Daniel Burley Woolfall

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Daniel Burley Woolfall
Daniel Burley Woolfall 1908 year.jpg
2nd President of FIFA
In office
June 4,1906 – October 24, 1918
Preceded by Robert Guérin
Succeeded by Jules Rimet
Personal details
Born Daniel Burley Woolfall
(1852-06-15)June 15, 1852
Died October 24, 1918(1918-10-24) (aged 66)
Nationality English
Occupation Football administrator

Daniel Burley Woolfall (June 15, 1852 – October 24, 1918[1]) was the 2nd President of FIFA, serving from 1906 to 1918.[2]

An English FA administrator from Blackburn, Woolfall was elected as president on 4 June 1906. A key aim during his presidency was to achieve uniform football rules on an international level and he played a prominent role in the drafting of FIFA's new constitution. Under Woolfall, the application of the Laws of the Game, established under the English model, became compulsory and a clear definition was made of international matches. Two years after assuming the presidency, he helped to organise the first noteworthy international football competition, the 1908 Olympic Games in London. His tenure as president brought the arrival of FIFA's first non-European members in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and the United States but was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. Woolfall's presidency ended with his death in October 1918.


  1. ^ "In the Shadow of more Famous Names". FIFA. 1998-09-17. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ "The History of FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved 2009-03-30.