent Football Federations)

CONIFA World Football Cup (Editions): 2018

CONIFA World Football Cup Africa Qualifying (Editions): 2018

CONIFA European Football Cup (Editions): 2017

NF-Board (New Federation Board)

VIVA World Cup (Editions): 2006

CSANF (South American Council of New Federations)

The CSANF (the Regional Body for Non-FIFA Football in South America) was founded in 2007 for the promotion of sport and culture for Nations, Islands, Communities, Territories and Minorities that are not members of FIFA. As part of the CSANF, CONADI & ANPO (National Association of Indigineous Peoples) organised the first National Championship of Indigineous Peoples in Chile in 2012.

CONADI / ANPO National Soccer Championship of Native Peoples in Chile (Seasons): 2012

IIGA (International Island Games Association)

The International Island Games Association held its Inaugural Games on the Isle of Man in 1985. Initially just between 7 islands in Norway and the United Kingdom, the International Island Games Association has grown to include members as far away as Aland Islands (Finland), Bermuda (North Atlantic), Greenland (Arctic) and Gibraltar (Mediterranean). It holds the IIGA Island Games every second year, including events in many of the sports, both individual and team, that the Summer Olympic Games holds.

IIGA Island Games Football (Editions): 1985

Other Soccer Nations and States

The Vatican City State is neither a member of FIFA or CONIFA, and has played members of both. It runs an 8-team National League, with a blue card in addition to the red and yellow cards for persistent fouling where players spend five minutes in the sinbin. Anyone who lives in the State is eligible for the National Team. It has a Women’s Team as well as a Men’s National team.

Vatican City Football 1972-Present (Non-CONIFA and Non-FIFA, has played both CONIFA and FIFA countries).

World Arena Soccer

Arena Soccer was invented in Canada, and is played on a converted Ice Hockey Arena, with walls rather than an out of bounds line. It is primarily played in the Canada, USA & Mexico, where there is a Major Professional League, Major Arena Soccer League.

Arena Soccer Leagues

Major Arena Soccer League 2014-Present

Professional Arena Soccer League 2011-2014

Major Indoor Soccer League 2009-2014


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