The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) celebrates its 104th anniversary today.
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 FIFA is beginning its 105th year in some style. The FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final takes place in Berlin on Saturday, five days before the 58th FIFA Congress opens in Sydney. There is also the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup taking place in July, the Olympic Football tournaments in August, the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil, the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women's World Cups as well as the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
Remarkably, FIFA's 104th birthday coincides with the 750 day-countdown to kick-off for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™. As the qualifiers for football's showpiece event gather apace during the course of the next 12 months, the organisation's Official Website, FIFA.com, will be there to bring you unparalleled coverage every step of the way!