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FIFA Statutes

The Statutes and the accompanying regulations governing their implementation form the Constitution of FIFA.

FIFA Congress History

  • 1908

    1908
    The 1908 Congress in Vienna is dominated by political issues. Whereas Norway and Finland are admitted to FIFA unopposed, the request for admission from Scotland and Northern Ireland gives rise to a heated debate.
  • 1909

    1909
    On 30 May 1909, FIFA President Daniel Burley Woolfall welcomed delegates from 13 member associations to the sixth Congress in the short history of world football’s governing body.
  • 1910

    1910
    Only 11 years after FIFA’s foundation, President Woolfall was already able to look back on a number of successes. In his opening speech, he noted that FIFA had been of great assistance to the game and provided an excellent means of fostering understanding between the individual associations, thus ensuring uniformity of action.
  • 1913

    1913
    The 10th Congress, the first major anniversary Congress in FIFA’s young history, was not celebrated in any special way. Delegates were looking forward more to FIFA’s tenth birthday a year later, and focused instead on the controversial items on the agenda.
  • 1929

    1929
    Twenty-three associations were present in Barcelona in 1929 when Jules Rimet's dream of an international tournament began to take shape - only twelve months after it had first been discussed at the Congress in Amsterdam.
  • 1934

    1934
    The Capitol in Rome was the venue for the 22nd FIFA Congress in 1934, to which President Jules Rimet welcomed delegates from 27 countries. The second FIFA World Cup™ was fast approaching and recently introduced measures crucial to FIFA’s future were on the agenda at the Congress in Rome.
  • 1946

    1946
    The representatives of the 34 associations attending the first FIFA Congress staged after the Second World War pass several far-reaching decisions.
  • 1964

    1964
    If one had to pinpoint when Africa made its breakthrough on the international sporting scene, the 1960s would likely stand out. Although formal decolonisation had begun some years earlier, it was beginning to have an increasingly noticeable effect in the sporting world.
  • 1984

    1984
    The 1984 FIFA Congress saw the celebration of two anniversaries – President João Havelange’s tenth year in office and FIFA’s 80th birthday. To commemorate the founding of FIFA 80 years earlier, in Paris on 21 May 1904, the 44th Congress was opened on precisely the same date in 1984.
  • 1996

    1996
    Former President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away recently, was one of the guests of honour at the jubilee Congress in Zurich in 1996. In his speech, he emphasised football’s special status as the world’s most popular sport and referred to the first Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, to be staged at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • 2003

    2003
    The 2003 FIFA Congress in Doha was not only the first ever to be held in the Middle East but it was also the first to be attended by every member association, at that time numbering 204.
  • 2005

    2005
    In his address at the FIFA Congress, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter gave a generally positive overview of the current state of football.
  • 2006

    2006
    FIFA will be heading into the years ahead with a powerful vision and the slogan “Develop the game, touch the world, build a better future.”
  • 2007

    2007
    Incumbent President Joseph S. Blatter has been confirmed by acclamation for a third term of office and Montenegro have been admitted as FIFA's 208 th member.
  • 2008

    2008
    Convening today in Sydney, the 58th FIFA Congress voted with a significant majority (155 yes, 5 no) in favour of a resolution on 6+5.
  • 2009

    2009
    Following the 59th FIFA Congress in Nassau, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter discussed the progress made to assembled members of the world media.
  • 2010

    2010

    The second day of the 60th FIFA Congress began in Johannesburg this morning, following yesterday's opening ceremony.

  • 2011

    2011

    The opening ceremony of the 61st FIFA Congress in Zurich features a colourful mixture of music and light entertainment. Grace Jones tops the bill.

  • 2012

    2012
    The second day of of the 62nd FIFA Congress has concluded in Budapest and you can now watch the post-meeting press conference here on FIFA.com.
  • 2013

    2013

    Nearly 500 children took part in FIFA Grassroots events and an '11 for Health' workshop in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis as the 63rd FIFA Congress took place Thursday and Friday.