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Afghanistan

Africa

Africa Cup of Nations


The Africa Cup of Nations is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was first held in 1957.
Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition.

As of 2013, the tournament was switched to being held in odd-numbered years so as not to clash with the FIFA World Cup.


Organizer

Confederation of African Football

1st edition

1957 Africa Cup of Nations

Edition(s)

33

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (6)

Africa Games


The African Games are a continental multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).

All of the competing nations are from the African continent. The first Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Congo. The International Olympic Committee granted official recognition as a continental multi-sport event, along with the Asian Games and Pan American Games. Since 1999, the Games have also included athletes with a disability.


Organizer

African Union

1st edition

1965 African Games Tournament

Edition(s)

11

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

African Nations Championship


The African Nations Championship is a football tournament which was first announced on 11 September 2007.

It is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season.
Expatriate players, regardless of where they play, even in Africa, are not qualified to take part in the African Championship of Nations.

The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.


Organizer

Confederation of African Football

1st edition

2009 African Nations Championship

Edition(s)

6

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (2)

CAF Champions League


The CAF Champions League is an annual international club football competition run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The top club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the premier club football competition in the continent and the equivalent to the UEFA Champions League.

The winner of the tournament earns a berth for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also faces the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season's CAF Super Cup.


Organizer

Confederation of African Football

1st edition

1965 African Cup of Champions Clubs

Edition(s)

57

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (9)

CAF Confederation Cup


The CAF Confederation Cup is an international club association football competition run by the Confederation of African Football. Select club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the second club football competition in the continent behind the CAF Champions League.

The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the CAF Champions League in the following season's CAF Super Cup.


Organizer

Confederation of African Football

1st edition

2004 CAF Confederation Cup

Edition(s)

18

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

CAF Super Cup


The CAF Super Cup is an annual African association football competition contested between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup.
The competition was first held in 1993 and is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

It is the continental equivalent of the UEFA Super Cup in European and Recopa Sudamericana in South American club football.


Organizer

Confederation of African Football

1st edition

1993 CAF Super Cup

Edition(s)

28

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (6)

Albania

Algeria

America

Pan American Games


The Pan-American or Pan American Games is a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions.

The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas, every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games. The only Winter Pan American Games were held in 1990. The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) is the governing body of the Pan American Games movement, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.


Organizer

Pan American Sports Organization

1st edition

1951 Pan American Games

Edition(s)

18

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (6)

Angola

Arab League

Pan Arab Games


The Arab Games, also called the Pan Arab Games, are a regional multi-sport event held between nations from the Arab world.
They are organized by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees.

The first Games took place in 1953 in Alexandria, Egypt. Intended to be held every four years since, political turmoil as well as financial difficulties have made the event an unstable one.
Women were first allowed to compete in 1985.


Organizer

Union of Arab National Olympic Committees

1st edition

1953 Pan Arab Games Tournament

Edition(s)

11

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

Argentina

Armenia

Asia

AFC Asian Cup


The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and automatically qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Australia joined the Asian confederation in 2007 and hosted the Asian Cup finals in 2015.


Organizer

Asian Football Confederation

1st edition

1956 AFC Asian Cup

Edition(s)

18

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

AFC Challenge Cup


The AFC Challenge Cup was an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member countries that was categorized as "emerging countries" in the "Vision Asia" programme.

"Vision Asia", created by former AFC president, Mohammed Bin Hammam, is the AFC's plan for a continent wide programme to raise the standards of Asian football at all levels.
The AFC Challenge Cup, which reflected the philosophy of Vision Asia, was created for teams to experience playing in a continental competition with the possibility to win an AFC trophy and to potentially discover new talent.

The inaugural tournament was hosted by Bangladesh in 2006 and is held biennially.

The 2014 tournament was the last edition of this competition, due to the expansion of the Asian Cup to the 24-nations format from the 16-nations one after the 2015 edition.
In April 2016, several associations requested a new competition to replace the Challenge Cup as they were having problems arranging friendly matches, AFC created the AFC Solidarity Cup.


Organizer

Asian Football Confederation

1st edition

2006 AFC Challenge Cup

Edition(s)

5

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (2)

AFC Champions League


The AFC Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Introduced in 2002, the competition replaced the Asian Club Championship which had run since 1985 and which had replaced the Asian Champion Club Tournament (1967-1971) after a 14-year hiatus. It is the premier club tournament in Asia.

The winner of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.


Organizer

Asian Football Confederation

1st edition

1967 Asian Club Championship

Edition(s)

39

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

AFC Cup


The AFC Cup is an annual international association football competition between domestic clubs run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Qualification to the competition is available to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries that fall into the AFC's "developing nations" category as laid out in their "Vision Asia" document. Countries which are "emerging" nations are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off, where as countries which are "mature" nations are entered into the AFC Champions League.


Organizer

Asian Football Confederation

1st edition

2004 AFC Cup

Edition(s)

17

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

Asian Games


The Asian Games is a Pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.
The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games.

Since the 1982 Games they have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.


Organizer

Olympic Council of Asia

1st edition

1951 Asian Games

Edition(s)

19

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Balkans

Baltic region

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Benin

Bolivia

Liga de Fútbol Profesional


Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano is the top-flight professional football league in Bolivia. It started in 1977, though football had been played in Bolivia since the early 1900s, specifically in La Paz and Oruro.


Organizer

Bolivian Football Federation

1st edition

1954 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano

Edition(s)

1

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (1)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Caribbean

Caribbean Cup


The Caribbean Cup is the championship tournament for national association football teams that are members of the Caribbean Football Union.

The first competition was contested in 1989 in Barbados. The Caribbean Cup serves as a qualification tournament among CFU members for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Caribbean Cup replaced the CFU Championship competition which was active between 1978 and 1988.


Organizer

Caribbean Football Union

1st edition

1989 Caribbean Cup

Edition(s)

19

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (8)

Cayman Islands

Central Africa

Central America

Copa Centroamericana


The Copa Centroamericana is the main association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF), the sport's Central American governing body.

Held every two years since 1991, in the years before and after the FIFA World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UNCAF Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 2011.

Depending on their performance in the Copa Centroamericana, teams then go on to participate in other competitions, such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa América.


Organizer

Central American Football Union

1st edition

1991 UNCAF Nations Cup

Edition(s)

14

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (8)

Central America and the Caribbean

Ceylon

Chile

China PR

Chinese Taipei

Colombia

Croatia

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

East Africa

East and Central Africa

CECAFA Cup


The CECAFA Cup is the oldest football tournament in Africa. A FIFA competition, it includes national teams from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA).

It is the successor competition of the Gossage Cup, held 37 times from 1926 until 1966, and the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup, held 7 times between 1965 and 1971.


Organizer

Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations

1st edition

1973 CECAFA Cup

Edition(s)

40

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (15)

East Asia

EAFF East Asian Cup


EAFF E-1 Football Championship, known as the East Asian Football Championship from 2003 to 2010, and the EAFF East Asian Cup for the 2013 and 2015 editions, is a men's international football competition in East Asia for member nations of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF).

Before the EAFF was founded in 2002, the Dynasty Cup was held between the East Asian top four teams, and was regarded as the unofficial East Asian Championship.


Organizer

East Asian Football Federation

1st edition

2003 East Asian Football Championship

Edition(s)

8

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (5)

Egypt

England

Estonia

Ethiopia

Eurasia

Europe

Island Games


The Island Games are an international multi-sports event organised by the International Island Games Association.


Organizer

International Island Games Association

1st edition

Island Games Football Tournament 1989

Edition(s)

14

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

UEFA Champions League


The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs.
It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association.

Introduced in 1992, the competition replaced the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955, adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries.

The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.


Organizer

Union of European Football Associations

1st edition

1955-56 European Cup

Edition(s)

66

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (13)

UEFA Europa League


The UEFA Europa League, previously called the UEFA Cup, is an annual association football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs.

Previously called the UEFA Cup, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League since the 2009–10 season, following a change in format.
In 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was abolished and merged with the UEFA Cup.

The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup, and from the 2014–15 season onwards the winner of the UEFA Europa League also qualifies for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.
The winner enters at least at the play-off round (assuming they do not already qualify through domestic performance), and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.


Organizer

Union of European Football Associations

1st edition

1971-72 UEFA Cup

Edition(s)

50

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (6)

UEFA European Football Championship


The UEFA European Championship is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe.

Held every four years since 1960, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 1968.
The championship winners earn the opportunity to compete in the following FIFA Confederations Cup.


Organizer

Union of European Football Associations

1st edition

1960 UEFA European Football Championship

Edition(s)

16

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

UEFA Super Cup


The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

From 1972 to 1999, the UEFA Super Cup was contested between the winners of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. After the discontinuation of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, it has been contested by the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup, which was renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009.


Organizer

Union of European Football Associations

1st edition

1972 UEFA Super Cup

Edition(s)

46

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (5)

Faroe Islands

Finland

France

French Equatorial Africa

Gabon

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Greenland

Haiti

Hong Kong

Lunar New Year Cup


Organizer

Hong Kong Football Association

1st edition

1974 Lunar New Year Cup

Edition(s)

41

Titleholder

Hong Kong XI Hong Kong XI

Most successfull team(s) (8)

Hong Kong XI Hong Kong XI

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean Island Games


The Indian Ocean Island Games is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands.

The Games was adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1976 and currently gather the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion and the Maldives.
The number of athletes who participate has increased over the years, it went from 1000 athletes in 1979 to over 1500 participants in 2003 and 2007.


1st edition

1979 Indian Ocean Island Games

Edition(s)

9

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Japan

Emperor's Cup


Organizer

Japan Football Association

1st edition

1921 Emperor's Cup

Edition(s)

90

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (9)

Keio University Keio U.

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Liberia

Libya

Lithuania

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Melanesia

Melanesia Cup


The Melanesia Cup was an association football championship played between the Melanesian countries, it was used (along with the Polynesia Cup) for qualification to the Oceania Nations Cup.
The last edition of the cup was in 2000.

In 2008, the Wantok Cup was established as a competition between Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It was described by the Oceania Football Confederation as "a tournament reminiscent of the now defunct Melanesian Cup".


Organizer

Oceania Football Confederation

1st edition

1988 Melanesia Cup

Edition(s)

8

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (5)

Mexico

Moldova

Morocco

Mozambique

Netherlands

Niger

Nordics

North Africa

North America

North America, Central America and Caribbean

CONCACAF Champions League


The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual continental football club competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The competition was originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup when it was first organized in 1962.


Organizer

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football

1st edition

1962 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Edition(s)

54

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (7)

CONCACAF Gold Cup


The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The Gold Cup is held every two years.


Organizer

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football

1st edition

1963 CONCACAF Championship

Edition(s)

25

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (11)

North Macedonia

Northern Ireland

Norway

Oceania

OFC Nations Cup


The OFC Nations Cup is an international association football tournament held among the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) member nations.

Historically, a very large gulf separated Australia and New Zealand from the smaller island competitors, and little attention was paid to the tournament by the rest of the football world. In fact, after the first eight editions the trophy had been won only by two teams: Australia and New Zealand. In the 2012 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti became the first team other than Australia and New Zealand to be crowned Oceania champions.

Australia ceased to be a member of the OFC on January 1, 2006, having elected to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and hence no longer participate in the tournament.


Organizer

Oceania Football Confederation

1st edition

1973 OFC Nations Cup

Edition(s)

10

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (5)

Oman

Persian Gulf

Arabian Gulf Cup


The Gulf Cup of Nations, or Arabian Gulf Cup, is an association football tournament currently held every two years rotating the host city every edition.

Previously the competition was usually held by countries members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on a biennial basis, but the history of the competition has also seen it held every 3–4 years, due to political or organizational problems.
The tournament is under AFC and UAFA.

The tournament was founded at the 1968 Summer Olympics by some Arab states in Arabian Peninsula. The First Gulf Cup tournament took place in 1970, and was won by the Kuwaiti team.
In May 2016, a new regional governing body was established to organise the competition, known as the Gulf Cup Federation.


Organizer

Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation

1st edition

1970 Arabian Gulf Cup

Edition(s)

24

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (10)

Philippines

Polynesia

Polynesia Cup


The Polynesia Cup was a football tournament for Polynesian nations within the Oceania Football Confederation.
It acted along with the Melanesia Cup as a qualifying tournament for the Oceania Nations Cup.

The last tournament was played in 2000.


Organizer

Oceania Football Confederation

1st edition

1994 Polynesia Cup

Edition(s)

3

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (3)

Qatar

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines

São Tomé and Príncipe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

South Africa

South America

Bolivarian Games


The Bolivarian Games are a regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, and organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (Organización Deportiva Bolivariana, ODEBO).

The event is open to athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. In 2010, ODEBO decided to include Chile as seventh member of ODEBO.


Organizer

Bolivarian Sport Organization

1st edition

1938 Bolivarian Games Football Tournament

Edition(s)

16

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (6)

Copa América


Copa América is an international men's football tournament contested between national teams from CONMEBOL.
The competition determines the continental champion of South America. Since the 1990s, teams from North America and Asia have also been invited to participate.

The highest finishing member of CONMEBOL has the right to participate in the next edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Organizer

South American Football Confederation

1st edition

1916 South American Football Championship

Edition(s)

47

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (15)

Copa Libertadores


The Copa Libertadores de América is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960.
It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in Latin American football.

The tournament is named in honor of the Libertadores, the main leaders of the South American wars of independence.

The winner of the Copa Libertadores becomes eligible to play in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana.


Organizer

South American Football Confederation

1st edition

1960 Copa Libertadores

Edition(s)

61

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (7)

Copa Sudamericana


The Copa Sudamericana is an annual international club football competition organized by the CONMEBOL since 2002.
The Copa Sudamericana began in 2002, replacing the separate competitions Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur.

The winner of the Copa Sudamericana becomes eligible to play in the Recopa Sudamericana. They also gain entry onto the next edition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition. They also contest in the Supercopa Euroamericana and the Suruga Bank Championship.


Organizer

South American Football Confederation

1st edition

2002 Copa Sudamericana

Edition(s)

19

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (2)

Recopa Sudamericana


The Recopa Santander Sudamericana is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1988.
It is a match-up between the champions of the previous year's Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana, South America's premier club competitions.


Organizer

South American Football Confederation

1st edition

1989 Recopa Sudamericana

Edition(s)

28

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (4)

South Asia

SAFF Championship


The SAFF Championship, also called South Asian Football Federation Cup, is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by the South Asian Football Federation.

Previous names have included the South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup in 1993 and South Asian Gold Cup 95 in 1995.


Organizer

South Asian Football Federation

1st edition

1993 SAFF Championship

Edition(s)

12

Titleholder


Most successfull team(s) (7)

South Korea