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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, English: International Federation of Association Football) is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. Its membership comprises 209 national associations. Its headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter. FIFA is responsible for the organisation of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 55 days to go! In less than two months' time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.. That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the ...
The FIFA-AFC Conference for Women's Football – a unique event featuring General Secretaries and Heads of Women's Football from 38 of the Member Associations within the AFC – proved to be a hotbed of ideas for the development of women's football in Asia. The first of its kind, the three-day meeting ...

Following the recent meetings of the Disciplinary Committee, FIFA can today confirm the below series of sanctions. The Lao Football Federation (LFF) has been sanctioned with a fine of CHF 690,000 after having been found to have breached several provisions concerning the international transfer and first ...
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – *59* days to go! In two months' time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.. That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of ...
Fernando Santos has revealed who he believes are the five favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – and his Portugal side, despite being the reigning European champions and boasting The Best FIFA Men's Player holder Cristiano Ronaldo, are not among them. “For me, the favourites are ...
FIFA has started with phase two of its technical directors training and support programme in Africa. From 10-12 April the technical directors of eight member associations from the Southern and East African region attended the pilot workshop for Module 2B (Technical) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

83 If points were awarded for every FIFA World Cup™ match they have played, then Brazil would have won 83 per cent of those available to them. Winners of the competition a record five times (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) and the only nation to have contested all 21 world finals tournaments to ...
USA top the first FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking of 2018, thanks to victory in the SheBelieves Cup tournament earlier this month. Featuring four of the top six teams in the ranking, the round-robin friendly tournament was won by the hosts ahead of England (2nd, up 1), France (5th, up 1), and ...
Fans have been voting for their favourite FIFA World Cup game from the past nine editions, and the second of those winning matches – England-Argentina – will be streamed 'live' in its entirety on Saturday 24 March. The pulsating quarter-final clash from the 1986 finals saw Diego Maradona write his name ...
As anticipation builds ahead of the arrival of supporters in June to watch the best players on the planet competing for the coveted trophy, FIFA.com continues the series introducing fans to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ stadiums. Today we present the Kaliningrad Stadium, the westernmost destination ...
An exciting week awaits in the realm of international football. A tantalising array of friendly matches are set to take place across the globe, with the games representing a final chance for a host of players to stake their claim for a FIFA World Cup™ spot. With Belgium the only Russia-bound side not to feature ...
The draw for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 was held at Rennes Opera House on Thursday 8 March. Tournament hosts and Papua New Guinea 2016 runners-up France face a high-stakes meeting with the Netherlands in the group phase. Les Bleuettes will also feature in the opening ...
In less than four months – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia. That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from ...
Graham Arnold has been named to take over as Australia coach after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The former Socceroos' striker and current Sydney FC coach will assume the reins from Bert van Marwijk, who was appointed only until the end of Russia 2018. Arnold will lead Australia in their AFC ...
“Back when I was starting out in football, Mehdi was one of the greatest players in our national team,” the AZ Alkmaar man explained to FIFA.com. “I got the opportunity to play with him at my old club in Iran – Damash Gilan – and he was such a great guy.” While it would be a merging of stories that would ...
Featuring 16 teams and eight eager hands, the Final Draw for the ninth edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 will take place on Thursday 8 March, International Women's Day. What exactly do you need to know about this key day in the women's football calendar? FIFA.com has all the ...
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja received the FIFA World Cup Trophy ahead of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia in June. Speaking at ... “I wish to thank FIFA for deeming it fit to include two cities in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos, in the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour by Coca Cola .

In less than four months – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia. That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from ...
A colossal name in Asian football, Hidetoshi Nakata has played a pivotal role in Japan's relationship with the FIFA World Cup™. A veteran of three editions of the tournament – and a starting midfielder when Samurai Blue made their debut at France 1998 – Nakata holds his nation's appearance record at ...
Asked during a radio interview who administered the national team's WhatsApp group, Peru international Luis Advincula answered: “Who else but the 'Future Captain'… Renato Tapia.”. Speaking with FIFA.com, Tapia laughed, as he explained how his team-mate had come up with the moniker after Peru ...
By every standards Japan's football development in recent years has been impressive. Their men's national team have qualified for each FIFA World Cup™ since 1998 and the women's side have reached the top of the world, making history by winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™.
Today marks 100 Days to Go until the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, and some people just can't wait for the Opening Match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. FIFA Legends are football fans too after all, and for the big day, they got out their new adidas Telstar 18s to help FIFA mark the calendar ...
As a youngster, Francisca Ordega, or 'Franny' as she is known, was in no doubt about what she wanted to do in life – and it had nothing to do with football. “I wanted to be an actress,” she told FIFA.com with a laugh. Back then the young Nigerian played football with her brothers and friends just for fun, and it ...
France would like nothing better than to see Kylian Mbappe, one of world football's brightest young stars, inspire Les Bleus to a second world title at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The Paris Saint-Germain striker was not even born when the first was won, on home soil on 12 July 1998, a day on which ...
As a youngster, Francisca Ordega, or 'Franny' as she is known, was in no doubt about what she wanted to do in life – and it had nothing to do with football. “I wanted to be an actress,” she told FIFA.com with a laugh. Back then the young Nigerian played football with her brothers and friends just for fun, and it ...
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura met with Inigo Mendez de Vigo, the Spanish Minister for Education, Culture, and Sport, in Madrid on Tuesday 5 February. Also present at the meeting were Jose Ramon Lete, the president of the Spanish Sports Council, and Juan Luis Larrea, the president of the ...
Soccer connects people on a global scale, but when you play FIFA, it's easy to only use your favorite teams. As a Mexican from Chicago, my allegiances lie with Liga MX and MLS, respectively, with some UK Premier League thrown in. Lately, though, I've found myself largely playing with obscure teams, and ...
The FIFA World Cup has always had a strong influence on many aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia is no exception. With just over four months remaining until the start of the tournament, the venue hosting the Opening Match and Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has received a final ...
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: The FIFA World Cup trophy will touch down in Pakistan on Saturday on its global journey ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. The trophy will make a stop in Lahore on the CocaCola FIFA World Cup Trophy tour, visiting no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six ...
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have "new facts" and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban. "As new facts have appeared it's time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee — my suspension of 6 years!" Blatter said Friday on his reactivated ...
Sami Al Jaber called time on his long international career on 23 June 2006, a day after his Saudi Arabia team lost to Spain and exited the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ having finished bottom of their group. Not only was that match Al Jaber's last with the Green Falcons, it was also their last World Cup ...
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ by Coca-Cola made a special and historic stop on its global journey today as it touched down for the first time in Papua New Guinea. The sight of the most coveted prize in football offered a fresh boost for the game in this Oceanian nation, which in 2016 hosted the FIFA ...
“My aim is to look into the decision of Fifa's Ethic-Committee in view of information, and even evidence that I have received, in the meantime, in connection with my suspension,” Blatter told Reuters via email. “We are working on this case – and looking forward for development.” It is likely that any legal action ...
517 Premier League appearances is what fourth-flight Notts County's starting XI had between them in the FA Cup – 49 more than their opponents, despite Swansea City being in their sixth successive season in the English top tier. 100 penalties is what Cristiano Ronaldo became the second player in history ...
he told FIFA.com while his side were still trying to qualify. For the player known as El Tigre (The Tiger), 19 June 2018 is already marked in the diary, that being the day Colombia kick off their Russia 2018 adventure against Japan. That could well be the day the front man finally realises a long-cherished ...
New Australia coach Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos are good enough to progress into the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Speaking in Sydney on Thursday following his appointment as Australia coach last week, Van Marwijk made it clear he will implement his own style on the ...
KAMPALA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- FIFA has invited Ugandan player Jean Sseninde and former African Footballer of the Year Frederic Oumar Kanoute, to speak during the FIFA conference for Equality and Inclusion. "We are proud that our very own Sseninde has been selected to be among the speakers at this ...
The City of Vancouver is pushing ahead with its bid to host up to five FIFA tournament matches in 2026. This June 2015 file phoo shows Canada 's Josee Belanger (9) celebrating Canada's goal against Switzerland during the quarter round FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 action in B.C. Place Stadium in ...
This time last year, Zlatko Dalic would have laughed if you'd told him he would be heading to the FIFA World Cup™. At that stage, the then Al Ain coach was still smarting from missing out on the FIFA Club World Cup, with the memory of his Emirati side's narrow defeat in the AFC Champions League final ...
A bright sun illuminates the January sky in Doha. A warm wind means that temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius – perfect football weather in other words, in the country that is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Not far from the Aspire Academy, in which the best young sportsmen in the land are ...
As the tournament served as qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, the top three teams, Mexico, USA and Haiti, will represent the CONCACAF region at the global finals, which will take place from 5-24 August this year. Cuellar's Mexico started the competition off strongly with two ...
It is hard to imagine this youngest of fortysomethings – the figurehead of one of Europe's finest teams – hanging up his gloves this coming June, when his contract with Juventus expires. The winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award last October, Buffon spent 2017 showcasing his ability to ...
City council will decide on Tuesday if Vancouver will continue in the FIFA 2026 Men's World Cup bidding process. So far, Vancouver has been chosen as one of four Canadian cities in the joint North American bid, which includes the U.S. and Mexico. The other three Canadian cities are Edmonton, Toronto ...
ENGLAND fans can go booze-crazy at the World Cup on pints costing just 72p after an alcohol ban was axed, it has been reported. Brits planning to travel to the tournament in Russia this summer were previously warned they would have a tough time getting a drink. Russia has overturned a decision ...
"I like night games. Fans can go out in Liverpool afterwards. It's a better time to play football than at 12. I'm hungry at 12." Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks about his preference of kick-off times in a pre-match press conference ahead of his club's FA Cup fourth round match against West Bromwich ...
After a thrilling day of penalty shoot-out drama, Mexico and USA advanced to the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship 2018 final and booked their tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018. In the first semi-final, defending regional champions USA defeated Haiti 3-0 on penalties, after ...
With the random selection draw ticket sales period of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ set to draw to a close in just six days' time, interest in FIFA's flagship tournament shows no sign of letting up. 4,021,211 tickets have been requested since the start of the current sales period on 5 December 2017. This sales ...
Lieke Martens, The Best FIFA Women's Player holder, was outshone by her Barcelona team-mate Alexia Putellas, who scored the opener for Spain – the first goal the Netherlands had conceded in eight hours and two minutes – and set up the second in a 2-0 win. 9 hours is what Alexandros Paschalakis ...
The new programme on FIFA's technical capacity-building is based on one important cornerstone: offering support in an efficient manner, tailor-made to the needs of each member association. In order to introduce this new approach, FIFA has put together a comprehensive catalogue of activities and ...
One of Africa's strongest sides, Nigeria have featured at every FIFA World Cup™ since USA 1994, with the exception of Germany 2006. On their last appearance, at Brazil 2014, they won through to the Round of 16 with fellow African side Algeria. With their team having missed the last two CAF Africa Cup of ...


 

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