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.
Woolfall also expressed regret at the passing of King Edward VII, who had been a great sportsman, a lover of the game, and the patron of The FA. The focus of the Congress itself was on worldwide expansion and the strengthening of world football’s ever-growing governing body. The following decisions were taken:
• South Africa was admitted as the first non-European member of FIFA. Following a suspension during the apartheid regime, South Africa was re-admitted in 1992 (see the chapter “Football in South Africa”).
• FIFA decided that only one association should be recognised as football’s governing body in each country. Thus, the member associations were awarded the exclusive right to govern football in their countries.
• The delegates explicitly expressed the wish that as well as England, the other three United Kingdom associations – Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – should also affiliate themselves to FIFA.