Global presence and participation
Even though the game was rooted from China and Greek, it was populated and mostly controlled by European and South American countries. But still almost all the countries that we could count for are playing football and have a national team representing their country. FIFA has a ranking system for each and every country with a national team and this list contains 204 countries from every part of the globe in it. Along with the national team presence most of these countries has got their own leagues with in the countries with different clubs and players participating in it.
Each part of the continents are controlled be different governing bodies under the super vision of FIFA.
They are: –
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
UEFA is the powerful and resourceful football governing body in the whole world. They comprises of all 54 the countries in Europe. UEFA is the home for most of the footballing giant’s such as England, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Netherlands etc. They also conduct the biggest footballing events on the planet called UEFA champions league and UEFA Europa league.
The South American Football Confederation is a governing body which controls football in South America and the countries associated are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Uruguay. The world cup qualification rounds conducted by CONMEBOL is considered as the toughest around the globe because of their method of selection. They use the classical round robin system where all the low level and high level teams will be levelled together. This makes the qualification tougher for both the sides. Emergence of underdog teams are usual in these process.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
CONCACAF is a football governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean countries along with counties Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. CONCACAF is the third-most successful FIFA confederation which conducts major events such as CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
AFC is a governing body combined of 47 member associations around Asia along with intercontinental countries like Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Israel and Australia. AFC was formed on 1954 which is headquartered at kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All these 47 members are from 5 regions. 12 comes from West Asia, 6 from Central Asia, 12 from South East Asia, 10 from East Asia and 7 from South Asia.
Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)
CAF represents the national football associations of Africa which comprises of 56 member associations. They’re the biggest of all the 6 continental confederations under FIFA. CAF was founded on 1957 and now they hold 6 seats for teams in world cup participation. CAF comprises of many big African footballing names such as Algeria, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa etc.