The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) celebrates its 109th anniversary today.
FIFA was founded in Paris on 21 May 1904, with a view to organising the world's most popular sport. The foundation act was signed by representatives from France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland that day.
Two days later, the new organisation held the first FIFA Congress, electing Robert Guerin as its inaugural President in the presence of representatives from a number of countries.
In 2007, the new Home of FIFA was officially opened, after the organisation had been based in Paris, France and later in Sonnenberg, Switzerland.
Last year, the FIFA Executive Committee welcomed FIFA's 209th member association, South Sudan, and all member associations will be present at the 63rd FIFA Congress in Mauritius later this month.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who is celebrating the 15th year of his presidency this year, hopes to continue the reform of the organisation at the FIFA Congress, with a number of proposed amendments to the FIFA Statutes to promote ethics and to continue the fight against discrimination. The Congress will also see the first-ever formal election of a female member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
On the pitch, FIFA remains dedicated to all levels of the game and will again organise various tournaments around the world this year, including: the FIFA Condederations Cup, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup. Also, the countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ enters its final year.
Stay tuned to FIFA.com for all the latest developments from across the world of football this year, and in the years to come.