The governing organization of European football is UEFA or the Union of European Football Associations. It is a representative democracy that serves as the umbrella organization for 55 national football associations from across Europe.
Its goals include, among other things, dealing with all issues concerning European football, promoting football in a spirit of unity, solidarity, peace, understanding, and fair play, without discrimination based on politics, race, religion, gender, or any other factor, safeguarding European football’s values, promoting and protecting ethical standards and good governance in European football, and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders involved in European football.
UEFA is a society entered in the register of companies under the Swiss civil code, and is neutral, politically and religiously. Its headquarters are located in Nyon, Switzerland. It is a continental confederation recognized by the world football governing body FIFA, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland.