|Union of European Football Associations|
|Formation||15th June 1954|
|No. of members||53|
The Union of European Football Associations (commonly known as UEFA) is the governing body of European football. UEFA represents national football associations across Europe, runs European football competitions and controls regulations and media rights to their competitions. The current president is Michel Platini.
UEFA was formed on 15th June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland, after discussion between the French, Italian and Belgian Football Associations. The headquarters were initially located in Paris, they were later moved to Bern in 1959. The first General Secretary was Henri Delunay, Ebbe Schwartz the first President. The administrative centre has been in Nyon, Switzerlnd, since 1955. UEFA national teams have won 9 of the 18 FIFA World Cups; UEFA clubs have won 21 Intercontinental Cups and 3 FIFA Club World Cups.
UEFA has the most members of any football confederation - 53. They are:
1: Official name used by FIFA and UEFA for Ireland
2: Formerly member of AFC (AFC 1954-1974; Joined UEFA in 1994)
3: Formerly member of AFC (Joined UEFA in 2002).
4: Official name used by FIFA and UEFA for Republic of Macedonia NB: . was a provisional member of UEFA between 8 December 2006 and 26 January 2007 until the GFA had its application for full membership rejected.