UEFA Regions' Cup

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UEFA Regions' Cup
UEFA Regions' Cup.png
Founded 1996
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams Up to 53 (Qualifiers)
8 (Finals)
Current champions Italy Veneto
Website UEFA Regions' Cup
2015 UEFA Regions' Cup

The UEFA Regions' Cup is a football competition for amateur teams in Europe, run by UEFA. It was held for the first time in 1999 and has been played biennially since. The current champions are the Italian Veneto team, who became the first team to win the competition twice after their victory in the inaugural edition.

The competition was created in 1996 as there was no European level competition for amateur teams. The UEFA Amateur Cup, a previous attempt to organise a continental competition for amateurs, had run from 1966 to 1978, but ceased due to lack of interest from both the public and amateur teams themselves. In contrast to today's Regions' Cup, in which amateur clubs are represented, the previous competition was for representative amateur national teams.

Each UEFA member nation may enter one representative amateur team into the competition, with clubs having to win a domestic amateur competition (such as the FA Inter-League Cup) in order to qualify.

The first two finals were won by teams from the host nation and, thus far, Italy has been the most successful nation in the competition, with Italian sides winning three of the seven editions.

Format[edit]

All of the 53 UEFA-affiliated associations are eligible to submit a team to compete in the Regions' Cup, provided they hold a domestic qualifying competition to decide which team will represent that nation. Smaller member nations, however, are permitted to enter a representative national side.

Teams were entered by 32 nations for the inaugural tournament in 1999 and competed in one qualifying round. As interest in the tournament grew over the years, the qualifying stage was enlarged and an extra group round added in 2005, scrapping the playoffs added in 2001.

The preliminary round consists of a small number of teams split into groups, with the best from each group being included in the draw for the intermediary round. In the intermediary round, the teams are placed into eight groups of four teams. The teams in each group play each other once and the team finishing top of the group qualifies for the Regions' Cup finals. The eight group winners are placed into two groups of four for the final tournament and the winners of these two final groups, after each team has played one another once, play in the final, with the winners being crowned champions. Third place is shared between the two teams which finish second in their respective groups.

One aspect of the Regions' Cup that is different from most other international club tournaments is the hosting of games. As teams play each other once in the preliminary and intermediary rounds, in contrast to the more common two-legged fixtures, each group has all its matches held in one particular region. For example, in the 2009 tournament, all the preliminary Group 1 matches were played in San Marino. Another unusual feature of the Regions' Cup is the choice of host for the final tournament. In most football tournaments, the host nation or city is decided by the governing body before qualification begins. In the Regions' Cup, however, the host is chosen only after most of the eight finalist teams have qualified, with one of the qualified regions selected as host.

Results[edit]

Year Host Final
First Score Second Third
1999
details
Italy
Italy
Flag of Italy.svg
Veneto
3 – 2
aet
Flag of Spain.svg
Madrid
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Prague
By table Flag of Ukraine.svg
Kiev
2001
details
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Moravia
2 – 2
aet
(4 – 2 p)
Flag of Portugal.svg
Braga
Flag of Spain.svg
Madrid
By table Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Plovdiv
2003
details
Germany
Germany
Flag of Italy.svg
Piedmont
2 – 1 Flag of France.svg
Maine
Flag of Hungary.svg
Szabolcs
By table Flag of Germany.svg
Württemberg
2005
details
Poland
Poland
Flag of Spain.svg
Basque Country
1 – 0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg
South-West Sofia
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Kzeso
By table Flag of Slovakia.svg
Central Slovakia
2007
details
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Flag of Poland.svg
Lower Silesia
2 – 1
aet
Flag of Bulgaria.svg
South-East Region
Flag of Portugal.svg
Aveiro
By table Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
Tuzla Canton
2009
details
Croatia
Croatia
Flag of Spain.svg
Castile and León
2 – 1 Flag of Romania.svg
Oltenia
Flag of Russia.svg
Privolzhie
By table Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Kempen
2011
details
Portugal
Portugal
Flag of Portugal.svg
Braga
2 – 1 Flag of Ireland.svg
Leinster & Munster
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Zlín
By table Flag of Serbia.svg
Belgrade
2013
details
Italy
Italy
Flag of Italy.svg
Veneto
0 – 0
aet
(5 – 4 p)
Flag of Spain.svg
Catalonia
Flag of Hungary.svg
Keleti
By table Flag of Belarus.svg
Isloch
2015
details

Past finals[edit]

5 November 1999
Veneto Italy 3 – 2
(aet)
Spain Madrid
Borriero Goal <45'
Giaretti Goal >45'
De Toni Goal 120'
(Report) Moreno Goal 9'
Sanz Pascual Goal 71'
Stadio Comunale delle Terme, Abano Terme
Attendance: ~700
Referee: Guido Wildhaber (Switzerland)

24 June 2001
Braga Portugal 2 – 2
(aet)
(2 – 4 p)
Czech Republic Moravia
Ferreira Goal 55'
Freitas Goal 84'
(Report) David Goal 12'
Svach Goal 90+4' (pen.)
Letná Stadion, Zlín
Attendance: ~2,800
Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

28 June 2003
Maine France 1 – 2 Italy Piedmont
Kharraz Goal 83' (Report) Borgna Goal 24' Goal 29'
Albstadion, Heidenheim
Attendance: ~800
Referee: Kris Hermans (Belgium)

9 July 2005
South-West Sofia Bulgaria 0 – 1 Spain Basque Country
(Report) Arroyo Goal 33'
KS Proszowianka Stadium, Proszowice
Attendance: ~1,300
Referee: Novo Panić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

26 June 2007
South-East Region Bulgaria 1 – 2
(aet)
Poland Lower Silesia
Stoyanov Goal 66' (Report) Sudoł Goal 78'
Jaskułowski Goal 114'
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: ~3,500
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

22 June 2009
Oltenia Romania 1 – 2 Spain Castile and León
Sîrbu Goal 25' (Report) Ramírez Goal 20'
Robles Goal 81'

28 June 2011
Braga Portugal 2 – 1 Republic of Ireland Leinster & Munster
Nobre Goal 62'
Fortunato Goal 84'
Report O'Sullivan Goal 68'
Cidade de Barcelos, Barcelos
Referee: Ken Henry Johnson (Norway)

29 June 2013
Veneto Italy 0 – 0
(aet)
(5 – 4 p)
Spain Catalonia
(Report)
Comunale Delle Terme, Abano Terme
Referee: Artur Soares (Portugal)

Titles by nation[edit]

Nation Titles Runners-up Winning teams Second-placed teams
 Italy 3 0 Veneto (1999*, 2013*) None
Piedmont (2003)
 Spain 2 2 Basque Country (2005) Madrid (1999)
Castile and León (2009) Catalonia (2013)
 Portugal 1 1 Braga (2011*) Braga (2001)
 Czech Republic 1 0 Moravia (2001*) None
 Poland 1 0 Lower Silesia (2007) None
 Bulgaria 0 2 None South-West Sofia (2005)
South-East Region (2007*)
 France 0 1 None Maine (2003)
 Romania 0 1 None Oltenia (2009)
 Ireland 0 1 None Leinster & Munster (2011)
* = Hosts

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