It is the highest governing body of football. Today, FIFA outlines a number of objectives in the organizational Statutes, including growing football internationally, providing efforts to ensure football is accessible to everyone, and advocating for integrity and fair play.
Reports by investigative journalists have linked FIFA leadership with corruption, bribery, and vote-rigging related to the election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the organization's decision to award the and World Cups to Russia and Qatarrespectively. These allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U.
Department of Justice on charges including racketeeringwire fraudand money laundering. On 27 Mayseveral of these officials were arrested by Swiss authorities, who were launching a simultaneous but separate criminal investigation into how the organization awarded the and World Cups. Those among these officials who were also indicted in the U.
The need for a single body to oversee association football became apparent at the beginning of the 20th century with the increasing popularity of international fixtures. The first tournament FIFA staged, the association football competition for the Olympics in London was more successful than its Olympic predecessors, despite the presence of professional footballers, contrary to the founding principles of FIFA.
During World War Iwith many players sent off to war and the possibility of travel for international fixtures severely limited, the organization's survival was in doubt. Post-war, following the death of Woolfall, the organization was run by Dutchman Carl Hirschmann. It was saved from extinction but at the cost of the withdrawal of the Home Nations of the United Kingdomwho cited an unwillingness to participate in international competitions with their recent World War enemies.
The Home Nations later resumed their membership. It has been re-arranged and produced by Rob May and Simon Hill. SinceFIFA has also required most of its broadcast partners to use short sequences including the anthem at the beginning and end of FIFA event coverage, as well as for break bumpersto help promote FIFA's sponsors.
Exceptions may be made for specific events; for example, an original piece of African music was used for bumpers during the FIFA World Cup.
Besides its worldwide institutions, there are six confederations recognized by FIFA which oversee the game in the different continents and regions of the world. National associations, and not the continental confederations, are members of FIFA. In total, FIFA recognizes national associations and their associated men's national teams as well as women's national teams; see the list of national football teams and their respective country codes.
The number of FIFA member associations is higher than the number of UN member states as FIFA has admitted associations from 23 non-sovereign entities as members in their own right, such as the four Home Nations within the United Kingdom and politically disputed territories such as Palestine.
The FIFA World Rankings are updated monthly and rank each team based on their performance in international competitions, qualifiers, and friendly matches. There is also a world ranking for women's footballupdated four times a year. Each national football association has one vote, regardless of its size or footballing strength.
The Congress assembles in ordinary session once every year, and extraordinary sessions have been held once a year since Congress makes decisions relating to FIFA's governing statutes and their method of implementation and application.More Videos A look back at the Charlie Hebdo attack that shook France Fourteen people have gone on trial in Paris over their alleged involvement in a series of deadly terrorist attacks in the city, which began in the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7,and ended at a kosher supermarket two days later.
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