What Does FIFA Stand For?

March 15, 2024
David Sunnyside

Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA in English, is the world governing body of association football, more commonly known as soccer. Established in 1904, FIFA is responsible for overseeing and regulating the game’s global development. It sets the rules of play, oversees transfers of players internationally, organizes major international competitions including the World Cup (both men’s and women’s), and establishes standards for refereeing, coaching and sports medicine. FIFA also has a philanthropic duty, and is tasked with using the game to bring people together worldwide and build a better future.

The organization is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with 211 member associations around the globe. Member associations are grouped into continental confederations based on continent: CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia and Australia), UEFA (Europe), CONMEBOL (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and OFC (Oceania). FIFA is led by a president and executive committee elected by the member associations.

Despite being the most influential and recognized organization in football, FIFA has had its fair share of scandals. In recent years, it has faced allegations of corruption among top officials that resulted in many high-ranking members being banned from the sport for life by FIFA’s Ethics Committee. The current president is Gianni Infantino, an Italian who previously served as a member of UEFA’s ruling council before being named president in 2016. Since taking office, Infantino has focused on expanding the game globally and making it more accessible to people from all backgrounds.

David Sunnyside
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