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This is a list of international football governing bodies.

International

  • FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association - 208 members - founded in 1904, represents nations from around the world, and is the overall governing body of recognised international football. Its premier tournament is the quadrennial FIFA World Cup.
  • NF-Board - New Federation Board - 18 members + 14 provisional - founded in 2003 represents nations, dependencies, unrecognized states, minorities, stateless peoples, regions and micronations not affiliated to FIFA. The main tournament is the VIVA World Cup.

Continental

FIFA Confederations

FIFA-member football associations are formed together into continental confederations, which organise continental national and club competitions.

  • AFC Asian Football Confederation - 46 members + 1 associate - founded in 1954 - represents Asian nations in football. The main tournament is the Asian Cup.
  • CAF Confédération Africaine de Football - 53 members + 2 associate - founded in 1957 - represents African nations in football. The main tournament is the African Cup of Nations.
  • CONCACAF Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - 40 members - founded in 1961 represents North American, Central American and Caribbean nations. The main tournament is the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • CONMEBOL - Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol - 10 members - founded in 1916 represents South American nations in football. The main tournament is the Copa America.
  • OFC - Oceania Football Confederation - 11 members + 5 associate - founded in 1966 represents Oceanian nations in football. The main tournament is the OFC Nations Cup.
  • UEFA Union of European Football Associations - 53 members - founded in 1954 represents European nations in football. The main tournament is the UEFA European Championship.

Non-FIFA Confederations

Two continental confederations exist within the NF-Board.

  • CSANF - Consejo Sudamericano de Nuevas Federaciones - 4 members + 1 associate - founded in 2007 represents teams not affiliated fo FIFA in South America.
  • NAANF - North America and Arctic New Federations - 0 members - founded in 2008, represents non-FIFA teams in North America, Central America, Caribbean and in the Arctic region.

Inter Continental

The following confederations consist of FIFA member associations that cross continental boundaries.

  • GFU Gulf Football Union - 8 members - founded in 1968, represents Arab nations from the Persian Gulf area. The main tournament is the Gulf Cup.
  • PFC Panamerican Football Confederation - 50 members - founded in 1946 represents teams from America. The main tournament is the Panamerican Championship.
  • UAFA Union Arab de Football Association - 22 members - founded in 1974 represents Arab nations from Africa and Asia. The main tournament is the Arab Nations Cup.

Regional

Africa

Affiliated to CAF

  • CECAFA - Council of East and Central African Football Associations - 10 members + 1 associate - founded in 1927, represents nations generally regarded as forming the regions of East Africa and some nations of Central Africa. The main tournament is the CECAFA Cup.
  • COSAFA - Council of Southern African Football Associations - 14 members + 1 associate - founded in 1997, represents nations generally regarded as forming Southern Africa, as well as island states off the coast of Southern Africa. The main tournament is the COSAFA Cup.
  • WAFU - Union of West African Football Associations - 8 members - founded in 1977, one of two bodies that represent nations in West Africa. The main tournament is the CSSA Nations Cup.
  • UNAF - Union of North African Federations - 5 members - founded in 2005, represents nations regarded as forming North Africa.
  • UNIFFAC - Union des Fédérations du Football de l'Afrique Centrale - 8 members - represents some of the nations that form Central Africa. The main tournament is the CEMAC Cup.
  • UFOA - Union du Football de l'Ouest Afrique - 7 members - one of two bodies that represent nations in West Africa. The main tournament is the CEDEAO Cup.

Asia

Affiliated to AFC

  • WAFF - West Asian Football Federation - 9 members - founded in 2000, represents nations at the western extremity of the continent. The WAFF has six members, but the AFC groups those non members into a single geographical region. The main turnment is West Asian Football Federation Championship.
  • EAFF - East Asian Football Federation - 9 members + 1 provisional - founded in 2002 represents nations generally agreed to constitute the "far east". The main tournament is the East Asian Cup.
  • CESAFA - Central and South Asian Football Federation - 13 members - represents nations in central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. And is sub-divided in two federations: SAFF and CAFF.
    • SAFF - South Asian Football Federation - 8 members - represents nations from South Asia, is affiliated to CESAFA. The main tournament is the SAFF Championship.
    • CAFF - Central Asian Football Federation - 5 members - represents nations from Central Asia, is affiliated to CESAFA.
  • AFF - ASEAN Football Federation - 12 members - founded in 1984 represents nations from Southeast Asia. The main tournament is the AFF Football Championship.

North America

Affiliated to CONCACAF

  • CFU - Caribbean Football Union - 30 members - represents all nations in the Caribbean. The main tournament is the Caribbean Cup.
    • LIFA - Leeward Islands Football Association - 11 members - founded in 1949, represents nations of the Leeward archipelago and is affiliated to CFU. The main tournament is the Leeward Islands Tournament.
    • WIFA - Windward Islands Football Association - 4 members - represents nations of the Windward archipelago and is affiliated to CFU. The main tournament is the Windward Islands Tournament.
  • NAFU - North American Football Union - 3 members - represents the three sovereign nations of North America. The main tournament was the now defunct North American Nations Cup.
  • UNCAF Union Centroamericana de Fútbol - 7 members - represents the seven nations of Central America. The main tournament is the UNCAF Nations Cup.

Defunct

  • CCCF - Confederacion Centroamericana y del Caribe de Futbol - 37 members - dissolved in 1961, represented Central America and Caribbean region and was directly affiliated to FIFA. The main tournament was the CCCF Championship.
  • CENF - Confederation of European New Federations - 0 members - founded in 2007 and dissolved in 2008, represented teams not affiliated to FIFA in Europe, and was affiliated to NF-Board. The main tournament was the CENF Cup, but was never played.
  • FIFI - Federation of International Football Independents - 5 members - represents nations, dependencies and unrecognized states not affiliated to FIFA. The main tournament was the FIFI Wild Cup.
  • IFU - International Football Union - 2 provisional members - founded in 2009 as an international football confederation for nations and territories not admitted to FIFA, was dissolved in 2010.
  • NAFC - North American Football Confederation - 4 members - founded in 1946 and dissolved in 1961, represented the North American region and was directly affiliated to FIFA. The main tournament was the NAFC Championship.

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