FIFA Congress

The FIFA Congress in numbers

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With the 63rd FIFA Congress taking place in Mauritius between 30 and 31 May, looks at some of event's more eye-catching facts and figures.

63: The Congress, the most critical gathering of international football's governing body, has met regularly ever since FIFA was founded in 1904 in order to make decisions on the world game. The FIFA Congress 2013 is the 63rd such meeting.

50: The number of FIFA Congresses to have taken place in Europe to date. North America has hosted seven, South America four, Asia and Africa three apiece and Oceania one.

19:The number of topics on the agenda at the FIFA Congress 2013, exactly the same amount as at last year's assembly. The figure has never breached the 20 barrier.

7: Over the two-day gathering, every speech will be simultaneously translated into seven languages. Russian, Arabic and Portuguese translations will be provided alongside the four official FIFA languages of English, French, Spanish and German.* 1.3:With a population of approximately 1.3 million, Mauritius is, demographically speaking, the third-smallest country to host a FIFA Congress, behind Luxembourg (1946) and the Bahamas (2011). However, in terms of land mass Mauritius is the smallest ever, covering an area of just over 2000 km².

* The number of guests to be welcomed on the Indian Ocean island, including journalists from all corners of the globe, observers, FIFA staff and the delegates from the 209 FIFA member associations and six confederations.

60: The weight in tons of the material shipped from Zurich to Mauritius in the last week, including printed documents and technical equipment. These, coupled with meticulous planning, will help ensure the smooth running of the FIFA Congress 2013.

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