The Federation lnternationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in the rear of the headquarters of the Union Francaise de Sports Athletiques at the rue Saint Honore 229 in
The First Official international matches took place on the continent at the beginning of the century. The idea of founding an international federation began taking form. In general, one intended recognizing the leading role of the English who had already founded their Football Association in 1863. Thus, Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschmann, secretary of the Netherlands Football Association, turned to the Football Association. Its Secretary did accept the proposal but until the Executive Committee of the Football Association, the international F.A. Board and the Associations of Scotland, Wales and Ireland had given their opinion about the matter, a great deal of time went past. Robert Guerin, Secretary of the Football Department of the Union Francaise de Societes de Sports Athletiques and Journalist with the "Matin" did not want to wait any longer. He greeted the Football Associations on the continent in writing and asked to study the possibility of founding an umbrella organisation.
After an intensive exchange of correspondence, the first thoughts were made on the subject.
The First FIFA statutes were laid down. The following points were determined; the reciprocal and exclusive recognition of the National Associations represented and attending; clubs and players were forbidden to play simultaneously for different National Associations; recognition by the other Associations of a player's suspension announced by an Association and the playing of matches according to the laws of the Game of the Football Association Ltd. Each National Association had to pay an annual fee of FF.50. Already in those days, one thought about staging a big competition and Article 9 stipulated that FIFA alone was entitled to take over the organisation of an international competition. It was decided that these regulations would only come into force as of 1 September 1904. Moreover, the first Statutes of FIFA were only of a provisional nature, in order to simplify the acceptance of additional members. The Deutscher Fussball-Bund (German F.A.) announced itself by cable on the foundation day still.
The first FIFA congress held two days later on 23 may 1904 elected Robert Guerin as President. Victor E. Schneider (
The second FIFA Congress took place in
The FIFA Executive Committee was elected for a further year in the same composition, but now the difficulties were accumulating. The first international competition was a failure. Various National Associations had other major worries. The French Football Association was split up internally. These difficulties were a heavy burden for the FIFA President who had set about his tasks with so much enthusiasm. Robert Guerin increasingly withdrew from the sports life and handed over the administratiot to his Vice-President Victor E. Schneider and Andre Espir, his personal assistant.
All the same, FIFA could now give a sign of its strength. When the "English Ramblers", an improvised English football club, wanted to play games on the continent without the authorization of the Football Association. FIFA forbade its members from playing against this team. The English who now had a good relationship with FIFA together with the 3 other British Associations, were particularly impressed by this strict and uncompromising procedure.
This was clearly revealed at the next Congress in
The idea of having a major international competition was still up in the air and so the Football Association assumed the responsibility for the administration and organisation of a tournament that took place within the context of the Olympic Games in
Back in 1974, FIFA was also flexing its muscles in readiness for the tenth FIFA World Cup in those days, very much a trial of strength between Europe with nine teams and
Over the past twenty five years football has not only taken root as the world's major game in an ephemeral world but has also blossomed in other branches of society, commerce and politics. Football, more than any other factor, has enveloped whole regions, people and nations. With approximately two hundred million active players it now constitutes a substantial chunk of the leisure industry, having opened up new markets for itself and for the rest of the business world.
The potential has yet to be exhausted, especially in Asia and
On, 8 June 1998 Joseph S. Blatter (
The history of football in