Today, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) celebrates its 106th anniversary. This, of course, is a very special birthday for world football’s governing body, with South Africa now less than three weeks away from hosting the African continent’s first-ever FIFA World Cup™.
With this historic and eagerly-anticipated showpiece set to be followed by two developmental female competitions – the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cups in Germany and Trinidad and Tobago respectively - as well as the always-popular FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA’s next few months promise to be utterly unforgettable.
The story of the game’s governing body began when it was founded in the rear of the headquarters of the Union Francaise de Sports Athletiques in Paris on 21 May 1904. The foundation act was signed by representatives from France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Two days later, the fledgling organisation held its first Congress, electing Robert Guerin (FRA) as President. Victor E. Schneider (SUI) and Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschmann (NED) were made Vice-Presidents. Louis Muhlinghaus (BEL) was appointed Secretary and Treasurer, with the assistance of Ludvig Sylow (DEN).
From then on, FIFA has expanded beyond belief, moving from Paris to Zurich - and in May 2006 moved within the Swiss city from Sonnenberg to FIFA Strasse, just a stone's throw away from the Zurich Zoo. On Tuesday 29 May 2007, the new Home of FIFA was officially inaugurated, just prior to the 57th FIFA Congress.
Now, as it prepares to bring the beautiful game’s greatest tournament to Africa for the first time, a glorious new chapter in FIFA’s history is set to be written. And, as always, FIFA.com will be there to bring you unparalleled coverage every step of the way!