Football continental championships

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The 6 continental confederations

There are six association football continental championships for national teams from each continental confederation, contested every 2 to 4 years. There are also 6 continental club championships contested yearly by club teams from within each continental confederation.

The governing bodies of the six continental confederations are all members of FIFA, the international association football governing body.

Men's national team championships[edit]

Continent Confederation Championship Founded
(Current format)
Teams Most titles
Asia AFC Asian Cup 1956
(2019)
24  Japan (4)
Africa CAF Africa Cup of Nations 1957
(1996)
16  Egypt (7)
South America CONMEBOL Copa América 1916
(1975)
12  Uruguay (15)
North America CONCACAF CONCACAF Gold Cup 1963
(2000)
12  Mexico (10)
Oceania OFC Nations Cup 1973
(1996)
8 New Zealand New Zealand (5)
Europe UEFA European Championship 1960
(2016)
24  Germany
 Spain (3 each)

Notes:

  • The Copa América, as well as previously the Gold Cup, also include invited teams from outside the respective continental confederations.
  • The number of teams includes only those teams participating in the championship group phase; it does not include teams competing in preliminary or qualifying rounds.

The champions of the respective national team championships qualify for the Confederations Cup in matching years (along with the host country and the current World Cup champion).

Year CONMEBOL CAF AFC OFC CONCACAF UEFA
1916  Uruguay
1917  Uruguay
1918
1919  Brazil
1920  Uruguay
1921  Argentina
1922  Brazil
1923  Uruguay
1924  Uruguay
1925  Argentina
1926  Uruguay
1927  Argentina
1928
1929  Argentina
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935  Uruguay
1936
1937  Argentina
1938
1939  Peru
1940
1941  Argentina
1942  Uruguay
1943
1944
1945  Argentina
1946  Argentina
1947  Argentina
1948
1949  Brazil
1950
1951
1952
1953  Paraguay
1954
1955  Argentina
1956  Uruguay  South Korea
1957  Argentina  Egypt
1958
1959  Argentina /  Uruguay
1960  South Korea  Soviet Union
1961
1962  Ethiopia
1963  Bolivia  Ghana  Costa Rica
1964  Israel  Spain
1965  Ghana  Mexico
1966
1967  Uruguay  Guatemala
1968  Congo-Kinshasa  Iran  Italy
1969  Costa Rica
1970  Sudan
1971  Mexico
1972  Congo  Iran  West Germany
1973  New Zealand  Haiti
1974  Zaire
1975  Peru
1976  Morocco  Iran  Czechoslovakia
1977  Mexico
1978  Ghana
1979  Paraguay
1980  Nigeria  Kuwait  Australia  West Germany
1981  Honduras
1982  Ghana
1983  Uruguay
1984  Cameroon  Saudi Arabia  France
1985  Canada
1986  Egypt
1987  Uruguay
1988  Cameroon  Saudi Arabia  Netherlands
1989  Brazil  Costa Rica
1990  Algeria
1991  Argentina  United States
1992  Ivory Coast  Japan  Denmark
1993  Argentina  Mexico
1994  Nigeria
1995  Uruguay
1996  South Africa  Saudi Arabia  Australia  Mexico  Germany
1997  Brazil
1998  Egypt  New Zealand  Mexico
1999  Brazil
2000  Cameroon  Japan  Australia  Canada  France
2001  Colombia
2002  Cameroon  New Zealand  United States
2003  Mexico
2004  Brazil  Tunisia  Japan  Australia  Greece
2005  United States
2006  Egypt
2007  Brazil  Iraq  United States
2008  Egypt  New Zealand  Spain
2009  Mexico
2010  Egypt
2011  Uruguay  Japan  Mexico
2012  Zambia  Tahiti  Spain
2013  Nigeria  United States
2014
2015  Chile  Ivory Coast  Australia  Mexico
2016  Chile  New Zealand  Portugal
2017  Cameroon  United States

Men's club championships[edit]

Continental Competitions[edit]

Continent Confederation First tier Championship Teams Most titles Second tier competition Super cup
Asia AFC AFC Champions League 32 South Korea Pohang Steelers (3) AFC Cup
Africa CAF CAF Champions League 16 Egypt Al Ahly (8) CAF Confederation Cup CAF Super Cup
South America CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores de América 32 Argentina Independiente (7) Copa Sudamericana Recopa Sudamericana
North America CONCACAF CONCACAF Champions League 16 Mexico América (7) CONCACAF League
Oceania OFC OFC Champions League 16 New Zealand Auckland City FC (9)
Europe UEFA UEFA Champions League 32 Spain Real Madrid (12)[1] UEFA Europa League UEFA Super Cup

The Champions of the respective club championships qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup the following December - along with the champion of the host country's domestic league (if the respective continental championship is won by a team from the host country, then the highest finishing team not from the host country takes the qualification spot from that continental championship).

Abolished competitions[edit]

Continent Confederation First tier Championship Teams Most titles
Europe UEFA UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 32 Spain FC Barcelona (4)
Europe UEFA Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 12-64 Spain FC Barcelona (3)

Women's national team championships[edit]

Continent Confederation Championship Founded
(Current format)
Teams Most titles
Asia AFC AFC Women's Asian Cup 1975 8  China PR (8)
Africa CAF African Women's Championship 1991 8  Nigeria (10)
South America CONMEBOL Sudamericano Femenino 1991 10  Brazil (6)
North America CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 1991 8  United States (7)
Oceania OFC Women's Championship 1983 4  New Zealand (5)
Europe UEFA UEFA Women's Euro 1984 16  Germany (8)
Year CONMEBOL CAF AFC OFC CONCACAF UEFA
1975  New Zealand
1976
1977  Chinese Taipei
1978
1979  Chinese Taipei
1980
1981  Chinese Taipei
1982
1983  Thailand  New Zealand
1984  Sweden
1985
1986  China PR  Chinese Taipei
1987  Norway
1988
1989  China PR  Chinese Taipei  West Germany
1990
1991  Brazil  Nigeria  China PR  New Zealand  United States  Germany
1992
1993  China PR  United States  Norway
1994  United States
1995  Brazil  Nigeria  China PR  Australia  Germany
1996
1997  China PR  Germany
1998  Brazil  Nigeria  Australia  Canada
1999  China PR
2000  Nigeria  United States
2001  North Korea  Germany
2002  Nigeria  United States
2003  Brazil  North Korea  Australia
2004  Nigeria
2005  Germany
2006  Argentina  Nigeria  China PR  United States
2007  New Zealand
2008  Equatorial Guinea  North Korea
2009  Germany
2010  Brazil  Nigeria  Australia  New Zealand  Canada
2011
2012  Equatorial Guinea
2013  Germany
2014  Brazil  Nigeria  Japan  New Zealand  United States
2015
2016  Nigeria
2017  Netherlands

Women's club championships[edit]

Continent Confederation Club Championship Teams* Most titles Second tier competitions Super cup
Asia AFC None
Africa CAF None
South America CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores Femenina 12 Brazil São José (3)
North America CONCACAF None
Oceania OFC None
Europe UEFA UEFA Women's Champions League 32 Germany Frankfurt
France Lyon
(4 titles each)

Note: The number of teams includes only those teams that participate in the group stage; it does not include all teams participating in preliminary or qualifying rounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Umair, M. A. (7 May 2013). "Champions League Winners: The most successful countries and cities". Soccerlens.com. Soccerlens.com. Retrieved 10 October 2013.