31 Facts About FIFA


FIFA is an international governing body of association football, beach football and futsal.

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All FIFA tournaments generate revenue from sponsorship; in 2018, FIFA had revenues of over US $4.

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On 9 May 2017, following Infantino's proposal, FIFA Council decided not to renew the mandates of Borbely and Eckert.

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The first tournament FIFA staged, the association football competition for the 1908 Olympics in London was more successful than its Olympic predecessors, despite the presence of professional footballers, contrary to the founding principles of FIFA.

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FIFA collection is held by the National Football Museum at Urbis in Manchester, England.

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FIFA flag has a blue background, with the organization's wordmark logo in the middle.

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The current FIFA flag was first flown during the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow, Russia, and has been used ever since.

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Akin to the UEFA Champions League, FIFA has adopted an anthem composed by the German composer Franz Lambert since the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

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Besides its worldwide institutions, there are six confederations recognized by FIFA which oversee the game in the different continents and regions of the world.

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The continental confederations are provided for in FIFA's statutes, and membership of a confederation is a prerequisite to FIFA membership.

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In total, FIFA recognizes 211 national associations and their associated men's national teams as well as 129 women's national teams; see the list of national football teams and their respective country codes.

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FIFA Working Committee of Small Nations has categorized potential FIFA members into three categories:.

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FIFA is headquartered in Zurich, and is an association established under the law of Switzerland.

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Congress makes decisions relating to FIFA's governing statutes and their method of implementation and application.

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President and the general secretary are the main office holders of FIFA, and are in charge of its daily administration, carried out by the general secretariat, with its staff of approximately 280 members.

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FIFA publishes its results according to International Financial Reporting Standards.

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Laws that govern football, known officially as the Laws of the Game, are not solely the responsibility of FIFA; they are maintained by a body called the International Football Association Board .

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FIFA has members on its board ; the other four are provided by the football associations of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who jointly established IFAB in 1882 and are recognized for the creation and history of the game.

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FIFA frequently takes active roles in the running of the sport and developing the game around the world.

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In early July 2012 FIFA sanctioned the use of goal-line technology, subject to rules specified by the International Football Association Board, who had officially approved its use by amending the Laws of the Game to permit its use.

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Some observers, while approving of the boycott of Russia, have pointed out that FIFA did not boycott Saddam Hussein's Iraq as an aggressor during the Iran–Iraq War, Saudi Arabia for its military intervention in Yemen, Qatar for its human rights violations, or the United States for the actions of the U S military during the Iraq War.

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FIFA previously banned Indonesia due to government intervention within the team.

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FIFA requires members play “with no influence from third parties.

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FIFA holds an annual awards ceremony, The Best FIFA Football Awards since 2016, which recognizes both individual and team achievements in international association football.

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The program alleged that another current official, Jack Warner, has been repeatedly involved in reselling World Cup tickets to touts; Blatter said that FIFA had not investigated the allegation because it had not been told about it via 'official channels.

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FIFA said that currently, FIFA is in charge of both monitoring corruption in association football matches, and marketing and selling the sport, but that two "separate" organizational bodies are needed: an organizational body that monitors corruption and match-fixing and the like, and an organization that's responsible for marketing and sponsorships and selling the sport.

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The FIFA president said his organization is "anxiously awaiting" more evidence before asking its ethics committee to examine allegations made in Britain's Parliament in early May 2011.

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Allegations against FIFA officials have been made to the UK Parliament by David Triesman, the former head of England's bid and the English Football Association.

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FIFA announced on 25 May 2011 that it had opened the investigation to examine the conduct of four officials—Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner, along with Caribbean Football Union officials Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester—in relation to claims made by executive committee member, Chuck Blazer.

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Transparency International, which had called on FIFA to postpone the election pending a full independent investigation, renewed its call on FIFA to change its governance structure.

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In 2018, FIFA revised its code of ethics to remove corruption as one of the enumerated bases of ethical violations.

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