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FIFA celebrates 111th birthday

Picture of the FIFA logo at the Home of FIFA

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) celebrates its 111th 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.

Today's anniversary comes days before the 65th FIFA Congress to be held on 28 and 29 May in Zurich where all 209 member associations of FIFA will gather. 

FIFA President Blatter, who is celebrating the 17th year of his presidency this year, will be up for re-election at the Congress in Zurich. Also on the agenda will be updates on decisions passed at the 2014 Congress, including third-party ownership, the fight against discrimination/racism, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and the FIFA World Football Museum. 

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 Women's World 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 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is in full swing with qualifiers being played starting in June and the Preliminary Draw taking place in July. 

Stay tuned to * *and FIFA's social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) for all the latest developments from across the world of football this year, and in the years to come.

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