The Union of International Club Associations
, commonly known by its acronym UICA
, is the governing body of several Association Football
competitions, including the Champions’ Cup
, the world championship for football clubs. It is headquartered at the Olympic Tower in Aeropag, Paripana. UICA operates five club competitions: the Champions’ Cup, which is the world championship for club football; the Globe Cup, for teams which fell short of qualifying for the Champions’ Cup or were eliminated from it; the Series B Champions’ Cup, for the world’s top second-division clubs; the Super Cup, played at the end of the season between the winners of those three tournaments; and the Youth Cup, a tournament for the under-19 teams of the Champions’ Cup group stage qualifiers.
UICA was founded through a merger of the closely-related, but originally separate, organizing committees for the Champions’ Cup (which also organized the Series B Champions’ Cup and the Super Cup), based in Aeropag, and the Globe Cup, based in Lasft, Cafundéu. Although the original purpose of the merger was merely the convenience of a single legal identity, the competitions’ formats were eventually homogenized and the Lasft office was ultimately closed during a severe economic crisis in Cafundéu. Recently, these four competitions were supplemented with the creation of the Youth Cup for under-19 teams and the Interactive Champions’ Cup for players of the official video game series. (More...)