UEFA Logo – The Union of European Football Associations , also known as European Union of Football Associations but better known by the world for its acronym English UEFA ( Union of European Football Associations ) is the confederation of national associations of football and maximum body of the sport in Europe . Now consists of 53 associations and is one of the six confederations belonging to the FIFA . Its headquarters are located since 1995 in Nyon , Switzerland . UEFA organizes championships nations of Europe, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights of the competitions.
UEFA was founded on June 15th of 1954 in Basel , Switzerland . Its headquarters was initially located in Paris , France , until in 1959 she was transferred to Bern and in 1995 in Nyon , Switzerland . The acronym UEFA is defined in the statute of the organization as an abbreviation of its name in French , but is commonly associated with the English Union of European Football Associations .
UEFA is undoubtedly one of the most powerful of the six confederations internationally by the CONMEBOL , because of the importance of its members, among which are several major associations, leagues and soccer teams in the world. An example of this is that FIFA 13 UEFA awarded the 5 places for the FIFA World Cup 2010 .
Promotes organizational level club competitions such as Champions League UEFA (known as the European Club Cup from 1955 to 1992) and the UEFA Europa League (known as the UEFA Cup from 1971 to 2009), or national teams, being the main one Euro (officially called “European Cup”). Also, organizes also qualifying for World Cups .