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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA /ˈfiːfə/ FEE-fə; French for ‘International Federation of Association Football’; Spanish: Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociación; German: Internationaler Verband des Association Football) is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.
FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.
Today, FIFA outlines a number of objectives in the organizational Statues, including growing football internationally, providing efforts to ensure football is accessible to everyone, and advocating for integrity and fair play. FIFA is responsible for the organization and promotion of football’s major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women’s World Cup which commenced in 1991. Although FIFA does not solely set the rules of football, that being the responsibility of the International Football Association Board of which FIFA is a member, it applies and enforces the rules across all FIFA competitions. All FIFA tournaments generate revenue from sponsorship; in 2018, FIFA had revenues of over US $4.6 billion, ending the 2015–2018 cycle with a net positive of US$1.2 billion, and had cash reserves of over US$2.7 billion.
The FIFA Forward Development Programme was first adopted by the FIFA Congress in 9 May 2016 and it was to become not only a “step change” for global football development and the way FIFA share the success of the FIFA World Cup™ with FIFA member associations, but also one of the most prominent sports’ development programmes.
FIFA Forward is built to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for football development in each of FIFA member associations and the six confederations and is based on three principles:
more investment, more impact, more oversight. The aim is to improve the way FIFA develop and support football across the globe so that football can reach its potential in every single country, and so that everyone that wants to take part can do so without barriers.