Football tournaments

Here is an overview of the most important football tournaments, divided into national teams tournaments and club tournaments.

International

FIFA World Cup

World Cup trophyThe most prestigious football tournament in the world that has been held every four years since 1930 (with exception for a break during WWII).

The history of FIFA World Cup
Teams with most titles and finals
Top goalscorers

UEFA European Championship

European Championship trophyThe most prestigious national team football tournament in Europe that has been held every four years since 1960 and has been expanded from 4 to 24 teams.
The history of European Championship
Teams with most titles and finals

Copa América

Copa América is a South American football championship that has been organized since 1916, which makes it the oldest national team competition in the world. It includes all ten countries of the Conmebol, and since the 1990s teams from North/Central America and Asia as well. Since its first edition in 1916, and until 1975, Copa América was known as “South American Football Championship.
The history of Copa América
Winners and runners-up

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup is a continental football championship that has been organized since 1956 and includes all teams of the Asian confederation.
The history and results

African Cup of Nations

African Nations Championship is a continental football championship that has been arranged since 1957 and includes all African national teams.
The history and results

Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup is played every fourth year, the one that precedes a World Cup.
— The tournament is including eight teams, the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships together with reigning World Cup champions and the host nation of the upcoming World Cup.
— The tournament has been held since 1992
— The 1992 and 1995 editions were called the King Fahd Cup
The history and results

European club tournaments

UEFA Champions League

Champions League trophyThe most prestigious tournament for European football clubs. Has existed since season 1992-1993.
— Includes winners of national cup competitions
— The format is a combination of group phases and knock-out tournament
— Champions League was preceded by the European Cup.
All winners, history and statistics

UEFA Europa League

European club tournament that has existed since season 2009-2010.
— The format is a combination of knock-out tournament and a group phase
— The UEFA Europa League was preceded by the UEFA Cup
All winners, history and statistics

European Cup

Also known as European Champion Clubs' Cup, existed from season 1955-1956 to season 1991-1992. Changed name to UEFA Champions League in 1992.
— Included winners of national domestic leagues
— The format was knock-out tournament with two-legged home and away ties
— European Cup was inspired by South American Championship of Champions and the Challenge Cup and the Mitropa Cup
— It took over the status that had belong to Challenge Cup and the Mitropa Cup
All winners, history and statistics

UEFA Cup

Existed from season 1971–72 to season 2008-2009. Changed name to UEFA Europa League in 2008.
— Includes clubs finishing in leading positions behind the champions in their leagues and winners of national cup competitions plus qualifications from UEFA — Intertoto Cup and clubs from UEFA's Fair Play League
— The format was knock-out tournament with two-legged home and away ties
— The UEFA Cup was preceded by the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup from season 1954-1955 to season 1970-1971 (not organized by UEFA)
All winners, history and statistics

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Existed from season 1960-1961 to 1998-1999. Merged with the UEFA Cup.
— Included winners of domestic cup competitions
— The format was knock-out tournament with two-legged home and away ties
All winners, history and statistics

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

Founded in 1955 and was running until 1971.
— The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was taken over by UEFA and relaunched as UEFA Cup.
History and records

Mitropa Cup

Early tournament that existed from 1927 to 1992 and involved Central and East European clubs.
History and records

Domestic club tournaments

FA Cup

FA Cup or Football Association Challenge Cup is a yearly competition between English football clubs first played in 1871-1872. Known as the oldest tournament in the game of football.
All winners, history and statistics