Football tournaments

Here is an overview of the most important football tournaments, divided into national team 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 have been invited to fill up the 12-team tournament. 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.
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.
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 belonged to Challenge Cup and the Mitropa Cup.
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 Trophy from season 1954-1955 to season 1970-1971 (not organized by UEFA).
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.
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.
Winners, history and statistics

Coppa Italia

An Italian national football tournament first played in 1922 and still played today.
Winners, history and statistics

Copa del Rey

The oldest Spanish competition founded in 1903. Nowadays, the winner are qualified for the UEFA Europa League and will also play against the La Liga winner in the Spanish Super Cup (The Supercopa de España).

Taça de Portugal

Portugal tournament founded in 1938. Preceded by Championship of Portugal (Campeonato de Portugal).

DFB-Pokal

The DFB-Pokal (until 1943 called Tschammer-Pokal) is a German knockout tournament.

Coupe de France

Coupe de France (The Coupe Charles Simon) is the premiere football club tournament in France and it was founded in 1917.

KNVB Cup

The KNVB Cup (KNVB Beker) is a tournament in the Netherlands and has been arranged since 1898, making it to one of the oldest football competitions.

Scottish Cup

The Scottish Cup (Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup) have been organized since 1973 and include clubs with membership of the Scottish Football Association.

International club tournaments

Intercontinental Cup

The Intercontinental Cup was a football competition contested between European and South American club champions. Existed between 1960-2004.
— The competition was only contested by two teams.
— From its inauguration to 1979, over a two-legged match, and from 1980 and forward over a single match held in Japan.
— Intercontinental Cup was preceded by the Small Club World Cup.
Winners, history and statistics

Other domestic tournaments

Table 1. European domestic tournaments
Name Country Founded
Armenian Cup Armenia 1992
Belgian Cup Belgium 1911
Czech Cup (Pohár FAČR) Czech Republic 1933
Croatian Football Cup (Hrvatski nogometni kup) Croatia 1992
Danish Cup (DBU Pokalen*) Denmark 1954
Greek Cup Greece 1931
Hungarian Cup (Magyar Kupa) Hungary 1909
Norwegian Football Cup** Norway 1902
Polish Cup Poland 1925
Russian Cup Russia 1992
The Swedish Cup (Svenska Cupen) Sweden 1941
Turkish Cup (Türkiye Kupası) Turkey 1962
Ukrainian Cup Ukraine 1992
Welsh Cup Wales 1877

* Previously Landspokalturneringen.
** Called Norgesmesterskapet i fotball for herrer in Norwegian.

Dissolved European and domestic club tournaments

Table 2. Dissolved European club tournaments
Name Period
Balkan Cup 1960-1993
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-1971
Intertoto Cup1 1961-2008
Mitropa Cup2 1927-1992
The Cup Winners’ Cup 1960-1999

1. Was played during the summer break (originally named the International Football Cup).
2. Mitropa Cup is the oldest of the large tournaments for European clubs.
The European Cup and The UEFA Cup are not included since they still live on rebranded to Champions League and Europa League, respectively.

Table 3. Dissolved domestic tournaments
Name Country Period
Youdan Cup1 England 1867
Cromwell Cup1 England 1868
Palla Dapples Italy 1903-1909
Copa de Competencia Jockey Club2 Argentina 1907-1933
Copa Ibarguren3 Argentina 1913-1958
Campeonato de Portugal4 Portugal 1922-1937
Copa de la Liga5 Spain 1983-1986

1. Yuadan Cup and Cromwell Cup are the oldest football tournaments (by comparison, the FA Cup was established in 1871), which were held only for one edition each.
2. Included teams from the Argentine Football Association and, until 1919, Liga Rosarina de Football.
3. Copa Ibarguren was decided in one match between the winners of Primera División and, in different periods Liga Rosarina, Litoral league or Copa Presidente.
4. Precursor to Taça de Portugal (should not be confused with Campeonato de Portugal, the third-level football league in Portugal since 2013).
5. Spanish for League Cup; was won twice by Barcelona and once by Valladolid and Real Madrid respectively.

Dissolved club tournaments around the world

Table 4. Dissolved club tournaments
Name Period
Copa de Competencia Chevallier Boutell1 1900-1919
Latin Cup1 1949-1957
Intercontinental Cup3 1960-2004

1. Copa de Competencia Chevallier Boutel (Tie Cup Competition) was held yearly and involved Argentinean and Uruguyan clubs.
2. Intercontinental Cup was a match played between the European and South American champions.
3. Clubs from the Latin European nations (France, Italy, Portugal and Spain) participated.