FIFA also called The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. FIFA was founded on 21 May 1904 in Paris with the aim of governing association football internationally. For the 110 years, it has managed to expand to 208 member countries.
During its creation FIFA brought together the soccer governing bodies of Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden. Germany joined a while later in the year with England coming on board in April of the following year.Robert Guerin became the first FIFA president after his appointed during the first FIFA Congress held on 23 May.
Having initially left out the British countries, FIFA faced a major challenge in organizing a tournament. However, things started looking better and it gained influence from 1906 after the appointment of Daniel Burley Woolfall as the next president. FIFA continued facing challenges especially during the World War I where the International soccer was greatly affected. The president passed on in 1918 adding to the woes of FIFA at the time. The very first World Cup tournament was held in July 13, 1930 selected Uruguay as host nation and only four European members participating. Italy held the second World Cup in 1934. Since then FIFA has held the tournament after every four years except for two times during the World War II. The body kept expanding with members joining from various regions.
developments advanced and in the 1960s the games started to appear on television. Successive presidents brought new ideas and improvements to the game and made the body more popular. Incorporating new ideas in the 1970s brought new membership from smaller countries. Currently, the FIFA president is Sett Blatter who has overseen the modernization of the game. FIFA has the duty to maintain top notch standards in soccer. It is tasked with administering the world soccer associations.
It is in charge of organizing tournaments, promoting the tournaments and governing field matters relating to soccer. The body is responsible for constant development of soccer. It relies on the statutes to govern the system. It is also in charge of the Laws of the Game which are maintained by International Football Association Board (IFAB).
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