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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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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 ...
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. He took the opportunity to strengthen ties between FIFA and other international organisations. "This summit in Davos is a fantastic platform for sharing our experiences and discussing the changes that ...
For the 32 competing nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, there are only four-and-a-half more months to go until the moment they have all been waiting for. In the meantime, FIFA.com is beginning a series on the venues where the teams will be playing, starting with the arena that will host the ...
There are only four and a half more months to go until the start of the FIFA World Cup™, the first in history to take place in Russia. The 11 Host Cities are all in the final stages of their preparations for the tournament and soon will be ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world.
FIFA Ultimate Team's Team of the Week feature is released by EA sports every Wednesday, and is active for a week from 6.00pm GMT. TOTW recognises the players from across the globe who have stood out for their clubs in the previous round of fixtures. In total, a squad of 23 is selected, with 11 starters, ...
Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | A copy of a report seen by AFP into the state of FIFA commissioned by Gianni Infantino after his election as president shines a light on the murky ways of the old regime at world football's governing body. The 98-page "Progress at FIFA - Status Report" gives details of lavish ...
On 12 June 1998, Denmark's golden generation - including Peter Schmeichel and the Laudrup brothers Michael and Brian - faced Saudi Arabia in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup™ in France. The Scandinavians won the match 1-0 in front of a crowd of 38,100 spectators at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis ...
Next month, officials from FIFA and the Asian football Confederation (AFC) will begin discussions with Football Federation Australia (FFA) with the aim of resolving the on-going Congress issue. The AAFC is an alliance of over 120 National Premier League clubs from around Australia and late last year the ...
The draw for the first UEFA Nations League has seen the likes of Germany, France and the Netherlands grouped together in its top league. Belgium, Switzerland and Iceland, Portugal, Italy and Poland, and Spain, England and Croatia make up the other groups in League A. The remaining 43 teams have ...
Bert Van Marwijk has been announced as Australia's new coach with the Dutchman to take the Socceroos to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Van Marwijk was named on Thursday following Ange Postecoglou's resignation in December. Australia qualified for Russia 2018 with a two-legged ...
FIFA have joined the international community in condemning what has been called modern day slavery in Libya. An undercover investigation by CNN last year revealed a shocking trade in humans and it ignited protests around the world and international condemnation. The world football authority said the ...
Present at three successive FIFA World Cups between 1998 and 2006, the Eagles of Carthage were surprise absentees from South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. As Tunisia midfielder Wahbi Khazri explained in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, that lengthy absence from the world finals taught him and ...
110 years after Arsenal last conceded four goals to a lower-division team in the FA Cup, they suffered the same fate. Woolwich Arsenal, as they were then known, lost 4-1 to Hull City in a first-round replay in January 1908. Nottingham Forest won 4-2 on Sunday to ensure Arsenal suffered a third-round exit ...
43 years and nine days is what Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon was when he came on against Japan at Brazil 2014 to break Roger Milla's 20-year record and become the oldest player in FIFA World Cup™ history. He may, however, only hold it for four years. Essam El-Hadary, who previously ...
"One of the core principles of the FIFA Forward Programme is to match an increase in investment in football development with an increase in the transparency and accountability of how this investment is utilised. In light of this commitment and in line with Article 16 of the Forward Regulations, the FIFA ...
As we celebrate the start of 2018, we can look forward to a lot of spectacular football - most notably at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The beautiful game can be played almost anywhere, even in the most incredible locations, as shown by our photo gallery - where you'll find some of the most interesting ...
What would happen if the FIFA World Cup qualification process was applied to Rugby? This is a question that I have pondered on many occasions. I see football as a genuine threat to the future of rugby in New Zealand and abroad. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no football fanatic, but let's be honest, ...
20 years had passed since England had even won a game at the FIFA U-20 World Cup until they won the entire tournament in June. Since Michael Owen sunk Mexico 1-0 in their final Group F outing at Malaysia 1997, the Young Lions had gone a tournament-record 17 matches without victory (Panama are ...
The football Association (FA) has lodged formal complaints with UEFA and FIFA in response to Liverpool and England Under-17 forward Rhian Brewster being subjected to alleged racist abuse. In an interview with The Guardian, Brewster accused UEFA of not taking racism "seriously" and said it felt like ...
Fantastic finishes, tantalising technique and sizzling strikes; FIFA tournaments in 2017 have produced a plethora of jaw-dropping goals. After every full-size tournament, FIFA.com users are asked to choose their favourite goal, with football fans around the globe casting their online votes. From the FIFA ...
"I saw Pele racing to the edge of the box. I had a quick look before their winger Jairzinho crossed the ball - Pele had got in front of Alan Mullery. Jairzinho centered the ball, but I could not come out for the cross. I knew from the penalty spot it would have to be a fantastic header to beat me. But the ground was ...


 

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