What is FIFA?

FIFA in French is the abbreviation for Federation International de Football Association. In English FIFA translates to International Federation of Association Football.

FIFA was founded in Paris on May 21, 1904 by representatives form Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. It consists of 211 member associations divided into six regional confederation: Africa (CAF), Asia (AFC), Europe (UEFA), North and Central and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), Oceania (OFC), and South America (CONMEBOL).

FIFA is soccer’s international governing body. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland. It is responsible for the organization and promotion of the sport’s major events such as the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup. FIFA regulates the game across the world. It ensures the laws of the game remain universal.

FIFA consist of 37 members. One president elected by the FIFA Congress;  8 vice presidents and 28 other members elected by the member associations. Each member is elected for a term of four years and each confederation must have at least on female representative. The president and the member of the council can not serve for more than three terms of office.

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