UEFA competitions, also referred to by the mass media as European football,[Note 1] are the competitions organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), generally in professional and amateur association football and futsal. The term was established by the Confederation to differentiate the tournaments under its administration from other international competitions held in Europe between 1960 and 1990, such as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Karl Rappan Cup, Cup of the Alps, Balkans Cup and Mitropa Cup (as well as some which had already been discontinued by late 1950s such as the Latin Cup), tournaments still not recognised by the organization. The Confederation is the only organization with legal authority over these tournaments and considers only results in these competitions in calculating and communicating confederation-level official records and statistics and setting combined values in inter-club football.
The only team to have won every men's professional club competition is Juventus of Italy, while the Italian, German, Spanish, French and Russian men's national teams are only ones to have won the European 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 team to have won the women's championship in all age categories.
UEFA sanctioned tournaments
For national teams
- UEFA European Championship, European football's premier competition, established in 1960.
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship, established in 1978.
- UEFA European Under-19 Championship, established in 1948 as an under-18 competition and reorganised in 2002 for the current age group.
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship, established in 1982 as an under-16 competition and reorganised in 2002 for the current age group.
- UEFA Nations League, established in 2018.
- UEFA Women's Championship, premier competition for women's national teams, established in 1984.
- UEFA Futsal Championship, established in 1996.
- UEFA Under-19 Futsal Championship, established in 2019.
- UEFA Women's Futsal Championship, established in 2018.
- UEFA Champions League, European football's premier club competition, established in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup and reorganised in 1992.
- UEFA Europa League, European football's second football club competition (originally third) established in 1971 as the UEFA Cup and reorganised in 2009.
- UEFA Europa Conference League, European football's third football club competition, which is set to begin in 2021.
- UEFA Super Cup, the previous season's winners of the Europa League and the Champions League. Previously played between the European Champions' Cup and Cup Winners Cup winners.
- UEFA Youth League, established in 2013.
- UEFA Regions' Cup, established in 1999.
- UEFA Women's Champions League, Europe's premier women's football club competition, established in 2001 and reorganised in 2009.
- UEFA Futsal Champions League, established in 2001 to replace the Futsal European Clubs Championship.
For national teams
- UEFA Amateur Cup, organised in 1967, 1970, 1974 and 1978.
- UEFA European Under-23 Championship, organized in 1972, 1974 and 1976.
- UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup (1997–2007), organised jointly with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF).
- UEFA Futsal Under-21 Championship, the only edition in 2008.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1960–1999), formerly European football's second football club competition, disbanded with qualifying clubs being transferred to UEFA Cup in 1999.
- UEFA Intertoto Cup (1961–2008), disbanded with qualifying clubs being transferred to the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
- Intercontinental Cup (1960–2004), organised jointly with the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL), was named Toyota Cup for commercial reasons since 1980.
- Although the mass media often define "European football" as comprising any international football competitions held exclusively in Europe (often excluding the Intercontinental Cup, held in South America, Europe and Asia), for UEFA it is "based on a system of domestic competitions and European competitions".
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- Including results of the Soviet Union
- "UEFA Executive Committee approves new club competition" (Press release). UEFA. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
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