FIFA (Federation International de Football Association)

FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football Association) is the World Governing Body for Football (Soccer). 211 Nations are members. It’s primary competitions are the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Mexico 70 Official Programme
Mexico 70 Official Programme

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Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)

FIFA World Cup; FIFA World Club Cup

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Final Tables (Editions)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers South America Results (Editions): 

Qatar 2022 (Pending Review)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers North, Central America & Caribbean Results (Editions): 

Qatar 2022 (Pending Review)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Africa Results (Editions): 

Qatar 2022 (Pending Review)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Asia Results (Editions):

 Qatar 2022 (Pending Review)

FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals Results (Editions):

Republic of Ireland Qualified and played in Group A

FIFA Club Competitions

FIFA Club World Cup (Editions):

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Picture Credit: Shamrock Rovers FC v LA Galaxy International Club Friendly Official Match Programme – Tallaght Stadium 21st February 2015 – Author’s Personal Collection

International Pre-Season Tournaments

Preseason Tournaments (Europe, South America, CONCACAF, Asia); International Leagues held in USA & Canada; World Club Preseason Friendly Tours.

International Tournaments held in Europe

Rothmans International Tournament Malta (Editions):

Makita International Tournament (London – Editions): 

Maspalomas Tournamemt (Las Palmas – Editions):

International Tournaments held in South America

CSF Summer Octagonal Tournament (Editions): 

Quadrangular International Tournament (Editions):

 1991 (Pending Review)

International Tournaments held in CONCACAF

Marlboro / US Cup (USA – Editions)

Soccer Bowl (Trindad & Tobago – Editions)

Final: Trinidad & Tobago 1 League of Ireland XI 0

Pacific Coast International Championship (Editions): 

International Tournaments held in Asia

Kirin Cup (Japan – Editions)

President’s Cup (South Korea – Editions): 

Sharjah Tournament (UAE – Editions):

Merlion Cup (Singapore – Editions):

Merdeka / Dunhill Tournament (Malaysia – Editions): 

Carlsberg Challenge (Hong Kong – Editions): 

International Club Leagues Held in USA & Canada

International Champions Cup (Seasons): 

United Soccer Association

International Soccer League 1960-1965 (Pending Review)

World Club Preseason Friendly Tours

South American Teams World Tours (Preseasons):

North American Teams World Tours (Preseasons): 

Preseason Tours of North America (Preseasons): 

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As well as the Continental Associations and Regional Zones within them, there are Inter-Continental Competitions such as Pan-American Competitions (North, Central and South America); Arab Cups (North Africa and West Asia), and Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia, Kazakhstan and the other 9 Independent States which make up the CIS).

FIFA Inter-Continental Competitions

Pan-American Games; CIS Cups; Pan-Arab Competitions; Idian Ocean Games

Pan-American Tournaments

Pan-American Games Soccer Tournament (Editions):

Inter-American Club Cup (Editions): 

CIS Competitions

FIFA CIS & Baltic Commonwealth Champions Cup (Seasons): 

USSR Soccer League Champions (Levels 1-4) (Seasons):

Central Asian Football Associations (CAFA) National Leagues (Seasons): 

Pan-Arab Competitions

King Hussain Tournament (Seasons): 

Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation Gulf Cup (Seasons): 

Indian Ocean Games

Indian Ocean Games Soccer Tournament (Editions): 

FA (England)

The Football Association of England is the oldest Soccer Association in the World.

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England Flag [1]


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FA England

Football Association Premier League

FA English Premier League (Seasons):

English Soccer Organisation:

The Football League 1888-1991

English Football League & Non-League Champions (Seasons):

1980-81 Champions: Aston Villa FC

Irish Player: Eamonn Deacy (Aston Villa FC)

Preseason Tournaments

Watney Preseason Cup (Derby – Editions):

Minor Leagues

UEFA (Union European de Football Association)

UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) is a Regional Governing Body within FIFA, which runs Football (Soccer) in Europe, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

UEFA’s Primary Competitions are the UEFA European Championships (Men’s and Women’s and Underage – Countries), UEFA Champions League (Club Tournament) and UEFA Nations League (Country Tournament).

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Republic of Ireland Official Match Programme v Gibraltar 11th October 2014
Republic of Ireland Official Match Programme v Gibraltar 11th October 2014

Picture Credit: UEFA European Qualifiers -Ireland v Gibraltar Official Match Programme AVIVA Stadium 11 October 2014 – Author’s Personal Collection

Union of European Football Associations

European Championships; UEFA Regions Cup; UEFA Amateur Championship; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Europa League; UEFA Women’s Champions League

UEFA National Competitions

UEFA U18 European Championships (Editions):

UEFA European Regions Cup (Editions): 

UEFA European Amateur Championship (Editons): 

European Club Football Proposals

UEFA Club Competitions

UEFA Champions League Finals (Editions):

UEFA Europa League Finals (Editions): 

UEFA Women’s Champions League Finals (Editions): 

Shamrock Rovers FC Official Match Programme v Liverpool FC 14th May 2014
Shamrock Rovers FC Official Match Programme v Liverpool FC 14th May 2014

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UEFA Regional Competitions

Baltic Cup; Anglo-Italian Cups; Atlantic Isles Cups

UEFA Regional National Competitions

UEFA Baltic Cup (Editions): 

UEFA Regional Club Competitions

The Fiorucci Cup and the Anglo-Italian Cup were Cup Competitions featuring Premier League and Serie A sides (Fiorucci Trophy) and English Football League and Serie B teams (Anglo-Italian Cup)

Fiorucci Trophy (London – Editions):

Anglo-Italian Cup (Editions):

The Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup features teams from the Scottish Football League, Highland Football League, Lowland Football League, Scottish Premier Football League U21s, English National League, Welsh Premier League, The Northern Ireland Football League and the League of Ireland.

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup (Seasons): 

Frank Stapleton Signed Photograph
Frank Stapleton Signed Photograph

Picture Credit: Frank Stapleton, Arsenal, Manchester Utd and Ireland Birthday Card – Author’s Personal Collection

UEFA National Leagues

Celtic Nations; Scandinavian & Baltic Nations; FA Premier League;

Celtic & Atlantic Nations

UEFA Celtic Nations Leagues Final Tables (Seasons): 

Scottish Football League Timeline:

Welsh Premier League Final Tables (IRL & NIR Players)

FEFA Basque Provinces Champions lists

FEFA Spain North Region / Basque Country Champions Lists

Mediterranean Nations

UEFA Mediterranean National Leagues Final Tables (Seasons):

French Soccer Leagues Champions (Seasons):

Scandinavia & Baltic Nations

UEFA Scandinavian & Baltic National Leagues Final Tables (Seasons): 

Central European Nations

UEFA Central European National Leagues Final Tables (Seasons):

Eastern European Nations

Eastern European Final Tables (Irish Players)

CONMEBOL (Confederation Sudamericana de Futbol)

Confederation Sudamericana de Futbol (CSF) or more popularly known as CONMEBOL is the Governing Body for Football (Soccer) in South America (excluding Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname). CONMEBOL’s Primary Competitions are the Copa America (South American Nations Championship – now including two North or Central American Countries), and the Libertadores Cup (South American Club Championship). The Football Leagues of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuala and the Brazilian State Leagues are included where an Irish connection has been found.

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CSF South American Soccer

Preseason Tournaments; CBF Brazilian State Leagues

International Cups

Baqueron Cup (Paraguay):

Paz del Chaco Cup (Bolivia-Paraguay)(Editions): 

CSF South American Club Cups

CSF South American Masters Tournament (Schedules):

Played at Velez Sarsfield’s Stadium in Argentina.

Argentina FA Final Tables

Velez Sarsfield – named after Irish-Argentine Patriot.

Venezuela FA Final Tables

Galicia – named after Atlantic Celtic Region of NW Spain.

Brazilian State Championships

Expressinho – Founded on St. Patrick’s Day 1975 and play in Green.

Rio & Sao Paulo State Championships (Seasons): 

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Football Associations)

CONCACAF is the Regional Continental Association for North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations, and governs Soccer at the Continental level throughout North, Central America and the Caribbean. Within CONCACAF, there are sub-federations NAFU (North American Football Union) containing Soccer Canada, The United States Soccer Federation and the Mexican Football Federation; UNCAF (Union Centroamericana de Futbol) which is a regional federation for the seven Central American Nations, plus CFU (Caribbean Football Union) which represents the Soccer Associations of the Caribbean Islands plus Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, geographically part of South America, but small enough and bordering the Caribbean that they are part of the CFU and CONCACAF rather than the giant Footballing countries of CONMEBOL (Confederation Sudamericana de Futbol) – the South American Confederation.

CONCACAF’s Primary Competitions are the Gold Cup (CONCACAF Nations Championship) and CONCACAF Club Championship.

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FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifiers

FIFA CONCACAF Qualifying Tournaments

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (Editions): 

Qatar 2022 (Pending Review)

CONCACAF Club Competitions

CONCACAF Champions League (Seasons):

CONCACAF Cup-Winners’ Cup (Seasons):

Irish Connection: Atletico Marte (El Salvador – Champions 1991)

International Club Tournaments held in CONCACAF

International Champions Cup (Results):

United Soccer Association

International Champions Cup Women (Results):

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United States Soccer Federation


United States Soccer Leagues (USA):

USSF Divisions 1-5

Major League Soccer [D1] (Seasons):

Irish Players: Derrick Williams (LA Galaxy); Jon Gallagher (Austin FC); Jake Mullraney (Atlanta United).

United Soccer League Championship [D2] (Seasons):

USL Championship 2022: 7 Irish Players

United Soccer League 1 [D3] (Seasons):

United Soccer League 2 [D4] (Seasons):

National Premier Soccer League [D5] (Seasons):

Other USSF Competitions

Major League Soccer (Preseasons):

US Soccer Werner Fricker Cup (Seasons): 

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Soccer Canada

Soccer Canada

Canadian Soccer Association

Canadian Championship [Major Premier Cup] (Seasons):

Canadian Premier League [D1] (Seasons):

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UNCAF Central America

UNCAF; CFU; Soccer Canada

UNCAF (Union Centroamericano de Futbol)

Central American Games Soccer Tournament (Editons): 

Central American Championship (Editions): 

UNCAF Central American National Leagues (Seasons): 

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CFU (Caribbean Football Union)

Both Montserrat and Barbados have populations partly descended from Irish captives enslaved by Oliver Cromwell. Montserrat is the only other country in the world where St. Patrick’s Day is a National Holiday, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Barbados is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. [References: 3,4]

[3] Go Barbados (2022) St. Patrick’s  Roman Catholic Cathedral [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 April 2022]

[4] Irish America (2022) The Irish of Barbados [Internet] Available from:,sold%20in%20Barbados%20for%20between%20%C2%A310%20and%20%C2%A335. [Accessed 10 April 2022]

CFU Caribbean Football Union

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Caribbean Cup (Editions):

Trinidad 2007: Barbados finished 4th in Sydney Joseph Group

Haiti Championnat National Division Ligue 1

AFC (Asian Football Confederation)

The Asian Football Confederation governs Football (Soccer) throughout Asia, including Australia and Guam, but excluding Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Israel who are in UEFA (Europe).

AFC’s Primary Competitions are the Asian Cup (National Teams) and the AFC Champions League (Club teams). Within the AFC there are Regional Associations which also run their own National and Regional Club Competitons: EAFF (East Asia), ASEAN (South East Asia), SAFF (South Asia), CAFA (Central Asia) and WAFF (West Asia).

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Asian Football Confederation Cups

AFC Champions League (Seasons): 2011

AFC Cup (Seasons): 2019

International Club-Country Tournaments held in Asia

Merlion Cup (Singapore – Editions): 


Dunhill / Merdeka Tournament (Malaysia – Editions): 

1994 1993

Carlsberg Challenge (Hong Kong – Editions):

1994 1993

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Asian Football Confederation

National Leagues

EAFF (East Asia): 2019

Hong Kong Premier League (Seasons): 2018-19

ASEAN (South East Asia): 2019

SAFF (South Asia): 2020-21

CAF (Confederation of African Football)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) was founded in 1957 by three countries: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, playing the first African Nations Cup that year. It was not, however, until 1960 and the independence of a large amount of African countries that the CAF took on the appearance of a genuine Continental Federation.

Bloemfontein Stadium, South Africa
Bloemfontein Stadium, Free State/South Africa

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CAF Africa

Confederation of African Football Team Nicknames

CECAFA East & Central Africa

CECAFA Challenge Cup (Editions): 1989

Numerous Irish-named players playing for both National team and Premier League teams

COSAFA Southern Africa

COSAFA Castle Cup (Editions): 2000 1997

South Africa

National Soccer League Castle League (Top Division)

Bloemfontein Celtic, with the name of the famous Glasgow Irish Soccer Club played in the National Soccer League.

West Africa

Cabral Cup (Editions): 1997

OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)

The Oceania Football Confederation runs Football (Soccer) throughout Oceania (Pacific Islands), with the exception of Australia and Guam which are in the Asian Football Confedration, and Hawaii, which is a constituent part of the United States of America.

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OFC Oceania Soccer

OFC Nations Cup

Oceania Football Confederation

OFC Nations Cup (Editions): 2000

OFC Oceania National League Final Tables (Seasons): 

2018-19 (Pending Review)

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Soccer New Zealand


Soccer New Zealand

1962 League Champions: Northern (Dunedin), 1962 Cup Champions: Hamilton Technical Old Boys, 1962 Irish Connection: Shamrock (Christchurch)

Non-FIFA Soccer

There are a number of Non-FIFA Soccer Organisations in the World – the International Island Games Association (IIGA), The Federation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), CSANF – The Regional Body for Non-FIFA Football in South America, which includes CONADI / ANPO – the National Association of Indiginous Peoples.

CONIFA Euro 2017 North Cyprus Logo
CONIFA Euro 2017 North Cyprus Logo

CONIFA (the Confederation of Independent Football Associations) is the governing body for non-FIFA recognised countries, Small Island Nations, Minority Regions within FIFA-recognised Countries, and Breakaway Republics. CONIFA’s Primary Competition is the CONIFA World Cup.



CONIFA (Federation of Independent Football Federations)

CONIFA World Football Cup (Editions): 

CONIFA World Football Cup Africa Qualifying (Editions):

CONIFA European Football Cup (Editions): 

NF-Board (New Federation Board)

VIVA World Cup (Editions): 


The CSANF (the Regional Body for Non-FIFA Football in South America) was founded in 2007 for the promotion of sport and culture for Nations, Islands, Communities, Territories and Minorities that are not members of FIFA. As part of the CSANF, CONADI & ANPO (National Association of Indigineous Peoples) organised the first National Championship of Indigineous Peoples in Chile in 2012.

CSANF (South American Council of New Federations)


CONADI / ANPO National Soccer Championship of Native Peoples in Chile (Seasons): 

IIGA Island Games Isle of Man 1985
IIGA Island Games Isle of Man 1985

The International Island Games Association held its Inaugural Games on the Isle of Man in 1985. Initially just between 7 islands in Norway and the United Kingdom, the International Island Games Association has grown to include members as far away as Aland Islands (Finland), Bermuda (North Atlantic), Greenland (Arctic) and Gibraltar (Mediterranean). It holds the IIGA Island Games every second year, including events in many of the sports, both individual and team, that the Summer Olympic Games holds.

IIGA (International Island Games Association)


IIGA Island Games Football (Editions):

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Vatican City State Flag

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The Vatican City State is neither a member of FIFA or CONIFA, and has played members of both. It runs an 8-team National League, with a blue card in addition to the red and yellow cards for persistent fouling where players spend five minutes in the sinbin. Anyone who lives in the State is eligible for the National Team. It has a Women’s Team as well as a Men’s National team.

Other Soccer Nations and States

Vatican City State;

Vatican City State Football

 (Non-CONIFA and Non-FIFA, has played both CONIFA and FIFA countries).

World Women’s Soccer

FIFA organises World events for Women’s Soccer as well as the Men’s. In addition to the FIFA Women’s World Cup there is also UEFA and other continental associations. The National Women’s Soccer League in USA is a Major Professional League.

UEFA Women's European Championship 2017 - Republic of Ireland v Spain match programme
UEFA Women’s European Championship 2017 – Republic of Ireland v Spain match programme

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World Women’s Soccer

FA Women’s Super League

FA Women’s Super League (Seasons): 2017-18

International Champions Cup (Women’s) (Seasons): 2019

Arena Soccer (North America) and Futsal (South America)

Arena Soccer was codified in Canada and is played on converted Ice Hockey rinks. There is no out-of-bounds and the ball may bounce off the wall back into play. Futsal (Futbol de Salon – literally Indoor Football) was codified in Uruguay in 1930 and is played on the same court as Olympic (Team) Handball. There are out-of-bounds lines as in standard 11-a-side Soccer but in the case of Futsal the ball must be kicked back into play rather than thrown. In both Arena Soccer and Futsal the attacking team must pass the ball into a semi-circle surrounding the defending team’s goal before they are allowed to shoot. Goals are the smaller Ice Hockey and Olympic Handball goals respectively.

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UEFA Futsal Cup

UEFA Futsal Cup

UEFA Futsal Championship (Editions): 

2009-10 (Pending Review)

UEFA Futsal Champions League (Results)

UEFA Futsal Cup (Overviews):

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Arena Soccer was invented in Canada, and is played on a converted Ice Hockey Arena, with walls rather than an out of bounds line. It is primarily played in the Canada, USA & Mexico, where there is a Major Professional League, Major Arena Soccer League.

Arena Soccer Leagues


Major Arena Soccer Leagues

Major Arena Soccer League 2014-Present

Professional Arena Soccer League 2011-2014

Major Indoor Soccer League 2009-2014

Division 2 Arena Soccer Leagues

Major Arena Soccer League 2 2017-2020

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