UEFA logo


UEFA is an abbreviation for the Union of European Football Associations, which was established in 1954, and by today has grown into one of the most reputable and influential organizations in the global sports industry. UEFA is one of the major world football associations, which form FIFA.

Since its foundation in the 1950s, the Union of European Football Associations has gone through only a couple of logo modifications, with the major one in 1995, and only slight refinements since then.

Meaning and history

UEFA Logo history

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), founded on June 15, 1954, in Basel, Switzerland, stands as a cornerstone in the world of European football. Its inception was a response to the growing need for a governing body to oversee and harmonize the rapidly expanding landscape of European football. Initially comprising a small group of national football associations, UEFA has grown exponentially, both in influence and membership, now including 55 member associations.

UEFA’s journey is marked by significant achievements, notably the establishment and governance of prestigious tournaments like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the UEFA European Championship. These tournaments have not only elevated the standard of European football but have also become a global spectacle, drawing millions of fans worldwide. The Champions League, in particular, has evolved into one of the most revered club competitions in football, showcasing top-tier talent and unforgettable matches. UEFA’s commitment to fair play, innovation, and the promotion of football across all levels has further solidified its reputation.

Today, UEFA holds a pivotal position in the global sports arena. Under its current leadership, it continues to adapt and respond to the evolving landscape of football, emphasizing inclusivity, technological advancements, and sustainable practices. UEFA’s influence extends beyond just organizing tournaments; it plays a crucial role in shaping the future of football, introducing new regulations, and supporting grassroots initiatives. Its commitment to maintaining the integrity and spirit of the game ensures that UEFA remains at the forefront of football governance.

What is UEFA?
The Union of European Football Associations, founded in Switzerland in the middle of the 1950s, today is managed by Alexander a Ceferin and has 55 members. UEFA is considered to be one of the most influential football organizations in the world.

1954 – 1995

UEFA Logo 1954
The initial UEFA logo featured an elegant yet contemporary and strong monochrome badge, composed of a stylized flag, which was weaving on a white background. The flag had its bottom part replaced by a custom bold sans-serif “UEFA” lettering with the horizontal bars of the “E” elongated, and accompanied by the upper flag part, with the pattern of five horizontal black stripes.

1995 – 2012

UEFA Logo 1995
In 1995 the new UEFA badge was introduced. A solid red circular medallion with a smaller blue circle in the middle today is one of the most recognizable sport badges across the globe. Its first version was outlined in gold and drawn in a flat 2D manner, with the bold white “UEFA” inscription in a custom sans-serif arched above the stylized blue and white globe symbol.

2012 – 2021

UEFA Logo 2012
In 2011, the emblem went through an update. Although it’s possible not to notice it, especially at smaller sizes, in fact, there were quite a few modifications.

On the old emblem, the thin ring was colored gold, while the new one has a silver outline. Also, the previous version was flat, while the current one uses a gradient texture both in the red and blue parts to create a 3D effect. While the map of Europe on the old logo was made up of white dots, the new version uses white bars for the purpose.

UEFA emblem

In addition to this, the Union of European Football Associations logo introduced in 2011 sports a different typeface. In comparison with its predecessor, it looks more modern and dynamic due to the combination of rounded and sharp corners, as well as asymmetric elements on the glyphs “A” and “E.” The letters themselves are slightly thinner than those used on the previous version.

2021 – Today

UEFA logo
This design was pretty much the same as the one before, except for this period they dropped an additional map emblem.