Joseph S. Blatter was elected FIFA President on 8 June 1998, having already served world football’s governing body for 23 years across a number of roles. He joined FIFA as Director of Technical Programmes in 1975, before becoming General Secretary and subsequently CEO. He was re-elected as head of FIFA firstly in 2002, before further successful re-elections in 2007 and 2011. During his time as the head of world football, FIFA President Blatter has expanded FIFA’s competition portfolio, developing the FIFA Club World Cup as well as introducing world championships for Beach Soccer and Futsal. He has also overseen the expansion of FIFA to 209 Member Associations.