The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French: Union des associations européennes de football;[lower-alpha 1] German: Union der europäischen Fußballverbände)[lower-alpha 2] is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, as well as Asia's Israel and the Euroasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan.[citation needed] It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended from FIFA and UEFA competitions all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams.[3]

Union of European Football Associations
Formation15 June 1954; 67 years ago (1954-06-15)
Founded atBasel, Switzerland
TypeFootball organisation
HeadquartersNyon, Switzerland
Coordinates46.371009°N 6.23103°E / 46.371009; 6.23103
Region served
55 full member associations
Official languages
(other main but not official: Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)[1]
Aleksander Čeferin[2]
First vice-president
Karl-Erik Nilsson
Zbigniew Boniek
Sándor Csányi
Luis Rubiales
Fernando Gomes
Michele Uva
General secretary
Theodore Theodoridis
Main organ
UEFA Congress
Parent organization

UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, runs nation and club competitions including the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, and UEFA Super Cup, and controls the prize money, regulations, and media rights to those competitions.

Henri Delaunay was the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz the first president. The current president is Aleksander Čeferin, a former Football Association of Slovenia president, who was elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, and automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA.[4]

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