Soccer Writer's Style Guide

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International federations

Always identify the following federations as acronyms only, and write them in all-caps and without periods.

FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association

  • Pronounced “FEE-fuh”

CONCACAF, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football

  • Pronounced “KON-kah-kaf”

CONMEBOL, Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol

  • Pronounced “KON-meh-bol”

UEFA, Union of European Football Associations

  • Pronounced “you-AY-fuh”

The following federations should be identified by their full names on first reference. Use acronyms on second reference.

Oceania Football Confederation, OFC

Asian Football Confederation, AFC

Confédération Africaine de Football, CAF

  • Pronounced “kaff”

See also: Foreign leagues, International tournaments, FIFA tournaments

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