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 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
International Tournaments held in Europe
Maspalomas Tournamemt (Las Palmas – Editions):1990
International Tournaments held in South America
Quadrangular International Tournament (Editions): 1991
International Tournaments held in CONCACAF
International Tournaments held in Asia
President’s Cup (South Korea – Editions): 1991
Sharjah Tournament (UAE – Editions): 1994
Merlion Cup (Singapore – Editions): 1992
International Club Leagues Held in CONCACAF
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
UEFA Regional National Competitions
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 (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
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
Leagues Cup (Seasons): 2019
International Club Tournaments held in CONCACAF
International Champions Cup (Seasons): 2017
United States Soccer Federation
United States Soccer Leagues (USA):
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
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
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.
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 Games Soccer Tournament (Editions): 1967
Inter-American Club Cup (Editions): 1991
FIFA CIS & Baltic Commonwealth Champions Cup (Seasons): 2011
Central Asian Football Associations (CAFA) National Leagues (Seasons): 1992-93
West Asian Zone King Hussain Tournament (Seasons): 2000
Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation Gulf Cup (Seasons): 2010
Indian Ocean Games
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
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