List of all Football Leagues in the World

Football is the most popular game in the world and has spectators all over the world. There are football leagues all over the world, some of which are extremely popular and have a global audience. Mostly, the popular leagues are the ones organized by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) but there are other authorities as well which organizes football. The other popular leagues are organized by the six confederations, and the federations. While FIFA is an international association, six confederations are continental and federations are national associations. This article mentions the list of all football leagues in the world for the football fans to like and support. Let’s check them out.

List of Top International Football Leagues

Below here are given the details of the major international football leagues such as their year of formation, organizing authorities and consisting teams and clubs.

UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League was introduced in 1955 as the Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens (French for European Champion Clubs’ Cup). It is most commonly known as the European Cup. The league usually begins in late June and consists of one preliminary round and one play-off round and three qualifying rounds.

UEFA Europa Conference League

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organizes the UEFA Conference League. This football club competition is organized annually for eligible European football clubs. The first season was conducted in 2021 and served as the bottom level of the Europa League. It allowed the Europa League to be reduced from 48 to 32 teams in the group stage.

English FA Cup

More commonly known as English FA Cup, the Football Association Challenge Cup is held annually. The Cup is organized It is a knockout football competition in men’s domestic English football. The cup was first played during the 1871–72 season making it the oldest national football competition in the world. It is organized by The Football Association (The FA) after which it is named as well.

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Spanish LaLiga

The top league in Europe that also produced the continent’s top-rated club is the Spanish La Liga. With average viewers of around twenty-seven thousand in the previous years, the league has become one of the most popular professional sports leagues globally. The LaLiga is the third-highest of any professional association football league in the world and the eighth-highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world.

Italian Serie A

The Italian Serie A or Serie A or Serie A TIM is considered one of top Italian football league system. It is a professional league competition for football clubs and the winner of the cup is awarded with Scudetto and Coppa Campioni d’Italia. The league is also known for hosting three of the world’s most famous clubs namely Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Mila. All these clubs are the founding members of the G-14.

Africa Cup of Nations

The African Cup of Nations is the main international men’s association football competition held in Africa. It is also referred to as CAN, AFCON and Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations. Sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football, the first competition was held in 1957. It is held every two years since 1968 and was switched to odd-numbered years in 2013.

UEFA Europa League

Formerly known as UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League is held annually by the Union of European Football Associations. The club competition is held for eligible European football clubs. Ranking below the UEFA Champions League, it is the second-tier competition of European club football followed by UEFA Europa Conference League. The competition is being organized since 1971.

English League Championship

Known as Sky Bet Championship or simply Championship, the English Football League Championship is the highest division of the English Football League. After the Premier League, it is also the second-highest overall in the English football league system. A total of 24 clubs are the contestants of the league. Two top-finishing teams in the Championship every year gets promoted to the Premier League automatically.

English Carabao Cup

The English Carabao Cup is a knockout football competition held every year. It is one of the major trophies in men’s domestic English football and is also known as the EFL Cup or the League Cup. The competition is organized by the English Football League and is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system. There are a total of 92 clubs including the top level Premier League, and the three divisions of the English Football League’s own league competition (Championship, League One and League Two).

German Bundesliga

Also known as 1. Bundesliga or simply Bundesliga, the German Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. The league comprises of 18 teams and the competition is held from August to May. The next level of promotion from here is the 2. Bundesliga and all Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal. Winner of the Bundesliga league qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.

French Ligue 1

The French Ligue 1 is a French professional league for men’s association football clubs. Its official name is Ligue 1 Uber Eats, it is the country’s primary football competition and is at the top of the French football league system. The competition is organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel and there are 20 clubs that forms the contestant in this league. The league operates on the system of promotion to Ligue 2.

Major League Soccer

Sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men’s professional soccer league. It is the highest level of sport in the United States. Headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, There are a total of 28 teams (25 in USA and 3 in Canada) in the league. MSL is also the most recent of a series of men’s premier professional national soccer leagues.

UEFA Nations League

The UEFA Nations League is an international football competition held twice every year. the senior men’s national teams of the member associations of UEFA are the contestants of this league. UEFA is the European governing body of the league. The league makes sure that all 55 of the member associations’ national teams is divided into a series of groups based upon their ranking.

FIFA World Cup Qualification

The FIFA World Cup qualification cups are held to shortlist the national association footballs team that will go through qualifying round to participate in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup. From 211 teams that enter the cup, only 32 are selected for the finals.

  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – AFC (Asia)
  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL (South America)
  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean)
  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA (Europe)
  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CAF (Africa)
  • FIFA World Cup Qualifying – OFC (Oceania)

List of Other Major Football Leagues


AFC Champions LeagueChinese Super League
Indian Super LeagueIndonesian Liga 1
Singaporean Premier LeagueAustralian A-League Men
Japanese J LeagueIndian I-League
Malaysian Super LeagueThai League 1


UEFA Champions LeagueDutch Eredivisie
UEFA Europa Conference LeagueRussian Premier League
English FA CupScottish Premiership
English League ChampionshipScottish League Cup
Spanish Copa del ReyGreek Super League
German DFB PokalSwiss Super League
Italian Coppa ItaliaNorwegian Eliteserien
French Coupe de FranceRomanian Liga 1
Maltese Premier LeagueUEFA Women’s Champions League
German 2. BundesligaUEFA Champions League Qualifying
French Ligue 2UEFA Europa Conference League Qualifying
English League OneUEFA Europa League
English EFL TrophyEnglish Premier League
Scottish ChampionshipEnglish Carabao Cup
Scottish League TwoSpanish LaLiga
Northern Irish PremiershipGerman Bundesliga
Italian Serie ADanish Superliga
French Ligue 1Swedish Allsvenskan
Portuguese LigaIsraeli Premier League
Dutch KNVB BekerSpanish LaLiga 2
Belgian First Division AItalian Serie B
Scottish CupDutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie
Turkish Super LigEnglish League Two
Austrian BundesligaEnglish National League
Scottish League OneFA Women’s Super League
Welsh Premier LeagueUEFA Europa League Qualifying
Irish Premier DivisionFA Women’s Super League


FIFA World CupUEFA European Championship
FIFA Confederations CupUEFA Nations League
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – AFCUEFA European Under-19 Championship
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOLAfrica Cup of Nations
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFAAfrica Nations Championship
FIFA Under-17 World CupCONCACAF Gold Cup
Women’s Olympic TournamentCONCACAF Nations League Qualifying
AFF CupMen’s Olympic Tournament
Women’s International FriendlySAFF Championship
FIFA Club World CupUEFA European Championship Qualifying
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAFUEFA European Under-21 Championship
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CAFCopa América
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – OFCAfrica Cup of Nations qualifying
FIFA Under-20 World CupWAFU Cup of Nations
International FriendlyCONCACAF Nations League
AFC Asian Cup QualifiersFIFA Women’s World Cup


Major League SoccerUnited States Open Cup
Mexican Liga BBVA MXMexican Copa MX
Mexican Liga de Expansión MXLeagues Cup
ScheduleTeamsStatsCONCACAF League
CONCACAF Champions LeagueGuatemalan Liga Nacional
Costa Rican Primera DivisionSalvadoran Primera Division
Honduran Primera Division 

South America

CONMEBOL LibertadoresColombian Primera A
Argentine Liga Profesional de FútbolChilean Primera División
Argentine Nacional BLigaPro Ecuador
Argentine Primera CUruguayan Primera Division
Brazilian Serie AVenezuelan Primera Profesional
Brazilian Serie BCONMEBOL Sudamericana
Brazilian Serie CCopa Argentina
Brazilian Campeonato MineiroArgentine Primera B
Argentine Primera DCopa Colombia
Brazilian Campeonato CariocaCopa Chile
Copa Do BrasilParaguayan Primera División
Brazilian Campeonato GauchoPeruvian Primera Profesional
Brazilian Campeonato PaulistaBolivian Liga Profesional


CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations Cup
South African PremiershipSouth African First Division
South African Nedbank CupSouth African Telkom Knockout
Nigerian Professional LeagueGhanaian Premier League
Kenyan Premier LeagueUgandan Premier League
Zambian Super LeagueZimbabwean Premier Soccer League

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