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date: 06 July 2020

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 

Source:
A Dictionary of Sports Studies
Author(s):

Alan Tomlinson

Football's international ruling body, founded in 1904, in Paris, by representatives of sporting or football organizations of seven European nations: France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The football associations of the UK were conspicuous by their absence; led as they were by the FA (Football Association [of England]), and controlling the rule-making body the International (Football) Board, they arrogantly declared that there was no need for any international organizational body. Two years later, though, with the new initiative faltering, the British associations did join, taking up the leadership role when an Englishman became the second of FIFA's presidents. FIFA's presidents have been ... ...

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